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Japan commits to China's 'One Belt, One Road' initiative PM Shinzo Abe sees opportunities for Japanese companies in the ambitious economic development plan, but he also fears not taking part may mean Tokyo being sidelined by increasingly wealthy and influential Beijing. During talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the fringes of the recent G20 summit in Hamburg, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed Tokyo's intention to participate in Beijing's  ambitious "One Belt, One Road" economic plan , a significant concession from a government that had previously distanced itself from Chinese economic and development initiatives. Analysts say that while the Japanese leader is hoping for a windfall for domestic companies, he also recognizes that Japan simply cannot afford to be left out of a growing international project without any say in its future direction. Yet another motivation is to pressure President Donald Trump's administra

Iran seeks Quetta-Taftan train section in CPEC ISLAMABAD: Iran has said that being an important section in Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul (ITI) Container Train Corridor, Quetta-Taftan railway line must be given extra attention by Pakistan, a statement said on Friday.  “It should also be given priority in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. Moreover, all the technical and mechanical issues of this section must be resolved as soon as possible,” Majid Arjooni, DG South East Railway Company of Iran, demanded during a meeting with Parveen Agha, secretary Ministry of Railways at her office.  “Iran has also reduced the transshipment cost for ITI freight train at its Zahedan station. The newly proposed rates for loaded and empty containers have been set at 30 euros and 10 euros respectively.”  Arjooni, who is leading a high-level Iranian delegation to Pakistan, also urged the government of Pakistan to ensure the doors of container train were s

For Pakistan, China’s huge energy investments may have serious political costs 07/14/2017 01:09 pm ET  BHEEM RAJ /THAR VOICE FORUM A massive protest against the Gorrano Dam on January 26 2017 in Islamkot, Tharparkar. Dr. Amiera Sawas, Institute of Business Administration, Karachi and Dr Nausheen H. Anwar, Institute of Business Administration, Karachi Advertisement  In Pakistan, there’s no topic hotter than the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a multi-billion dollar bilateral development project that will, officials promised in 2015, “usher in an era of unprecedented progress and prosperity”. The CPEC is not only Pakistan’s first big injection of foreign direct investment in a while, its focus on energy development is also desperately needed in a country that has suffered worsening energy shortages for two decades. With renewables constituting much of the US$33 billion earmarked for energy, the CPEC is also set to make Pakistan a global player in meeting its Paris agreement commitments

Asserting sovereignty, Indonesia renames part of South China Sea JULY 15, 20175:43AM China builds new military facilities in the South China Sea Reuters News Corp Australia Network INDONESIA has renamed the northern reaches of its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea as the North Natuna Sea, the latest act of resistance by Southeast Asian nations to China’s territorial ambitions in the maritime region. Seen by analysts as an assertion of Indonesian sovereignty, part of the renamed sea is claimed by China under its contentious maritime boundary, known as the ‘nine-dash line’, that encompasses most of the resource-rich sea. Several Southeast Asian states dispute China’s territorial claims and are competing with China to exploit the South China Sea’s abundant hydrocarbon and fishing resources. Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Picture: AP. Source: Supplied China has raised the ante by depl

Indonesia Stakes Its Claim in the South China Sea With the stroke of a pen and the release of a new map, Indonesia just made the South China Sea a little more complicated.  Reuters : Indonesia renamed the northern reaches of its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea as the North Natuna Sea on Friday, the latest act of resistance by Southeast Asian nations to China’s territorial ambitions in the maritime region. Seen by analysts as an assertion of Indonesian sovereignty, part of the renamed sea is claimed by China under its contentious maritime boundary, known as the ‘nine-dash line’, that encompasses most of the resource-rich sea. […] Indonesia insists it’s a non-claimant state in the South China Sea dispute but has clashed with China over fishing rights around the Natuna Islands, detaining Chinese fishermen and expanding its military presence in the area over the past 18 months. The renaming of the sea does not carry any legal we

These 4 countries will stop Chinas raising power in Disputed sea An activist shouts anti-China slogans during a rally marking the 42nd anniversary of the 1974 naval battle between China and then-South Vietnamese troops over the Paracel Islands, in Hanoi on January 19, 2017. (HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images) China claimed to be king of the widely disputed sea off its south coast before a world arbitration court ruled a year ago that it lacked legal grounds for the massive maritime claim. A year after that ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Beijing has become only  more dominant  over the South China Sea despite competing claims by Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, the Philippines and Vietnam. That’s because China  rejected the ruling  but to make sure no one squawked, it stepped up economic cooperation with some of the other countries. China has the world’s  third largest military  and  second

Seven British-Pakistani drug traffickers jailed for nearly 140 years in UK By  News Desk Published: July 14, 2017 Eight convicted of conspiring to smuggle heroin from Pakistan. PHOTO COURTESY: Birmingham Mail Seven British-Pakistanis were among an eight-member Birmingham drugs gang have been jailed for more than 138 years for conspired to smuggle up to £19 million of heroin into the United Kingdom from Pakistan,  Birmingham Mail  reported on Friday. The crooks had hid the drugs inside industrial machinery shipped from Lahore, but were arrested following an investigation by the National Crime Agency (NCA). The eight, including a British-Indian, were jailed at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday for a total of 138 and a half years after being convicted of conspiracy to import heroin. British-Pakistani arrested for attempting to smuggle partridges to UK Ringleaders Ameran Zeb Khan, 38; Mohammed Ali, 36; and Sajid Hussain, 32; were sentenced to 22 years

Gen Bajwa briefed on security situation in Balochistan By  Web Desk Posted on July 14, 2017 QUETTA : Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday visited the Quetta Garrison where he was given detailed briefing on security situation of the province in Balochistan. The army chief was apprised that there has been phenomenal reduction in sectarian killing, while terrorists in desperation were now targeting law enforcement agencies and other soft targets. He also visited the Southern Command headquarters and Frontier Constabulary Baluchistan (North) headquarters. Gen Bajwa appreciated achievements of Army, FC, police, intelligence and other agencies including provincial administration towards improvement of security situation. He hailed efforts in socioeconomic domain and the considerable willing surrender of Baloch militants in the province. He said that Baluchistan is his prime focus and the main objective is to being the prosperity of people of Ba

AGP dismisses TCC claim as highly disproportionate.

PHOTO: FILE AGP dismisses TCC claim as highly disproportionate. PHOTO: FILE ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has rejected $11.5 billion claim made by the Tethyan Copper Company Pty Ltd (TCC), a joint venture between Antofagasta and Canada’s Barrick Gold Corporation, in the Reko Diq case. The arbitration claim had been submitted in 2012 by the TCC. Five years later, in 2017, it filed for compensatory damages amounting to $9.1 billion based on a fair market value of its investments in the project till November 15, 2011. In addition, it also filed a claim of $2.3 billion as pre-award compound interest. The Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) issued a statement on Thursday, wherein it is stated that “the amount claimed in the international arbitration is being rejected by Pakistan as highly speculative and disproportionate, being hundreds of times larger than any amounts invested by the claimant”. Reko Diq gold mine project: Pakistan may face $11.5-billion penalty The AGP office says that in any

CPEC to create jobs, new avenues By  APP Published: July 14, 2017 PHOTO: AFP ISLAMABAD :  The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects will open new avenues and opportunities for the people of this country, said Planning and Development Member Governance Tariq Hijazi. While talking to PTV on Thursday, he said that foreign direct investment of $46 billion was coming to Pakistan through CPEC, which will provide access to other countries besides China. A comprehensive strategy adopted by the present government will bring development, create opportunities and improve the life of the common man, said Hijazi. We’ll make CPEC a success, come what may: COAS Due to the peaceful environment and better law and order situation, Japan, EU and the Asian Development Bank were ready to provide funding for Bhasha dam, he added. “China wants to see continuity in policies, stable government and better security for the people coming to invest in Pakistan

Debating CPEC

https :// Editorial Updated July 14, 2017 The army chief’s  call for an “open debate on all aspects of CPEC ” is to be welcomed, but a few irritants stand in the way before any such debate can happen. The first irritant is the ✔ lack of disclosure by the government of many of the crucial details. Specifically, ✔ the long-term plan needs to become a public document, and greater debate ought to have gone into its finalisation. ✔Details regarding the financing, the Special Economic Zones and the concessions being given to Chinese enterprises could also be more transparent. When this newspaper ran the  details from the long-term plan  developed by the Chinese government for CPEC, people were genuinely surprised to learn that the scope of what is planned under the corridor projects goes far beyond power sector investments and transit trade. To this day there has been no specific denial from the government about the contents of that report, which has lent cred

Conspiracy being hatched to disrupt development, CPEC: Ahsan By   DND  - July 14, 2017 ISLAMABAD , Pakistan: Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal Friday said a conspiracy was being hatched to disrupt development works, China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects, and democratic system in the country. “Billions of dollars investment was coming to Pakistan through CPEC projects,” he said while talking to a private news channel. Like minded group of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), was trying to halt the CPEC, political and democratic system in the country. The conspiracy was being hatched against the democratically elected government led by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif who had no corruption charges throughout his life, he said. “No corruption charges or irregularities was found in any of tenure of Nawaz Sharif,” he said. “It was a pre-planned plot to destabilize the democratic government,” he said. To a question, the mi

Logistical Error Logistical Error July 14, 2017 After the demise of the USSR, Pakistan had the opportunity to improve its trucking and transport industry. Iran, Turkey and Pakistan were considered the prospective beneficiaries. However, due to the neglect of successive governments, Pakistan failed to grab the opportunity, and now deals with 1500 logistics companies that are incapable of carrying out cross-border trade. These companies are controlled by a total of seven ministries, whose incoherent policies make reforms extremely difficult. While the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has been branded as one of the biggest initiatives between the two countries and is expected to bring a lot of jobs into the economy; the project will not be completed without the overhaul of the trucking industry of Pakistan. The current setup is not reliable for carrying out trade because of outdated trucks, which result in a 2 percent loss of GDP ever

CPEC roads in Balochistan

Picture speaks louder than words. CPEC is synonyms with corruption, genocide of of Baloch people Corrupt Punjabi elite is making hay under the grab of economic corridor

Hind Baloch Forum met in Delhi today

BRP leader Sher Mohammad Bugti enjoy Champagne

BRP leader Sher Mohammad Bugti enjoy Champagne in Switzerland while poor Baloch she'd blood and drink contaminated water. Also you can see Brahumdagh Bugti head of BRP serving Champagne to his party members. Moral of the story, Baloch people should think about whom to support for their cause.

The oldest written Baluchi is represented by a manuscript in the British Museum

*The oldest written Baluchi is represented by a manuscript in the British Museum (see Elfenbein, 1961, 1983),* dating from early in the 19th century. There was little literary cultivation in the language during the rest of the century; it was not until the 1930s that a few individuals, led by Moḥammad Ḥosayn “ʿAnqā,” began to write for a public in Baluchi, producing a short-lived weekly paper Bōlān. The impetus to write for publication in the language continued, however, and after the creation of Pakistan in 1947, Baluchi academies were established in Karachi in 1956 and Quetta in 1959 for the purpose of encouraging publication of Baluchi literature. The academy in Karachi ceased to exist in the late 1950s, but the Baluchi Academy in Quetta is still (1987) flourishing. The efforts of these enthusiasts have, however, met with little response outside Pakistan, and only in 1978 were the first stirrings of effort to publish in Baluchi elsewhere to be felt: These took the form of a magazine

China’s Quest to End Its Century of Shame MATT CHASE By HOWARD W. FRENCH JULY 13, 2017 SHANGHAI — At an ocean research center on Hainan Island off China’s southern coast, officials routinely usher visitors into a darkened screening room to watch a lavishly produced People’s Liberation Army video about China’s ambitions to reassert itself as a great maritime power. As enormous, new naval vessels plow through high seas, a deep male voice intones: “China’s oceanic and overseas interests are developing rapidly. Our land is vast, but we will not yield a single inch to foreigners.” The 2015 video is one of many signs that China is seeking to emulate the United States’ 19th-century policy of taking exclusive control of security in the Western Hemisphere by excluding foreign powers from the region. Without officially saying so, China hopes to impose a modern version of the Monroe Doctrine on its surrounding oceans. As

Baloch people are compelled to drink water from ponds

Is There Light at the End of the Baloch Tunnel? Part One: Balochistan and Pakistan 7 MARCH 2017 Vikas Kumar, FDI Associate Download PDF Print Email     Key Points The Baloch people live largely forgotten in a resource rich, strategic territory next to Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf and in the middle of Iran, Central Asia and the Indian Sub-continent.Among the countries with large Baloch populations, Pakistan is the most reliant upon the ports and resources of its insurgent Baloch province.Pakistan is relying on demographic engineering, harsh crackdowns, Chinese investments, and religious extremists to tackle the divided, yet persistent, Baloch insurgency that is secular in character.Given the structure of the Pakistani state and the division of the Baloch people across three countries, a standalone secession of Balochistan à la Bangladesh seems infeasible. It could only secede either when the union ceases to be beneficial for Punjab, Pakistan’s core province,