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WHO proposes partnerships with China

https://www.devex.com/news/who-proposes-partnerships-with-china-along-silk-road-90958


By Jenny Lei Ravelo@JennyLeiRavelo07 September 20170World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus meets with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on the Belt and Road Initiative. Photo by: WHO Western PacificMANILA — In the three months since his election as World Health Organization director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has crisscrossed the globe on official visits. Few, however, are likely to lay the groundwork for a changing relationship more than his state visit to China, during which WHO proposed an ambitious addendum to China’s foreign development plans. Should Beijing take the suggestion, dozens of countries in Asia and Africa may well see a much-needed boost in their ability to combat deadly outbreaks and infectious diseases. And with China taking a greater leadership role, WHO may gain a greater impact than ever.  Read more Devex coverage on the Rise of Chinese aid▶ Pakis…

Oman To Become A Key Part Of China’s Silk Road

http://oilprice.com/Geopolitics/International/Oman-To-Become-A-Key-Part-Of-Chinas-Silk-Road.html


By ZainabCalcuttawala - Sep 07, 2017, 4:00 PM CDTNew Chinese investments are working to transform a small fishing village in Oman into the country’s new industrial center, according to a new report by Reuters.The city receiving all of the industrial attention is located 345 miles south of Muscat. The project promises an overall surge in Chinese investment in the country if it shows any indications of a success.Three years of low oil prices have pummeled the country’s revenues, making foreign direct investment a key source of new capital in a difficult time. Duqm, the city inundated with construction interest, is just one of the projects initiated by the central government.The Belt and Road Initiative’s route ties Oman to China’s international trade narrative for the next few years. Even countries that are less popular in diplomatic circles due to ongoing rows, such as Qatar, remain tied to …

Balochistan, Fata have highest disability prevalence: BISP

http://nation.com.pk/islamabad/08-Sep-2017/balochistan-fata-have-highest-disability-prevalence-bisp


September 08, 2017ISLAMABAD - Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) data showed that Balochistan and FATA have the highest disability prevalence and highest unemployment rate respectively while Sindh has the lowest literacy rate among all the provinces.According the data, collected through National Socio Economic Registry (NSER) in pilot districts Punjab has the highest proportion of youth population, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with second the highest literacy rate after Punjab, Balochistan with the highest disability prevalence, Gilgit with the highest proportion of post graduate population and FATA with the highest unemployment rate. The data shared by BISP with the Planning Commission here Thursday.A press release issued here stated that Minister of State and Chairperson BISP Marvi Memon held a meeting with Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Sartaj Aziz to discuss the maximum utilisation o…

Russia’s CPEC dream is Pakistan’s dilemma

Russia would not take much time to join the project provided Pakistan and more importantly China let it join itBy DR RAZA KHAN
Sep.06,2017Pakistan should feel greatly heartened by the Kremlin statement in its favour after US President Donald Trump announced his new policy on Afghanistan. This is a testament to the growing bilateral relations between Moscow and Islamabad. Recently, there have also been reports of growing ties between Russian and the Afghan Taliban and supply of arms to the latter from the former. This noticeable policy shift in Moscow regarding Afghanistan and Pakistan may have many reasons but the most important factor behind this is the Russian desire to somehow take advantage of CPEC by linking itself to the projectTrump’s new Afghan strategy is actually a ploy against CPEC, claims Russian journalistRussia would not take much time to join the project provided Pakistan and more importantly China let it join it. The fundamental reason for which Moscow would love to bec…