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REDEFINING MARITIME SECURITY

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Friday, 09 February 2018 | Ramesh Davesar | in OpeMaritime challenges impact our national security and, therefore, must be addressed with all sincerity. India needs to re-evaluate its security concerns to march towards being a major powerWhile to other countries, the Indian Ocean is one of the important oceanic areas; to India, it is a vital sea, its lifelines are concentrated in that area and its freedom is dependent on the freedom of that water surface”, said KM Pannikar.The continuation of ongoing global hegemonic developments, coupled with recent activities in and around have made the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) the epicentre of geo-political arena, having direct bearing on 21 Littorals in general, and India in particular, whose security and economic interests are directly linked to keep the Indian Ocean (IO) free from military activities of the super/regional powers. Before proceeding further, i…

Chinese commercial ships explore Arctic routes amid ‘Polar Silk Road’ ambitions

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By Zhang Yiqian in Guangzhou Source:Global Times Published: 2018/2/8 18:43:162China’s Arctic policy white paper thrills enterprises wanting to participate in development○ China in January published its first white paper on Arctic policy, declaring to establish a Polar Silk Road that can develop new shipping routes○ In 2013, China's first commercial boat sailed through the Arctic route, from China to the Netherlands○ Even though the usage of the route is still limited, China hopes it can become more regulated and frequented in the future

Yongsheng sails along the northeast Arctic route. Photo: Courtesy of Cosco Shipping Specialized Carriers Limited

When Han Guomin, CEO of China's Cosco Shipping Specialized Carriers Limited, read the white paper released on January 26 about China's Arctic policy, he and his colleagues were excited.The white paper is China's first policy on the Arctic, in which China said it hopes to build a &q…

Opinion: China’s Silk Road project – a PLA weapon?

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7th February 2018 - 01:02 GMT | by The Geobukseon in Indo-PacificRSSOn 7 September 2013, President Xi Jinping called for the construction of a Silk Road Economic Belt during a speech at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan. However, this belt has always been more than just a means for China to hitch up its economic pants.Behind Xi’s plans are strategic and military factors that underpin and explain the huge amount of investment that Beijing is directing towards this initiative. However, China has been less than forthright about these ‘dark’ foundations to the whole scheme.This concept, as unveiled in 2013, included plans for regional cooperation, planning and construction of the belt, the promotion of trade and investment, the use of regional currencies to reduce financial risk and enhance global competitiveness, and to build a strategic route that connects China, Cent…

Putin’s Silk Road gamble

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By Artyom LukinFebruary 8 at 3:21 PM
Putin and Xi walk together during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing, China. Nov. 10, 2014. (Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA)ArtyomLukin is a professor of international politics at the Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok, Russia.VLADIVOSTOK, Russia — In September 2013, when Chinese President Xi Jinping rolled out the concept of the Silk Road Economic Belt, Moscow reacted with apprehension. The Kremlin was concerned that China’s grand initiative would compete with its own project, the Eurasian Economic Union, which sought to reintegrate the post-Soviet space under Moscow’s aegis. The fact that Xi gave his Silk Road speech in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, made Moscow even more uncomfortable — Kazakhstan is the biggest and richest country in Central Asia, it shares a long border with Russia and is viewed by Moscow as a key ally.How the Ukraine crisis mad…

China Pak Investment Corporation Mega Project Gets Green Light From Gwadar Development Authority

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NEWS PROVIDED BYChina Pak Investment CorporationFeb 08, 2018, 11:24 ETGWADAR, Pakistan, February 8, 2018/PRNewswire/ --Leading private investment house China Pak Investment Corporation today announced that it has received full Government approvals for its 3.6 million square foot mega development 'International Port City' in the boom town of Gwadar.Overview of International Port City Master Plan (PRNewsfoto/China Pak Investment Corporation)Gwadar Business Centre – Completed in just 6 months (PRNewsfoto/China Pak Investment Corporation)Gwadar is being redeveloped under the model of Shenzhen with Special Economic Zone Status (PRNewsfoto/China Pak Investment Corporation)     (Photo: https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/640045/CPIC_masterplan.jpg )
     (Photo: https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/640047/Gwadar_Business_Centre.jpg )
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CPEC contribution to cross $100 bn by 2030

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Mehtab HaiderFebruary 9, 2018


ListenISLAMABAD: The Planning Commission’s Center of Excellence (COE) for Pakistan-China Economic Corridor (CPEC) has estimated that China’s total contribution for Pakistan’s development would cross $100 billion up to 2030 as more development projects would be made part of the CPEC in years to come.“The total cost of CPEC projects has already gone up from $46 billion to $62 billion and it is hoped that the total cost will further go up to $100 billion by 2030 with inclusion of more projects into list of CPEC,” Executive Director to Center of Excellence (COE) for CPEC Dr Shahid Rashid told journalists in press briefing here at Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) on Thursday.When a journalist inquired whether his own appointment was made on merit and how many economists are affiliated with Center of Excellence for CPEC, he defended his appointment on this lucrativ…

Baloch feudal mindset an impediment to CPEC

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Comment9 SECONDS AGO BY SULTAN M HALI
And the province’s progressBaloch feudal lords have been notorious for opposing development in their province. Their mindset is fixated on the factor that denies the uplift of its people; be it socio-economic, educational, health, nutrition or other aspects. There is a method in the madness. The ordinary Baloch serve as minions and serfs on the lands and property of the Baloch sardars, who would not like to endanger their fiefdom if their subjects get enlightened. Generally Baloch feudal lords have been serving as the governors or chief ministers of Balochistan. Despite the allocation of development funds for the construction of educational institutions, communication infrastructure, water and energy projects, the province of Balochistan has remained under developed. Firstly because the allocated funds for development were siphoned off by corrupt political leade…

CPEC enhances Pak geo-political importance, make country prime choice for investors

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PARVEZJABRIFEB 9TH, 20180 VIEWS: 64PESHAWAR: Economics and political experts here Thursday said China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) signed during PMLN Government tenure, has enhanced the geo-political importance of Pakistan and made the country a prime choice for local and foreign investors.The experts said CPEC was a game changer project for Pakistan that would not only make very positive effects on Pakistan’s overall security but would make its western and eastern borders safe from external threats and hostile foreign agencies.Talking to APP, MPA Saleh Muhammad said CPEC was not a myth but a strong reality carrying immense importance for all sectors including economic development, energy, communication, and security perspective.In presence of massive Chinese investment, he said, foe elements and hospital foreign agencies could not dare even to cast an ug…

Chinese Projects in Pakistan Prove Tempting Targets for Terrorist Groups

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Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 16 Issue: 3By: Sudha RamachandranFebruary 8, 2018 03:31 PM Age: 9 hoursChinese workers in PakistanOn December 8, 2017, the Chinese embassy in Islamabad warned its nationals of possible terrorist attacks targeting “Chinese-invested organizations and Chinese citizens” in Pakistan (Dawn, December 8, 2017). It gave no details of how it had come by this intelligence or who the potential attackers might be. However, attacks on Chinese nationals in Pakistan are not uncommon, and a range of possible actors have put China in their crosshairs.In May 2004, the Baluch Liberation Front (BLF) gunned down three Chinese port workers at Gwadar in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province (The Nation, April 20, 2015). Since then, attacks on Chinese projects and nationals working in Pakistan have become more frequent. Most of these attacks, including one in 2013 that targeted five…

India could be behind Chinese killing: Pakistan

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By IANS | Feb 8, 2018, 09.28PM IST

The Chinese national working with a shipping company was shot dead in Karachi on Monday.India could be involved in the targeted killing of a Chinese national in Karachi, Pakistan's Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said.Iqbal made the comments in an interview to the BBC. He also claimed that India's intelligence agency RAW was involved in sabotaging the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects."New Delhi continues to dedicate a sizeable amount of money towards covert operations that aim to sabotage CPEC projects," the Express Tribune on Thursday cited Iqbal as telling the BBC.
"Representatives of our neighbour country have gone on record to say that India is against the deepening trade partnership between Pakistan and China."The recent target killing of the Chinese national is another l…

Chinese FDI Squeezed in 2017 by Regulatory Crackdowns at Home and Abroad

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Baker McKenzieNewsroom  Chinese FDI Squeezed in 2017 by Regulatory Crackdowns at Home and Abroad17 January 2018

Share    Chinese FDI into North America fell 35% in 2017 to $30 billionFDI up 76% in Europe to $81 billion due to delayed completion of a 2016 mega deal; would otherwise have fallen 22% to $38 billionChanges in 2017 activity mainly driven by Chinese policies restricting outbound investmentRecord proportion of cancelled deals were blocked by foreign regulatorsSwitzerland, UK, Netherlands attracted most Chinese capital in EuropeNew York, Virginia, California most popular North American investment destinationsInvestment in logistics, health and biotech, ICT and consumer services outperformed Pipeline for 2018 showing recovery in Europe driven partly by One Belt One RoadChinese investment in Europe and North America stuttered in 2017 against a backdrop of the country's first fall in FDI globally since 2006, ac…
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US may boost projects in Indo-Pacific to counter Beijing’s belt and road planAs China’s sprawling trade and infrastructure plan enters its fifth year, observers say Washington is considering policy responseWendy WuUPDATED : Wednesday, 7 Feb 2018, 9:43PM 82Washington is considering boosting infrastructure projects in the Indo-Pacific to counter Beijing’s growing global clout through its “Belt and Road Initiative”, observers say, after last month’s Congress hearing on a policy response to the plan.“The US, including Congress, is starting to shift from awareness about the belt and road toward a response,” Jonathan Hillman, a fellow with the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, said. “Above all, the US needs to put forward its own positive economic vision. That vision need not be framed in opposition to the belt and road.”Hillman, who testified at the Congress heari…

Maldives crisis: China comes to Yameens rescue as India calls for restoration of democratic values

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By Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury, ET Bureau | Feb 7, 2018, 07.01PM IST
File pic: Abdulla Yameen takes his oath as the President of Maldives during a swearing-in ceremony at the parliament in Male.NEW DELHI: Amid mounting international pressure on Maldives including from its biggest neighbour India to safeguard democracy China on Wednesday came to the rescue of its ally President Yameen and suggested that any intervention from outside would only complicate the situation in the Indian Ocean country.The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Wednesday opposed any military intervention in the Maldives, saying such a move would further complicate the situation, a day after former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheedsought India's help to resolve the political crisis in the island nation and India put its troops on standby for any eventu…