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China eyes Pakistan port

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By Bill Gertz - - Wednesday, October 18, 2017After opening its first foreign military base near the Horn of Africa, China is preparing to build a second military facility in Gwadar, Pakistan.The two sites when completed will provide Beijing with a strategic naval presence near the oil-rich Middle East shipping routes used to send supplies to China.According to sources in Pakistan and the surrounding region, China has begun expanding the port facility on the Arabian Sea to handle large naval vessels. Additionally, the Chinese also are upgrading Gwadar International Airport so that it will be capable of handling heavy military transports.As of September, several hundred Chinese nationals were working in Gwadar, including senior People’s Liberation Army officers. Scores of additional military personnel arrived in the port over the past month.Additionally, there are indications the Chinese recently visited an area several hundred miles further east of Gwadar o…

China eyes Pakistan port

http://m.washingtontimes.com/

By Bill Gertz - - Wednesday, October 18, 2017After opening its first foreign military base near the Horn of Africa, China is preparing to build a second military facility in Gwadar, Pakistan.The two sites when completed will provide Beijing with a strategic naval presence near the oil-rich Middle East shipping routes used to send supplies to China.According to sources in Pakistan and the surrounding region, China has begun expanding the port facility on the Arabian Sea to handle large naval vessels. Additionally, the Chinese also are upgrading Gwadar International Airport so that it will be capable of handling heavy military transports.As of September, several hundred Chinese nationals were working in Gwadar, including senior People’s Liberation Army officers. Scores of additional military personnel arrived in the port over the past month.Additionally, there are indications the Chinese recently visited an area several hundred miles further east of Gwadar o…

Quetta attack

https://www.dawn.com/news/1364738/quetta-attack

EditorialOctober 19, 20172THE anger-inducing reality of Balochistan is that nothing seems to change in the province other than regular additions to the civilian and security death toll. Yesterday, yet more policemen were killed in Quetta in a murky war where the enemy is difficult to identify and the state’s attempts to establish peace and stability appear to have failed. Some provincial leaders, such as Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti, seem to believe their only job is to denounce either explicitly identified external enemies or shadowy internal threats rather than to assess where the security policy in the province is failing and what can be done to improve it. Mr Bugti and others of his ilk are part of the problem with their predilection for deflecting blame rather than either having the courage to resign or honestly recommending a change in policy direction.While it remains true that not every attack can be prevented and even the most ho…

COAS, the Saudis and CPEC

https://dailytimes.com.pk/127202/coas-saudis-cpec/
Daily TimesOCTOBER 19, 2017It may or may not be significant that the COAS stopped off in Saudi Arabia on his way back from the Muscat powwow on Afghanistan. And thought it may please certain elements to believe that this was nothing more than a sit down chat to discuss what to do about Nawaz, this likely wasn’t the case. More’s the pity.Things are heating up in the Saudi backyard and here in ours, too. The Riyadh-led war of aggression in Yemen is still ongoing, as is the kingdom’s efforts to isolate and choke Qatar. Yet most importantly for Pakistan is the Saudi announcement that it plans to join CPEC. And it is here that we should tread carefully. For we both know full well that such a move has nothing to do with returning the favour of the three million or so Pakistanis, whom Riyadh claims are contributing to the kingdom’s economy; and who, in reality, are treated largely as cheap and disposable labour. No, CPEC is about profiting fr…

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Stop CPEC now: Baloch leaders to China

https://m.economictimes.com/news/international/world-news/stop-cpec-now-baloch-leaders-to-china/articleshow/61130363.cms

By ANI | Oct 18, 2017, 01.33 PM IST
GENEVA/TORONTO: On the day the supreme body of the Communist Party of China met for its 19th Congress in Beijing, the Balochleadership in exile issued a strong warning to China to stop the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) or face on the ground consequences.The CPEC passes across disputed territory and is rejected by the Baloch as a "tool for exploiting the Baloch land."Baloch and other oppressed people, including Sindhis, have reacted strongly after U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the One Belt One Road project goes through disputed territory.
Abdul Nawaz Bugti, senior Baloch human rights activist and representative of Baloch Republican Party at the United Nations Human Rights Council issued a statement aimed at China, saying "The statement of Secretary Mattis vin…