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The New Kings of Crude

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The need for oil in Asia’s new industrial powers, China and India, has grown dramatically. The New Kings of Crude takes the reader from the dusty streets of an African capital to Asia’s glistening corporate towers to provide a first look at how the world’s rising economies established new international oil empires in Sudan, amid one of Africa’s longest-running and deadliest civil wars. For over a decade, Sudan fuelled the international rise of Chinese and Indian national oil companies. But the political turmoil surrounding the historic division of Africa’s largest country, with the birth of South Sudan, challenged Asia’s oil giants to chart a new course.Luke Patey weaves together the stories of hardened oilmen, powerful politicians, rebel fighters, and human rights activists to show how the lure of oil brought China and India into Sudan—only later to ensnare both in the messy politics of a divided country. His book also introduces the reader to the Chinese a…

Maldives crisis: India must intervene militarily if Abdulla Yameen rebuffs peaceful mediation; masterly inactivity will embolden China

http://www.firstpost.com/india/maldives-crisis-india-must-intervene-militarily-if-abdulla-yameen-rebuffs-peaceful-mediation-masterly-inactivity-will-embolden-china-4361929.html



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IndiaVinay KauraFeb 22, 2018 10:32:08 ISWill history be repeated after three decades of India’s military intervention in the Maldives? It must. India cannot afford to embrace ‘masterly inactivity’ in its strategic backyard. If New Delhi allows status-quo to be perpetuated in the Maldives, India's image as a potential superpower will receive a severe beating. It is, therefore, time to give a shut-up call to the undemocratic elements in India’s immediate neighbourhood who think that defiance of democracy is a ticket to greater political relevance in a world increasingly dominated by China.Ads by ZINCFile image of Abdulla Yameen and Narendra Modi. Twitter@PMOIndiaBy extending the state of emergency by 30 days despite India talking tough, the Maldives’ undemocratic regime has c…

A WHITE HULL APPROACH TO TAMING THE DRAGON: USING THE COAST GUARD TO COUNTER CHINA

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SHAWNLANSINGFEBRUARY 22, 2018It has been deemed the “Era of Coast Guards” in the Asia-Pacific. The U.S. Coast Guard has suggested that the service’s frequent interactions with the Chinese Coast Guard better position it to navigate the “narrow door of diplomacy” in the region than U.S. Navy cruisers and destroyers. Yet despite the growing emphasis on a “white hull” coast guard versus “grey hull” naval approach in the South China Sea, many analysts continue to argue against utilizing the U.S. Coast Guard there. These critics contend that the service would have little if any positive effect on China’s coercive maritime behavior, and even go so far as to say it’s “too little too late” for a white hull answer. Even more ominously, some believe such an approach could accidentally spark war.However, these critics sidestep a more fundamental question: What has the current strategy in the South …

China’s frosty reaction to alternative Belt and Road project

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Plans by US, Australia, India and Japan to develop infrastructure programs in the Asia-Pacific region have caught Beijing by surpriseBy GORDONWATTSFEBRUARY 22, 2018 7:36 PM (UTC+8)22623Photo: iStockIn an alternative world, it is an intriguing possibility. A series of stripped-down regional infrastructure projects to rival China’s Belt and Road Initiative, the trillion-dollar program of ‘New Silk Road’ superhighways, connecting the country with Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America.But in reality, this proposed plan by Australia, the United States, India and Japan is starting to resemble a “threat” to the world’s second-biggest economy’s ambitions of increasing its global footprint.As news leaked out about the blueprint from a senior US official in the influential Australian Financial Review, Beijing immediately viewed it as an attempt to counter its spreading influence in the Asia-Paci…

China is pushing its new digital Silk Road into Southeast Asia

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Jack Ma and Alibaba will displace familiar Western names in Asia. Jean Chungby Bede MooreChina is challenging the established Western powers with a new acumen for political and commercial expansion. The massive Belt and Road infrastructure plan is well-known. But in few places has the pace and strategy of Chinese growth been so palpable than the digital marketplaces of Southeast Asia.Alibaba is China's largest e-commerce company and it has extended its leadership to Southeast Asia. The company has been actively pursuing deals in the region since 2012, but its activities and investments reached new highs in 2017.In Indonesia, Alibaba poured almost $2 billion to super-charge the growth of country's two largest e-commerce companies, Lazada and Tokopedia, in an attempt to strategically secure Alibaba's dominance of the market ahead of any attempted entry by its A…

Govt committed to provide broadband services in Balochistan, Senate told

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/02/22/govt-committed-to-provide-broadband-services-in-balochistan-senate-told/

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate was informed on Thursday that the government has committed over Rs20 billion during the last four years for the provision of broadband services in Balochistan.This was stated by Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman while responding to a question in the Senate.She said that the government is following a policy of providing ultra-high frequency internet services to every citizen of the country. She added that such facilities are available in Mastung, Zhob, Sibbi, Kalat, Awaran, and other areas of Balochistan.The minister of state also said that the government is providing broadband internet services in three agencies of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), while the facility will be extended in rest of the tribal belt upon security clearance. She added that Dera Ismail Khan is also under this …

Jirga vows to foil conspiracies against CPEC in Balochistan: report

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/02/22/jirga-vows-to-foil-conspiracies-against-cpec-in-balochistan-report/

National22 HOURS AGO BY MONITORING REPORTShare this on WhatsAppQUETTA: A tribal peace jirga held in Mastung on Wednesday resolved not to let conspiracies impact China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and development activities in Balochistan, reported a local English daily.The jirga also decided that they won’t let self-exiled Baloch leaders misguide the Baloch youth just to serve their own interests.Th jirga was organised by the Muhibban Tehreek Nazarya-i-Pakistan, and was addressed by Deputy Chairman of the Senate Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Provincial Minister Mir Ghulam Dastagir Badini, MNA Mir Usman Badini, PPP leader Ali Madad Jattak, Prince Agha Omer Ahmedzai, Maulana Muhammad Ashfaq, Sardar Abdul Sattar Shar and other tribal elders.The speakers were of the view that a lot of sacrifices were made by the people of Balochistan for peace in the area. They said that th…

China rejects reports of talks with Baloch rebels to protect CPEC investment

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1642011/1-china-rejects-reports-talks-baloch-rebels-protect-cpec-investment/
By News DeskPublished: February 22, 201812SHARES SHARE TWEETChina expresses satisfaction over security measures taken by Pakistan to protect CPEC and Chinese citizens. PHOTO COURTESY: FMPRC.GOV.CNChina has rejected a report claiming that it had been engaged in low-key dialogue with Baloch separatists for over five years in a bid to secure the multibillion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project in Pakistan.According to the Financial Timesreport, published earlier this week, three people had shared details of Beijing being in direct contact with militants in Balochistan.“I have never heard of such things as you mentioned,” China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Thursday when asked if Beijing was involved in a dialogue with Baloch militants to safeguard its investment in Pakistan.“The Chinese and the Pakistani governments have been working in coordi…

Confusion Over Chinese Talks With Baluch Separatists In Pakistan

February 21, 2018Kiyya BalochFILE: Pakistani soldiers guarding the port of Gwadar in Balochistan.ShareMajor separatist factions and leading ethno-nationalist politicians active in Pakistan’s restive southwestern province of Balochistan have denied engaging in secret talks with Chinese officials keen on preserving their country’s $60 billion investments.Sources within the insurgent factions, however, claim that some Baloch political figures did meet with Chinese officials, but it is not clear what exactly was achieved.The confusion over the meetings emerged this week after the Financial Times newspaper reportedthat Chinese officials have been holding talks with Baluch militants for more than five years to secure nearly $60 billion investments in energy and infrastructure collectively called the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).Quoting anonymous sources, a February 19 report in the newspaper said Chinese officials “have quietly made a lot of progress” in efforts to secure CPEC, w…