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China's OBOR revives the old Silk Road – and rewrites the road rules Chen Haiou, chairman Hezhengyuan Group, which is importing seafood from Pakistan to sell into China. He is in Tashkurgan, near the border with Pakistan, where his company has built a cold storage unit to store the seafood. Lisa Murray by  Lisa Murray Chen Haiou is standing outside his newly built cold storage facility in Tashkurgan, a small trading town in the mountains of China's far west, close to the border with Pakistan. The 35-year-old saxophonist-turned-seafood importer is surrounded by a posse of staff and local government officials. He is wearing sharp sunglasses, trendy riding boots and an oversized blue coat. Standing next to his Porsche SUV, he looks more Korean pop star than Chinese businessman, an impression compounded as he explains it took three drivers no less than three days to transport his car across the country from his hometown

Book on Belt and Road stories published in 7 languages Editor:  Li Xiang   丨Xinhua 05-06-2017 11:22 BJT Share this: Font size:  BEIJING, May 5 (Xinhua) -- A book on the real life stories of the people along the Belt and Road routes, the first of its kind, was recently published here in seven different languages ahead of an international forum to mark the great initiative later this month. The book, titled "Belt and Road: People with Stories," contains a total of 100 stories selected from the reports of China's Xinhua News Agency and thousands of articles written by people around the world. The Belt and Road Initiative, comprising the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, was proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013 with an aim to revive ancient trade routes to link China with numerous countries in Asia, Europe and Africa through trade and infrastructure networks. The chosen stories, available in Arabic, English,

AFB condemned arrest of a Hindu man in Balochistan

American Friends of Balochistan @AFB_USA -- Freedom of Nations is a Right, Not a Privilege May 5, 2017 Press Release Jane E. Weisner Media Relations Director American Friends of Balochistan Contact: 413-530-8765 Email: WASHINGTON DC, May 4, 2017: The American Friends of Balochistan Friday condemned arrest of a Hindu man in Balochistan town of Hub on the fake and fabricated charge of blasphemy and demanded of the Pakistan authorities to arrest his false accusers instead. The pro-independence organization also demanded of Islamabad to bury the black blasphemy law that has been hanging like a sword of Damocles on the heads of members of minority communities for many decades now. In a press statement, Jane E. Weisner, Media Relations Director of the AFB, said arrest of Prakash Kumar, 35, mobile cell vendor, on the charge of blasphemy was part of a plan to push the  Hindu Balochs out of Balochistan. "Targeting members of minority community members on a

China intends B&R Initiative to be joint undertaking, says FM Source: Xinhua |  2017-05-05 23:43:49 | Editor: Yamei Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang (Photo source: BEIJING, May 5 (Xinhua) -- China has no intention of staging a solo play in the Belt and Road Initiative, but would like to consult and work closely with parties concerned to make the Initiative beneficial to all, said a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Friday. Spokesperson Geng Shuang made the remarks while responding to some Western opinions that the Belt and Road Initiative is not win-win as China seeks to dominate. "Although the Belt and Road Initiative was put forward by China, it is to be carried out by all parties. China has no intention to stage a solo play," he told a daily press briefing. China always sticks to the principle of "extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits" in carrying out the Belt and Road Initiative, Geng said.

Belt and Road can solve Global woes Belt and Road can ‘solve global woes’ By Yang Sheng Source:Global Times Published: 2017/5/3 23:53:40 Six economic corridors will help stabilize many regions   China's One Belt and One Road initiative, which takes the form of six "economic corridors" connecting China and other countries with infrastructure projects and investments, will benefit the economies of the participants and stabilize many regions, experts said. Given that the slow improvements in transport connectivity and infrastructure among different countries are a major obstacle to global economic recovery and cause conflicts and disputes, "the  Belt and Road  initiative will build infrastructure to bridge different economies and countries, and it can solve the global problems or at least stabilize many regions with economic growth," said Wang Yiwei, senior research fellow at the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies of the Renmin University

China working on consensus document on Silk Road projects Press Trust of India | Beijing May 05, 2017 08:13 PM IST Playing down India's concerns over the USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, China said today that it was working with other countries to hammer out a consensus document on the Silk Road projects which will be adopted at a summit here this month.  "We are negotiating an outcome document with relevant countries attending the (Belt and Road) Forum," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a media briefing while replying to a question on the misgivings of many countries on China's mega Silk Road initiative called the Belt and Road project.  Twenty-eight heads of states and government, including the presidents of the Philippines and Vietnam, with whom China has maritime disputes will be attending the two-day Belt and Road Forum to be held here on May 14 and

Can India Counter Chinese OBOR ? May 6, 2017      [ Dr. Jajati K Pattnaik ] China is organising OBOR (One Belt One Road) Summit to be participated by the leaders of 28 countries at Beijing on May 14 -15. India has not yet confirmed its participation; there is a possibility that India my skip this meeting to protect its national interests. OBOR (One Belt One Road) is a transnational connectivity project which was initiated by the Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013 to connect China with Asia, Europe and Africa through the land corridor (SREB-Silk Road Economic Belt) and the sea corridor (MSR-Maritime Silk Road) to augment global trade and economic cooperation. But the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) ‘the flagship project’ of OBOR which passes through Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) has posed challenge to India’s geo-political interests in the region. Thus, India can have its own geo-strategic doctrine through the following steps to counter Chi

Iran Refuses To Sideline China And Pak, Irking India Maya Mirchandani For major regional partners that consistently declare a strong friendship based on civilizational ties, India and Iran seem to have hit a bumpy patch - one that has the potential to expose serious differences between Tehran and Delhi, as the sheen of Prime Minister Modi's May 2016 visit to the Iranian capital wears off.  While Iran drags its feet on awarding a crucial contract for gas exploration in its Farzad B offshore field to ONGC Videsh, India has decided to cut back on oil imports from Iran by 3 million tons (roughly 25 percent) in the current financial year. (India imports over 6% of its oil from Iran, making it Iran's second-largest customer of crude oil)    Now, the already tense situation has taken yet another unpleasant turn, with Tehran retaliating by reducing Delhi's window of payment for crude purchases from 90 days to 60 days, and reportedly

Chief secretaries of Balochistan, GB transferred May 06, 2017 ISLAMABAD - The federal government on Friday changed the chief secretaries of Balochistan and Gilgat-Baltistan and gave them new assignments in centre. According to the Establishment Division’s notifications, Shoib Mir, a BS-21 officer of Pakistan Administrative Service, outgoing Chief Secretary Balochistan has been transferred and posted as Additional Secretary (In-charge) Federal Education and Professional Training Division with immediate effect and until further orders. Tahir Hussain, a BS-21, previously posted as Chief Secretary Galgit-Baltistan has been posted as Additional Secretary Establishment Division. Aurangzeb Haque a BS-22 officer of PAS has been posted as Chief Secretary Balochistan as previously he was serving as Secretary Narcotics and Control Division. Kazim Khan, a BS-20 officer of PAS, previously posted as Joint Secretary Prime Minister Office would replace the

Conference on OBOR hosted in the European Parliament by  RAUL MCKENZIE May 5, 2017 A conference titled ‘European Union and OBOR’, hosted by the Brussels-based South Asia Democracy Forum (SADF), was held in the European Parliament (EP) on May 5, 2017. The objective of the conference was to discuss and understand the China-initiated ‘One Belt One Road’ (OBOR)project, Beijing’s economic, geo-political and strategic motivations behind launching this initiative, and best responses by countries in the EU, to it. Moderated by Paulo Casaca, Executive Director of the SADF, among those who participated in the event were Ryszard Czarnecki, MEP and Vice-President of the EP, Fulvio Martusciello, MEP, Siegfried Wolf, Senior Researcher on OBOR at the SADF, and Mehran Marri, Baloch representative to the EU.   In his opening remarks, Casaca spoke of the need for greater clarity on OBOR, in view of its still ambiguous nature, and the rapid pace at which it was being used by Chi

9 killed 42 injured in Afghan border clashes C HAMAN: At least nine civilians were martyred and 42 injured early Friday when Afghan border forces opened fire on Frontier Corps Balochistan soldiers deployed for security of census team near the Chaman border. Earlier, the Inter-Services Public Relations statement said one civilian was martyred and at least 18 injured in the cross-border firing and shelling. The injured included four FC soldiers who were on security duty of the population census team.   But Deputy Medical Superintendent at Civil Hospital Dr Akhtar later confirmed nine civilians had died and 42 had been injured as a result of the firing and shelling. Deputy Commissioner Qaiser Khan earlier said a woman was killed when a mortar shell fell on her house.  He also said all schools in the locale had been closed for an indefinite period. He advised residents to avoid going to the rooftops of their houses, as the firing was still

BLF spokesperson Gwahram Baloch claims responsibility of different attacks on Pakistani army

(Sangar News) On Monday, in Thanki, Raghae area of Basima BLF fighters attacked Pakistani military convey with rockets and heavy machine gun, two military vehicles have been partially damaged and many have been killed and injured. On the same day, in Gaddagi area of Balgatar district Kech, BLF fighters attacked Pakistani army busy in population census procedures. Due to which an intense battle took place, in which three Pakistani army personnels killed and two injured while the BLF fighters escaped the scene safely. In another attack in Tump district Kech, BLF fighters attacked Pakistani military camp, established in Grid Station. Many have been killed and injured in this attack. Gwahram Baloch said that on Saturday, in Aspi Kahn, Mand district Kech, BLF sniper attacked army check-post and killed one personnel. The attacks will continue till the independent Balochistan. - See more at:

Ahsan reviews progress of CPEC projects Staff Reporter Islamabad: Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Ahsan Iqbal Thursday chaired a meeting to review the progress of ongoing projects under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in various sectors including communication, railways, infrastructure, energy, Gwadar Port and special industrial zones. The meeting was also attended by Secretary Planning, Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui and high officials from Chinese embassy and the concerned provincial and federal ministries. Ahsan Iqbal directed the federal departments to cooperate with the provincial governments in order to ensure smooth working on the under construction projects. He said, in order to ensure timely completion of CPEC projects, the federal government would work together with all stakeholders and would also remove all concerns of the provinces. “It is good to note that federal as well as provincial governments are working on CPEC projects toget