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Unwarranted opposition to CPEC — II

http://dailytimes.com.pk/opinion/18-Apr-17/unwarranted-opposition-to-cpec-i

A lot needs to be done for citizens of Balochistan. CPEC might facilitate, even accelerate, these efforts. It can most certainly do no damage to the Baloch peopleBy:   Shaukat Qadir18-Apr-17It is important for the federal government to reach out to people in Balochistan who may be adversely affected by the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The government should explain to them the need for the project. More importantly, it is essential for the government to put in every effort to alleviate the hardship of these people.Regretfully, both aspects are conspicuous by their absence. Naturally, this offers priceless opportunities for dissident elements, as well as opportunists including some politicians, to benefit from the suffering of those affected.In my article published last week, I had mentioned a conference held on CPEC at Brussels where a documentary was screened about the project’s negative impact on p…

China, Albania agree to expand cooperation under Belt and Road, 16+1 framework

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-04/18/c_136216221.htm


Source: Xinhua| 2017-04-18 03:26:08|Editor: YameiChinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli (L) meets with Albanian President BujarNishani in Tirana, Albania, April 17, 2017. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)TIRANA, April 17 (Xinhua) -- China and Albania agreed on Monday to enhance cooperation in areas of infrastructure, production capacity, tourism and agriculture under the framework of Belt and Road Initiative and the 16+1 mechanism featuring China and Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries cooperation.The pledge came as Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli paid a visit to the Balkan country.Hailing the geographic advantage of Albania in southeast Europe, Zhang said Albania is a major country along the Belt and Road."China is willing to conduct more substantial cooperation with Albania taking the country's features and actual needs into consideration under the Belt and Road Initiative and the 16+1 mechanism," Zhang said during hi…

Pakistan’s Gwadar draws attention, investment

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1042858.shtml

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/4/17 21:53:391With the development of Gwadar Port under China's "One Belt, One Road" initiative, Gwadar, the Pakistani city where the port is situated, is transforming from a small fishing village into an international harbor and attractive destination for investment, the People's Daily reported over the weekend.As a flagship project in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the construction of the deep-sea port is rapidly driving the economic growth of Gwadar, the report said, citing Hu Yaozong, vice president of Gwadar Free Zone Co. Hu noted that the landscape of the Gwadar Port is expected to "change significantly every three months" based on the current construction speed. One of the major changes is the improvement in basic infrastructure, according to Zhang Baozhong, the president of State-owned China Overseas Port Holding Co, the project's contract developer. The re…

CPEC is at take-off stage: Chinese envoy

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/199135-CPEC-is-at-take-off-stage-Chinese-envoy

Mehtab HaiderApril 18, 2017

ISLAMABAD: China’s Deputy Chief of Mission Zhao Lijian said on Monday that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was at take-off stage under which several projects including Sahiwal power project, Port Qasim power project and four wind power projects would be completed this year under Early Harvest Programme (EHP).“China has elevated 700 million out of poverty by achieving higher growth for 30 years and now we will share our experience with Pakistan for lifting out people from poverty. The CPEC is under implementation at accelerated pace out of six corridors being built by China in different parts of the country,” China’s Deputy Chief of Mission in Pakistan Zhao Lijian said while addressing a seminar organised by Center for Global & Strategic Studies (CGSS) Islamabad here at the National Library Auditorium on Monday.He said that under Road and Belt Initiative (RBI) Pakistan …

KP govt seals 11 deals with Chinese firms

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/199137-KP-govt-seals-11-deals-with-Chinese-firms



BEIJING: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government on Monday signed 11 memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with different Chinese companies for the construction of various projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework."We have set the stage to begin the journey of industrialisation in the KP and we need support of our "Iron Brothers" to put the province on the path of development and economic growth," Pervez Khattak, chief minister KP, said while addressing the signing ceremony.A statement said the MoUs were signed during the opening session of a road show, showcasing 86 projects in 13 different sectors, held in Beijing. The road show is a joint effort of the government of KP and Embassy of Pakistan.A large delegation from the KP, comprising both public and private sector, along with representatives from around 400 Chinese companies attended the event during which a…

Multiple Routes Between China And Europe Is Why The New Silk Road Is A Real Game Changer

https://www.forbes.com/sites/wadeshepard/2017/04/17/multiple-routes-between-china-and-europe-is-why-the-new-silk-road-is-a-real-game-changer/





Wade Shepard , CONTRIBUTOR
Wade ShepardA train bound for Germany pulls into the Khorgos Gateway dry port in Kazakhstan on the Chinese border.The power and potential of the Belt and Road — aka the New Silk Road — lies in its versatility. This emerging network of revitalized transportation routes and new trading hubs which stretch between China and Europe finds efficiency, security, and healthy competition in the fact that it is not a single route but a network of multiple, interconnected trans-Eurasian corridors. Like in the days of the ancient Silk Road, if one corridor goes down due to a change in government, war, an economic upheaval, or a spat over tariffs, cargo can simply be shipped to similar destinations via alternative routes — like a river flowing around a boulder.Eurasia, the continental landmass that contains both Europe and Asia, is ra…

Gwadar Port operates three multifunctional piers, brings 20,000 jobs to locals

http://pakobserver.net/gwadar-port-operates-three-multifunctional-piers-brings-20000-jobs-locals/

April 17, 2017BeijingGwadar, the third deep-water port in Pakistan, now operates three multifunctional piers with an annual throughput capacity of between 50,000 and 70,000 20-foot equivalent units, as well as bringing 20,000 jobs to locals.
The port will also serve as a trade gateway for East and Central Asian countries to other parts of the world, according to Chairman, China Communications Construction Co, Liu Qitao on Sunday.After the completion of the construction, CCCC will also be responsible for a series of follow-up projects, such as the operation of a free-trade zone in Gwadar Port, he told local media. After completion of 60 percent of first-phase construction of Gwadar’s free zone, the Chinese engineers and their Pakistani counterparts are hoping the free zone is open to operation as early as possible, Hu Yaozong, deputy general manager of the Gwadar Free Zone Company said. The…

No reservations on western route of CPEC: Khattak

http://nation.com.pk/business/17-Apr-2017/no-reservations-on-western-route-of-cpec-khattak


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Pervez Khattak Monday said he had no reservations on western route of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the citizens agree to take Pakistan towards progress and development under this project.“The entire Pakistan is unanimous on CPEC project to take the country forward and even we have got an additional route from Gilgit to Chitral which has been approved in 6th JCC meeting held here in December 2016,” he said, while talking to media on the sidelines of the road show held here to muster the Chinese investment in the province. Khattak said he had good understanding with the federal government on CPEC, adding, “We have included leader of opposition in KP Assembly in the delegation to create more consensus.”Commenting on One Belt Initiative, he said, it was a good initiative announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping which would be beneficial for not o…

Balochistan to focus more on agriculture

https://www.dawn.com/news/1327372/balochistan-to-focus-more-on-agriculture

MOHIUDDINAAZIMPUBLISHED ABOUT 17 HOURS AGOENCOURAGED by increased farm productivity but irked by water shortages, the Balochistan government is set to allocate more funds for irrigation and agriculture in the next fiscal year.“Our next year’s agricultural development budget would be higher than this year’s and we will roll out several new schemes in such key areas as on-farm crop management and monitoring, orchard caring, solar tube-wells, tunnel farming, agricultural extension and value-chain upgradation,” a senior official of Balochistan agriculture department told this writer.For the current fiscal year, Rs7.4bn was earmarked for ongoing and new farm development schemes in agriculture sector. And, Rs1.8bn was set aside for irrigation development.Officials say on both heads, development spending would be increased, adding, that the provincial government has identified lack of adequate water supplies and absenc…

Balochs will never become India’s slaves: Balochistan CM

PTIISLAMABAD: APRIL 17, 2017 15:11 ISTUPDATED: APRIL 17, 2017 15:11 ISTPakistan’s Balochistan province Chief Minister has said that Balochs can never become “slaves” of India at the behest of a handful of “elements”.Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, while addressing a gathering at Anjera Kalat, Balochistan, on Sunday said “Balochs live in Pakistan as brothers.”Mr. Zehri said people in Balochistan can never become “slaves of India” at the behest of a handful of “elements propagating enemy’s agenda” in the province, Dawn News reported.He was quoted as saying that elements “sitting abroad” were trying to use the youth for their nefarious designs.“Social media is not the criteria for liberation, in fact, the Baloch people stand for prosperous and peaceful Pakistan,” Mr. Zehri said.He said that if the suspected militants shun violence and come down from mountains, they would be welcomed by the government, the report said.Mr. Zehri, however, clarified that the writ of the government wou…