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Can the Quad Counter China's Belt and Road Initiative?

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For a number of reasons, a proposed plan is unlikely to ever materialize.By Zhiqun ZhuMarch 14, 2018The Australian Financial Reviewrecently reported that the United States, Australia, India, and Japan had been considering the establishment of a joint regional infrastructure plan to counter China’s multibillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Though officials from these countries have hastened to clarify that this plan is not a “rival” but an “alternative” to the BRI, it reflects these countries’ dilemma in how to deal with what they perceive as “the China threat.”It’s too early to tell how and when this proposed plan may materialize since it is still at the discussion stage. The scope and objectives of this plan are unclear, and no one knows how it is going to be implemented. This is not the first time the four countries, or the “Quad,” have teamed up to …

Chabahar, Gwadar to complement each other, aim at region’s collective good

https://pakobserver.net/chabahar-gwadar-complement-aim-regions-collective-good/

‘Gwadar: Balance in Transition’ launchedZubair QureshiChabahar and Gwadar will complement each other in times to come, and if Pakistan is all wakeful, all vigilant and playing its cards well to safeguard its interests. Former Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Asif Sandila, said this while addressing as Chief Guest the launching ceremony of the book, “Gwadar: Balance in Transition” by Dr. Azhar Ahmad. The event was organized by the China-Pakistan Study Centre (CPSC) at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) here on Tuesday.
Admiral Sandila was of the opinion that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would prove to be a game changer, in real terms. The book, “Gwadar: Balance in Transition” is an in-depth study of the multi-dimensional aspects of Gwadar and contextualizes the evolving dynamics of the maritime affairs in the region. The commentators at the book launch included: Rear Admiral Farr…

What does ‘victory’ for Balochistan mean?

https://dailytimes.com.pk/214540/what-does-victory-for-balochistan-mean/

Daily TimesMARCH 14, 2018On paper things look swell. Indeed, the future looks bright for Balochistan and for democracy itself. For the first time since the coming into force of the 1973 Constitution — the largest, least populated and poorest of Pakistan’s provinces has a local Chairman of the Senate.Running as an independent, Sadiq Sanjrani secured 57 votes in the 104-member House; with the number two spot going to the PPP’s Saleem Mandiwalla. The hope is that the new man at the top will bring once and for all Balochistan firmly into mainstream national political discourse and redress the immense wealth and resource imbalance. This, after all, would be an agenda shared by the COAS. Meaning that this electoral victory is good news all round.Or is it?Nothing in this hard country is as straightforward as it seems. And the fear is that, far from centre-staging the ongoing troubles within the province — Balochistan wil…

Insufficient information: Balochistan lacks key data on child abuse

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1659082/1-insufficient-information-balochistan-lacks-key-data-child-abuse/
By SehrishWasif
A workshop on Child Protection Case Management and Referral System in Pakistan is being organized by the Balochistan government in collaboration with United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) at a local hotel. PHOTO: AFPISLAMABADThe ignorance of Balochistan government has led the children to badly suffer in the province with their lives at stake.The provincial government hardly allocates or rather releases any funds for children’s protection and welfare, an official close with the child protection cell in Balochistan told The Express Tribune.At present, Balochistan government lacks official data on child related issues such as sexual abuse, various forms of violence and deaths caused mainly because of poor health facilities among others, he said, adding “It is a known fact that almost every day ch…

Pak policymakers recommend better management of CPEC

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ANI | Islamabad [Pakistan] | Last Updated at March 14 2018 01:15 IST
A group of policymakers on Tuesday recommended Pakistan to establish a specific China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) unit within the framework of Council of Common Interests (CCI), in order to achieve "transparency and efficiency" in the project.On the launch of 10th Annual Report titled 'The State of the Economy: CPEC Review and Analysis', Shahid Javed Burki of the Institute of Public Policy opined that the Chinese-funded project had not yet been fully "defined and developed"."To realise its full potential, the CPEC program must have the support of all the citizens," he said.The CCI is a constitutional body in Pakistan, which resolves the disputes of power-sharing between the country and its provinces. The body is chaired by the Prime Minister of Pakistan.A…

Chinese delegation meet Islamabad businessmen

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Islamabad: A delegation of Chinese companies from Lanzhou City of China visited Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) and showed keen interest to find partners for escalators, elevators, lifts and energy vehicles in Pakistan. The delegation was representing manufacturers of heavy duty escalators, elevators, lifts, battery vehicles and others.Speaking at the occasion, Xuexian Pei, Head of Chinese delegation said that CPEC had put Pakistan and China on long-term business partnership and they have come to Pakistan to find partners for achieving win-win results. He said that LazhouYatai Eastern Elevators Co. Limited was manufacturing heavy duty escalators, elevators and lifts and it was looking for local partners in Pakistan for these products. He said another member of the delegation was manufacturer of energy vehicles that operated on battery. He said the vehicle took 6 to 8 hours in full ch…

Honeywell, other US companies look to benefit from China's gigantic 'Belt and Road' initiative

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/12/honeywell-other-us-companies-look-to-benefit-from-chinas-gigantic-belt-and-road-initiative.html
Honeywell, other US companies look to benefit from China's gigantic 'Belt and Road' initiativeAt least 15 companies cited the giant regional development program as an opportunity for business growth, according to CNBC analysis using financial search engine AlphaSense.Examples include Honeywell's executive talking about how the regional development program has helped increase the company's presence in some central Asian countries.The CEO of Massachusetts-based analytical instruments company Waters also noted how the company is trying to take advantage of related trends.Evelyn Cheng@chengevelynPublished 23 Hours AgoCNBC.comJason Lee | ReutersChina's President Xi Jinping claps after his speech as he and other new Politburo Standing Committee members meet with the press at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China October 25, 2017.C…

Is China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative a risk worth taking for foreign investors?

http://m.scmp.com/business/companies/article/2136372/chinas-ambitious-belt-and-road-initiative-risk-worth-taking


Is China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative a risk worth taking for foreign investors?Five years after it was first unveiled, questions remain about whether foreign participants can actually benefit from the world’s most ambitious infrastructure planRupert WalkerUPDATED : Sunday, 11 Mar 2018, 11:13PM 3China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has aroused almost as much scepticism as it has raised expectations. The US$900 billion project to recreate the old Silk Road trading routes between Asia and the rest of the world, first outlined by China’s President Xi Jinping in 2013, heralded an extraordinary programme of power, transport and infrastructure construction.“The BRI is a manifestation of China’s re-globalisation ambitions, especially its commercial and economic engagement with neighbouring countries. There is no defining blueprint, it is not a specific, discrete strategy …

Is China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative a risk worth taking for foreign investors?

http://m.scmp.com/business/companies/article/2136372/chinas-ambitious-belt-and-road-initiative-risk-worth-taking


Is China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative a risk worth taking for foreign investors?Five years after it was first unveiled, questions remain about whether foreign participants can actually benefit from the world’s most ambitious infrastructure planRupert WalkerUPDATED : Sunday, 11 Mar 2018, 11:13PM 3China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has aroused almost as much scepticism as it has raised expectations. The US$900 billion project to recreate the old Silk Road trading routes between Asia and the rest of the world, first outlined by China’s President Xi Jinping in 2013, heralded an extraordinary programme of power, transport and infrastructure construction.“The BRI is a manifestation of China’s re-globalisation ambitions, especially its commercial and economic engagement with neighbouring countries. There is no defining blueprint, it is not a specific, discrete strategy …

Iran invites Pakistan to participate in Chahbahar project

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BaqirSajjadSyedUpdated March 13, 2018

IRANIAN Foreign Minister Javad Zarif delivering a lecture at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad on Monday.—White StarISLAMABAD: Iranian Foreign Minister Dr Javad Zarif on Monday invited Pakistan to participate in Chahbahar seaport project and development of its link with Gwadar Port as he sought to allay concerns here over Indian involvement in the Iranian port.🔴“We offered to participate in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). We have also offered Pakistan and China to participate in Chahbahar,” Dr Zarif, who is on a three-day visit to Pakistan, said while delivering a lecture at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) that had been held to commemorate 70th anniversary of establishment of Pak-Iran diplomatic relations.Dr Zarif had earlier held bilateral talks with his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Asif at the Foreign Office and addressed a trade conference. The visiting foreign minist…

CPEC: western route and Balochistan

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1658041/6-cpec-western-route-baloBy HasaanKhawarPublished: March 13, 2018

The LTP clearly mentions construction and development of DI Khan-Quetta-Sohrab-Gwadar road PHOTO: AFPDuring his recent visit to China, a senator claimed knowing that there was no mention of the western route in the Chinese records of CPEC. The statement fuelled widespread speculations on social media about ignoring Balochistan in CPEC’s development. It is however important to look at the facts and ascertain if these speculations hold any merit.There are three planned alignments within CPEC: eastern, central and western, routes, with the last being critically important since it runs through underdeveloped areas of K-P and Balochistan. The western route will connect Islamabad-Peshawar (M-1) motorway with Gwadar, through DI Khan, Zhob and Quetta.Mamnoon urges Baloch youth to learn Chinese languageLet’s first see if Chinese record has any mention of the western route or if it only exists …

Picture of the day: A #School in DeraBugti

A #School in DeraBugti , which produces over 100 Billion worth of natural #Gas. https://t.co/JjUpNXM1Q3

US instead of supporting Terrorist Pakistan should support the Baloch people to free their motherland

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US instead of supporting Terrorist Pakistan should support the Baloch people to free their motherland, Balochistan, from the Pakistan's illegal and unjust occupation - Dr. Baloch

WASHINGTON, D.C - It is extremely sad and disappointing to hear that, despite Pakistan's betrayals and stabbing the U.S in the back again and again, after being paid more than $33 billions dollars by the U.S in financial aid, Ms. Alice Wells still wants to support the territorial integrity of the Terrorist State of Pakistan. 

Ms. Alice Wells, a Senior Bureau Official in South and Central Asia wing of State Department told a Washington, D.C audience at the U.S Institute of Peace(USIP) that, "We firmly support Pakistan's territorial integrity. We do not support a Baluch insurgency or the threat of a irredentism against Pakistan”.

"Instead of supporting the terrorist state of Pakistan, the main cause of the problem in…