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War Gaming a U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan

http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/06/war-gaming-a-u-s-withdrawal-from-afghanistan/
LAWRENCE SELLINRetired Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve11:28 PM 09/06/2017
Ironically, Pakistan’s opposition to U.S. and NATO efforts to stabilize Afghanistan through its support of the Taliban and Haqqani insurgents would lead to greater regional instability and, perhaps, create an existential threat to Pakistan itself should Western forces withdraw.In the absence of U.S. and NATO assistance, the Afghan government would fall within twelve months and Afghanistan would revert to conditions similar to those of the 1990s civil war when the country was divided along ethnic and, to some extent, religious lines.The predominantly Pashtun Taliban would attempt to reestablish its pre-9/11 government in Afghanistan, but again would be opposed by Tajiks, Uzbeks, Shia Hazaras and, likely, the more secular Baloch, whose population spans both Afghanistan and Pakistan along the southern border.The Taliban, who do not recognize t…

Indian citizens boycotting China products

The China–India border crisis: lessons for the Asia Pacific

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/09/06/the-china-india-border-crisis-lessons-for-the-asia-pacific/



6 September 2017Author: Sourabh Gupta, ICASOn 28 August, a week before Chinese President Xi Jinping hosted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Xiamen for the ninth BRICS summit, New Delhi and Beijing resolved their two and a half month-long standoff in the Doklam area in the Sikkim Himalayas.As per their disengagement understanding, India withdrew its troops and equipment from the Chinese side of the border. The offending Chinese road construction activity that had triggered India’s trespass in the first place is to be discontinued for the foreseeable future.Questions abound for all parties regarding both the timing of the denouement and the motivation behind chosen courses of action. But the most noteworthy feature of the entire exchange is the assemblage of Sino-Indian boundary management protocols. They were designed to confer peace and tranquillity to the border areas as well as s…

China's Seaport Shopping Spree: What China Is Winning By Buying Up The World's Ports

https://www.forbes.com/sites/wadeshepard/2017/09/06/chinas-seaport-shopping-spree-whats-happening-as-the-worlds-ports-keep-going-to-china/#4cc22d084e9d


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Wade Shepard ,   CONTRIBUTORContainer ship Cosco Development. /RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty ImagesIn a bid to bolster its position as a maritime powerhouse, secure key supply chains, enhance its international trade capacities, and build up geo-economic leverage, China has been buying up the development and operational rights to a chain of ports that stretch from the southern realms of Asia to the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and even South America.While big Chinese state-owned firms began acquiring ports around the world rather quietly roughly a decade or so ago, now, under the strategic framework of what has been dubbed the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (MSR) — the watery part of the broader Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) — these acquisitions have taken on a booming significance as this inter-continental networ…

The Rise of Maritime China

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This aerial photo taken on January 2, 2017, shows a Chinese navy formation, including the aircraft carrier Liaoning (C), during military drills in the South China Sea. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)By Scott Uehlinger
Wednesday, 06 Sep 2017 11:38 AMJoin in! Join in the Discussion!This article is part one of three-part series.As The People’s Republic of China (PRC) continues its historically unprecedented economic expansion, with its accompanying prestige, she has accordingly sought to expand her hegemony on the world stage.The centerpiece of this incrementalist program has been an ambitious and destabilizing program of building up airstrips and bases atop disputed reefs within the South China Sea (SCS). A glance at any map shows that the concept of …

Vietnam Protests Chinese Military Drills in Disputed South China Sea

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/09/06/vietnam-protests-chinese-military-drills-disputed-south-china-sea/


Rahman Roslan/Getty Imagesby JOHN HAYWARD6 Sep 20177Vietnam condemned Chinese live-fire military drills near disputed islands in the South China Sea this week, but the complaint was dismissed by a Chinese official who implied Hanoi was acting irrationally.China conducted drills in an area including the Paracel Islands, which Vietnam also claims. The dispute was vigorous enough for China and Vietnam to fight a battle over the islands in the 1970s and has heated up again in recent years as relations between Beijing and Hanoi deteriorate. Vietnam has strenuously objected to Chinese cruise ships running through the Paracels in the past, so its displeasure with military drills using live weapons is easy to imagine.advertisementThe Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySouthern Seminary - Master of Divinity OnlineSign up for more information about our Master of Divinity Onl…

Is Beijing rethinking its strategy on India?

http://www.asianage.com/opinion/columnists/060917/is-beijing-rethinking-its-strategy-on-india.html
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K C SinghThe writer is a former secretary in the external affairs ministry. He tweets at @ambkcsinghPublished : Sep 6, 2017, 12:39 am ISTUpdated : Sep 6, 2017, 12:40 am ISTThe test for Indian diplomacy in the coming decades will be in its ability to bridge these two worlds without unconditionally espousing either. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands before the group photo session at 2017 Brics Summit in Xiamen, Fujian province in China, on Monday. (Photo: PTI)The Xiamen Declaration issued at the end of the 9th Brics summit held in that city in China’s southeastern Fujian province earlier this week is a 70-odd-paragraph peroration entitled “Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future” that captures the consensus among five major emerging economies of Asia, Africa and Latin America.Brazil, Russia and South Africa are oil and commodity …

Chinese controls on outward investment may backfire

https://www.aei.org/publication/chinese-controls-on-outward-investment-may-backfire/



AsiaForeign and Defense PolicyFont SizeAAOn August 18, Beijing announced new regulations aimed at cutting total outward Chinese investment to curb capital flight and reduce financial leverage. These controls discourage outward investment in peripheral sectors in rich countries, while encouraging investments in commodities and Belt and Road (BRI) countries. The Belt and Road Initiative is a policy directive introduced by Xi Jinping to connect China to countries along the ancient Silk Road through investment and construction.Chinese President Xi Jinping’s plan to curb financial flight and reduce financial leverage could backfire. REUTERS/Fred Dufour/PoolThe regulations classify Chinese outward investment into three categories: encouraged, restricted, and banned:Encouraged: technology, manufacturing, commodities projects (energy, agriculture, and mining), and investments that promote the BRIRestricted: …

Central Asia´s Silk Road Rivalries

Main content27 Jul 2017What impact will China’s Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB) and the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) have on Central Asia’s economic development, political stability and security? Can Russia and China’s commitments to cooperation between the EEU and SREB be upheld given the diverging goals of the two projects? And what might the initiatives mean for the West’s role in Central Asia? This report by our partners at the International Crisis groups answers these questions and more.Download
English (PDF, 35 pages, 956 KB)AuthorInternational Crisis Group (ICG)SeriesCrisis Group Europe ReportsIssue245PublisherInternational Crisis Group (ICG)Copyright© 2017 International Crisis Group (ICG)

China Sends 2nd Freight Train Down New Silk Road to Tehran

https://financialtribune.com/articles/economy-domestic-economy/71936/china-sends-2nd-freight-train-down-new-silk-road-to-tehran



Anew freight train service bound for the Iranian capital of Tehran was launched from Yinchuan City of northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region on Tuesday.The second freight train departed at 10:00 a.m. from Yinchuan South Railway Station, carrying some 560 tons of cargo, including mechanical equipment, ceramic tableware, crystal ware and automobile accessories, worth around $1.6 million, China Global Television Network reported on its website.The freight train is scheduled to reach Tehran in about 15 days, travelling via Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, according to Xinhua Silk Road Information Service."The train takes more than 20 days less than transporting by ship, and is expected to greatly lower our delivery costs," said Liang Hua, whose company is in charge of the operation.Lying on the route of the Belt and Road Initiative, the Ningxia …

Former KU teacher among two ‘ASP leaders’ held in Balochistan raids

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/228196-Former-KU-teacher-among-two-ASP-leaders-held-in-Balochistan-raids

Aamir MajeedSeptember 7, 2017



Security agencies were said to have arrested two central leaders of banned militant outfit Ansarul Shariah Pakistan (ASP) in raids conducted in the Quetta and Pishin areas of Balochistan late on Wednesday night.The suspects were identified as Mufti Habibullah and Prof Mushtaq, a former Karachi University teacher. Mufti Habibullah had been running madrasas in Karachi and Hyderabad under the umbrella of the Tanzeem-e-Islami, security officials told The News.Campus Security Officer Muhammad Asif confirmed that Prof Mushtaq was a teacher at the University of Karachi’s Department of Islamic Studies, but he left the varsity. Investigators looking into connections between the ASP and other terrorist groups have established that terrorists associated with this outfit, as well as with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the Al-Qaeda Indian Subcontinen…

China’s Diplomatic Defeat: India Has Arrived At The Big Boys’ Table

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Harbir Singh- Sep 05, 2017, 7:55 pm
SNAPSHOTIndia has delivered a huge blow to Chinese prestige in its putative empire and amongst its powerful enemies.In a historic moment on a high Himalayan plateau in remote Bhutan, India beat back China in a standoff that had seen China deploy all its usual bullying tactics that have caused headaches even to the likes of the United States (US). It was a stunning reversal of India’s status as the humiliated party since its defeat in the 1962 war with China. India has finally arrived at the big boys’ table. But along with the triumph comes the need to grow up, and do it fast. A profoundly introverted India has been a reticent presence on the world stage and has little experience playing a role as a first-rank power. It’s time to start thinking and acting like one of the big boys if we don’t want to get tossed out of the game, bruised and broken.For decades, …

Pakistani businessmen back ‘China-dominated’ global order

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1498761/pakistani-businessmen-back-china-dominated-global-order/



By APPPublished: September 6, 2017

Businessmen walk on a street. PHOTO: REUTERSISLAMABADIslamabad Chamber of Small Traders (ICST) said on Tuesday that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is an important step towards the new global economic order which will trigger growth in the third world.Claiming that western economic powers are reluctant to relinquish control, ICST Patron Shahid Rasheed Butt said the 🔴western economic model has failed to provide relief to the masses while commending the ‘Chinese model’ for triggering development of underdeveloped countries.Pakistan will be paying China $90b against CPEC-related projectsADVERTISEMENTAdIn a statement, Butt said that CPEC is the stepping stone of the new economic order ‘dominated’ by China which will strengthen the 🔴 Pakistani economy by boosting domestic production, increasing exports and providing employment.A network of 3,218 km…

Pakistani businessmen back ‘China-dominated’ global order

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1498761/pakistani-businessmen-back-china-dominated-global-order/



By APPPublished: September 6, 2017

Businessmen walk on a street. PHOTO: REUTERSISLAMABADIslamabad Chamber of Small Traders (ICST) said on Tuesday that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is an important step towards the new global economic order which will trigger growth in the third world.Claiming that western economic powers are reluctant to relinquish control, ICST Patron Shahid Rasheed Butt said the 🔴western economic model has failed to provide relief to the masses while commending the ‘Chinese model’ for triggering development of underdeveloped countries.Pakistan will be paying China $90b against CPEC-related projectsADVERTISEMENTAdIn a statement, Butt said that CPEC is the stepping stone of the new economic order ‘dominated’ by China which will strengthen the 🔴 Pakistani economy by boosting domestic production, increasing exports and providing employment.A network of 3,218 km…

Doklam-CPEC dynamics

https://pakobserver.net/doklam-cpec-dynamics/


Iqbal Khan
With India eating dust over its Doklam folly, eastern and southern prongs of One Belt One Road (OBOR) are free of Indian military resistance. And by the time India recovers out of this humiliation, OBOR would have gone beyond the Indian sphere of influence. Earlier Prime Minister Narendra Modi had refused to join President Xi Jinping’s initiative to knit together with Asia and beyond, India was the lone country to boycott the “Belt and Road Summit” in May 2017.
India’s Foreign Ministry stated that it had agreed with China to an “expeditious disengagement” of troops. “In recent weeks, India and China have maintained diplomatic communication in respect of the incident at Doklam…expeditious disengagement of border personnel at the face-off site at Doklam has been agreed to and is on-going.” China said it was ‘pleased’ that India had agreed to withdraw troops. Foreign Ministryspokesperson Ms Hua Chunying commented: “Of course, we hop…

US investors urged to invest in CPEC projects

https://pakobserver.net/us-investors-urged-invest-cpec-projects/


6Staff ReporterIslamabadIslamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) urged the US investors to explore possibilities of joint ventures and invest in mega project of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as this has created many new business prospects in Pakistan.
“Pakistan and USA have good potential to enhance cooperation in many fields and both the countries should facilitate private sectors in trade promotion efforts”, President ICCI Khalid Iqbal Malik, said while talking to Counselor for Economic Affairs at the US Embassy, William “Chip” Laitinen who visited ICCI here on Wednesday.
Malik said that Pakistan and USA have a broad and multi-faceted partnership in areas ranging from education to energy to trade and investment.
However, bilateral trade between the two countries was still not up to their real potential. He stressed that private sectors of both countries should be given enhanced role to improve trade r…