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Can the ‘Indo-Pacific’ compete with China?

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BY TETSUOKOTANIJAN 10, 2018

The old but new geographical term “Indo-Pacific” is now increasingly used to replace “Asia-Pacific.” In August 2016, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled his regional vision called the “free and open Indo-Pacific strategy.” U.S. President Donald Trump echoed the phrase “free and open Indo-Pacific” during his first Asia tour in November and in his administration’s national security strategy released in December.Australia, which referred to the Indo-Pacific in its 2013 defense white paper, again cited the phrase in its 2017 foreign policy white paper. India’s strategic community also understands the geostrategic importance of the Indo-Pacific to their country. In November, senior diplomats from Japan, Australia, India and the United States met in Manila and agreed to ensure a free and open international order in the Indo-Pacif…

In strategic transformation, India building itself as maritime power: Former US diplomat

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By IANS | Updated: Jan 11, 2018, 09.45 AM IST
When thinking about the strategic future there is concern about China's activities in East and Southeast Asia, Alyssa Ayres, a former deputy assistant secretary of state for South Asia, said.NEW YORK: In an emerging strategic transformation, India is now considering itself as maritime power and building up its navy to meet that challenge after having thought of itself for a long time as a land power, according to a former senior US diplomat who is a leading expert on South Asia.India increasingly sees its role across the Indian Ocean as a "net provider of regional security", which is echoed by the US Secretaries of Defence and State when they talk about its role in the region, Alyssa Ayres, a former …

Time to worry about a Chinese-led global order?

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Chinese President Xi Jinping speaking at the United Nations in Geneva, January 2017 (Photo: UN Geneva/Flickr)BYChengxin Pa
10 January 2018 16:00The world seems to never run out of reasons to fear China, be they racial or ideological differences ('Yellow Peril' and 'Red Menace'), Chinese nationalism or Beijing's growing sharp power.The latest reason is the apparent arrival of a China-led world order, symbolised by everything ranging from the rollout of China's Belt and Road Initiative to its warning of consumer-led boycott of Australian goods. One commentator tweetedthat 'to those who counselled (and continue to counsel) accommodation with a rising China, [the boycott warning] is what a new Chinese-led order will feel like.'Just imagine: in this new order, Beijing will call the shots, always ready to dish out punishment against any disobedient country. Were this to…

The Outlook on China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’

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Massive bid to link Eurasia under Beijing’s geopolitical aegis encounters setbacksJanuary 10, 2018 10:32, Last Updated: January 10, 2018 22:39Chinese leader Xi Jinping attends a news conference at the end of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, China on May 15, 2017. (Jason Lee-Pool/Getty Images)SHARE  ShareTweetShareEmailBy Leo TimmNews analysisWielding wealth and industrial might second only to the United States, the Chinese regime has employed imagery of the ancient Silk Road as part of a vision to take center stage in economic and political influence across Asia and Europe.  “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR), also known as the Belt and Road Initiative, has been a cornerstone of Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s foreign policy since he became head of the Communist Party in 2013. In the last few years, Beijing has invested hundreds of billions of dollars, and has called to mobilize up to $5 trillion, in energy, trans…

Exploring the future of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

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IusLaborisChina January 9 2018Bo ZhouCaitlin Lane and Antonia GrantThe Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), formally announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, is China’s proposal to build a Silk Road economic belt and a 21st century maritime Silk Road in cooperation with related countries. This article discusses the need for localised legal services with international expertise stemming from the cross-border opportunities created by the BRI. The following article was first published on Law360.com on 3 January 2018.The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which was formally announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visits to Central and Southeast Asia in September and October 2013, is China’s proposal to build a Silk Road economic belt and a 21st century maritime Silk Road in cooperation with related countries. The belt refers to the land route starting in western China that crosses through C…

China Is Starting to See India as a Major Threat

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More and more, scholars in China see India replacing Japan as the second biggest threat to Beijing, following the U.S.By Hemant AdlakhaJanuary 11, 2018
As the new year gets underway, and Chinese foreign policy analysts join their counterparts around the world in assessing the events of 2017, the emerging international relations (IR) discourse in Beijing is quite a revelation — at least to the Japanese and Indian strategic affairs community.While most Chinese believe Japan to be the second biggest threat to China’s “peaceful rise,” according to a few Chinese experts, the rising global profile of India, especially under the “right-wing” nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has gone unacknowledged.In February 2015, The Diplomat carried an article by a Chinese scholar titled “Why China Doesn’t See India as a Threat.” In Apr…

US company to invest in Pakistan in wake of CPEC

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PARVEZJABRIJAN 10TH, 20180 VIEWS: 189ISLAMABAD: A leading US based company has shown interest for investment in Pakistan in the wake of opportunities offered by the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).A high level eight-member delegation of the US based international company, World Technological & Trade, Inc (WTTI), led by its Chairman, Dr. Robert Y.NI visited Intellectual Property Organization (IPO-Pakistan). Muhammad Irfan Tarar, Director General, IPO-Pakistan welcomed the delegation and briefed them about Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) protection in Pakistan, said a press release issued by IPO on Wednesday.Dr Robert said his company would like to invest in the fields of Mining, Information Technology, Robotics and Pharmaceuticals and use their expertise in these areas. He termed the meeting as a very important step towards establishing of business in Pakistan as their business …

17 road infrastructure projects being constructed in less developed areas of Balochistan

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PARVEZJABRIJAN 10TH, 20180 VIEWS: 32ISLAMABAD: National Highway Authority has been striving to construct highways and motorways network in less developed areas of the country with special focus on Balochistan.In Balochistan, work on 17 road infrastructure projects in less developed areas is continuing to bring them at par with the developed areas, an official of NHA told APP on Wednesday.The NHA official said that in the current fiscal year under Public Sector Development Programme for dualization of 408 km Khuzdar-Chaman section of N-25 including rehabilitation of existing Khuzdar-Kalat section and land acquisition Rs 2 billion have been earmarked.ADVERTISEMENTFor dualization of 210 km Yarik-Mughalkot-Zhob section of N-50 CPEC western alignment including Zhob bypass and land acquisition Rs 5 billion have been set aside, he said.For 106 km Basima-Khuzdar Hi…

What the Kulbhushan Jadhav Saga Reveals About India and Pakistan’s Balochistan Problems

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India’s Quint published and deleted a story alleging that Jadhav was indeed spying for India. What does that tell us?By Ahsan ButtJanuary 11, 2018
If a tree falls in a forest, but its fall is scrubbed from the internet, did it really fall?This weekend, a report in India surfaced that confirmed Kulbhushan Jadhav was an asset of Indian intelligence. Jadhav, a former Indian naval officer, is currentlyon death row in Pakistan for spying, having been captured in Balochistan in early 2016. Until now, New Delhi has publicly denied that Jadhav had any relationship with the Indian state since his retirement from the navy. To the contrary, New Delhi alleged that Jadhav was a legitimate businessman kidnapped from Iran by Pakistan’s intelligence services.The “legitimate businessman” façade has slowly been chipped away over 18 months. Leaving aside major complications in India’s st…

A Leaderless Resistance: Balochistan

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by Sajid Hussain • 14 November 2013In April 2010, Baloch guerilla commander Dr Allah Nazar gave a ceremonious reception to Jagoo at a Balochistan Liberation Front’s (BLF) camp in Balochistan’s Awaran district. Those BLF fighters, who hadn’t seen Jagoo before, gossiped in hushed tones about his identity. “He fixed a machine gun. A bullet had been stuck inside the gun and it’d been out of order for months. But he fixed it right then and there,” said Imran*, who was present at the camp. “It’s a fucking brilliant weapon. If I had one, I could fight a whole military battalion on my own,” Jagoo remarked in a hoarse voice, observing the machine gun with lustful eyes.According to BLF’s security protocol, names of guests at its guerilla camps are not revealed. However, Jagoo happily revealed his identity after a few hours. Soon the camp was abuzz with the news that noto…

Former Baloch commander of black descent, who lost sons, brother killed by BLF for being a snitch

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Former Baloch commander of black descent, who lost sons, brother killed by BLF for being a snitchmustikhanUncategorized January 10, 2018 2 MinutesThe Balochistan Liberation Front Wednesday announced killing of a well known militant commander, who was its founding member and who lost his sons and brother in fight against Pakistan military.“Today the Sarmachars (freedom fighters) shot dead Mohammed Bakhsh, aka Juggo, an important agent of the state,” said Gohram Baloch, spokesperson for the BLF. jaggo was killed in Nasirabad of Kech district, the spokesperson said.The BLF spokesperson conceded that Jaggoo sons and brother were brutally killed by the Pakistan army but accused him of breaking Baloch customs, committing treachery with the blood of Baloch martyrs.The BLF also accepted that the victim once worked for the militant outfit but was expelled from it for…

French President Macron Walks Fine Line Between China and the EU

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January 10, 2018 3:35 AMBill IdeJoyce HuangFrench President Emmanuel Macron, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands after a joint press briefing at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.ShareSee commentsBEIJING — During his first state visit to China this week, French President Emmanuel Macron brought with him two key messages, analysts said.One message was about the huge possibilities cooperation between China and Europe could bring and his commitment to that effort. The other, a warning to not underestimate growing concern and frustration in Europe – and elsewhere – with what many regard as China’s unfair trade practices such as investment restrictions in many sectors that are not blocked in countries overseas.Matheiu Duchatel, deputy director of the Asia and China Program at the European Council of Foreign Relations said President Macron’s visit goes beyond France.“He wants…