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China, Nepal to focus on cross-border Railway BY  DR. ABDUL RUFF  SEP 19, 2017 Like USA and Russia that have assumed Asia pivot to influence the continent, China also has its own Asia pivot but it also has South Asia pivot too trying to woo the nations to come under its  new Silk  route program nicknamed the ‘One Belt, One Road (OBOR)’ initiative.  China’s South Asia pivot is yielding fruits as it has been able to rope in maximum of the region: Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal are now the satellite countries of Beijing, leaving very little scope for India to manipulate or maneuver. Only one country that stays behind the military prowess of India is Bhutan which maintains economic relations with New Delhi as most of the food stuff and other manufactured goods is has come from India. Afghanistan has plenty of compulsions not to annoy economic power India that liberally releases funds

Czech, Chinese officials vow cooperation on general aviation Xinhua | Updated: 2017-09-20 09:48 PRAGUE - A Memorandum of Cooperation was signed here Tuesday by Czech and Chinese officials to boost bilateral cooperation in the sphere of general aviation. According to the document signed by Advisor of the President of the Czech Republic Jan Kohout and a senior official from Chengdu, capital of Southwest China's Sichuan province, the touchpoints and common interests were found in the aircraft manufacturing, light aircraft trade, construction of the general aviation airports, development of air traffic systems, flying security management, and flight personnel training programs. Representatives of Czech and Chinese aviation enterprises, including Chengdu International Railways Co Ltd, Czech Metrans Inc, among others, have signed a Protocol of Intentions lining up the above prospects. The event was hosted by New Silk Road Institute Prague (NSRIP) and Chengdu Municipal Peop

Assessing Chinese imperialism How China will use the One Belt, One Road By Lamont Colucci - The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 19, 2017 ANALYSIS/OPINION: If you have not heard of One Belt, One Road you are missing what could be the landmark tale of this entire century. It is a saga of  China ’s grand strategy that could threaten American interests at every level. Begun in 2013 as an initiative by President Xi Jinping, One Belt, One Road (OBOR) has received a tremendous amount of attention. The program has been primarily aimed toward what appears to be a massive economic endeavor. Divided along a land-based route titled the Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB) and a sea-based route, the Maritime Silk Road (MSR), it is an overt attempt by  China  to enter the 21st century as a global power. The debate among many Western circles is whether or not this titanic economic venture has militaristic and imperialistic overtones. This is a surprising question since the historical Silk Road

CPEC’s realities To keep CPEC project transparent and corruption free, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and Beijing have entered into an agreement 20-Sep-17by  Yasir Habib Khan Reality always bites. First reality is that on ground Pakistan is in position to receive multiple gains if it let CPEC effects trickle down to grass root level establishing backhand linkages with local industry so as to transform Pakistan from consumer-based economy to export-oriented economy. Second reality is that China has not imposed CPEC rather it has been welcomed warmly by Pakistan government looking into its own interests and economic value. Since 2013 till date, everywhere voices are running amok what CPEC promises as a fate-changer for common man and local businesses is just eyewash. Some claim that China launched CPEC for its own personal benefits rending little incentives to Pakistan. Perception also goes rampant that Chinese companies have purchase

Questions to ask about workers’ rights under CPEC Iftikhar Ahmad Updated September 18, 2017 Foresight is overestimated. What we presumably lack is hindsight. A lack of hindsight may lead us towards right-less employment growth under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor. There is no doubt that the CPEC investment will stimulate GDP growth and lead to employment generation in the country, even though there are no clear estimates of how much. In recent years the number of Pakistani workers finding employment abroad has decreased leading to lower remittances. Once the CPEC succeeds, it is very likely that it would signal Pakistan as a viable and attractive investment destination and could help attract further investments. But growth under the CPEC leads to multiple questions that need to be addressed on a priority basis. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD What kind of employment can we expect to be created under the various CPEC projects? Is there an agreement on percentage of new-project-based-jobs that

Railways to connect Havelian with Khunjrab under CPEC September 19, 2017 ISLAMABAD : Pakistan Railways will conduct a feasibility study for connecting Havelian with Khunjrab under the Pak-China rail link project of China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC). The proposed rail link is a part of railway Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) year 2017-18, an official said on Tuesday. He said the length of the rail link from Havelian to Khunjrab is 682 kilometers and the project includes the construction of railway stations, sub-stations, parking facilities and related infrastructure and the installation of signals and safety systems. He added the actual cost of the project would be worked out after a detailed feasibility study and design of the project. In order to maximize the international trade potential between China, Pakistan and beyond, it is considered imperative to provide access to the Arabian Sea, he added. The long-term vision pre

BNM protest in New York before UN

Central America Begins To Enter the Belt and Road; Waiting for U.S. to Join, Too

Sept. 17, 2017 (EIRNS)—Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi today presided over the ceremony opening the first-ever Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Panama. "A new era begins in which we should be closer than ever on behalf of our people’s well-being. Geographic distance will not be an obstacle to our being allies," President Varela said there. Up until a few months ago, Panama, like most Central American nations, had diplomatic relations with Taiwan, and not with the PRC. President Varela met with Wang on Sept. 16, and emphasized Panama’s importance as a logistical, port and air platform, inviting China to make use of it as China’s bridge and commercial arm into all of Ibero-America. Three days earlier, Panama’s first Ambassador to China, Francisco Carlo Escobar, had presented his credentials in Beijing, where he emphasized in an interview published by Xinhua on Sept. 16 that Panama is very interested in the Belt a

Baiyin city all set to host traders, with revival of ancient Silk Road Zubair Qureshi Baiyin city (China) For the journalists and media persons participating in the 2017 Media Cooperation Forum on Belt & Road which is being held on September 19 (today) in Dunhuang city of Gansu province, visit to Baiyin city was quite informative as well as entertaining. Located in Gansu province of China, Baiyin is called the pearl of the Silk Road and has a profound cultural background. Media persons along with China’s local journalists visited the city and came to know its rich traditions, cool environment, and above its reputation of being the golden city. President of the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) Baiyin Municipal Committee Mrs Su Jun, hosted a reception party in the honour of visiting media team and briefed them about Baiyin’s rich cultural and historical traditions. The reception was also attended by the Mayor of the City and the VP of the CPC Baiyin Municipal Committee M

Coal mines in Balochistan out of bounds to inspection teams By  Mohammad Zafar Published: September 14, 2017 Labour union leaders say many mines in Balochistan are not even registered. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE QUETTA :  Rising number of deaths in mining accidents in Balochistan highlights the low level of safety in the province’s coal mines, many of which are unregistered and out of bounds to officials of the Inspectorate of Mines. In the last one week, three coal mine accidents were reported in Balochistan in which eight labourers lost their lives. Four miners died after a coal mine in Surinjk area filled with anti-toxic gas that caused blast last week, while one miner died in Dukki on Tuesday. Talking with reference to the latest incidents, Coal Mine Federation President Bakht Nawab said mines in the province lacked proper safety arrangements. ADVERTISEMENT Four dead as gas leak triggers explosion in coal mine near Quetta “Eighty coal miners die in Baloc

Suicide Bombing in Balochistan Posted 4 hours ago by AFP File Photo. Asif Hassan—AFP At least one killed, 12 others wounded in blast targeting security forces A man was killed and 12 others wounded in a suicide bomb blast near a security forces vehicle in Balochistan on Monday, officials said. The explosion occurred in a town near the border with Afghanistan, police and local government said. A spokesman for the paramilitary Frontier Corps confirmed the attack and said their vehicle was the target of the bombing but personnel remained safe as the driver managed to speed away. No groups immediately claimed responsibility but Taliban militants have previously carried out several bomb attacks in the area. Balochistan, which borders Iran and Afghanistan, has oil and gas resources but is afflicted by Islamist militancy, sectarian violence between Sunni and Shia Muslims and a separatist insurgency

Marvi briefs CM Zehri on BISP expansion in Balochistan   PARVEZ JABRI    SEP 18TH, 2017 20:36   0  VIEWS: 61 QUETTA: Minister of State and Chairperson BISP Marvi Memon called on Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri to discuss the expansion of programme's organizational coverage in Balochistan.  She held the meeting on the directions of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who had announced BISP's expansion on August 19, while addressing political leadership in Quetta.  While briefing the Chief Minister Zehri, Marvi Memon said that BISP had made commendable progress both in terms of expansion and improved service delivery during the past four years of PML (N) government.  It was high time to expand its operations in Balochistan so that each deserving woman in Balochistan could be catered at the doorstep.  Currently BISP is operational in Quetta, Kalat, Makran, Naseerabad, Sibbi and Zhob divisions, where 38 effe

Gwadar to be developed as ‘smart port city’ Amin Ahmed Updated September 19, 2017 A general view of Gwadar city.— Reuters ISLAMABAD: The Planning Commission has initiated the process to launch a project for developing Gwadar as an integrated ‘smart port city’. The plan aims to leverage information technology-based solutions to boost economic productivity and quality of life of Gwadar citizens, whilst minimising resource consumption and pollution. With the inclusion of the port in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, there is an urgent need to update the existing plan to reflect the new strategic direction, a Planning Commission document said. The current master plan of Gwadar city, last updated in 2005, has two interdependent elements: the port and the city of Gwadar. The strategic focus on simultaneous development is primarily due to the natural, symbolic relationship that exists between a port and the city that surrounds it; one cannot be developed without the other. AR

Naela Quadri Baloch with Claudia at Geneva

Over 90 per cent Baloch willing to vote for 'freedom', says Khan of Kalat Source : Last Updated: Tue, Sep 19, 2017 10:18 hrs Zurich: Mir Suleman Dawood Jan, the 35th Khan of Kalat who is currently in self-exile has claimed that if referendum is being carried out in Balochistan, over 90 percent of the locals will vote in favour of freedom. "If there used to be a referendum by the United Nations, I believe 90 per cent of Baloch will vote for freedom", said the Khan of Kalat while speaking to ANI at the ongoing 36th regular session of Human Rights Council in Geneva. While attending a side event on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor at the UNHRC, he raised his concern over the ongoing genocide of Baloch people. "A genocide is happening in Balochistan. In a month alone, more than 360 people have been killed. Leave aside the incidents of disappeared persons. Recently, Pakistanas interior minister himself told that