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CPEC: calling the shots

By Yasir MasoodPublished: June 2, 2017256SHARESSHARETWEETThe writer works as a literary editor at Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad. He is a post-graduate in international relations from Kingston University, London. He can be reached at yasirmasoodkhan@gmail.comSince 2013 when the idea of a China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was first conceived till date, naysayers have directed quite a bit of criticism at this mammoth set of landmark projects. By the time Beijing hosted the ‘Belt and Road Forum’ much of that criticism began to implode, leaving behind a trail of far-fetched fears.Calling CPEC a ‘debt-trap’, the detractors continued to inject toxic trepidations into people’s minds. These adverse views — which are lapped up by our antagonistic neighbour — threaten to disrupt Pakistan’s economic leapfrog. In this piece I will endeavour to assess some of the broader contours of CPEC’s cost-benefit analysis w…

#Reviewing War by Other Means

Spencer BakichAugust 17, 2016War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft. Robert D. Blackwill and Jennifer M. Harris. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2016.There isn’t much grand about America’s post-Cold War grand strategy. Such is the consensus among the academic scholars, think-tankers, pundits, and many former national security officials who have chastised U.S. foreign policymakers for lacking strategic sophistication, or worse, failing to craft a coherent grand strategy at all.[1] For the last twenty five years, these critics claim, Washington has sought the wrong goals, under-resourced its efforts, and failed to anticipate the likely second-order effects of its policies.[2] In the main, these critical assessments have understandably focused on the military-security dimension of grand strategy. America’s national security policies since the mid-1990s cost much blood and treasure, degraded r…

Australian Parliament : China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative

Geoff Wade, Foreign Affairs, Defence and SecurityKey Issue
The ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) initiative is a Chinese economic and strategic agenda by which the two ends of Eurasia, as well as Africa and Oceania, are being more closely tied along two routes–one overland and one maritime. Supporters suggest that the initiative permits new infrastructure and economic aid to be provided to needy economies.  Critics claim that it facilitates Chinese economic and strategic domination of the countries along these routes. OBOR provides a global context for China’s growing economic links with Australia.The ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) initiative is a foreign policy and economic strategy of the People’s Republic of China. The term derives from the overland ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’ and the ‘21st-Century Maritime Silk Road’, concepts introduced by PRC President Xi Jinping in 2013. T…

Have you read about #Hambantota port of Sri Lanka?

Have you read about #Hambantota port of Sri Lanka? China sold Sri Lanka a plan to develop Hambantota Port during tenure of previous regime of Sri Lanka. China gave them a big loan (did not spend their own money) to Sri Lanka for developing Hambantota. With all their clout in Colombo, Chinese ensured that all the contracts of construction of Hambantota  were secured by Chinese companies only. In a way, most of the money came back to China. Now the Hambantota is ready but not able to gather any revenue because it never could have....but Sri Lankans have a big debt which they cannot repay. Now the real game begins. Chinese are  negotiating with Sri Lankans that they lease the port to them for forgoing the loan. What will happen now? Chinese will get Hambantota port and 2000 acres of land around it, and they will turn it in to military base. Hambantota is a good site for a military base but not for a maritime port. China gave a loan to Sri Lanka, which Sri Lanka gave to Chinese companies …

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CPEC & OBOR: Portents of progress

Dr Zafar Nawaz JaspalTHE announcement of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as a flagship project of Chinese President Xi Jinping ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) vision accentuated Pakistan’s pivotal position in Eurasian economic connectivity. Consequently, Pakistan has become an attractive country for the foreign direct investment since 2015. The accomplishment of a few early harvest projects of CPEC not only manifests both Islamabad and Beijing resolve to materialize all the projects within deputed years, but also signifies Pakistan’s prominence in the OBOR initiative. The Gwadar port, today, is viewed as an emerging economic hub of Asia.Ironically, a few analysts deliberately or inadvertently have been articulating concocted stories against the expectant benefits of the OBOR project. The negative propaganda against OBOR directly undermines CPEC project. Admittedly, objective debate on both CPEC and OBOR is indispensable for revamp…

Belt and Road remains open to India despite absence at recent forum

By Liu Zongyi Source:Global Times Published: 2017/6/1 19:43:394The two-day Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in mid-May held in Beijing attracted more than 130 countries. Even the US and Japan sent high-level delegations to participate in China's biggest diplomatic event of the year. India was the only country among those along the Belt and Road that skipped the meeting on this signature project. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decline to make appearance despite the invitation of the Chinese government has set off a storm of public clamor. As a sovereign state, India has complete freedom to choose whether to attend the forum or not. India's Ministry of External Affairs released a statement on May 13 elaborating the reasons for India's absence, which was found farfetched by many Chinese observers. India's presence would not have exerted any influence on the success of the forum, but some Chinese ob…

INTERVIEW-Pakistan to open up mineral-rich Baluchistan to China "Silk Road" firms

Fri, 2 Jun 2017-05:18pm , ReutersPakistan's resource-rich Baluchistan province wants Chinese companies to kick-start a boom in its mining industry by including the sector into Beijing's "Belt and Road" initiative, a senior provincial mining official said.Beijing has pledged $57 billion for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship "Belt and Road" project that first focused on Chinese firms building roads and power stations but is now expanding to include setting up industries.Mineral extraction is a deeply contentious issue in Baluchistan, where many indigenous people are angry that the province remains Pakistan's poorest despite its vast mineral wealth.Much of the province's population is suspicious of both foreign companies and the central government in Islamabad, while separatist groups cite exploitation of min…

Commander among 7 ferraris lay down arms in Dera Bugti

QuettaSeven ferraris including a commander Nehalan alias Langri on Thursday surrendered their arms in front of security forces and tribal leader Basheer Chandarzai Bugti in Dera Bugti. According to local administrations, surrendered ferraris were involved in different subversive activities including blowing gas pipelines and attacking on security forces in the area.
These ferraris have expressed regret over their anti-state activities in the past and pledged to remain loyal to Pakistan and province in future. They said they were misguided against state by enemies. It was reported earlier that in the year 2016 800 suspected militants lay down their arms in Balochistan under the government’s reconciliation process.
Anwarul Haq Kakar, a spokesperson for the provincial government, said the Ferraris belonged to various militant organisations and surrendered from Dera Bugti, Kohlu, Khuzdar, Mekran and Quetta. He added tha…

Encouraged by CPEC, Pakistan’s cement industry to increase capacity by 56pc: report
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Web DeskJune 2, 2017

KARACHI: Encouraged by the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Pakistan’s cement industry is expected to increase its capacity by 56 % to 70 million tons in next five years, a Bloomberg report cited Karachi-based brokerage.According to BMI Research report published last month, Pakistan is among the world’s fastest-growing construction markets and is expected to grow an average 12% annually for the next five years.Pakistan’s cement capacity utilization increased to 88 percent in the 10 months through April, the highest in 11 years, while exports declined 19 percent, indicating an increase in local consumption, according to the All Pakistan Cement Manufacturer Association, the Bloomberg report said.The anticipated demand has been a boon for Pakistan’s cement industry. The demand is not going down because of a boom in the constr…

Let me Dream Freedom

A poem by Ahmar MustikhanLet me imagine that fine morning when sun brings warmth to hearts
As the iron gates of grave-like prisons break open in BalochistanLet me demolish torture cells, Muchch jail[1] gone and thousands freed
Return home the sarmachars [freedom fighters], as every family celebratesLet me feel my mother's eyes once more moist with tears of joy
Brave sons and daughters proud they freed their land from alien yokeLet me mock the slogan that Allah is great, but kill humans as infidels
Warships perched on sacred Zikri [2]ports of Gwadar, Jiwani and SonmianiLet me wish all ideas of hate drown in what for us is the Baloch Gulf
For our ports must bring peace for the world and progress for usLet me condemn the bastard Ayatollahs, male prostitutes in dirty beards 
Thanking Uncle Sam that Regi [3] is dead and the movement is crushedLet me pray all kings are gone and their ass-licking mullahs dead
Parasites wh…

Baloch literature is the repository of love and romanticism

May 26, 2017, 11:36 pm
by Masood Hameed BalochSometimes it is argued that the only poetry written in Balochistan is about resistance. The term poetry of resistance is often associated with the poetry penned by Baloch writers. While the Baloch intellectual class oppose this hype, they recount how love and war have always gone side by side in Baloch history. It is not just about resistance, but most of the poetry is linked with love, human entanglement and nature.It has related to nature, drought, tribal conflicts, nightmares, or watching a spiritual being, and of course love. Baloch writers grew emotional feelings and had deep insights into the natural backdrops. In the days of yore, they were the ones who fought with their swords and pens. They didn't leave the people alone at time of sorrow and pain, instead they appeared as source of vigour to guide them not…

Pakistan power crisis