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Fiji’s trade with China grows by 22% News

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Fiji’s trade with China grows by 22%Taken from/By: Google
Report by: Sainiani BoilaFiji’s trade with China has grown by 22 percent over the last five years.While speaking at the 21st Century Maritime Silroad International Expo in Guangzhou, China, Trade Minister Faiyaz Koya says the trade between Fiji and Guangdong accounts for an average of 25 percent of total trade between Fiji and China.Koya says the tourist numbers from China, over the last decade has also significantly increased and there is a potential for more tourism from Guangdong Province.He adds Fiji has benefited from the Road and Belt initiative by the Chinese government and the increased exposure in the Chinese market has resulted in a 500 percent increase in investments from Chinese investors in the past 6 years.He adds the Chinese investors have increasingly seen the multitude of benefits in investing in Fiji, thus the high …

FM Wang Yi builds bridges in Central America

By Tim Collard0 Comment(s), September 24, 2017Adjust font size: China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi took the opportunity provided by his regular visit to the U.N. General Assembly session in New York to visit Central America. China now has such an active global diplomatic role that such opportunities to keep in touch with her more far-flung partners are not to be missed.Chinese Foreign Miniter Wang Yi (C, front) speaks during a UN Security Council meeting on the reform of UN peacekeeping at the UN headquarters in New York, Sept. 20, 2017. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday that politics must be prioritized in the reform of UN peacekeeping operations. [Photo/Xinhua]There were two elements to Wang's pre-U.N. visits to Costa Rica and Panama. The first was that Central America contains some of the end-nodes of the wide-ranging global commercial and economic networks being formed…

Interview: Communist Party of China leads Chinese people to prosperity

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-23 16:49:01|YANGON, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Beijing has chosen the right path of development which has brought prosperity to its people, Chairman of the Myanmar-China Friendship Association U Sein Win Aung told Xinhua in a recent interview.After decades of reform, China has established a market-oriented economy based on its own national conditions, said U Sein Win Aung who is also former Myanmar ambassador to China.Since it joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, China has become the world's second largest economy and economists expect that Beijing may surpass Washington to rank first in the near future, he said.China adopted a market-oriented economy and established special economic zones along its coastal areas, which has successfully attracted foreign investment to boost the economy in the country's east, he said.Meanwhile, Beijin…

China opposes protectionism along new Silk Road, resources minister says

Jiang Daming tells delegates at Tianjin conference that they need to find ‘new path to reinvigorate mining sector’ReutersUPDATED : Saturday, 23 Sep 2017, 11:16PM 2China’s land and resources minister on Saturday called for trade protectionism to be totally opposed as he pledged to promote greater cooperation in the mining industry as part of Beijing’s belt and road plan.In the opening speech at the China Mining conference in Tianjin, Jiang Daming told delegates – who had come from as far afield as Uganda and Chile – that they needed to find a “new path to reinvigorate the mining sector”.The younger business leaders taking risks along China’s ‘Belt and Road’The market capitalisation of major mining companies had risen for five consecutive quarters, Jiang said, but “prices for major mineral products are still at a low level”. That meant there was still much work to be done,…

Tehran, Islamabad can cooperate in counter-terrorism efforts: Pakistani DM

September 23, 2017 - 1:36 PM News Code : 855850Source : IRNALink:(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Defense minister of Pakistan has said that Tehran and Islamabad are two brotherly neighboring states that can cooperate with each other in counter terrorism efforts.In an interview, Khurram Dastgir Khan said that in the field of counter terrorism there is a proper opportunity between Iran and Pakistan as both countries share same interests.“Since both Pakistan and Iran have great experience in successfully dealing with terrorists so we can begin this cooperation in terms of sharing experiences and this can lead to greater cooperation in future,” he said.The minister added that Iran as a regional partner, a brotherly country and a neighbor of Pakistan would be enhancing the value of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), particularly since Iran is right near to…

Big Rs 3,500 crore drug haul: Merchant vessel Henry seizure only 20 pct of the annual consignment

The Indian Coast Guard which had seized Drugs worth Rs 3,500 crore from a ‘ghost ship’ on way to Gujarat on July, was just one-fifth of the consignment that was to be ferried in a year.By: FE Online | New Delhi | Published: September 23, 2017 3:52 PMDrugs worth Rs 3,5000 crore were seized by the Indian coast guard. (IE)TOP NEWS

The Indian Coast Guard which had seized Drugs worth Rs 3,500 crore from a ‘ghost ship’ on way to Gujarat on July, was just one-fifth of the consignment that was to be ferried in a year, a multi-agency probe has revealed. The consignment was to be ferried to Egypt, as per The Indian Express. The accused also confessed that while ferrying around one tonne of the consignment in April, they were apprehended by US maritime officials near the Gulf of Aden, However, they managed to give them the slip then. The Coast Guard sei…

Participants visit PN installations at coastal areas, creeks

KARACHI: Pakistan Navy (PN) is conducting the premier ‘Maritime Security Workshop’ (MARSEW) on the theme “Secure Seas – Prosperous Pakistan” at Pakistan Navy War College, Lahore.The two-week long MARSEW, commenced on September 11, with an aim to create maritime awareness, enlighten the participants on the vast maritime potential of Pakistan and its significance for the overall economic growth of the country.The workshop comprised of one week on-campus activities and one-week visits of Pakistan Navy installations and units at Karachi, creeks and coastal areas and other maritime setups. The second phase commenced on September 18. The participants of the delegation included members of Senate, National Assembly, provinces, media, educationists and bureaucrats.The delegation visited the Fleet Headquarters, Pakistan Navy Dockyard, Karachi Shipyard and En…


The rallies were held in Sui, Dera Bugti and Zhob Division.   03:16 PM, 23 Sep, 20170Protestrallies were held in different parts of Balochistan on Saturday to condemn anti-Pakistan propaganda campaign in Switzerland.The rallies were held in Sui, Dera Bugti and Zhob Division.            Thousands of people participated in these protest demonstrations.             Speaking on the occasion, the organizers of the rallies strongly condemned the poisonous propaganda campaign against Pakistan by the anti-state elements.They said these elements are carrying out propaganda at the behest of enemies of Pakistan, particularly India.                                The participants also chanted pro-Pakistan slogans

Four road projects costing Rs350b added to CPEC

By SehrishWasifPublished: September 24, 20171SHARESSHARETWEETPHOTO: AFPISLAMABADThe Chinese government will include four new road projects, costing over Rs350 billion, to the original plans of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).Talking to The Express Tribune, an official close to the matter revealed that the decision was taken at the fifth meeting of the CPEC Joint Working Group of Transport Infrastructure held in Karachi on Saturday.The meeting was attended by Communication Minister Dr Hafiz Abdul Kareem, Communication Secretary Muhammad Siddique, National Highway Authority (NHA) Chairperson Shahid Ashraf Tarar. The Chinese delegation was headed by Ministry of Transport Vice Minister HE Dai Dongchang.ADVERTISEMENTAdFour new schemes to be part of CPECThe Chinese government had agreed to include the four projects in the CPEC portfolio during a meeting held on December 29, 2016 in Beijing, but only …

CPEC joint working group approves KCR, other Karachi projects

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the approval of Karachi Circular Railway by Joint Working Group of CPEC is a big success for the people of Karachi. Addressing a reception for Joint Working Group (JWG) of CPEC on transport infrastructure at the CM House on Saturday, he said we discussed KCR, Keti Banadr and Dhabeji Special Economic Zone projects.The meeting approved and recommended them to Joint Coordination Committee of CPEC for implementation under the CPEC framework.Syed Murad Ali Shah said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor would help build a robust and stable economy in Sindh together with generating sound prospects for the province to revive and expand its road connectivity. “This will augment a new era of connectivity leading to employment generation and decent transportation,"  he said.He said that a joint Cooperation Committee meeting on …

Seven years old child killed after stepping on a landmine planted by Pakistani army

Seven years old child killed after stepping on a landmine planted by Pakistani army in Singsila, Dera Bugti. #Balochistan

Naela Quadri Baloch had hour long discussion with Hussain Haqqani in Geneva

Prof.Naela Quadri Baloch and Munir Mengal had  a hours long discussion with the Author, Analyst, and Ex Ambassador Hussain Haqqani.

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Problems faced by Pakistani Sindhi and Baloch Families living in Saudi Arabia

Problems faced by Pakistani Sindhi and Baloch Families living in Saudi Arabia We know that Saudi Arabia is a home to many nationalities. Some of the expats living here have never visited their home countries. They are living here since generations and know very little about their home land.  Similar is the case of Baloch families residing here.Baluchistan is a province of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The Baloch are residing here since ages and their generations have not even visited Pakistan once! Among hundreds of Pakistani families living in Saudi Arabia, Baloch families dominate in number.
Most Baloch families have setup their livelihood in Wadi Mariq. Wadi Mariq lies in eastern Jeddah’s suburbs. The place looks like a shanty town and is encapsulated by Mountains and a valley. The Baloch community living here is not well-off.
They are finding hard to meet their both ends. They are either illiterate or semi-literate. Thereby, most of them have undertaken the profession of farme…

Pakistan's duplicity against the U.S. began within days after 9/11

by LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD September 22, 2017

On September 13, 2001, Secretary of State Colin Powell and Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage presented Lt. Gen. Mahmood Ahmed, a religious hardliner and then Director of Pakistan's notorious intelligence agency, the ISI, with a list of non-negotiable demands that Pakistan:
Stop al Qaeda operatives at your border, intercept arms shipments through Pakistan and end ALL logistical support for bin Laden.Grant blanket overflight and landing rights.Permit access to Pakistan, naval bases, air bases and borders.Provide immediate intelligence and immigration information.Condemn the Sept. 11 attacks and "curb all domestic expressions of support for terrorism against the [United States], its friends or allies."Cut off all shipments of fuel to the Taliban and stop Pakistani volunteers from going into Afghanistan to join the Taliban.Should the evidence strongly implicate Osama bin Laden and the al Qaeda network in Afghanistan AND shoul…

CPEC - A Denial to Life

UNO 36th Council Session Conference
CPEC - A Denial to Life Within a decade China will overtake the US as the world's largest economy.
What will happen when the one party state becomes Number 1? Economic asendency and political power often go hand in hand. Its maritime expansion and infrastructural investments will pose a major threat to the territorial integrity of numerous states.The geo-political order is shifting and powerful alliances are in the making. If the status quo does not take heed right now some very big and disturbing surprises will be in the offing with long term major power fractures difficult to recover from.Mr Munir Mengal of the Baloch Voice Association together with Human Rights Activist, Politician and Lawyer Claudia Heidelberg,  Professor Naela Quadri President of World Baloch Women's Forum and Mir Suleman Dawood Khan, the 35th Khan of Kalat raised their concerns about the devastating impact of CPEC on Balochistan.As stated by the leader of the Free Bal…