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Chinese Construction in the South China Sea: Should ASEAN Be Concerned?

https://thediplomat.com/2017/12/chinese-construction-in-the-south-china-sea-should-asean-be-concerned/ With the region largely distracted, ASEAN cannot rely on external help in the South China Sea. By Lee YingHui December 26, 2017               As 2017 draws to an end, its an appropriate time for South China Sea observers to reflect on the happenings in one of the most contested waters in today’s world. In contrast to mounting tension in the past few years in the run-up to the July 2016 Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling, this year was marked by the relative thawing of relations in the South China Sea. Most observers generally agree that the agreement between ASEAN and China at the recently concluded 31st ASEAN Summit to begin negotiations on the fine print of a Code of Conduct (COC) was a step in the right direction, despite reservations over the final content and nature of the document. There has also been a concerted effort in negotiating various maritime cooper

Japan considers refitting helicopter carrier for stealth fighters: government sources

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-defence-carrier/japan-considers-refitting-helicopter-carrier-for-stealth-fighters-government-sources-idUSKBN1EK0CF #WORLD NEWS DECEMBER 26, 2017 / 12:09 PM / UPDATED 11 HOURS AGO Nobuhiro Kubo ,  Tim Kelly TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is considering refitting the Izumo helicopter carrier so that it can land U.S. Marines F-35B stealth fighters, government sources said on Tuesday, as Tokyo faces China’s maritime expansion and North Korea’s missile and nuclear development. FILE PHOTO: Japan Maritime Self Defense Force's helicopter carrier Izumo is seen at JMSDF Yokosuka base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, Japan, December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo Japan has not had fully fledged aircraft carriers since its World War Two defeat in 1945. Any refit of the Izumo would be aimed at preparing for a scenario in which runways in Japan had been destroyed by missile attacks, and at bolstering defense around Japan’s southwestern islands, w

Why Is Tension Rising In The South China Sea?

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4133900-tension-rising-south-china-sea Dec. 26, 2017 9:35 AM Summary 33 percent of the world’s maritime traffic belongs to the South China Sea, so this region is vital for international trade. Asian countries are trying to claim parts of the territory.But China aggressively claims 90% of the region, defying international laws. Not only did it implement land reclamation and build oil rigs, China even sent over its navy.To portray power, the U.S. sent its own navy to counter China's assertiveness and tried to be the region's mediator, which further intensifies the already sensitive region.Although no countries want to back off, they all try to avoid military conflicts in order to minimize bloodshed and the negative impact towards international trade.Yet China's influence over the region grows. Despite being adversaries, Southeast Asia is relying more on China as a trading partner, which will benefit companies that we will recommend in the

Containing China’s aggression – is it even possible?

http://www.atimes.com/article/containing-chinas-aggression-even-possible/ A lack of coordination in resisting Beijing's relentless pursuit of territory has worsened the problem, but countries have been split on how to respond By  ROBERT E. MCCOY DECEMBER 26, 2017 6:27 PM (UTC+8) 0 0 Construction is shown on Fiery Cross Reef, in the Spratly Islands, the disputed South China Sea in this June 16 satellite image by CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative at the Center for Strategic & International Studies. Photo: CSIS/AMTI DigitalGlobe/ via Reuters   Beijing is relentless in its pursuit of territory that it feels once was a part of the Middle Kingdom. A lack of coordination in resisting this irredentist activity is having consequences, for ignoring it merely delays – and worsens – the problem. For example, if the law-abiding nations of the world had taken effective action in the South China Sea when China reemphasized its  Nine Dash Line claims  some years ago, we would

Chinese Construction in the South China Sea: Should ASEAN Be Concerned?

https://thediplomat.com/2017/12/chinese-construction-in-the-south-china-sea-should-asean-be-concerned/ With the region largely distracted, ASEAN cannot rely on external help in the South China Sea. By Lee YingHui December 26, 2017               As 2017 draws to an end, its an appropriate time for South China Sea observers to reflect on the happenings in one of the most contested waters in today’s world. In contrast to mounting tension in the past few years in the run-up to the July 2016 Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling, this year was marked by the relative thawing of relations in the South China Sea. Most observers generally agree that the agreement between ASEAN and China at the recently concluded 31st ASEAN Summit to begin negotiations on the fine print of a Code of Conduct (COC) was a step in the right direction, despite reservations over the final content and nature of the document. There has also been a concerted effort in negotiating various maritime cooper

Daesh terrorists in Afghanistan may sabotage China’s Silk Road project

http://m.yenisafak.com/en/world/daesh-terrorists-in-afghanistan-may-sabotage-chinas-silk-road-project-2911323 -/- The “New Silk Road” project to link Asia with Europe might be on the target of Daesh, as thousands of terrorists are being located in Afghanistan EDITOR / INTERNET25 DECEMBER 2017, 10:06YENI ŞAFAK       The increased presence of Daesh terrorists in Afghanistan is being evaluated as the terrorist organization’s initiatives to sabotage the “One Belt, One Road” project, better known as the New Silk Road, which aims to increase cooperation between Eurasian countries. A senior Russian official has estimated that over 10,000 Daesh terrorists are currently located in Afghanistan as more and more terrorists fleeing Syria and Iraq arrive in the country each day. Zamir Kabulov, Russia’s special presidential envoy for Afghanistan, said that "Russia was among the first nations to sound the alarms in connection with the expansion of Daesh in Afghanistan.” According to Kabul

What Happened On China's New Silk Road In 2017

https://www.forbes.com/sites/wadeshepard/2017/12/20/what-happened-on-chinas-new-silk-road-in-2017/#7219e1fe72e9 Wade Shepard  ,    CONTRIBUTOR   (NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images) Year four of China’s Belt and Road Initiative  (BRI) is now in the books. The purpose-built, ground breaking’endeavor to insert China as the connective tissue between most of the other countries of Eurasia and Africa is no longer the new geopolitical kid on the block, and we are starting to get a good look at what this thing is  really all about  beyond the rhetoric and propaganda: The BRI can ultimately be deduced to a series of unconnected but nonetheless related bilateral trade and development deals which China is making either one-on-one or group+1 with countries and political blocs across Asia, Europe, and Africa. There is no overarching structure, no membership protocols, no moralistic browbeatings, no predefined set of standards that BRI participants need to uphold in unison ... Each country or

Why Greece is banking on China’s modern-day Silk Road to help its economic recovery

http://m.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2125506/why-greece-banking-chinas-modern-day-silk-road-help-its With the Belt and Road Initiative trying to revive the network that once linked the two ancient civilisations Catherine Wong UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 Dec 2017, 11:27PM  7 Greece hopes to transform its ancient port of Piraeus into the entry point for an extensive network of roads and railways that will allow China to penetrate into the heart of Europe, its ambassador to Beijing has said. China’s ambitious push to build a modern-day Silk Road through Asia and Europe has suffered a number of rebuffs in recent weeks after Pakistan, Myanmar and Nepal cancelled put on hold a number of major infrastructure projects funded by Chinese investment. But Greece, a key point along the route of the ancient Silk Road, will once again serve as the hub connecting Asia, Europe and Africa, according to Leonidas C Rokanas. “Eventually, Piraeus will become the main entry point for Chin

China's new 'Silk Road' goes straight through the Caucasus

http://m.dw.com/en/chinas-new-silk-road-goes-straight-through-the-caucasus/a-41930469 With its new Silk Road mega-project, China is building on old traditions. But it's hard-core geostrategic interests and not nostalgia which is guiding Beijing. Miodrag Soric reports from Tbilisi, Georgia.   Watch video02:37 China's big investment push in Georgia  When it comes to the economy, the Chinese government thinks and acts quickly. And the same it true of exports. Currently most products are transported by sea to Europe, but Beijing is looking for alternatives and have their eyes set on new land routes. Four years ago, the Chinese President Xi Jingping announced  the mega-initiative the "New Silk Road" (One Belt and One Road, or OBOR for short) . This project involves various transport corridors from China to the west; for example through Russia and Belarus; or along the streets of Central Asia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey; or on alternative routes through Pakistan t

Balochistan is in a state of commotion: Mengal

http://nation.com.pk/26-Dec-2017/balochistan-is-in-a-state-of-commotion-mengal December 26, 2017 Quetta -  Balochistan  National Party chief Sardar Akhtar  Mengal  on Monday visited Methodist Church Quetta and inspected the affected area which was attacked by terrorists few days ago. The attack had killed nine people and injured over 50. Talking to media persons, BNP chief said he was indecisive whether to say Merry Christmas to Christian community members or express solidarity with them over the last terror incident. Mengal  said if perpetrators could launch attack on Zarghoon Road in Red Zone –a reference to the assault on Methodist Church – they could target every place everywhere. He also lashed out at rulers who he said had hid themselves in bunkers but had left people at the mercy of terrorists. “There is a state of  commotion  in  Balochistan  and law and order situation is not encouraging,”  Mengal  was of the view. He stressed the need for strengthening surveillance on

Jinnah loved Balochistan and its people: Zehri

https://www.dawn.com/news/1378859 Saleem Shahid December 26, 2017 Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri hoists the national flag on Monday. ZIARAT: Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri on Monday paid tribute to Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, saying that the father of the nation and his colleagues waged an untiring struggle for creation of Pakistan. He was speaking at a national flag-hoisting ceremony organised at Quaid-i-Azam Residency (also known as Ziarat residency) to mark the Quaid’s birth anniversary. Mr Zehri said the Quaid had a special love for Balochistan and its people and that was reason that he along with his sister, Miss Fatima Jinnah, had chose to spend last days of life in this province. The ceremony was attended by members of national and provincial assemblies, Frontier Corps IG Maj Gen Nadeem and others. CM terms Balochistan inseparable from Pakistan The chief minister said his government was serving all people without any discrimination. He said a

Transgender’s humiliation in society

http://thebalochistanpoint.com/transgenders-humiliation-in-society/ By: Muntaha Fatima Transgenders, the third gender of human beings that are also referred as Khawaja Sira are the most ill-treated part of society. They are most marginalized and vulnerable community in Pakistan. They are stigmatized as prostitute, beggars and dancers. Their social degradation in 21 st century is really appalling. Due to controversial nature, typical uptight and backward mindset of people the subject of transgender is not even discussed in sophisticated circles. From their birth to adult life, they are subjected to constant discrimination, harassment and made preys of sexual abuse. They even face discrimination at spiritual places like in Shrines.  They are stared & abashed by disgusting lines in Markets and roads. They face rude behavior, raped, tortured and harassed by police, considered inhuman and just taken as toys for enjoyment. In jail, they are put in men where they face ridicule &