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New momentum for Cambodia-India ties

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Mn January 29, 2018New momentum for Cambodia-India tiesChheang Vannarith / Khmer TimesShare:    Prime Minister Hun Sen, left, and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week. AFPPrime Minister Hun Sen wrapped up his state visit to India yesterday, with new hope and commitment to strengthen the bilateral partnership between the two countries and their people.Both sides issued a joint statement covering a wide range of areas of cooperation and signed four agreements on the prevention of human trafficking, mutual legal assistance on criminal matters, cultural exchanges and a dollar credit line agreement of $39.92 million for the Stung Sva Hap water resource development project.Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has upgraded India’s Look East Policy to India’s Act East Policy, India has been actively promoting its regional role and influence in Asia.India is an emerging a major power in Asi…

China Infrastructure Push Reaches Arctic, Leaving Out U.S.

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By Ting ShiJanuary 29, 2018, 2:30 AM GMT+5:30Updated on January 29, 2018, 9:31 AM GMT+5:30✔Xi adds Arctic, Latin America to Belt and Road Initiative✔Latest expansion leaves out only Canada, Japan and U.S.✔The sun never sets on China’s trade and infrastructure ambitions.With the addition of the Arctic and Latin America last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road Initiative has become truly global. Only the U.S., its neighbor Canada and ally Japan have yet to be included in the plan, which seeks to build or upgrade a network of highways, railways, ports and pipelines.China added the two regions -- about 33.7 million total square kilometers (13 million square miles) -- in the span of five days. First, Xi urged the creation of a “Trans-Pacific Maritime Silk Road” in a Jan. 22 message to a gathering of leaders from Latin American and Caribbean countries. On…

PAKISTAN WANTS TO BUY MILITARY SUPPLIES FROM RUSSIA AND CHINA AFTER U.S. FUNDING FREEZE

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BY CARLOSBALLESTEROS ON 1/28/18 AT 2:31 PM
As the relationship between the United Sand Pakistan continues to deteriorate, signs of a formidable axis in Central Asia emerges.In an interview with the Financial Times published on Sunday, Pakistan's defense minister Khurram Dastgir Khan said his country was undergoing a "regional recalibration" of its "foreign and security policy."Part of that regional recalibration involves Pakistan reaching out to Russia and China for new military supplies.“The fact that we have recalibrated our way towards better relations with Russia, deepening our relationship with China, is a response to what the Americans have been doing," he said.Khan's comments come three weeks after Beijing revealed it would build an offshore naval base near Gwadar Port in the Pakistani province of Balochistan.Keep Up With This Story And More By Subscribing NowEarlier…

Blossoming Gwadar

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KhaleeqKianiJanuary 29, 2018

Early signs of a small Gwadar town transforming into a new international port city have started to materialise.Most roads are freshly carpeted and sprawling buildings are sprouting up around Gwadar but blue virgin beaches and a coastline of around 1,000 kilometers from Karachi to Gwadar paint a history of neglect.This is more pronounced for a city that sits on the strategic mouth of the Arabian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, witnessing the movement of large oil shipping lines to Asia, Africa and Europe.The landscape of fishermen and boat makers’ shanty dwellings is fast changing into modern houses, business centres and hospitals, raising hopes that a potential business hub may be just a few years away.ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER ADWhile this may materialise as China opens up its western borders for development and mitigates transportation risks, with relocation of Beijing’s surplus production infrastructure and industry, Gwadar …

Work On Gwadar's Water, Electricity Projects In Full Swing

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FaizanHashmi  22 hours ago  Sun 28th January 2018 | 12:20 PMThe progress on several projects by Pakistan government and China is in full swing.Gwadar, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 28th Jan, 2018 ):To meet the ongoing acute water shortage and electricity demands of Gwadar, the progress on several projects byPakistangovernment and China is in full swing.▼Scroll for more▼ADVERTISEMENTThe government has launched five schemes to ensure the availability of clean water inGwadarand to resolve the issue by mid of 2018. Director General of the Gwadar Development Authority Dr Sajjad Hussain Baloch told APP on Sunday that with one sufficient rainfall, three dams namely Akra Kaur, Sawad and Shadi Kaur, can provide up to 10 million gallons per day (MGD) of water to Gwadar for next five years.He mentioned that pipeline from Sawad dam to Gwadar city would bring five MGD besides 2.5 MGD each from the Shad…

Gwadar, Pakistan’s new boomtown, needs a sustainability check

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By Faran MahmoodPublished: January 29, 2018
PHOTO: AFPISLAMABADGwadar, Pakistan’s new boomtown, is all set to celebrate its Free Zone status on the occasion of the first Gwadar Expo 2018. Hailed as the next ‘Shenzhen,’ the smart port city offers a combination of tax-and-tariff incentives, streamlined customs procedures, and a less stringent regulatory environment.Pakistan’s record on SEZ (special economic zones) has not been great but it does boast of a few industrial clusters that have created thousands of jobs over decades.This growth of industrial clusters has almost always been organic – contrary to a ‘top-down’ push from the government in the case of SEZs. Many plans to create SEZs in KPK in the past have fallen far short of their objectives because of government’s piecemeal approach to deregulation.PM to visit Gwadar amid concerns over anti-CPEC propagandaHowever, this phenomenon is …

Gwadar to be region's big trade hub: COPHC

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PM opens first Gwadar Expo today

January 29, 2018ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will inaugurate the two-day event being attended by foreign dignitaries, ambassadors and people from business community across the world while China Overseas Port Holding Company (COPHC) Chairman Zhang Baozhong said with construction of Free Zone, the port city of Gwadarwould become a big commercial hub in the region .The expo aims at highlighting the significance of Gwadar Port and GwadarFree Zone as emerging business hub and create maximum awareness about the full scope of Gwadar Projects.It will also provide a platform for interaction between local and foreign business entrepreneurs, financiers, investors and government officials to utilize the benefits of this mega project for enhanced investment, business and employment opportunities.The expo is being jointly organized by Gwadar Development Authority and China …

Bringing technological development into CPEC

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By Shahid Javed BurkiPublished: January 29, 2018SHARETWEETThe writer is a former caretaker finance minister and served as vice-president at the World BankInitially, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) initiative will focus on two sectors: energy and highways. The bulk of the funds that are coming in are committed to solving Pakistan’s energy problem. This has crippled the economy and has put a lid on the rate of future growth. It is wise to address this problem even if it means using some of Pakistan’s abundant coal reserves. The impact of this focused investment will be immediate. But there are other contemplated investments that will have long-term benefits.Work has also begun on improving the handling capacity of the port of Gwadar and on building a network of highways that will fan out from it to the country’s interior. The roads will come together into one high-altitude highway that will cross …

Why CPEC Is A Win-Win For China And Pakistan

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By Riaz Ahmed RustamaniOn Jan 28, 2018 0CPEC is a multipurpose project including the network of roads, railways, seaports, airports, development, infrastructure, and many job opportunities. In this project, China will connect its province Kashgar to the Pakistani seaport Gwadar. This route aims to have easy and short access for China to reach in the world markets for trade and importing oil.This project is known as a game changer for Pakistan. In fact, this is a win-win project for both countries. China will get easy and short access to Asia and Europe for its trade and importing oil. Presently, China is using a lengthy and disputed sea route of 15,000km from the South China Sea to access the Middle East and Europe. While, through CPEC route, China has to just travel for 3,000 km for accessing world markets.On the other hand, this project is the fortune changer for Pakistan as well. Pakistan aims to gain development, infrastructure, energ…

Baloch activists protest against China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

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Posted at: Jan 29, 2018, 9:52 AM
Last updated: Jan 29, 2018, 9:52 AM (IST)London, January 29The Free Balochistan Movement (FBM) organised a two-day protest outside the Grosvenor Hotel in London, against the sale of Baloch lands in Pakistan’s port city of Gwadar by a property dealer ‘One Investments’.The protesters said China and Pakistan were aiming to change the demography of Balochistan by settling hundreds of thousands of Punjabis and Chinese in Gwadar.The protesters carried placards and banners against the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), sale of Baloch lands in Gwadar and human rights violations in Balochistan by Pakistan.Faiz Baluch, an activist of Free Balochistan Movement, said, “FBM has organised this two-day protest against China and Pakistan’s joint ventures and sale of Baloch lands in Gwadar.” He said Baloch people urged the international investo…

Who is Financing the New Economic Silk Road?

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Posted on  September 21, 2017 by Silk Road BriefingReading Mode
While the Belt & Road has become synonymous with China, fundamentally defining projects China has a vested interest in, the development of the new economic Silk Road overall includes much more than Chinese involvement (which is why this website refers to the Silk Road). While China generates much of the media’s attention, many other multilateral and national funds are also investing in the project. Some have been doing so for years, and may be somewhat perplexed by suddenly being described as “funding a B&R project”. Others have been specifically created to deal with particular regions and trade blocs. In fact, all countries involved in China’s Belt & Road will in one way or another have part of their own sovereign wealth involved, and especially when it comes to supporting their local industries and business interests. Further d…