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Where Will China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ Initiative Lead? Mar 22, 2017 As advertised by Beijing, the “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) initiative, China’s grand scheme for knitting a network of roads, ports, railways and other links from East China through Southeast and South and Central Asia all the way to Europe exceeds both in scope and ambition the Marshall Plan used to rebuild Europe after World War II. The “belt” of land-based links is paired with a 21st century “Maritime Silk Road” stretching from Australia to Zanzibar. Chinese President Xi Jinping launched the OBOR initiative in 2013, two years after then-U.S. President Barack Obama initiated the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trading bloc across the Pacific region. Now that Obama successor Donald Trump has carried out his pledge to withdraw from the TPP, the expectations are that Chinese-backed strategies like the OBOR will gain momentum. China experts say that this is a positive developm

The growing strategic importance of Bangladesh to China 9    Avia Nahreen The visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Bangladesh on October 14-15, 2016 had been dubbed as a 'historical state visit' poised to be a geopolitical game changer in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region. At the sidelines of Xi's visit, Bangladeshi and Chinese firms signed USD 13.6 billion worth of deals in trade and investment in addition to the USD 20 billion in loan agreements signed by the two governments. The inevitable question is why the world's second largest economy comprising of 1.37 billion people and an economy 67 times bigger than Bangladesh is cozying up to the world's 47th largest economy? What geopolitical importance does Bangladesh have to receive such enormous bilateral assistance from a nation aspiring to be the next world leader? Bangladesh's strategically important geographic location, physical and political proximity to India

EU's top diplomat says China's New Silk Road must be open to Europeans Thu Apr 20, 2017 | 8:27 AM BST A map illustrating China's silk road economic belt and the 21st century maritime silk road, or the so-called ''One Belt, One Road'' megaproject, is displayed at the Asian Financial Forum in Hong Kong, China January 18, 2016. REUTERS/BOBBY YIP X Projects along China's New Silk Road must be open to Europeans, the EU's top diplomat said on Thursday, as China's prepares its first summit dedicated to the ambitious plan to link Asia, Africa and Europe. President Xi Jinping has championed what China calls the "One Belt, One Road" initiative involving billions of dollars of investment in infrastructure including roads, railways, ports and power grids. "Obviously, for us it is essential that the opportunities are opened up for all including Europeans," the EU's top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, told students at the elite Tsinghua University in Beijing

Challenges to CPEC April 20, 2017      Dr Zafar N Jaspal SINCE April 2015, China and Pakistan have been endeavouring to complete their joint China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. The project is imperative for both states sustainable economic growth. Moreover, many Eurasian, Central and West Asian countries had also expressed their desire to partake in the project. The new membership, certainly, enhance the efficacy of the project. These developments accentuate that the project contains potential to revolutionize the regional commerce and positively contribute in the global trade. CPEC project is having potential to transform the socio-economic landscape of Pakistan. The economic stability is imperative for political stability. The economic and political stability not only enhance the internal and external security of the state, but also germinate more opportunities for the prosperity of the citizens. Simultaneously, the CPEC would contribute con

Universities urged to produce skilled manpower for CPEC projects April 20, 2017      Hyderabad Speakers at an international conference on CPEC here Wednesday called on the Sindh government and public sector universities to produce skilled manpower for mega projects being launched the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Presenting research papers on the second day of three-day international conference, they said the CPEC was a game changer for Pakistan and a key to the economic development and prosperity of the entire region. Eminent researcher and analyst Dr Rasul Bukhsh Rais, in his paper, said roads, highways and railways were primary instruments for building a nation, but the same had been ignored in the past in Pakistan. “The role of infrastructure that brings people and communities out of their tribal land, villages and remote areas and connects them with their communities, markets, state institutions and the other world at large has generally been ignore

Khan Kalat met Prime Minister First Minister Scotland ?

Unconfirmed​ reports in social media says The grandson King Balochistan Khan Kalat Mir Suleiman Daoud Speaks with Prime Minister First Minister Scotland…

Recruitment by Terror outfits​

The debate about the recruitment of educated youth all over the world is not new. Some studies in the past had underlined that the students from science and technical backgrounds were more vulnerable to be recruited by terrorist outfits than those having social science backgrounds. An article published in Dhaka Tribune points out the same. Please see the details,  

CPEC: Hopes and fears as China comes to Gwadar

In-depth - On The Cover Maqbool Ahmed Updated Mar 14, 2017 This article was originally published in the Herald's February 2017 issue. To read more subscribe to the Herald in print. Illustration by: Reem Khurshid and animation by S Asif Ali Asmall compound in Gwadar town’s old area is littered with coils of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Around six workers calibrate a moulding machine mounted inside a parked truck and pass the coils through it. Pipes of different diameters and sizes come out from the other side. This is Gwadar’s first pipe manufacturing plant. The rudimentary contraption belongs to a famous PVC pipe manufacturing company based in Karachi. All its workers have also come from Karachi. There is no other machinery here. No engineers in protective helmets oversee the manufacturing processes. No clerks or administrators run the facility’s day-to-day affairs. The place is as humble as any other compound in town. And the pace of work here is leisurely. The pl