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To be relevant, let Asean use S. China Sea dispute ruling

http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/to-be-relevant-let-asean-use-s-china-sea-dispute-ruling John Nery Associate Editor Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippines PUBLISHED AUG 5, 2017, 5:00 AM SGT The Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean), which marks its 50th anniversary on Aug 8, finds itself at a crossroads: How can it continue to be relevant as a regional bloc, in the light of its inability to counter, or even merely criticise, expansive Chinese ambitions in the South China Sea? One possibility is for individual members to separately invoke last year's arbitral tribunal ruling. That landmark ruling in international law, which the Philippines sought and which benefits both individual member-states and the Asean as a regional association, has been temporarily set aside by the Philippines. The "award"- decided by the arbitral tribunal convened under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea - was released on July 12, 2016, a mere 12 days after Phili

‘South China Sea claimants will suffer if harsh to China’

http://m.philstar.com/314191/show/d979f522abcceecaa9768cc8d690c8db/? Posted on Friday Aug 4th at 8:00pm By Helen Flores People from claimant-states in the South China Sea will suffer if they take a hard stance with China, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said yesterday, as former diplomats and experts expressed concern over Beijing’s continued island-building activities in and militarization of the disputed waters.  AFP/Fabrice Coffrini , File MANILA, Philippines - People from claimant-states in the South China Sea will suffer if they take a hard stance with China, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said yesterday, as former diplomats and experts expressed concern over Beijing’s continued island-building activities in and militarization of the disputed waters. “In the West Philippine Sea, our neighbors are also claimants. If we go harsh with everyone, our people will suffer – trade, direct foreign investments, tourism,” Cayetano said at the “ASEAN at 50: T

India hopeful of making Chabahar port operational by 2018

http://m.timesofindia.com/business/india-business/india-hopeful-of-making-chabahar-port-operational-by-2018/articleshow/59931372.cms PTI | Updated: Aug 5, 2017, 08.14PM IST   Construction activity at Chabahar port (File photo) HIGHLIGHTS Nitin Gadkari is in Tehran today to represent India at the oath taking ceremony of President Rouhani.The visit assumes significance as India has finalised some tenders for installation of key equipment.As per the MoU signed in May last year, India is to equip and operate two berths in Chabahar Port Phase-I. NEW DELHI: The government is hopeful that the strategic  Chabahar Port  will be operational by 2018, Union minister  Nitin Gadkari  has said. The Road, Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Gadkari is in Tehran today to represent India at the oath taking ceremony of President Hassan  Rouhani . Prime Minister  Narendra Modi  had earlier congratulated Rouhani on his re-election as the President of  Iran  and affirmed India's commitme

Khaqan directs timely completion of road projects

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/08/05/khaqan-directs-timely-completion-of-road-projects/ National 20 HOURS AGO BY STAFF REPORT Share this on WhatsApp PM briefed on CPEC, Peshawar-Karachi Motorway and other important projects Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday directed the National Highway Authority (NHA) to ensure the completion of all road projects within the stipulated timeframe maintaining utmost transparency and without compromising the quality of civil works. He gave these directives in a high-level meeting chaired by him wherein he was briefed by NHA Chairman Shahid Ashraf Tarar about various road connectivity projects undertaken by the authority. Federal Minister Hafiz Abdul Karim, State Minister Muhammad Junaid Anwaar Chaudhry and other officials also attended the meeting. The NHA chairman apprised the meeting that at present, 39 highways, motorways, expressways and strategic roads with a total length of 12,131 kilometres were being operated and maintain

Work on all portions of CPEC Western Route underway

http://www.brecorder.com/2017/08/05/363256/work-on-all-portions-of-cpec-western-route-underway/   FAWAD MAQSOOD     AUG 5TH, 2017 01:45   0  VIEWS: 129 ISLAMABAD: The construction as well as land acquisition work on all portions of the Western Route of China Pakistan Economic Corridor is under way and it is expected that major work on the route would be completed by the next year.  The shortest of all CPEC routes is Western Alignment of the CPEC which is 2,463 km in length and starts from Khunjrab, passing through Burhan (Hakla), D I Khan (Yarik), Zhob, Quetta, Surab and Hoshab and terminates at Gwadar.  An official of Planning Commission Friday told APP that the Western Routes' 615 km Khunjrab-Raikot section had already been completed while Havelian-Abbottabad-Manshehra (40 km) Section would be completed by May, 2018.  He said work on construction of all five sections of Hakla-D I Khan Expressway had begun.  This project was an important part of Western Route of CPEC and

NAB, China sign MoU to ensure transparency in CPEC projects

http://nation.com.pk/national/05-Aug-2017/nab-china-sing-mou-to-ensure-transparency-in-cpec-projects August 05, 2017, 8:57 am  National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman  Qamar Zaman Chaudhry says the Bureau is pursuing Zero Tolerance Policy to eradicate corruption from the country, reported  Radio Pakistan.  He was chairing a meeting to review latest progress on NAB's Awareness and Prevention campaign on" Say No To Corruption" in Islamabad. He said NAB's awareness campaign has been effectively highlighted in print, electronic and social media throughout the country. The Chairman said that NAB has signed an MoU with China to oversee and ensure transparency in CPEC projects

BLF JULY 2017 REPORT AND ARMED ACTIVITIES AGAINST PAKISTANI FORCES

BLF JULY REPORT :42 attacks were carried out on Pakistani forces. More than 27 soldiers were killed (Daily Sangar) BLF JULY 2017 REPORT AND ARMED ACTIVITIES AGAINST PAKISTANI FORCES BLF Activities Published by “Ashoob” from the statements of BLF spokesperson Gwahram Baloch issued in Electronic and Print Media. During the month of July 2017, 42 attacks were carried out on Pakistani forces. More than 27 soldiers were killed, dozens injured, 9 military vehicles destroyed. One attack was carried out on Pakistan army’s construction company Frontier Works Organization (FWO), working on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects, one (FWO) personnel was killed and one injured. 5 attacks carried out on Pakistan Army’s death squads, 2 militants of ISIS affiliated terrorist organization were killed and 4 injured. In the month of July, three BLF fighters Zareef Baloch, Saleem Baloch and Sameer Baloch embraced martyrdom in Dasht district Kech while defending motherland Balochistan again