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Here's why China's One Belt, One Road is doomed to fail

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George FriedmanMauldin Economics 3h 2,037One Belt, One Road (OBOR) is China's ambitious initiative unveiled in 2013. In fact, it's two plans combined to form a larger framework of new trade routes.MauldinEconomicaThe first of these is One Belt (the orange line in the above map). It refers to the development of new infrastructure-particularly railroads and highways-to connect China's interior provinces with Europe by way of Russia, Central Asia, and the Middle East. It's a tall order, and expectations are low that China would be able to build them.The bigger problem with One Belt is geopolitical. Eurasia is in a state of crisis. Central Asia in particular is one of the world's most politically unstable places. The region is a patchwork of states whose borders were drawn to make the countries more easily controlled from Moscow during the Soviet era. It is hardly a promising market for Chi…

Lok Virsa to promote Balochistan, G-B cultures

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By APPPublished: July 20, 20171SHARESSHARETWEETISLAMABADNational Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) has developed a three-year strategy to promote traditional cultural heritage of the country.Lok Virsa Executive Director Dr Fouzia Saeed told the media that Lok Virsa was focusing to engage ethnic communities and develop a cultural identity among youth. However, she said: “Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) were our top priority and we have worked very closely with children and youth of Balochistan and G-B.”Describing public response to each initiative as superb, she said that they were closely with the provinces.ADVERTISEMENTHighlighting the projects of current year, she said that craft of the month, where folk crafts were taught, attracted 15,000 children and expressed hope to set a trend in schools for inviting master artisans.“Our summer camp for children introduced the young on…

GOVT EARMARKS RS10B FOR LAUNCHING BALOCHISTAN BANK

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The bank will operate on commercial basis and also function as government treasury in remote areas.File photo02:14 PM, 19 Jul, 20170Balochistan government has earmarked ten billion rupees for launching the Balochistan Bank during the current fiscal year.The bank will operate on commercial basis and also function as the government treasury in remote areas.The sources said that the Balochistan bank will prove a game changer for the people of the province

India-sponsored turbulence in Balochistan

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25Reema Shaukat
WHILE writers in Pakistan are often disparaged by Indians, for their support to Kashmir cause and freedom struggle and myself often receive emails and comments from across the border saying stop poking into Indian matters about Kashmir and focus on Balochistan. I wonder how easy is it to judge while sitting thousands miles away from that particular area and assume people of specific territory are suffering and they are dying to be part of so called secular shining India.
It is so easy to spatter on others without eloquentfacts and having knowledge about ground realities. For Kashmir it’s not just Pakistan who openly speaks about Indian atrocities in IHK but the worldwide human rights watchdog reports are enough as eye-opener. Kashmir diaspora has not emerged in a day but the decades old violations of human rights and freedom struggle from illegal occupation is strengthening it day by day. However, India who…

‘Govt strengthening TVET institutes along modern lines’

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Islamabad: After putting in place the soft (policy) aspects of the technical and vocational education and training reforms programme, we are moving forward with the hard aspects, including strengthening of the existing TVET institutes with international standards, building of new training centres and development of modern curriculum for the TVET sector.This was stated by Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training, Muhammad Balighur Rehman during a meeting with a delegation of European Union represented by EU ambassador Jean Francois Cautain and Federal Republic of Germany represented by acting German ambassador Tilo Klinner here on Wednesday.The participants discussed cooperation in the 63 million Euros TVET Reform Support Project jointly funded by European Union, Germany and Norway. The minister welcomed the delegation and appreciated its interest and efforts for suppor…

Ignoring GB in CPEC ‘major injustice’: Bilawal

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PPP chief directs manifesto committee to highlight public issues

July 20, 2017ISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday said ignoring Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was “great injustice”.He, while addressing a meeting of PPP GB here said that the party would not remain silent on the issue.Bilawal demanded inclusion of GB in the CPEC, said a party statement.He said that elections in the country should be held on the same day including in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and GB.“This will strengthen our country,” Bilawal added.He asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif not to target the people of GB just because they still loved Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.“The government has totally ignored the area in development projects and it is very unfortunate that the projects initiated by the PPP government have also been stopped,” Bilawal claimed.He…

UK biggest supporter of CPEC, says envoy

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July 19, 2017Quetta - British High Commissioner Thomas Drew Tuesday said his country was the biggest supporter of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which will not only bring economic prosperity and progress to Pakistan and Balochistan, but will also bring a revolution in the whole region.He said British High Commission will provide every possible help to connect links of British International Team and British Chamber of Commerce with Balochistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries for investment in various sectors of the province.Thomas Drew was welcomed by President of Chamber of Commerce and Industry Haji Abdul Wadood Achakzai and other members.The representatives of Chambers of Commerce and Industry briefed the British high commissioner about vast unexplored opportunities of investment in the province. They said the Balochistan people attached with commerce and trade wanted to strengthen business …

‘Vocational education reforms vital to CPEC’s success’

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A ReporterUpdated July 20, 2017

ISLAMABAD: The EU-funded technical and vocational education sector reforms project will help develop skills required for China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects.This was stated by EU Ambassador Jean Francois Cautain while discussing the 63 million euros vocational education sector reforms project with State Minister for Education and Professional Training Balighur Rehman on Wednesday, says a press release.“CPEC is as important a project for Europe, as it is for Pakistan and the region since it will also facilitate trade between Asia and Europe,” he added.Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Reform Support Project is being funded jointly by European Union, Germany and Norway.ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER ADA delegation of the EU held a meeting in this regard with the minister for education which was attended by other senior officers of ministry, says …

CPEC designed to bring profit to China, not Pakistan, say experts on Balochistan

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London, July 20 : The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects passing through the provinces of Balochistan and Sindh in Pakistan have been designed to bring profit to China and not for Pakistan, said experts on Balochistan while participating in a seminar in London earlier this week

London, July 20 : The China-pakistanEconomic Corridor (CPEC) projects passing through the provinces of Balochistan and Sindh in Pakistan have been designed to bring profit to China and not for Pakistan, said experts on Balochistan while participating in a seminar in London earlier this week.Gathering under the banner of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and the World Baloch Organization (WBO), the Baloch leaders and activists took part in the seminar that focused on the theme "Hanging by a Thread: CPEC, Progressive Nationalism and the Growth of R…

CPEC: The growing resentment and resistance among poor Pakistanis can cost China dearly

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Amiera Sawas and Nausheen H Anwar, Institute of Business Administration, Karachi31 mins agoThe cost of development. (Reuters/Caren Firouz)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 $33 billion earmarked for energy, the CPEC is also set to make Pakistan a global player in meeting its Paris agreement commitments to fight climate change. And for its bulging, skilled youth population, development…

China Pours Investment into Africa

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- Taro Mitamura

*You will leave the NHK website.Africa is often called the last frontier due to its potential for economic growth. Other parts of the world are seeking opportunities to invest in the continent, but China has an overwhelming share.China's "One Belt, One Road" initiative to create a giant economic zone has sights set on Africa as well as the Eurasian Continent. It has recently built a new railway system in Kenya."This inaugural journey on our new Madaraka Express marks a transformative moment for Kenya and also for the great continent of Africa," announced Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.That "transformative moment" was the opening of a new railway line in Kenya.It is the largest public works project since Kenya gained independence in 1963. It links the capital Nairobi with Mombasa, a port city on the Indian Ocean 470 kilometers away.The price tag w…

The Problem with China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative

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George Friedman Follow | Wednesday, 19 July 2017 08:17 (EST)Image via Marianna/Flickr CCOne Belt, One Road (OBOR) is China’s ambitious initiative unveiled in 2013. In fact, it’s two plans combined to form a larger framework of new trade routes.Click to enlargeThe first of these is One Belt (the orange line in the above map). It refers to the development of new infrastructure—particularly railroads and highways—to connect China’s interior provinces with Europe by way of Russia, Central Asia, and the Middle East. It’s a tall order, and expectations are low that China would be able to build them.The bigger problem with One Belt is geopolitical. Eurasia is in a state of crisis. Central Asia in particular is one of the world’s most politically unstable places. The region is a patchwork of states whose borders were drawn to make the countries more easily controlled from Moscow during the Soviet era. It is hard…

Duisburg is the key link between China and Europe

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China’s push to connect east and west has found its perfect partner in duisport, the logistics hub of EuropeChinese President Xi Jinping meets duisport Group CEO Erich Staake (image: Rolf Köppen/duisport)FEATUREDAuthor: Erich Staake, CEO, duisport Group19 Jul 2017Since 2011, a rail network spanning more than 10,000km has linked Chongqing, the world’s largest industrial metropolis, with almost 30 million inhabitants, and Duisburg, the world’s largest inland port in the heart of central Europe. This route has proven itself to be a precursor for long-term growth in the exchange of goods between Asia and Europe. In China, the land bridge is celebrated as ‘the new Silk Road’.Behind this concept lies a comprehensive strategy with the name of ‘One Belt, One Road’. It has been connecting destinations for the establishment of an intercontinental infrastructure network between Europe and China since 2013, and …

Dodging Chinese Police in Kashgar, a Silk Road Oasis Town

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Police officers on patrol in Kashgar, China, checked the identification documents of passers-by in December.GILLES SABRIÉ FOR THE NEW YORK TIMESBy EDWARD WONGJULY 19, 2017KASHGAR, China — The five policemen surrounded the young man and his friend on the sidewalk.The man, an ethnic Uighur, pulled out identification. The policemen had been unaware that he was one of their own — an officer, but in plainclothes.The man, whose name my companions and I would later learn was Rexat Yusuf, had been following us since we left our hotel in Kashgar, a Silk Road oasis town in the deserts of far west China. From the start, we could tell he and his companion, who was of the dominant Han ethnicity, were policemen assigned to watch us.On our stroll, we reached the rebuilt ramparts of the old city wall and climbed stairs to take photographs. The two men waited …

Presenting the Balochistan chapter of Fanoos

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July 19, 2017By MaheenSabeehjMusic producer ZohaibKazi talks to Instep about collaborating with the inimitable Akhtar ChanalZahri on ‘Ji Aao’ and the journey from Karachi to Quetta.Zohaib Kazi, one of the most thoughtful and hardworking musicians currently working in the local music scene and the creator of the singular Ismail Ka Urdu Sheher, seems to have won over pretty much everyone with his 2017 release, the beautiful and sacred Fanoos. Created in partnership with Patari and launched this summer, the record is the result of Kazi traveling all over Pakistan to work with some exceptional regional artists, both known and unknown, in their own space.
Zohaib Kazi and Akhtar Chanal Zahri bring Balochistan and its beautiful landscape and culture to the limelight with the song ‘Ji Aao’Having delivered the thumping ‘The Gulmit Anthem’ which featured the students of the Bulbulik Heritage Cent…

Situationer: Balochistan police in the line of fire

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Muhammad Akbar NotezaiUpdated July 19, 2017

SP Mubarak Shah was gunned down along with three police guards shortly after leaving for work on July 14.QUETTA: Mir Baz Khan Mengal Road slopes downhill in the austere Kili Deba locality leading up to a beige home that has an address plaque with the title: Jamal Shah House. This is the residence of Quaidabad police superintendent Mubarak Shah Achakzai, who was gunned down along with three police guards shortly after leaving for work on July 14.Although the gate of Jamal Shah House is not locked, the family is not home. A shopkeeper explains that the slain police officer’s body was taken to Gulistan, in the Qilla Abdullah district of Balochistan, for burial.The attack that killed Mr Achakzai was the second targeted attack on high-ranking police officers in the province in a week. On July 10, the border town of Chaman, one of the four towns in Qilla Abdullah district, saw a deadly suicide attack targeting the d…

4 Hazaras shot dead near Mastung as gunmen open fire on vehicle

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AP | APP | Syed Ali ShahUpdated July 19, 2017
At least four family members belonging to the ethnic Hazara Shia community and their driver were shot dead when unidentified gunmen opened fire on their vehicle near Balochistan's Mastung area on Wednesday, police said.Two women were travelling in the vehicle that was targeted by the assailants; one of them was among the four people killed, local police chief Mohammad Ishaq said. The other woman sustained injuries in the incident.The family's driver who was also killed was Sunni, Ishaq said.According to police sources, the victims were on their way to Quetta from Karachi when gunmen riding a motorcycle targeted their car. The assailants escaped unhurt after carrying out the attack.ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER ADThe incident appears to be an act of targeted killing, police sources added.The bodies and injured were shifted to Sandeman Civil Hos…

Four Hazaras shot dead in Balochistan in case of targetted killing

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ANI | Islamabad [Pakistan Jul 19, 2017 11:42 AM IST
At least four ethnic Hazara people were shot dead when unidentified gunmen opened fire on their vehicle near Balochistan's Mastung area on Wednesday.The police sources said was an incident of targetted killing, reports the Dawn.The assailants escaped after the killings. The police and other Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) personnel reached the site and started an investigation into the incident.Balochistan has been experiencing violence and targetted killings for more than a decade. More than 1,400 incidents targetting the minority Shia and Hazara community have taken place in the province during the past 15 years.Previously, Pakistani Sunni Muslim extremist militant group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, had been assumed to be behind the sectarian attacks against Hazaras.Quetta, capital of Balochistan, has se…

CPEC: Is a cash-strapped Pakistan using Kashmir to cement ties with China?

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ANI | Islamabad Jul 19, 2017 12:11 PM ISTPhoto: ShutterstockFor nearly 70 years, Pakistan has defined Kashmir as the core issue and root cause of its differences with India. Traditionally, since 1947, the narrative in Islamabad has been to champion the right of self-determination, security and sovereignty of Kashmiris. It is seen and regarded as a highly emotive issue in the nation's domestic politics.But of late, it is being suggested by some observers and analysts that Pakistan's is using its Kashmir narrative and the United Nations resolutions linked to it to cement ties with China through the much publicised China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.Social media is abuzz with suggestive views that with China maintaining a neutral stance on Kashmir, and refusing to extend support to Pakistan on the so-called dispute with …