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China defends military ties with Sri Lanka after submarine visit blocked

hhttp// httpicle/idUSKBN1881QM X China defended its military relationship with Sri Lanka as good for regional peace and stability after Sri Lanka rejected a request from China to dock one of its submarines in Colombo this month. Sri Lanka last allowed a Chinese submarine to dock in the capital of Colombo in October 2014, a move that triggered fierce opposition from its northern neighbor India, which worries about growing Chinese activity in a country it has long viewed as part of its area of influence. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Sri Lanka on Thursday for a two-day official visit. China's Defence Ministry, in a statement sent to Reuters, did not directly mention the rejected request for the submarine visit, but said its submarines needed a place to resupply on their way to anti-piracy missions. "The stopping to resupply of our military's submarines that are on their way to the Gulf of Aden and Somali waters for protection mission

Sri Lanka says no to Chinese submarine visit PUBLISHED 6 HOURS AGO FACEBOOK2 TWITTER WHATSAPP EMAIL COLOMBO • Sri Lanka refused permission for a Chinese submarine to dock at Colombo next week after similar visits in 2014 angered regional superpower India, a top defence official has said. The Chinese authorities had sought clearance for a port call at Colombo, where a Chinese state-owned company operates a mega container terminal, the official said, requesting not to be named. "They have asked for permission, but we have said no," the official told Agence France-Presse on Thursday. "It is a very sensitive matter." He did not elaborate. The rejection came as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was visiting Sri Lanka as chief guest for the country's celebration of Vesak Day, which marks the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. Get  The Straits Times newsletters in your inbox SIGN UP Yesterday, Mr Modi decl

Nepal Formally Joins China's Silk Road Plan Opposed by India News18 .com Updated: May 13, 2017, 8:17 AM IST Nepal's Foreign Secretary Shankar Das Bairagi and China's Ambassador to Nepal Yu Hong (L) exchange documents during a signing ceremony relating to the One Belt One Road initiative in Kathmandu on May 12, 2017. (Image: Getty Images) Kathmandu:  Nepal has formally inked a major deal with China to join President Xi Jinping's ambitious 'One Belt One Road' initiative to link Asia with Europe, a move that could raise concerns in India. The long-discussed deal between Nepal and its much bigger neighbour comes just days before China hosts a summit for 28 leaders near Beijing on May 14 and 15, showcasing the ambitious plan. Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Yu Hong and Nepal's Foreign Secretary Shankar Bairagi signed an MoU at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kathmandu. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance

China's 'New Silk Road' - perception and reality China is holding a summit this weekend to showcase President Xi Jinping's ambitious plan to revive ancient Silk Road trade routes by pouring money into rail, maritime and road projects across Asia, Europe and Africa. Four years is not a lot of time for executing one of the most ambitious infrastructure projects of this century. In the fall of 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping unveiled his gigantic  "One Belt, One Road" ( OBOR ) initiative  - more commonly known as the "New Silk Road." Its goal is to improve connectivity between Asia, Europe and Africa by building a web of transport and other physical infrastructure such as roads, railways, seaports and pipelines in various countries along the ancient "Silk Road" route. The project is expected to facilitate increased trade between China and the countries along the route. It could also pull them closer toward Beijing. But a

U.S., Japan to attend China’s Silk Road summit Atul Aneja BEIJING, MAY 12, 2017 19:13 IST UPDATED: MAY 12, 2017 22:18 IST India’s decision not to announce an official delegation for the occasion, has become conspicuous. China’s bid to internationalise its Belt and Road connectivity initiative received a shot in the arm with the United States deciding to send a high-level delegation to an upcoming international forum in the Chinese capital. A decision by France and South Korea as well to send delegates to the   Belt and Road Forum , which begins on Sunday, has added to the growing international convergence to explore in greater depth, the China-led initiative. Japan is also being represented by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s senior adviser, and Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Party Toshihiro Nikai. The Vietnamese President, Tran Dai Quang is already in the Chinese capital for parley

Pakistan allocates Rs155-160 billion matching fund for CPEC projects ISLAMABAD: At a time when Pakistan and China are going to sign $8 billion Mainline (ML-1) rail up-gradation network during the ongoing visit of PM Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan has earmarked Rs155-160 billion as matching financing for executing development projects of energy and infrastructure sectors in the upcoming budget 2017-18 under the $46 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). During the ongoing visit of PM Nawaz Sharif to China for attending the One Belt One Road (OBOR) conference, both sides are expected to sign the Long Term Plan (LTP- 2015-2030) and finalising grants component for Gwadar development, including construction of Gwadar airport. Some positive outcome is also expected on hydropower generation, including Diamer-Bhasha Dam during the visit of PM to China. The government is also set to allocate funding for the Bhasha Dam in the next PSDP for 2017-18. A

HIGHWAY TO SELL: HOW $55B TRADE CORRIDOR REKINDLED CHINA-PAKISTAN LOVE AFFAIR BY  TOM HUSSAIN 13 MAY 2017 A US$55 billion programme to link the routes of China’s Belt and Road plan through Pakistan has revived a relationship that began with the Karakorum Highway – even if critics blame it for mischief in Kashmir The Karakoram Highway in Gilgit-Baltistan, a precursor to today’s China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Photo: Shutterstock A young Chinese Muslim named Adam crosses one of the world’s highest borders into Gilgit-Baltistan, a mountainous region that forms the sole land bridge between China and Pakistan. He was just a baby when his father perished, along with hundreds of other Chinese construction workers, while carving the strategic Karakorum Highway into treacherous mountain slopes in the 1960s and 70s. Adam’s father paid the ultimate price to lay the foundations for the present-day China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a US$55 billio

U.S. Can Take a Lane on China's New Silk Road For once, Beijing can do the heavy lifting and Americans can reap the rewards. By  Jon Finer 20 May 11, 2017, 9:53 PM GMT+5:30 While Washington is preoccupied with talk of a potential trade war with China and real war on the Korean Peninsula, Beijing is preparing for a different conversation about the future of Asia. QuickTakeChina's Silk Road Banners draping highway overpasses across the city herald the arrival Sunday of more than 100 national delegations -- including at least 28 heads of state -- to discuss the so-called Belt and Road Initiative, President Xi Jinping’s campaign to better link East and West with new sea- and airports, pipelines and broadband internet, railways and paved highways along the old Silk Road. Some analysts here have dubbed Belt and Road -- which refers to the ancient land corridor to Europe and sea lanes to Africa, respectively -- China’s Marshall

Belt and Road Initiative: China Plans $1 Trillion New ‘Silk Road’ by ERIC BACULINAO China hopes to revive the "Silk Road" and is planning the world's largest infrastructure program to connect Asia and Europe, a project that could be worth $1 trillion or more. Paul Cheung / NBC News BEIJING — China is aiming to re-create Marco Polo's ancient "Silk Road" that connected Europe to Asia. But instead of the camels and caravans that transported spices and silk hundreds of years ago, a $1.4 trillion network of modern trading routes would be built. On Sunday, Chinese President Xi Jinping will host 28 heads of state at the opening of a two-day summit focusing on the so-called "Belt and Road" initiative. Analysts suggest the project could shift the center of global economy and challenge the U.S.-led world order. Chinese President Xi Jinping Peter Klauzer / Pool via EPA, file Beijing hopes the gathering will rally in

CPEC project to take formative shape by 2020 MANZOOR ALI PUBLISHED  PESHAWAR: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project is likely to take initial shape by 2020 and start boosting economic growth in both countries, suggests the multibillion dollars initiative’s draft long-term plan. The federal government had recently shared the draft LTP with the provinces for feedback. The LTP will remain operative until 2030 after its approval by both Pakistan and China. The draft LTP, a copy of which is available with Dawn, says the CPEC covers China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and whole territory of Pakistan and its coverage is divided into core and radiation zones. It says the core and radiation zones present the spatial layout of the ‘one belt, three axes and several passages’. Draft document says security, geopolitical risks and restraints to economic growth prospects possible challenges to venture 🔴“ By one belt, we mean the belt area compos

German companies express interest in CPEC projects By  Kashif Hussain Published: May 12, 2017 PHOTO: REUTERS FRANKFURT :  The strong resolve of the Pakistani and Chinese leadership to implement the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) programme is also sparking interest among other countries in the investment opportunities available in Pakistan. German companies have expressed interest in pouring capital into various CPEC projects and in the country’s special economic zones. ‘Around 10 special economic zones to be set up in CPEC’ ADVERTISEMENT The Munich Chamber of Commerce has asked for the list of Pakistani companies so that cooperation with them could be increased and the opportunities for investment in joint ventures can be explored. Nadeem Ahmed, Pakistan’s Consul General, told The Express Tribune that German authorities and private companies were interested in CPEC. He said the Pakistani embassy was spreading awareness among the pr

India to be represented by embassy staff at China's new Silk Road summit By Reuters | Updated: May 12, 2017, 05.41 PM IST External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said that India had made its concerns regarding the CPEC running through sovereign Indian territory very clear to China NEW DELHI/BEIJING:  India  is likely to be represented by local embassy staff or academics this weekend at a major gathering of leaders and ministers on  China 's "Silk Road" initiative, reflecting deep unease in New Delhi about the far-reaching project.  India's main objection to China's plan to build ports, railways and power links across Asia and on to Europe is that the $57 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a key part of the plan, runs through  Kashmir .  The broader worry for India is that the "  Belt and Road " initiative involving hundreds of billions of dollars ov

Haideri says sustained minor injuries in blast that killed 25 May 12, 2017, 2:25 pm/ 1 Comment A bomb exploded next to a convoy of the deputy chairman of Senate on Friday in the violence-plagued province of Balochistan, killing at least 25 people, officials said. At least 35 people were wounded in the blast near the town of Mastung, 50km (30 miles) from the provincial capital of Quetta. Television footage showed a vehicle mangled by the blast. Senator Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, the deputy chairman of the upper house of parliament, said minutes after the explosion he believed he was the target and he had sustained minor injuries. "There are many casualties as there were many people in the convoy," he said by telephone. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack from the many militant groups operating in Balochistan. Haideri is a member of Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam, a right-wing Sunni Islamist political party that is p

CPEC will offer militants additional targets: US By  News Desk Published: May 12, 2017 Dan Coats. PHOTO: REUTERS The United States on Thursday claimed the emergence of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in Pakistan would allow terrorist groups more targets for attacks. “The emerging China Pakistan Economic Corridor will probably offer militants and terrorists additional targets,” Daniel Coats, director of National Intelligence, told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing. Coats was  testifying  before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence along with other top intelligence officials. Pak Army rubbishes India’s claim of mutilating soldiers’ bodies along LoC ‘Pakistan responsible for deteriorating ties’ The National Intelligence director also pointed fingers at Pakistan, stating the country was responsible for the deteriorating ties with its neighbour, India. “Islamabad’s failure to curb support to anti-India militants and New Delhi

Crucial For India To Join This China Initiative Sudheendra Kulkarni BEIJING: In modern times, China has initiated a new connectivity agenda unprecedented in its scope and ambition, and unrivalled in its potential impact on world history. The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a combination of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, is envisioned as the modern version of the ancient Silk Road, a network of trade routes that connected the vast stretches of Asia, and also linked Asia to Europe and Africa. Using the ancient Silk Road as the banner, China has proposed a collaborative plan to build a modern network of highways, high-speed railway lines, ports, airports, digital connectivity infrastructure, power grids, gas pipelines and supportive financial mechanisms, linking the three continents and beyond. BRI is expected to generate a new wave of globalisation when it begins to be implemented full speed. Indeed, Globalisati