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China's Hybrid Approach and BRI

China's Hybrid Approach The more worrisome part of this expansion is, however, not related to the Chinese military. In what could be called a ‘hybrid approach’ to power projection, the military is merely a part of a broad- er strategy, combined with economic and political incentives and pressures. *Among the main features of this approach has been the use of civilian power and economic investments to progressively gain ground strategically.* Whether associated with the ‘String of Pearls’ (China’s alleged previous geopo- litical strategy for the Indian Ocean), or nowadays promoted as part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) or the Maritime Silk Road, the develop- ment of vital connectivityinfrastructure (seaports, roads, railways etc.) has become Beijing’s signature foreign-policy project. Bilateral relationships formed along the MSR are deeply asymmetric. 📌China exploits the economic weaknesses of individual countries by collateralis- ing investments against

Balochistan seeks technology assistance from Punjab Lahore A delegation from the government of Balochistan led by Provincial Secretary Science and Technology Aftab Ahmad Baloch visited the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) to seek technological assistance in various sectors here Thursday. The senior officers of PITB briefed the delegation regarding the technological interventions being practiced in the Punjab. Director General e Governance Sajid Latif, Waqar Naeem Qureshi, DG IT Solutions and Saima Raoof Shaikh, Director Training & Development, gave presentations to the delegation regarding education, health, law and order, police, revenue, eKhidmat, eRozgaar, eStamping and other various projects which have started delivering encouraging resulted in real and stipulated time. The delegation was informed that the PITB was already extending assistance and necessary training to the government of Balochistan for automation of police, law and health s

CPEC: a case for gender mainstreaming By  Benazir Jatoi Published: March 16, 2018 The writer is a barrister and human rights campaigner. She tweets @BenazirJatoi The undisputable facts about CPEC, Pakistan’s $60 billion bi-lateral agreement is that it is growing at a rapid speed and will most certainly change the physical landscape and socio-economic environment of the entire country. CPEC seeks unprecedented focus firstly, on manufacturing — showing present constraints and future requirements; and secondly, demands for new jobs. With regard to the labour market demands, it looks as if it is not Pakistanis that fulfilled the immediate job market demand in the highly specialised energy and infrastructure sector. Yet, there is no doubt that the long-term sustainability and success of CPEC relies on local knowledge and labour force. In terms of the industrial zones, the first nine having been identified, there is room to plan and negotiate for local,

The Indo-Pacific – A passage to Europe?

15 March 2018 Eva Pejsova The new 'Indo-Pacific' is headed for an era of more open strategic rivalry. At the forefront, China’s progressive expansion into the Indian Ocean to secure its interests along its Maritime Silk Road connectivity initiative is raising concerns about its assertive foreign and security policy. On the other side, a more robust collaboration is emerging between the  status quo powers (US, Japan, India and Australia - the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue), which are wary of preserving a rules-based liberal democratic order. The focus on connectivity and maritime security puts Europe on the spot: as the greatest trading power with an interest in regional stability, Brussels will have to take a stance. This Brief sets the stage for an upcoming EUISS series entitled  ‘Along the road ’, which will examine the security implications of China’s Belt and Road (BRI) connectivity initiative. Through a collection of case studies from infrastructure projects and cou