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China Is Pushing Its Luck With the West

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/27/opinion/china-west-power-influence.html



ImageCreditChristina HägerforsBy Luke PateyDec. 27, 2017查看简体中文版查看繁體中文版The warning bell is ringing on China’s global effort to suppress Western values and undermine the freedoms enjoyed in the world’s democracies.Beijing has baited some of America’s leading corporations with offers of access to its giant consumer market. In return, the likes of Apple and LinkedIn have agreed to play by China’s rules and submit to what amounts to censorship.On American college campuses, accepting money from the Beijing-backed Confucius Institute has come at the price of academic freedom: There are mounting concerns that the language and cultural centers financed by the institute prohibit discussion on issuesthat place China in a critical light.Elsewhere, Beijing has been accused of pulling the strings of Western democracies. In Australia, Chinese businessmen with ties to the Chinese Communist Party have donated millions of dollars…

Japan’s Own Belt and Road

http://foreignpolicy.com/2018/02/09/japan-takes-the-lead-in-countering-chinas-belt-and-road/


Tokyo is ramping up international partnerships and investments to offer an alternative to Beijing’s signature foreign-policy project.3 DAYS AGOCATEGORIES: REPORTKeith JohnsonFor the first time in 15 years, Japan’s foreign minister last month paid a visit to the tiny island nation of Sri Lanka, shepherding a dozens-strong delegation of business leaders eager to deepen economic ties between the two countries after a year of increasing security cooperation.The visit underlined how Sri Lanka is turning into a microcosm of the sharpening geopolitical competition between Japan and China. Sri Lanka, after Pakistan, is one of the clearest examples of how China’s ambitious infrastructure development plans — known as the Belt and Road Initiative — are spooking neighbors who worry about Beijing’s rapidly increasing influence and military reach. Those fears were made manifest late last year, when Sri Lanka…

PLA growing in ability to win a war in South China Sea: experts

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1089194.shtml



By Guo Yuandan Source:Global Times Published: 2018/2/11 18:38:39The People's Liberation Army is making remarkable progress in its ability to safeguard national sovereignty and win a war in the South China Sea, a Chinese military expert said on Saturday in response to a US admiral pledging to defend freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.The US will counterbalance China's rising influence in the South China Sea, Phillip Sawyer, commander of the US Navy's seventh fleet, was quoted as saying in a Chinese-language report from the Kyodo News Agency on Friday. In response to the Chinese navy's expanding activities, it was important for the US to send ships into the region to protect freedom of navigation, Sawyer said.So-called freedom of navigation is the only approach for the US in the South China Sea and Washington will not drop this "principle" for a long time to come, Li Jie, a Beijing-based naval expert, tol…

Belt and Road Initiative can open door of development for Nepal: experts

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-02/12/c_136970232.htm


Source: Xinhua| 2018-02-12 19:45:19|Editor: Xiang BoShanker Das Bairagi (R), Secretary at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Yu Hong inaugurate a seminar entitled "Strengthening cooperation to promote the construction of the Belt and Road" in Kathmandu, Nepal, Feb. 12, 2018. The China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative has paved the way for new opportunities for Nepal to realize its dream of development and economic prosperity, government officials and experts said here on Monday. (Xinhua/Sunil Sharma)KATHMANDU, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- The China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative has paved the way for new opportunities for Nepal to realize its dream of development and economic prosperity, government officials and experts said here on Monday.They made such remarks during a one-day seminar entitled "Strengthening cooperation to promote the construction of the Belt and Road" organized by Ne…

Belt and Road Initiative helps bridge development gap in Europe: ex-Slovenian president

http://www.ecns.cn/m/voices/2018/02-12/292581.shtml

2018-02-12 16:18 Xinhua Editor: Gu LipingThe China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative can play a positive role in helping bridge the divide in Europe, where development remains unbalanced despite years of economic integration and cohesion efforts, said former Slovenian President Danilo Turk.Eastern Europe has generally been less developed historically and part of that problem has been addressed through movement of manufacturing as well as the cohesion policies that see investment in infrastructure and services in these regions, said Turk."If we are smart, if we are wise, we can use the Belt and Road (Initiative) as a third element in the picture," Turk told Xinhua in a recent interview after attending a forum named Belt & Road Dialogue co-organized by Cambridge Oriental Culture Association and Intellectual Forum of Jesus College Cambridge.Turk, who was an honorable speaker at the forum held in Cambridge, said the Belt and…

CPEC to open new vistas of socioeconomic uplift

https://nation.com.pk/13-Feb-2018/cpec-to-open-new-vistas-of-socioeconomic-uplift


February 13, 2018MIRPUR - AJK Minister for Sports and Culture Ch Muhammad Saeed said on Monday that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will open new vistas of speedy socioeconomic progress and prosperity in Azad Jammu & Kashmir side by side the rest of the country.He was addressing the oath-taking ceremony of the newly-elected office bearers of Kashmir Press Club Mirpur here on Monday. The newly-elected office bearers of the club took oath of their respective offices. The ceremony was held at the press club auditorium here where AJK Minister for Sports and Culture Ch Muhammad Saeed administered oath to the newly-elected office bearers of the club including Syed Abid Hussain Shah (President), Sajaad Jaraal (Sr. Vice President), Mumtaz Khaksaar (Vice President), Sajad Qayyum Khanpuri (Secretary General), Hurram Usman (Deputy General Secretary), Bilal Rafique (Finance Secretary) and Waqaas Rasheed (Informa…

KLF: ‘History of 1971 repeating itself in Balochistan’

https://www.samaa.tv/pakistan/2018/02/klf-history-1971-repeating-balochistan/



February 11, 2018By:shahjahankhurramPublished in Pakistan
By: ShahjahanKhurramKARACHI: Panelists part of a discussion on the prevalent abysmal situation of Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province likened the current circumstances of the area to that of East Pakistan before it seceded and became Bangladesh.The session was held to mark the book launch of A Cry for Justice: Empirical Insights from Balochistan by Kaiser Bengali.Apart from Bengali, other panelists included I.A. Rehman and Ashraf Jehangir Qazi. The session was moderated by Hifza Shah.Kaiser Bengali briefly outlined how his book was a cry for justice of the Balochis who had been deprived of development and the basic necessities of life.He said that the book was an honest reflection of the hapless condition that the Balochis were in.Ashraf Jahangir Qazi also spoke on the occasion with flair and passion, describing the hostile conditions that the peopl…

Consequences of CPEC

https://www.thenews.com.pk/magazine/money-matters/279735-consequences-of-cpec
 February 12, 2018By Mehtab Haider.All efforts of the incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government to control the yawning trade deficit have failed to deliver. The PML-N regime tried to slap tariff and non-tariff barriers to achieve the desired results, however the method failed due to some apparent factors.The first and foremost factor was finalisation of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as it was done in haste and without proper homework.There is need to do some soul searching at this stage when the pace of CPEC is expected to slowdown in the wake of the ongoing political transitions happening in both Pakistan and China.The change of government will happen in China, although, the ruling Communist Party will continue to rule over the country. In Pakistan, there will be three governments assuming rein of powers including the existing PML-N, the upcoming caretaker setup, and finally the gov…

Direct shipment of Pakistan seafood to Xinjiang a milestone in connectivity

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1089281.shtml


By Hu Weijia Source:Global Times Published: 2018/2/12 0:03:391The first shipment of about 1,150 kilograms of seafood imported directly from Pakistan has arrived in Urumqi, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Pakistani newspaper the Express Tribune said. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has received an increasing amount of attention due to its role in promoting infrastructure facilities in the South Asian country. But now, detailed plans are necessary to upgrade the "software" such as quarantine services to open a green channel for imports from Pakistan.In 2017, exports to Pakistan from China stood at $18.3 billion, while China's imports from Pakistan totaled $1.8 billion. With upgraded "software," the CPEC, a flagship project of China's Belt and Road (B&R) initiative, might help Pakistan boost exports and slash its trade deficit with China.Most observers agree that seafood an…

How China and Pakistan could lay the Road to Peace in Afghanistan

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2018/02/12/How-China-and-Pakistan-could-lay-the-Road-to-Peace-in-Afghanistan.html


Monday, 12 February 2018Syed Jawaid IqbalReferred to as an interminable and protracted war, the ongoing US-led war in Afghanistan is becoming a stalemate with no end in sight in the near or long term. Since the violence and bloodshed have been the most common phenomenon in an already war-torn region, the war is perhaps an inevitable part of the life being led by the Afghan people for the past decades, while any attempt to bring peace in the region is bound to meet rabid resistance owing to the conflict of interest among the concerned stakeholders who seem to be at odds with each other, following their own agenda or list of priorities under the guise of peace-building efforts.Despite all its military might, the US war in Afghanistan, which has seen two phases (Operation Enduring Freedom 2001–2014 and Operation Freedom's Sentinel 2015 to the present…

CPEC’s legal dimension

https://nation.com.pk/12-Feb-2018/cpec-s-legal-dimension?show=preview?version=amp
February 12, 2018The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the flagship project of the global Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), is transforming the foundation of the economy of Pakistan on modern patterns by building Gwadar Port facilities, roads infrastructure throughout the country, and constructing new Special Industrial Zones. The first such zone has been kicked off at Gwadar on 29 January during the Gwadar Expo by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.The new commercial and economic business nevertheless involve a number of legal issues pertaining to the development of the new projects under the Long-Term Projects (LTP - 2018 to 2030) inaugurated in November last during the 7th Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) meeting held at Islamabad between the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform of Pakistan and its counterpart National Development and Reform Commission of China.For all economic and comm…