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China to build maritime institute in Gwadar

https://nation.com.pk/15-Feb-2018/china-to-build-maritime-institute-in-gwadar
February 15, 2018ISLAMABAD - The maritime department on Wednesday revealed that Chinawould build Pak-China Technical and Vocational Training Institute at port city to fulfill the required technical and skilled manpower of maritime for the deep-sea port."The institute will help fulfilling maritimetechnical and skilled manpower requirements of the port after the development of industrial projects including the Gwadar Port Free Zone, Export Processing Zone and other industrial and port-related projects," an official in the Ministry of MaritimeAffairs said. The provincial government has allocated land for the project which is scheduled to be completed in a period of 3 years.He added that the local people are main stakeholders of Port City of Gwadar and their participation in operation and management of the deep-sea port, participation in industrial and commercial businesses, and in urbanization processe…

Rio's elite samba school presents Silk Road theme at carnival

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-02/14/c_136975467.htm
Spotlight: Rio's elite samba school presents Silk Road theme at carnivalSource: Xinhua| 2018-02-14 15:51:59|by Xinhua writers Zhao Yan and Chen WeihuaRIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- This year's Rio de Janeiro Carnival celebrations paid special homage to China, as award-winning samba school Imperio Serrano presented "The Empire of Samba on the China Route."The traditional parade of top samba schools concluded early Tuesday after two nights of spectacular shows and floats paraded by a wildly cheering audience of 60,000 at Rio's iconic square Sambadrome.Warriors in red garb armed with bamboo spears performed a type of Kung Fu dance with a carefully choreographed martial arts-style routine, mounted on an allegorical float resembling an ancient Chinese pagoda which announced "China has arrived."Subsequent floats featured Chinese cultural icons, such as a golden dragon, a Buddha seated on a lotus …

China: We are a 'Near-Arctic State' and we want a 'Polar Silk Road'

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/14/china-we-are-a-near-arctic-state-and-we-want-a-polar-silk-road.html


China's new Arctic Policy was outlined by its first official white paper, released on Jan. 26.China, which self-identified as a "Near-Arctic State," sought to establish exactly how it believes the region should be governed and utilized.That's raised fears about a Chinese takeover of the region, but experts cautioned that a geopolitical standoff over the Arctic isn't necessarily coming.Andrew WongPublished 3 Hours AgoCNBC.comVCG | Getty ImagesHu Kaihong, a spokesman of State Council Information Office, shows China's new Arctic Policy at a news conference on January 26, 2018 in Beijing, China.China announced its official Arctic policy to the world late last month, promoting Beijing's ambitions for the region and raising fears about a Chinese takeover of the polar zone.But while the world's second-largest economy, which self-identified as a "Near-Arcti…

China’s new Silk Road conundrum

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/theworldpost/wp/2018/02/14/cpec/


By Jonathan HillmanFebruary 14 at 3:49 PM
The Khunjerab Pass sits along the border of Pakistan and China’s Xinjiang region, where strategic Belt and Road construction is underway. June 29, 2015. (Mian Khursheed/For The Washington Post)Jonathan E. Hillman is a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he directs the Reconnecting Asia Project.TASHKURGAN, China — An idea as big as China’s “Belt and Road” is bound to have contradictions. As Chinese President Xi Jinping’s signature foreign policy vision, it is massive in all dimensions, aiming to bind Beijing with the rest of the world through more than $1 trillion of new infrastructure, scores of trade agreements and countless other connections.But there is a fundamental tension between the connectivity China says it seeks and the control it is unwilling to give up. Even as China claims to be championing globalization and broadening ties, it is c…

Passage to the Gulf

http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/editorials/passage-to-the-gulf-narendra-modi-visit-to-muscat-oman-india-deal/

Agreements with Oman must be a beginning. India needs to open up its long-ossified military diplomacy.By: Editorial |Published: February 15, 2018 12:31 amPM Narendra Modi in Oman. (File)The most remarkable thing about the new agreements with Oman on military access to the Duqm port and logistical cooperation, announced during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Muscat, is that they took so long. The Gulf kingdoms have always been interested in strong security partnerships with India. It was Delhi, however, that thumbed its nose. Through the 19th and the first half of the 20th centuries, the undivided Subcontinent under the Raj was the principal security provider for Oman and other sheikhdoms in the south eastern coast of the Arabian peninsula. After Independence, non-aligned India began to dissociate itself from such a role. When the British decided to withdraw mos…

India Gains Access to Oman's Duqm Port, Putting the Indian Ocean Geopolitical Contest in the Spotlight

https://thediplomat.com/2018/02/india-gains-access-to-omans-duqm-port-putting-the-indian-ocean-geopolitical-contest-in-the-spotlight/



Duqm adds an important node to a growing network of facilities in the Indian Ocean held by actors with interests in preserving the status quo.By Ankit PandaFebruary 14, 2018
As a result of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent trip to Oman — part of a broader Middle Eastern tour — New Delhi and Muscat finalized an agreement that will see India gain access to the strategically located port of Duqm, on Oman’s southern coast. The port sits on the northwestern edge of the Indian Ocean and also provides easy access onward into the Red Sea through the Gulf of Aden.Per initial reports, the contours of the Indo-Omani agreement over Duqm are generous for New Delhi. The Indian Navy will be able to use the port for logistics and support, allowing it to sustain long-term operations in the western Indian Ocean, a hotspot for piracy in the area. According to the…

Chinese groups due next month to review CPEC projects

https://nation.com.pk/15-Feb-2018/chinese-groups-due-next-month-to-review-cpec-projects

February 15, 2018

ISLAMABAD  -  Three Chinese experts groups are arriving Pakistan in March for preparation and early kick off of CPEC Industrial Zones, review energy project progress and explore the way forward in oil and gas sector. The experts groups, working under Joint Working Groups, that are arriving in March includes industrial experts, experts of energy group and sub-group on oil & gas sector, official source told The Nation here Wednesday. The source said that the energy experts will review the progress on the CPEC energy projects and will also discuss the inclusion of new hydropower projects in the CPEC portfolio. The hydro projects located in AJK, GB and KP will be the main focus of the experts' interaction, the source added. Regarding the industrial expert group the source said that their main focus will be the industrial cooperation particularly in the Special Economic Zones(SEZ…

CM discusses progress on CPEC, Pak-China relations with Consul General

https://www.brecorder.com/2018/02/15/399093/cm-discusses-progress-on-cpec-pak-china-relations-with-consul-general/

CPECPOLITICS & POLICY

IMADUDDINFEB 15TH, 20180 VIEWS: 44LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday visited the Chinese Consulate and met with Chinese Consul General Mr. Long Dingbin.During the meeting, different matters of mutual interest including Pak-China relations and progress on CPEC related projects came under discussion.The Chief Minister congratulated the Chinese Consul General on the start of new Chinese Year. He also extended congratulations to Chinese President Xi Jingping, Prime Minister, the leadership of Communist Party of China as well as the Chinese people.On the occasion, the Chinese Consul General said that Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif had set a record by completing different projects with unprecedented speed. Shehbaz Sharif had played a marvelous role for his country with his vision and hard work, he said and added that new st…

Pakistan's Skilled Youth To Be Employed In CPEC Projects: Chinese Envoy Yao Jing

https://www.urdupoint.com/en/business/pakistans-skilled-youth-to-be-employed-in-cp-261504.html


Fakhir Rizvi  11 hours ago  Wed 14th February 2018 | 10:39 PMChinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing Wednesday said Chinese companies engaged in China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project would keep a constant liaison with NAVTTC so that thousands of trained youth could be employed in various projectsISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 14th Feb, 2018 ):ChineseAmbassador to Pakistan Yao Jing Wednesday said Chinese companies engaged in China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project would keep a constant liaison with NAVTTC so that thousands of trained youth could be employed in various projects.He expressed these views during a meeting with Executive Director National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema here, said a press release. The meeting continued for more than an hour in which technical education and training issues and production of…

After Chahbahar, India Ties with Oman for Duqm Port to Counter Gwadar

https://eurasiantimes.com/duqm-port-india-oman-2018/

ETDesk in FeaturedMiddleEastSouthAsiaOn February 14, 2018An important strategic location, the Duqm Port in Oman, saw the presence of the US in 2013-2014. Soon after, the UK too made a move to make its presence felt in the Duqm Port. In August 2016, the Duqm Port saw a massive investment worth USD 350 million by the Chinese in CTOZD project. India has over the last one year started making a slow but steady progress towards making its mark in the Gulf region. India’s strategic reach towards the west and the position in the Indian Ocean region will also gain a massive advantage following an agreement to give access to the Indian Navy in the Duqm port in Oman. In January this year, India also signed an agreement with Seychelles for building ‘military infrastructure’ in the island of Assumption. India has a similar agreement with Mauritius for the Agalega Island.Asian News at EurAsian Times: After the South China Sea, Is China Now Claimin…

Balochistan CM vows not to let injustice befall Hindus

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1634295/1-balochistan-cm-vows-not-let-injustice-befall-minorities/


By Our CorrespondentPublished: February 14, 2018Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo. PHOTO: FILEQUETTABalochistan Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo has said that the provincial government will not let any injustice befall minorities as they have always rendered their services for the development and prosperity of the province.The chief minister expressed these views during a meeting with a delegation of Hindu Panchayat on Tuesday.Provincial Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti, Education Minister Tahir Mehmood Khan and former MPA Basant Lal Gulshan attended the meeting.“Since decades, Balochistan has been a home to people of all religions living in a brotherly environment,” said Bizenjo. “Minorities have always played an important role in the development and prosperity of Balochistan.”He said minorities have more respect in our tribal culture, but the deteriorating law and order situa…

When world will pay attention to Baloch plight

A note from anonymous Right now Baloch have zero nuisance value. Once the Baloch put their house in order and do their homework, news media and think tanks will run after Baloch people. India  can help in this regard but it is not doing anything. Are Baloch a threat to China? No. A threat to US? No. Iran or Afghanistan or even Pakistan? No. Only when at least one country feels threatened by Baloch will international NGOs, think-tanks and media pay attention to Baloch plight.

Sardars and Nawabs, have adopted a hybrid identity

At least since the 1920s, with the emergence of some elements of nationalist awareness, the tribal structures and values faced with new challenges. Giving priority to national
loyalty could undermine tribal loyalty, and this was an alarming threat for the power of the sardars. Choosing the nationalist label, tactically or strategically, in any form, at least could serve nawabs and sardars, to minimize the damaging effects of so much division and suspicion. For many decades, rarely a sardar, in Baluchistan, has refrained from being called or calling him a nationalist. As result, a section of sardars and nawabs, have adopted a hybrid identity, combining nationalism and tribalism.Download〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰
The current situation in Pakistani Baluchistan, in which inter and intra-tribal feuds and rivalries, amalgamated with nationalist insurgencies occur, has to some extent Deep roots in the social and political structures inherited from the British direct rule in this area. This historic…

China Securing resources in Pakistan

Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, a unique relic of Maoist resettlement policies, is at the crux of Beijing’s plans to invest $55bn in agriculture, energy and infrastructure in Pakistan, according to plans leaked by the Dawn newspaper this week. XPCC, known in Chinese as the bingtuan, was set up after the Korean war to move demobilised Chinese soldiers to the Central Asian frontier, where they would “settle the wilderness” and control ethnically distinct borderlands. Soon after, the settlements morphed into gulags for opponents and sent-down youth during the cultural revolution in the 1960s. Dismantled after that tumultuous decade, XPCC was soon re-established as the fall of the Soviet Union and the large-scale exploitation of oil and gas reserves increased the energy and security importance of Xinjiang — literally, the “new frontier”. Almost 70 years after its founding, XPCC controls much of the autonomous region’s water resources. It operates vast cotton, tomato and fruit …

Four FC personnel killed in targeted attack in Quetta

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1634387/1-four-fc-officials-martyred-quetta/


By Muhammad Zafar / ReutersPublished: February 14, 2018Frontier Corps in Balochistan PHOTO: EXPRESSQUETTA  : At least four Frontier Corps (FC) personnel were martyred on Wednesday in a targeted firing incident in Quetta.“The Frontier Corps troopers were patrolling the residential
neighborhood of Langoabad on motorcycles when they were fired on
by gunmen also riding bikes,” Naseebullah Khan, Senior
Superintendent of Police for Quetta told Reuters.  “The four men were shot in the head.”Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for
the attack.Governor Balochistan Mohammad Khan Achakzai condemns the attackCondemning the targeted incident, Governor Balochistan Mohammad Achakzai expressed condolences to the bereaved families. He urged the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) arrest the culprits at the earliest.Five security personnel martyred in Turbat gun attackOn January 15, five troops of paramilitary Front…

Trump moves to place Pakistan on watchdog Financial Action Task Force's (FATF's) terror-financing watchlist

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Trump moves to place Pakistan on watchdog Financial Action Task Force's (FATF's) terror-financing watchlistTeam Republic | 14-02-2018 12:21 amHack:The US has moved to place Pakistan on intergovernmental organisation Financial Action Task Force's (FATF's) terror-financing watch listIn a dramatic development that highlights the global crackdown on the unbridled terrorism being exported by Pakistan, the US has moved to place India's western neighbour on the Financial Action Task Force's (FATF's) terrorist-financing watch list.The FATF is an intergovernmental organisation founded in 1989 to develop policies to combat money laundering. Headquartered in Paris, it consists of 37 members, including India and not including Pakistan.Following its plenary in Buenos Aires in November 2…