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Forum to focus on cooperation along Belt and Road

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With the total investment by China in Belt and Road countries since 2013 surpassing US$50 billion (S$68 billion), business leaders and top-level participants from government and academia will gather to discuss the issues of trade connectivity and collaborative opportunities tomorrow.In terms of revenue, the total amount has reached US$75.97 billion last year, an increase of 9.7 per cent year on year, the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) noted.To date, 56 economic and trade cooperation zones have been built by Chinese businesses, generating nearly US$1.1 billion in tax revenue and creating 180,000 jobs.More than 600 representatives from 43 countries and regions are expected at the Singapore Regional Business Forum to be held at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia.Get The Straits Times
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Why China Is Shooting Its Gray Rhinos

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Patrick FraterAsia Bureau ChiefAP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCKAUGUST 13, 2017 | 09:00AM PT Two Different Smashes: Wanda’s Purgatory, and ‘Wolf Warriors’ Patriotic Win“It is like an awful car crash. You know you shouldn’t look. But at the same time you can’t turn away,” said one senior China film executive of the financial woes that have wrecked the summer of WandaFosunLeEco, and other previously high flying Chinese conglomerates. Yet, for those who continue to look on at the aftermath of the summer smash-up, two trends emerge.First, that political risk should be moved far higher up the agenda in any Sino-international dealing. Second, that China is now a major player that has momentum and scale to affect global industry. However alien its rules and methods are to Wall Street and Burbank, or how tricky its is to read the political tea leaves, China counts for too much to be ignored — as a current smash of the …

Chinese dream, Indian slumber

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The increasingly aggressive Chinese foreign policy is primarily driven by two factors: A build-up of nationalistic fervour in domestic politics and the Chinese economy’s hunger for new markets.Written by DeependerHooda |Published on: August 14, 2017 12:00 amDoklam points to the need for a larger response — that takes into account China’s growing ambitions.RELATED NEWSChina’s latest: What if we enter Kashmir or Kalapani in UttarakhandDoklam standoff: Explaining two months of tensions between India and ChinaRamdev says China supporting Pakistan terrorists, urges to boycott Chinese goodsThe stand-off with China in Doklam is not about who blinks first, it is about a much broader game India has always been a part of. We need to understand what is motivating China in initiating these flare-ups and how we can protect Indian interest. The increasingly aggressive Chinese for…

HSBC fund arm eyes mainland China pension market, new Silk Road projects

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Enoch YiuUPDATED : Monday, 14 Aug 2017, 8:33AMHSBC Global Asset Management is planning to expand into more Asian markets with a focus on pension fund management and infrastructure investments arising from Beijing’s new Silk Road projects, according to the regional head of the company.“We would like to expand into new markets in Asia where we have achieve double digit year-on-year growth in terms of assets under distribution over the last three years,” said Pedro Bastos, chief executive of Hong Kong and regional head of Asia-Pacific, HSBC Global Asset Management.The company, part of HSBC Holdings, reported that assets under distribution in Asia in the first half grew 17 per cent year on year to US$161 billion.Assets under management – or the amount of accumulated funds distributed in Asia – stood at US$131.4 billion as of the end of June.MPF hits record high returns due t…

China announces maritime nuclear power firm

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By Shan Jie Source:Global Times Published: 2017/8/13 23:03:400The floating nuclear power plants could better conserve the environment in areas such as the South China Sea, Chinese experts said after the country recently announced the setting up of a maritime nuclear power company in Shanghai.Five companies, including the China National Nuclear Power (CNNP) and Shanghai Electric Power, formed the company in Shanghai to build maritime nuclear facilities, according to a CNNP statement released on Thursday.The Thursday statement said the company fits into the national strategy of building China into a maritime power and the Belt and Road initiatives, and would help promote the civil-military integration of nuclear-powered vessels.The company will develop, build, operate and manage the maritime nuclear power facilities, and produce and sell electricity, heating and desalination devices.China is expected to build 20 floating nuclear power stati…

Master plan for Gwadar smart port city to be finalized soon

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IslamabadThe master plan for making Gwadar as a smart port city is being prepared on fast track and would be finalized soon, official sources in planning commission said.
Talking to APP, the sources said that under the master plan Gwadar would be transformed into a port of international standards and a smart, sustainable city that can drive local, national and regional growth in the coming decades. They said the development of Gwadar is a strategic priority for the Government of Pakistan.
“The commercial, political, socio-economic, defense and regional connectivity related benefits that can be realized once the port (and the city) reaches its full potential make it imperative to develop the area without any further delay”, they said.
Lying at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, Gwadar is a strategic warm water deep sea port developed by the GoP with assistance from the People’s Republic of China.
Inaugurated in 2007, …

Balochistan: Fighting Gender Equality in Political Process

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By: Mariyam SulemanWith her colorful traditional Balochi dress, (now a housewife) Amina Baloch is unwavering in purpose. Few years back, she was keenly aware of the expectations the women in her area had of her as their councilor in Neghey, 300 kilometers from the provincial capital of Quetta, a village in the district of Kuzdar.       Amina served as one of the ten lady councilors for five years and handled seven neighborhoods of her village after getting a reserved seat for women in the local government of Khuzdar because of the support of her male counterparts, resolve of her family and women supporters.“All through those five years, I learned what it was to struggle. With the support, I received, came responsibilities. I knew the troubles and problems of women in my village, but I had no idea how to solve them.” Amina told The Balochistan Point.Amina is not alone with her concern, lady council…

Countering propaganda, misperceptions about CPEC

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The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), coupled with its related multi-sectoral projects, is aggressively on its path of completion and the main stakeholders – China and Pakistan – are destined to tap economic potential and benefits in coming years. Both of them have repeatedly demonstrated their unwavering commitment and seriousness for making this project, which involves over 50 billion dollars investments, a grand success. This envious project has not only further cemented the Pak-China friendship, which is higher than Himalayas and deeper than ocean, but also sent a strong message to international power players that Pakistan is set to emerge as a stable economic state.As it always happens, successes of one state are hardly digested by other competitors or rival states. While most of the CPE…

China's Silk Road lends urgency to India's Asia ambitions

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Archana Chaudhary and Dhwani Pandya, BloombergPublished 6:38 am, Saturday, August 12, 2017Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Andrey Rudakov.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks at the plenary session during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on June 2, 2017.When Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government approved $256 million to upgrade a section of a remote border road last month, few took notice.Yet India's decision to revive plans for the highway, part of an ambitious 845-mile (1,360-kilometer) crossing to link northeastern India with markets in Thailand and beyond, marks the next phase in the jostle between New Delhi and Beijing for economic and strategic influence in the region.In the last two years alone, India has assigned more than $4.7 billion in contracts for the development of its border roads, according to government figures, inclu…

Eight-hundred students from Balochistan visit Quetta Garrison: ISPR

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RAWALPINDI: About 800 students and faculty members from various educational institutions of Balochistan visited different units and formations of Pak Army at the Quetta Garrison on Saturday.An ISPR statement says that the day-long visit of the students and their faculty members was a part of 14 August celebrations with the view to make them aware of organisational and defence skills of the Pak Army.The students, during the visit, took keen interest in the Compound Clearing Show. They also showed interest in the artillery gun fire and aviation fly past.The visiting students also witnessed different gadgets showcased at various stalls at the garrison, the statement concluded

CPEC will continue to link Pakistan with China despite security threats: Exim MD

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13 August, 2017

ISLAMABAD: Despite security threats and natural disasters, (work on) the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will continue to link Pakistan with China and allow smooth exchange of goods between the two countries, said a Chinese entrepreneur on Saturday.Talking to reporters here, Exim’s managing director Tianru Tang cited two major concerns in the construction and maintenance of the Karakorum Highway (KKH) and Khunjerab Pass — geological disasters and adverse security conditions.Since the highway was located in Gilgit-Baltistan, which was a frequent target of sectarian and terrorist attacks, the construction process was hampered, said Mr Tianru, adding that security situation also risked safety of Chinese personnel.He lauded the police and security forces for playing their role in maintaining peace in the region.The key impediment in development, howe…

Pak Army behind genocide in Balochistan: HRCB chairman Taj Baloch

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Berlin [Germany], August 12 : The Chairman of the Human Rights Commission of Balochistan (HRCB), Taj Baloch, has blamed the Pakistan Army for carrying out genocide in Balochistan

berlin [Germany], August 12 : The Chairman of the Human Rights Commission of Balochistan (HRCB), Taj Baloch, has blamed the pakistanarmy for carrying out genocide in Balochistan."During a military operation, they siege the entire village and abduct men. While leaving the place, they burn the houses. Those picked up by the Army remain disappeared for six months or a year. In some cases, the dead bodies of those abducted were found in a day or two. The Army claims them to be killed in an encounter," Taj Baloch said.He further said that last year, a total of 1,082 people from Balochistan were abducted and they are still missing, while 5,40…

Balochistan Province Formally Launch Working Group To Achieve Family Planning Goals

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QUETTA: The Provincial Government formally launched FP2020 working group on Friday, August 11, 2017 at Quetta to gauge the progress on family planning goals in the province. In his welcome remarks the secretary Population Welfare Department thanksMs. Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani, Speaker Balochistan Assembly for her support to chair the Balochistan FP2020 Working Group. He also appreciated the efforts of the Population Council and UNFPA towards the formation of FP2020 Working Group in the Balochistan Province.Mr Noor ulHaqBa;och, Secretary Population Welfare Department, presented Balochistan’s FP2020 commitments for achieving FP2020 goals and shared the Progress made so far and highlighted the opportunities to further accelerate the family planning efforts in the province. Ms. Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani, Speaker Balochistan Assembly formally made announcement of launch of B…

Pak forces indulge in grave rights violations in Balochistan: Baloch-American leader

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By: PTI | Washington |Published on: August 12, 2017 10:23 pm

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Pakistani security forces are committing grave human rights violations in Balochistan, a Baloch-American leader has alleged while calling for implementation of the Leahy Amendment which prohibits the US military aid to forces accused of breaching human rights.“I am appealing to all Americans of good will to help end crimes against humanity in Balochistan in whatever way you can,” Amar Khan, founder and president of the American Friends of Baluchistan said at an event at the George Washington University here yesterday.The event was addressed among others by Christine Fair, a South Asia expert and Associate Professor at the Georgetown University and T Kumar from Amnesty International.“I have come here to appeal to our common humanity as the Baloch people are facing crimes against humanity at th…

8 soldiers among 15 martyred in Quetta blast

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Saleem ShahidAugust 13, 2017

QUETTA: With some vehicles on fire, soldiers and volunteers remove a victim after a powerful bomb blast rocked the city on Saturday night.—AFPQUETTA: At least 15 people, among them eight soldiers, were martyred and 40 others wounded when a suicide bomber targeted a military truck near the Pishin bus stop on Saturday night, officials said.“A man riding a motorbike came close to the army truck and blew himself up,” a senior official of the Bomb Disposal Squad told Dawn.Aslam Tareen said around 25-30 kilograms of explosives were used in the suicide attack.COAS calls attack an attempt to mar ‘Independence Day festivity’; Ahsan to review security in provincial capital

Many vehicles, apart from the army truck, caught fire after the explosion, which was so loud that it was heard all across the city. Windowpanes of nearby buildings were smashed by the impact of the blast.ARTICLE CONTINUES…

Natural disasters, security threats impediments to CPEC: Chinese entrepreneur

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KalbeAliUpdated August 13, 2017ISLAMABAD: Despite security threats and natural disasters, (work on) the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will continue to link Pakistan with China and allow smooth exchange of goods between the two countries, said a Chinese entrepreneur on Saturday.Talking to reporters here, Exim’s managing director Tianru Tang cited two major concerns in the construction and maintenance of the Karakorum Highway (KKH) and Khunjerab Pass — geological disasters and adverse security conditions.Since the highway was located in Gilgit-Baltistan, which was a frequent target of sectarian and terrorist attacks, the construction process was hampered, said Mr Tianru, adding that security situation also risked safety of Chinese personnel.He lauded the police and security forces for playing their role in maintaining peace in the region.ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER ADThe ke…