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Sino-Egyptian manufacturing deals signed at Ningxia event

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/motoring/2017-09/11/content_31837765.htm

By Hao Yan | China Daily | Updated: 2017-09-11 08:13Visitors look at a Chinese-branded vehicle displayed at the China-Arab States Expo on Sept 7 in Yinchuan, capital of Ningxia Hui autonomous region. [Photo/China Daily by Hao Yan]Chinese automakers to help partners dominate regional market, lower costsThe China-Arab States Auto Cooperation Conference witnessed the signing of two Sino-Egyptian agreements that aim to shift the two countries' automotive cooperation toward localization, as part of the growing network of international ties along the Belt and Road.The China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Automotive Industry Committee and Egypt's Holding Company for Maritime and Land Transport inked the deals relating to deepening Sino-Egyptian links in the automotive industry."Chinese auto exports are recovering after years of decline, with Egypt being one of the biggest export dest…

Why China Is Building A New City Out In The Desert Of Oman

https://www.forbesmiddleeast.com/en/why-china-is-building-a-new-city-out-in-the-desert-of-oman/



10-Sep-2017 Waleed Hmidan, Forbes Middle East StaffPhoto credit: ShutterstockNobody is going to confuse the dusty fishing village of Duqm for Dubai.But Oman intends to change this by building an entirely new, $10.7 billion transit-oriented industrial city on the desertified coast of the Arabian Sea, 550 kilometers south of Muscat.More accurately, China intends to change this by building an entirely new $10.7 billion transit-oriented industrial city …A year ago, Oman signed a deal and opened the doors for a Chinese consortium to move in and do what they seemingly like to do best: build a new boomtown.After constructing dozens of full-scale new cities and completely re-developing dozens more in their own country, Chinese firms are now moving out along the tendrils of the Belt and Road to construct new cities across Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Duqm is among the most ambitious of such pro…

Japan’s security challenge: North Korea and China

http://www.ejinsight.com/20170911-japan-s-security-challenge-north-korea-and-chinJapan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants his country to have much greater control over decisions that affect its security. Photo: Reuters



North Korea’s accelerated campaign to develop nuclear weapons capable of hitting North America may be riling the United States but it is striking real fear into the hearts of many in Japan, especially after a ballistic missile overflew Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost prefecture.In an unusual move, local government officials on Aug. 28 urged people living in the vicinity to seek refuge in secure buildings or in underground shelters. The North Korean nuclear crisis quickly impacted the lives of ordinary Japanese, enhancing their sense of vulnerability.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised that the government would take “all possible measures” to ensure the safety of the people.The Japanese defense ministry immediately requested an additional US$1.6 billion for new missile d…

China’s “Strings Of Pearls” Threat To India’s Strategic Hold In Indian Ocean Region.

http://www.theshillongtimes.com/2017/09/11/chinas-strings-of-pearls-threat-to-indias-strategic-hold-in-indian-ocean-region/

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By PUBLIC On Sep 11, 2017
By Rabin Prasad Kalita  It becomes obvious that, under the banner of One Belt One Region (OBOR) China is developing land and maritime trade routes but one must not be oblivious to the fact that they always carry a military ambition at the back of their minds. India has already been looped by Chinese military and commercial facilities and also as per the piecemeal reports, Pakistan’s soil has been used for establishing Chinese military and naval base which would become a possible last slot in the chain of pearls encircling India. It would be worth mentioning here that similar military as well as commercial facilities also have been developed by China to encircle Japan and other American allies. Since our concern is India, our prime motto is to discuss Chinese presence in Indian Ocean Region only which might cost us heavily if…

Number of Balochi-speaking people in Balochistan falls

https://www.dawn.com/news/1356899/number-of-balochi-speaking-people-in-balochistan-falls


Mubarak Zeb KhanUpdated September 11, 2017

ISLAMABAD: The Balochi-spea­king population appears to have shrunk marginally in 21 districts of Balochistan over a period of 19 years, whereas no growth in population has been recorded in the nine Pashtun-majority districts.According to the census data, the overall average growth in Balochistan was recorded at a much higher rate of 3.37 per cent compared to the national average of 2.4pc. The highest growth in population — 4.91pc — was recorded in the federal capital.The government of Balochistan is yet to release an official reaction to the census results announced on Aug 25. There has been no word from the nationalists either.Infographic by Ramsha JahangirAccording to the census results, the Baloch population has shrunk from 61pc to 55.6pc in the province over a period of 19 years in 21 districts where the Baloch form a majority. However, the total number…

5 Shia Hazara community members gunned down in Pakistan

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Five members of the minority Shia Hazara community, including two women, were killed on Sunday in an attack by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province.This is not the first time that members of the Hazara community have been targeted in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan.(Reuters File Photo)Updated: Sep 11, 2017 00:20 ISTBy Press Trust of India, Press Trust of India, KarachiFive members of the minority Shia Hazara community, including two women, were killed on Sunday in an attack by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province.The gunmen targeted a car in Kuchluck area of Quetta while it was coming from the Chaman border crossing area, police said.The firing took place when the travellers had stopped at a filling station to refuel their vehicle. Five people of the Shia Hazara community, including two women, died in …

5 Shia Hazara community members gunned down in Pakistan

http://m.hindustantimes.com/world-news/5-shia-hazara-community-members-gunned-down-in-pakistan/story-CHWR4lYByRHzf2KjHjMloI.html



Five members of the minority Shia Hazara community, including two women, were killed on Sunday in an attack by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province.This is not the first time that members of the Hazara community have been targeted in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan.(Reuters File Photo)Updated: Sep 11, 2017 00:20 ISTBy Press Trust of India, Press Trust of India, KarachiFive members of the minority Shia Hazara community, including two women, were killed on Sunday in an attack by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province.The gunmen targeted a car in Kuchluck area of Quetta while it was coming from the Chaman border crossing area, police said.The firing took place when the travellers had stopped at a filling station to refuel their vehicle. Five people of the Shia Hazara community, including two women, died in …

CPEC office in Awami Markaz completely safe: spokesperson

http://dunyanews.tv/en/Pakistan/404713-CPEC-office-in-Awami-Markaz-completely-safe:-spokesperson

  Last Updated On 10 September,2017 11:44 pmThe blaze has claimed two lives until filing of this reportISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Spokesperson for China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has asserted on Sunday in light of blaze in Awami Markaz that the office of the economic corridor is completely safe and no government data or documents were kept there.Statement of the spokesperson has come in after a blaze that erupted in Awami Markaz Software Technology Park on early Sunday engulfed the building burning down offices on multiple storeys, as claimed by deputy mayor of the federal capital Zeeshan Shah.The fire was put out after over 11 hours worth of struggle by fire fighters. It was reported earlier in the day that the facility belonging to CPEC was in flames and was destroyed.On the other hand, East additional deputy commissioner is tasked to head a four-member committee to probe the incide…

Pakistan: 'Half of Balochistan gripped by drought'

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Pakistan: 'Half of Balochistan gripped by drought'REPORTfrom DAWN Group of NewspapersPublished on 10 Sep 2017 —View OriginalBy Asim KhanThe largest province in the country is facing a severe drought and man-made famine due to scarce rainfall and decreasing groundwater levels caused by deep well pumping over the last few decades, especially in the western area of Balochistan."Half of Balochistan is gripped by a drought," says Dr Ainuddin, chairperson of the Disaster Management Department at the University of Balochistan."Noshki, Chaghi, Kharan and Makran, among other areas, are more prone to drought, and it has affected land, water resources, water, wildlife and plants," he adds.Balochistan lies in an a zone that sees low rainfall. The province receives approximately 176 millimetres of rain annually. Western parts receive even less than 50mm.Even though water shortage has increased…

KKH pivotal link of CPEC in ambit of OBOR

https://pakobserver.net/kkh-pivotal-link-cpec-ambit-obor/

Dr. Hasan Yaser MalikKARAKORAM Highway (KKH) is a pivotal link of CPEC in the ambit of OBOR, which was constructed from 1958 to 1978. The construction of 804 km long KKH from Khunjerab to Hassan Abdal is symbol of friendship and sacrifice of 806 lives. It is imperative to understand that this vital link running along Indus River; passing through Karakoram and Himalayan Mountain Range, scaling heights up to 14,199 feet and extreme cold temperatures down to -30 Celsius is likely to face undermentioned limitations which could emerge as concerns for CPEC. These needs to be addressed pragmatically:·KKH runs in an area where constant push between Indo-Pakistan and Eurasian plates is causing highest seismic activity. The 2005 earthquake measuring 7.5 on Richter scale played havoc in Kaghan, in 1974 Pattan was completely destroyed, Shishkat and Hunza were rocked in 1974 and lately in 2010; 21 km long and 330 feet deep Attabad Lake was f…

PU to organise moot on CPEC

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/229118-PU-to-organise-moot-on-CPEC


LAHORE: The Punjab University Department of History & Pakistan Studies will organise a three-day international conference on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’s political, economic and social perspectives starting from Monday (today). Punjab Minister for Higher Education Syed Raza Ali Gillani, Chairman Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Prof Dr Nizamuddin, Voice Chancellor PU Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir, Voice Chancellor Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University Peshawar Prof Dr Razia Sultana, Director History Department Nanjing University China Prof Dr Yu Wenjie, Vice President  Nanjing University, Xianlin Campus Dr Zhu Qinbao and Dean Faculty of Arts & Humanities and Chairman Department of History Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Chawla will speak on the occasion

CPEC to help Pakistan get back on road to development, prosperity

https://pakobserver.net/cpec-help-pakistan-get-back-road-development-prosperity/Media persons from 12 countries reaffirm their faith in B&R Initiative
Zubair QureshiBeijingChina Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will restore Pakistan’s journey to progress and prosperity as the country has suffered a great deal in the past because of terrorism. This was said by Secretary General of the Academic Committee National Development and Reform Commission Mr Zhang Yansheng while delivering the opening lecture of “2017 Media Programme for Belt & Road (B&R) Countries” here in Chinese Capital city on Sunday.The lecture was preceded by an impressive inaugural ceremony participated by journalists of the OBOR countries including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Singapore, Myanmar and Philippines. The two-week workshop and Media Cooperation Forum on Belt & Road are jointly organized by People’s Daily of China, Tsinghua University and …

CPEC project has entered ‘early harvest’ stage: ambassador

http://dailytimes.com.pk/pakistan/11-Sep-17/cpec-project-has-entered-early-harvest-stage-ambassador



* Sun Weidong says 19 projects worth $18.5 billion have directly created 20,000 jobs, most of those for the youth in Pakistan11-Sep-17by Farooq Awan
ISLAMABAD: Chinese Ambassador in Pakistan Sun Weidong has said the flagship project of the Belt and Road Initiative, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), has entered the 'early harvest' stage."At present, 19 projects are under construction or have been completed with a total investment of $18.5 billion. The corridor projects have directly created nearly 20,000 local jobs, most of those for the youth. Chinese enterprises working on CPEC always lay emphasis on training of the youth and have sponsored many young graduates for study in China," he told the participants of the Annual Sangam Club Gala, 2017 held here at the Chinese Embassy."At least 14 pairs of friendly provinces or cities have been established. There were…

CPEC Centre of Excellence gutted in Islamabad fire

https://www.google.co.in/amp/s/www.thenews.com.pk/amp/228981-CPEC-Centre-of-Excellence-gutted-in-Islamabad-firember 10,2017ISLAMABAD: Fire in Islamabad'sAwamiMarkaz also destroyed the CPEC Centre of Excellence established a few months ago by the government.The think-tank was launched in March earlier this year at the cost of $468 million to promote research and knowledge-based policy-making in the country.The centre was jointly inaugurated by then minister for planning, development and reforms Ahsan Iqbal and Ambassador of China to Pakistan, Sun Weidong.The building in the Red Zone of the capital caught fire reportedly due to short circuit early morning and despite day-long efforts to douse the fire fire fighters could not control the blaze which claimed lives of two men and injured one another

Abysmal Condition of Education in Balochistan Needs Attention

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By:Munaj Gul Baloch Education is not all about studying and getting high marks. It is a mean to discover things we don’t know about and increase our knowledge. Educated persons have the ability to differentiate between right and wrong and are aware of the responsibilities of a society.A person getting education is not only gaining something from it, but also contributing to the growth of a nation. It is an inner light through which we can enlighten the world around us. It is rightly said, “Without education, a child is like a bird without wings.”Despite an education emergency imposed by the provincial government, according to some data sources 963 schools out of over 13,000 schools in the province are yet to be made functional. Secretary Education Balochistan Shan ul Haq termed the lack of buildings and teachers as the main causes behind non-functioning schools. We belong to a society where ch…

GOVT TAKING STEPS FOR PROMOTION OF EDUCATION SECTOR IN BALOCHISTAN

http://www.radio.gov.pk/10-Sep-2017/govt-taking-steps-for-promotion-of-education-sector-in-balochistan


File Photo06:04 PM, 10 Sep, 20170Balochistan provincial government is taking concrete steps for promotion of education sector in the province.Sources of Provincial Education Department told Radio Pakistan Quetta correspondent that District Khuzdar Campus of Balochistan University has been upgraded to the level of university and construction work on its campus would soon be started.Sources further said that in collaboration with the World Bank a three year project “Global Partnership for Education” has been approved under which 725 new primary schools will be established across the province.    Similarly, fourteen thousand students would be given scholarships in international and national education institutions on merit basis so that students play their role in progress and prosperity of the province

Picture of the day: Dr.Allah Nazar Baloch

CPEC — first or final nail in the coffin?

http://dailytimes.com.pk/opinion/10-Sep-17/cpec-first-or-final-nail-in-the-coffin

So willingly have we taken this path that has brought us to the economic brink, with the Chinese quietly yet persistently nudging us closer inch by inch10-Sep-17by ShaukatQadir
I have frequently and at some length I must confess, expressed apprehension about our new relationship paradigm with China, which of course has CPEC at its core. I had been hoping that — if nothing else — my relentless persistence might have prompted the stirrings of some sort of concern among those who softly tread the corridors of power.Allow me to be clear: I am absolutely in no doubt whatsoever that CPEC holds the key to our economic revival. However, my worry is that we run the risk of being exploited. For we have allowed China to embrace us in a vice-like grip that threatens to cripple, if not crush, our economy. And we only have ourselves to blame. What else can we hope for after outsourcing our sovereignty in this way? As fo…

Water problem in Gwadhar: Dr.Kaiser Bengali

http://tns.thenews.com.pk/losses-gains/#.WbTadqDhXqBWater: The water availability question in Gwadar is serious, but always brushed under the carpet to avoid discussion. A hackneyed answer is that dams will be constructed. However, dams do not produce water, they only store available water. And, in Gwadar and all along the Balochistan coast, rains are the only source of water. And rains are erratic, with drought periods extending to 3 years or more.The other source of water is the sea — i.e., desalination. However, desalination is exorbitantly expensive. Here again, providing a permanent subsidy from the budget will lead to an exploding budget deficit; leading to the possibility of hyper-inflation or crippling tax rises. Given the strategic importance of Gwadar and the imperative to develop the port, a water solution is essential and one source is the sea. However, a financing plan needs to be developed, with a permanent built-in cross-subsidy from a Gwadar port-related revenue source…