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Unsure of U.S., Asia builds new alliances to counter China

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REUTERSJUN 5, 2017SINGAPORE – Several Asian nations are seeking to bolster informal alliances among themselves, regional diplomats and officials said, unsettled by growing fears that the United States could not be relied on to maintain a buffer against China’s assertiveness.Countries including Australia, Japan, India and Vietnam are quietly stepping up discussions and cooperation, although taking care they do not upset Beijing, the diplomats said. No one was yet talking about a formal alliance.Inaugurating the weekend Shangri-La Dialogue, the region’s premier security forum, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said: “In this brave new world we cannot rely on great powers to safeguard our interests.“We have to take responsibility for our own security and prosperity, while recognizing we are stronger when sharing the burden of collective leadership with trusted…

Shangri-La: Australia Warns Against 'Coercive' China; Mattis Tries to Reassure Allies

https://international.thenewslens.com/article/69948


Malcolm Turnbull|Photo Credit: Reuters/達志影像
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China has nothing to gain by strong-arming its way in the Asia-Pacific, Australia's prime minister said Friday, warning that a "coercive" Beijing would only face resentment in the region.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, speaking at a regional security conference in Singapore, said it was inevitable that China play a bigger regional role to match its rising economic weight, but cautioned against threatening its smaller neighbors.Turnbull's address at the Shangri-La Dialogue, an annual defense and security summit, follows China's moves to build a series of artificial islands on shoals and reefs in contested waters in the South China Sea, which has sparked concern among its neighbors.Beijing claims almost the entire sea, pitting it against the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam which have partial claims."A coercive China would find its neighb…

Practical measures to avoid conflict at sea

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1049942.shtml


By Zhou Bo Source:Global Times Published: 2017/6/4 23:13:39

The Asia-Pacific region today is the main engine of the world economy and peace and development are still the major trends in the region. Due to historic reasons, maritime territorial disputes are commonly found in the region and quite a few countries have disputes with more than one country. Therefore, it is not necessary to single out the South China Sea dispute between China and some ASEAN claimants. Currently the situation in the East China Sea and the South China Sea is by and large stable; no country wishes to aggravate disputes and there is no realistic threat of a massive conflict at sea.How to avoid conflict at sea? We believe that:Firstly, territorial disputes must be resolved through peaceful consultations and negotiations. China not only upholds this principle but also honors this principle in practice. Ever since reform and opening-up, China hasn't used its increa…

Eastern Balochistan ‘neglected in CPEC’

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1427411/eastern-balochistan-neglected-cpec/


By Our CorrespondentPublished: June 5, 2017PHOTO: AFPQUETTA: Former president Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Balochistan Mir Sadiq Ali Umrani has said that eastern Balochistan has been completely neglected in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.“Not a single project from the region has been included in the mega economic development project,” he told a press conference on Sunday.Highlighting the canal irrigation system as the salient feature of the region, he said, “Eastern Balochistan plays an important role in the agriculture sector of the province.”ADVERTISEMENTBilawal slams PML-N over power failures in RamazanHe said the rulers did not even consider including a single district of the four districts – Nasirabad, Jaffarabad, Sohbatpur and Jhal Magsi – of eastern Balochistan in the CPEC project despite its major importance in the agriculture sector.Umrani, who is also a member of the Central Executiv…

Silk Road hub or tax haven? China's new border trade zone may be less than it seems

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XBy Sue-Lin Wong and Mariya Gordeyeva | HORGOS, CHINA/KHORGOS, KAZAKHSTANOn the border of China and Kazakhstan, an international free trade zone has become a showpiece of Chinese President Xi Jinping's signature "Belt and Road" Initiative to boost global trade and commerce by improving infrastructure and connectivity.Chinese state media are filled with stories about the stunning success of Horgos, the youngest city of China's new Silk Road. Last month at China's Belt and Road Summit - its biggest diplomatic event of the year - promotional videos about Horgos' booming economy ran on a loop at the press centre.But Chinese business owners and prospective investors who had recently visited the China-Kazakhstan Horgos International Border Cooperation Center (ICBC), told Reuters they were disappointed by the disconnect between the hype and reality.Rather than the vibrant 21st Century trading post of Beijing's grand…

AIOU plans to set up Chinese language centre at Gwadar

http://pakobserver.net/aiou-plans-set-chinese-language-centre-gwadar/

IslamabadAllama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will soon set up a Chinese Language and Culture Centre at Gwadar in collaboration with Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication (BIGC). A feasibility report to this effect is being prepared to establish the Centre at the earliest, according to a presss release on Sunday.
It will be an educational response to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), said Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Shahid Siddiqui. A Letter of intent has already been signed by the two sides to establish China’s Confucius Center here at the AIOU’s main Campus. The Gwadar’s Center will be first step forward to this direction to teach and popularize Chinese language in Pakistan.
Chinese language is going to play a key role in the region, promoting people-to-people contacts, due to the One Belt one Road’s initiative and the importance of CPEC. There is a need to develop educational corridor as well to supplement …

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Security forces foil major terror plot in Balochistan

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ByGEO NEWSSunday Jun 04, 2017
QUETTA: Under the ongoing Operation Raddul Fasaad, security forces foiled a major terror plot and killed 12 hardcore terrorists in Balochistan’s Mastung district, said the Inter-Services Public Relations. According to Pakistan Army’s media cell, the security forces conducted an Intelligence-based Operation in Splinji area of Mastung during the last two days.The terrorists were hiding inside a cave for planning, coordination and execution of terrorist activities in Balochistan, stated the ISPR press release.Five security officials including two officers also got injured in the crossfire.Balochistan - Pakistan's largest province in terms of land area - has been plagued by an insurgency and sectarian killings for several years now. However, security forces have conducted effective operations across the province cracking down on militants.This has led to a considerable dr…

Two Hazara people gunned down in Quetta

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Syed Ali ShahPublished about 2 hours ago

Unidentified armed men opened fire and killed a Hazara man and woman in Quetta's Spini Road area on Sunday evening.Police said the attackers opened fire and killed a man and woman belonging to Hazara community as they were travelling on a motorcycle in Spini Road area of Quetta.“This incident is an act of targeted killing,” police said.The Hazara man and woman were going from Hazara Town area to Marriabad area of Quetta when they were targeted.Both received fatal bullet wounds and died on the spot. Their bodies were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta, police said. The assailants, who were reportedly riding a motorcyle, sped away from the spot after the attack.The law enforcement agencies reached the spot as investigation into the incident went underway. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.Spini road is considered to be one of the most sensitive a…

Two Hazara people gunned down in Quetta

https://www.dawn.com/news/1337383/two-hazara-people-gunned-down-in-quetta

Syed Ali ShahPublished about 2 hours ago
Unidentified armed men opened fire and killed a Hazara man and woman in Quetta's Spini Road area on Sunday evening.Police said the attackers opened fire and killed a man and woman belonging to Hazara community as they were travelling on a motorcycle in Spini Road area of Quetta.“This incident is an act of targeted killing,” police said.The Hazara man and woman were going from Hazara Town area to Marriabad area of Quetta when they were targeted.Both received fatal bullet wounds and died on the spot. Their bodies were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta, police said. The assailants, who were reportedly riding a motorcyle, sped away from the spot after the attack.The law enforcement agencies reached the spot as investigation into the incident went underway. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.Spini road is considered to be one of the most sensitive a…

Beard ‘Blasphemy’

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Posted 2 days ago by Newsweek PakistanMaulana Fazlur Rehman, April 14. Arif Ali—AFPParts of Pakistan are too eager to create brand new forms of outrageRecent reports in Pakistani media have shed light on a funny development in two cities of Balochistan province, giving us a measure of how Islam is being interpreted in parts of the country. The deputy commissioners of Ormara and Kharan districts reportedly tried to ban the “trimming” of beards by local barbers because “all national and international religious scholars were against styling beards.” In their orders, the government officials announced heavy fines for barbers if they committed the “blasphemous act.” When Quetta learned about this new interpretation of blasphemy, it wisely acted to rescind the orders.Kharan is a district headquarters of 7,000 people, with 20 barbers serving mostly bearded men. According to reports, a group of offended religious scholars had visited the district ad…

10 APCs given to Balochistan Levies

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1426879/10-apcs-given-balochistan-levies/


By Mohammad ZafarPublished: June 4, 2017
A file photo of Balochistan Levies personnel. PHOTO: EXPRESSQUETTAIn an attempt to make Balochistan Levies a modern force, Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri handed over 10 armoured personnel carriers (APC) to the force, in a ceremony of Saturday.According to a press release issued by the provincial government, Zehri gave the vehicles in order to modernise the centuries-old force and provide them with better equipment, vehicles, communication devices and training to improve law and order in Balochistan.Balochistan cleansed of terrorists: ZehriADVERTISEMENTAnd while talking to the reporters here, Zehri said the government was providing 10 APCs to the Levies “which is responsible for maintenance of law and order in 90 per cent areas of the province”.He said that the APCs were purchased from the Ordnance Factory in Wah. He handed over the APCs to the Director General Levies Saleh M…

Baloch cricket players ignored

http://nation.com.pk/letters/03-Jun-2017/baloch-cricket-players
June 03, 2017Balochistan is the richest province of Pakistan for its vast mineral reserves but is ignored in other sectors.
There is no opportunity for players of Balochistan province to play their due role in the national team of Pakistan.
Despite being a part of Pakistan, the Baloch players are ignored in PSL and not even taken in domestic level tournaments even though they are experts in all areas of the sport.
The PCB should be more vigilant regarding the talents in Balochistan.
FIDA ZAMAN,  Kech, May 12

Pakistan forces say they killed 'dozen IS fighters' in Balochistan in three-day raid operation

http://www.firstpost.com/world/pakistan-forces-say-they-killed-dozen-is-fighters-in-balochistan-in-three-day-raid-operation-3515969.html


WorldPTIJun, 04 2017 15:37:53 IST
Quetta: Pakistani forces on Sunday said they had killed around a dozen Islamic State (IS) militants in a three-day raid prompted by intelligence reports that the group were holding two recently kidnapped Chinese nationals.The operation took place in the rugged Mastung district of southwest Balochistan province and targeted the hideout cave of a group of IS commanders, a senior security official told AFP."Some 12-13 IS commanders have been killed after intense gun-battles and the area was cleared late Saturday," he said, but added that the Chinese pair were not recovered from the scene despite the presence of the vehicle used in their kidnapping nearby.Representational image. ReutersIS has been making inroads in the country through alliances with local militant outfits such as the sectarian Lashkar-e-Jhangvi a…