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Belt & Road: Opportunity & Risk report

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» 点击此处查阅报告全文The Belt and Road Initiative is a historic marshalling of capital and a remarkable geopolitical foray into establishing and strengthening multinational trade corridors. With an estimated USD 350 billion committed to BRI projects across the world by China by 2022, it is an enterprise unlike anything we have seen on this scale for decades.*It is not without risk for those local, international and Chinese companies that are investing in and working on BRI projects. Those risks include foreign investment restrictions, antitrust regulations, tax, local employment and environmental laws, as well as political risks in some jurisdictions.*Our Belt & Road: Opportunity & Risk report sets out to understand more clearly where the opportunities lie today and in the future, and also what the l…

Belt and Road Worth $350 Billion in Next Five Years, 10 Markets Count for Two Thirds of BRI GDP:

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Belt and Road Worth $350 Billion in Next Five Years, 10 Markets Count for Two Thirds of BRI GDP: New ReportShare gOChina's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is stepping up a gear, with new BRI-related projects estimated to be worth US $350 billion* over the next five years. This is according to a new report by Baker McKenzie and Silk Road Associates; Belt & Road: Opportunities & Risks. The prospects and perils of building China's New Silk Road.Outside of China, just 10 markets (out of more than 60) account for two thirds of BRI GDP, and are predicted to offer significant new commercial opportunities for local and foreign partners in the next five years. Those markets are India, Indonesia, Iran, Korea, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey.While BRI (also know as OBOR) is primarily divided between the ov…

At a forgotten Pakistan port, China paves a new Silk Road

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By Afp04:28 BST 25 Oct 2017, updated 04:28 BST 25 Oct 2017
Situated on a barren peninsula in the Arabian Sea, Gwadar, or the "gate of the wind", owes its fortuitous selection as Pakistan's next economic hub to its strategic location near the Strait of HormuzRemote and impoverished, Pakistan's Gwadar port at first glance seems an unlikely crown jewel in a multi-billion-dollar development project with China aimed at constructing a 21st century Silk Road.Situated on a barren peninsula in the Arabian Sea, Gwadar, or the "gate of the wind", owes its fortuitous selection as Pakistan's next economic hub to its strategic location near the Strait of Hormuz.The city is set to become the bridgehead for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a $54 billion project launched in 2013 linking western China to the Indian Ocean via Pakistan.The corridor is on…

China piles on OBOR pressure on India

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Saibal Dasgupta | TNN | 3 hours ago
(File photo)HIGHLIGHTSCommunist Party of China has enshrined the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in its constitution.Last May, India was the only major country to boycott a major Belt and Road Forum in Beijing.Xi has been calling on foreign leaders to participate in this plan for a “shared destiny for all mankind” under the BRI.BEIJING: In an unexpected move, the Communist Party of China has enshrined the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in its constitution. This will mean intense pressure on a reluctant New Delhi to join the programme as China would enhance infrastructure funding to India's neighbours apart from enticing Indian leaders with attractive construction projects, observers said.Last May, India was the only major country to boycott a major Belt and Road Forum in Beijing although most Western cou…

Belt and Road Worth $350 Billion in Next Five Years, 10 Markets Count for Two Thirds of BRI GDP:

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Belt and Road Worth $350 Billion in Next Five Years, 10 Markets Count for Two Thirds of BRI GDP: New ReportShare gOChina's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is stepping up a gear, with new BRI-related projects estimated to be worth US $350 billion* over the next five years. This is according to a new report by Baker McKenzie and Silk Road Associates; Belt & Road: Opportunities & Risks. The prospects and perils of building China's New Silk Road.Outside of China, just 10 markets (out of more than 60) account for two thirds of BRI GDP, and are predicted to offer significant new commercial opportunities for local and foreign partners in the next five years. Those markets are India, Indonesia, Iran, Korea, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey.While BRI (also know as OBOR) is primarily divided between the ov…

PRAGMATIC ENGAGEMENT 

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The Dragon BlinksBy PUBLICOn Oct 25, 2017By Dr. D.K. GiriThe Chinese President Xi Jinping, expectedly, emerged stronger after the quinquennial Communist Party Congress last week. The 19thCongress since the Party was founded in 1921 Xi has the prerogative of nominating 70% of the Party’s Central Committee, its e most powerful apex organ, and would stay in office for a third or even fourth term beyond 2022. This is contrary to Party tradition whereby a successor to the incumbent President is chosen five years before he or she takes office. At this Congress, no such thing happened.Obviously, India and the world would have to deal with Xi for another decade as he is popular and occupies the exalted position by successfully fighting corruption and consolidating the development plank. In his marathon speech lasting over three and a half hours he adumbrated Chinese agenda in all its dimensions. He talked of the ‘Chinese dream’ whic…

At a forgotten Pakistan port, China paves a new Silk Road

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By Afp04:28 BST 25 Oct 2017, updated 04:28 BST 25 Oct 2017
Situated on a barren peninsula in the Arabian Sea, Gwadar, or the "gate of the wind", owes its fortuitous selection as Pakistan's next economic hub to its strategic location near the Strait of HormuzRemote and impoverished, Pakistan's Gwadar port at first glance seems an unlikely crown jewel in a multi-billion-dollar development project with China aimed at constructing a 21st century Silk Road.Situated on a barren peninsula in the Arabian Sea, Gwadar, or the "gate of the wind", owes its fortuitous selection as Pakistan's next economic hub to its strategic location near the Strait of Hormuz.The city is set to become the bridgehead for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a $54 billion project launched in 2013 linking western China to the Indian Ocean via Pakistan.The corridor is on…

BLF boycotts media for masking ‘state atrocities’

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/10/24/blf-boycotts-media-for-masking-state-atrocities/

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BLF spokesperson says Baloch people seek to reveal atrocities, genocide happening in Balochistan to worldQUETTABalochistan Liberation Front (BLF) spokesperson Gohram Baloch said on Tuesday that the deadline given to media before BLF commenced its boycott against them has arrived, and the BLF will now formally launch its boycott against all media agencies and personnel in Balochistan.He said that the deadline given to media was October 24. BLF will now embark on a boycott of all journalists, media houses, cable operators and all organisations and persons associated with the news industry, he added.He further said that the BLF leadership has decided to boycott all such media as they conceal state forces’ excesses and acts of human rights violation in the area. “Media hides the true situation of Balochistan from the public and pushes a one-sided state narrative…

The resilient reign of terror

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FeaturedABOUT 1 HOUR AGO BY HUSSAANTARIQ
Let’s face the fact; we might have succeeded in dismantling the terrorist infrastructure, and hideouts from our land as a result of large scale military operations across the board, not eliminating though adversely impacting their ability to conduct terrorist attacks in the country, but we still live under a constant reign of terror, and its elimination should be the ultimate goal. This war, after all, is against terror, not merely terrorists.While the operation Zarb-e-Azb did severe damage to the terrorist network based in tribal areas, operation Raad-ul-Fasaad is, at present, underway in an attempt to hold extremist elements from across the country. As the security forces, through the ongoing operation, have tapped down numerous suspected assailants and prevented many attacks prior to conducting them, the extremists seem to be growing impatient. The recent inclination in…

Damaged Jetty In Pasni Adds To The Woes of Fishermen

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By: Ghulam Yasin BazenjoThe crumbling condition of Pasni port’s jetty is putting hundreds of fishermen’s earnings at risk.Pasni is an ancient township of pastor fishing where 90 percent of the people are related to the fishing sector. In 1989, the government made a jetty for fishermen on the backward coast at a cost of Rs 56 crores with German assistance.The jetty not only provided fishing to the local fishermen but also jobs in the Fish Harbor Authority. Hundreds of people are working in the authority. However, due to non-focus and draining till 2008, the jetty was completely disrupted by millions of rupees in various periods of drilling.Local fisherman Mohammad Salim told PakVoices,”Jetty has completely blown into dust due to non-drilling,” adding, “Boats can’t enter the fishing port because thousands of tons of gathered clay needs to be cleared.”Another fisherman Taj Mohammad told PakVoices, “Local …

Balochistan to establish first medical university

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The Newspaper's Staff CorrespondentOctober 25, 2017QUETTA: The provincial cabinet on Tuesday approved the draft for establishing a medical university in Balochistan.Health minister Mir Rehmat Saleh Baloch made the announcement while speaking at a press conference after a cabinet meeting.“The cabinet has approved the draft of the medical university which would be presented in the current session of the Balochistan Assembly,” he said, adding with the assembly’s approval the Bolan Medical College would be converted into a medical university.Published in Dawn, October 25th, 2017

Newspapers not delivered in Balochistan amid threats

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The Newspaper's Staff CorrespondentOctober 25, 2017

QUETTA: Newspapers were not distributed in the city and other parts of the province on Tuesday as hawkers and agents refrained from delivering them due to threats hurled by banned militant organisations.The organisations are demanding the media publish statements about their activities and have threatened to stop distribution of newspapers in any area of the province.Furthermore, a leader of the Anjuman-i-Akhbar Froshan, Yousaf Baloch, has asked newspaper owners not to send copies of their dailies from Wednesday onwards to the market as hawkers will not deliver them to their clients in view of the looming threats.Banned militant organisations urging media to publish statements about their activities

Though newspapers were published in Quetta and were even sent to the market on Tuesday, majority of hawkers and agents did not deliver the editions i…

Balochistan to establish anti-terror elite force

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Saleem ShahidOctober 25, 20170QUETTA: The Balochistan government has decided to establish an elite force comprising 1,000 personnel to combat terrorism and curb crimes in the province.The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri on Tuesday.Inspector General of Balochistan Police Moazzam Jah Ansari briefed the meeting on the purpose of the elite force, saying that it would improve the efficiency of the regular police in combating violent crimes, including acts of terrorism.He said the government had already started training of the police force for improving their skills, adding that the force would be provided with modern weapons, better equipment and vehicles. The project, IG Ansari said, would cost around Rs478 million.ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER ADMore than 500 police personnel had already been trained at the police training centre, he told the meeting.D…

Deteriorating press freedom in Balochistan worries CPNE

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QUETTA: The Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) has declared the prevailing situation regarding press freedom in Balochistan as extremely bad and contrary to democratic standards.According to a press release issued on Tuesday, the overall situation regarding press freedom in the province was reviewed in a meeting of CPNE’s standing committee in Quetta, which was chaired by CPNE President Zia Shahid.A resolution declaring the freedom of press situation in the province as extremely poor and unsatisfactory was passed on the occasion.The resolution states that “the intolerant behaviour of certain forces and groups against the media in the province has become a norm. Newspapers are facing severe pressure and hardships, and hindrances are also being created in newspapers distribution while media workers and newspaper sellers are facing severe life …

Tajikistan envoy calls on Sartaj, expresses keen interest in CPEC

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National10 HOURS AGO BY STAFF REPORTShare this on WhatsAppISLAMABAD: Ambassador Sherali Jononov, the envoy of the Republic of Tajikistan, called on Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Sartaj Aziz on Tuesday here.The meeting discussed bilateral cooperation and connectivity between Pakistan and Tajikistan.Deputy chairman said that regional connectivity and cooperation could help harness trans-regional trade and fast economic growth of Pakistan and Tajikistan.The ambassador expressed keen interest in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Both sides decided to continue such meetings in future

China Turning Pakistan Port Into Regional Giant

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October 24, 2017 12:54 PMAyaz GulChina Turning Pakistan Port Into Regional Giant0:03:090:00:00/0:03:09▶ Direct link 

GWADAR, PAKISTAN — An unprecedented Chinese financial and construction effort is rapidly developing Pakistan’s strategically located Arabian Sea port of Gwadar into one of the world’s largest transit and transshipment cargo facilities.The deep water port lies at the convergence of three of the most commercially important regions of the world, the oil-rich Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia.Beijing is developing Gwadar as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, known as CPEC. The two countries launched the 15-year joint mega project in 2015 when President Xi Jinping visited Islamabad.Under the cooperation deal construction or improvement of highways, railways, pipelines, power plants, communications and industrial zones is underway in Pakistan with an initially estimated Chinese investment of $4…

One Belt, One Road: Australian 'strategic' concerns over Beijing's bid for global trade dominance

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BY DEFENCE REPORTER ANDREWGREENE AND POLITICAL EDITOR ANDREWPROBYNUPDATED MON AT 2:03AM
VIDEO 1:29What is China's 'One Belt, One Road' project?ABC NEWSA controversial trillion-dollar push by China to dominate global trade is being resisted by senior national security figures who warn of serious "strategic" consequences if Australia formally signs up.Key points:China wants to revive an ancient network of land and ocean silk trade routes68 countries including New Zealand have signed up to projectNumerous senior figures in Australia's national security community opposedThe ABC has confirmed the heads of the immigration and defence departments were among those opposed to Beijing's ambitious "One Belt, One Road" initiative, firmly advising the Turnbull Government earlier this year not to join it.Several government sources have told …

From Gilgit to Gwadar: Pakistani motorheads spread the message of peace

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By News DeskPublished: October 24, 201753SHARESSHARETWEETPHOTO: EXPRESS TRThe Pakistan Motor Rally kicked off today from Khunjerab Pass. The rally is being held in connection with the country’s 70th independence day celebrations, and is organised by the Pakistan Army.Participants walk past cars at the end of Motor Rally in Islamabad. PHOTO: AFPThe rally will include over 300 jeeps, 500 bikes and 150 vintage cars drawn from 23 motor clubs across the country. The celebrations aim to spread a positive message of Pakistan to the rest of the world.PHOTO: EXPRESS TRIBUNELaw enforcement agencies have made fool-proof security arrangements for the rally.ADVERTISEMENTAdOriginating from Khunjerab, passing through Gilgit, Islamabad, South Waziristan, Quetta and Karachi, the rally will culminate at Gwadar, having covered a total distance of more than 3,000km,Soldiers snap a quick picture with the vehicle…

BALOCHISTAN GOVERNMENT STRIVING TO PROVIDE CLEAN DRINKING WATER TO MASSES

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09:18 PM, 23 Oct, 20170Balochistan government is striving to provide clean drinking water to a maximum number of people in the province.Chief Engineer Provincial Public Health Engineering Department told Radio Pakistan Quetta on Monday that nineteen water supply schemes are being implemented in various districts of the province at a cost of 81 million rupees.He said construction work on several water supply schemes under phase II of “Clean Drinking Water for All” special programme, is in progress in different areas of Balochistan at a cost of 300 million rupees.The water supply schemes will be operated through solar energy

India's Dangerous Taiwan Gambit

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By seeking to improve its relationship with Taiwan, India is seeking leverage over China.By Imran Ali SandanoOctober 23, 2017

India officially recognizes the “one China” policy; constrained by its commitment to Beijing, New Delhi has found it hard to establish its bilateral relationship with Taiwan. However, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has redefined its previous “Look East” policy to an “Act East” policy, which includes more and more focus on the India-Taiwan relationship.India ceased bilateral relations with Taiwan, formally known as the Republic of China, and recognized the People’s Republic of China in 1950, only a few years after Indian indepedence. During the Cold War period New Delhi and Taipei’s informal relations deteriorate further, as India joined the non-aligned movement and Taiwan joined the U.S.-led bloc.Despite not maintaining any official diplomatic relations, in the late 1990s bilateral relatio…

Diplomats' safety an obligation: China on threats to its envoy in Pakistan

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By PTI | Updated: Oct 23, 2017, 06.18 PM IST

China has appointed Yao, who has served as Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan, as its new envoy to Pakistan.BEIJING: China today said the safety of the diplomatic personnel and missions is an obligation of the sovereign countries but declined to comment on its reported complaint to Pakistan that its ambassador to Islamabad faced threats from a Xinjiang-based terror group.China reportedly asked Pakistan to step up the security of its newly-appointed ambassador in Islamabad in the wake of threats to his life from the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), according to reports.The Chinese embassy made the request in a letter written to Pakistan's interior ministry on October 19, saying a member of the ETIM has sneaked into Pakistan to assassinate its ambassador Yao Jing.The letter, circul…