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How Balochistan became a part of Pakistan – a historical perspective

https://nation.com.pk/05-Dec-2015/how-balochistan-became-a-part-of-pakistan-a-historical-perspectiveHow Balochistan became a part of Pakistan – a historical perspectiveThe true history of Balochistan is never shared or talked about among the general public of Pakistan7:14 PM | December 05, 2015|by Yogeena Veena
Balochistan consists of the south west of Pakistan. In the west it borders with Afghanistan and Iran and in the south it has the Arabian Sea. It accounts for nearly half the land mass of Pakistan and only 3.6% of its total population. The province is immensely rich in natural resources, including oil, gas, copper and gold. Despite these huge deposits of mineral wealth, the area is one of the poorest regions of Pakistan. A vast majority of its population lives in deplorable housing conditions where they don’t have access to electricity or clean drinking water. Before the partition of India and Pakistan, Balochistan consisted of four princely states under the British Raj. These we…

Brahumdagh takes major shift from Baloch nationalist narrative

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Brahumdagh takes major shift from Baloch nationalist narrativeNews Desk March 28, 2018 NewsPresident of the Baloch Republican Party Brahumdagh Bugti on Tuesday took a major shift from the mainstream Baloch nationalist narrative by denying that Pakistan occupied Balochistan on March 27, 1948.Brahumdagh has been on the forefront of the ongoing Baloch separatist movement that seeks its justification from the alleged March 27 occupation.“On March 27th 1948, Pakistan attacked and forcefully annexed Kalat, one of the states of #Balochistan. The other states and tribal areas had joined Pakistan before that. It is factually incorrect to (call) 27 March occupation day of entire Balochistan,” Brahumdagh wrote on Twitter.He also said that all Baloch leaders had strived to achieve rights for the Baloch people within Pakistan’s framework.“After the annexation of #Balochistan, our forefathers always tried to …

Georgia Positions Itself on China’s New Silk Road

https://www.swp-berlin.org/en/publication/georgia-positions-itself-on-chinas-new-silk-road/
Georgia Positions Itself on China’s New Silk RoadRelations between Tbilisi and Beijing in the Light of the Belt-and-Road InitiativeSWP Comment 2018/C 13, March 2018, 8 PagesChina’s importance and presence in Georgia are growing. The Belt and Road Initiative, Beijing’s vision of a new Silk Road, has met with active approval here – in contrast to a number of West European capitals, where the project is instead increasingly viewed with reservations or scepticism. The government in Tbilisi is carefully positioning Georgia as an essential part of the south Eurasian corridor. In order to profit from future trade flow between China and Europe, it has implemented a series of measures. In 2017, it became the first country in Eurasia to conclude a free-trade agreement with China. Large infrastructure projects are being carried out to facilitate transit. Georgia is also using formats such as the Tbilisi Be…

apan’s new aid strategy builds bridges with the BR

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/03/16/japans-new-aid-strategy-builds-bridges-with-the-bri/Japan’s new aid strategy builds bridges with the BRI16 March 2018Author: Fumitaka Furuoka, University of MalayaOn 23 February 2018, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet outlined Japan’s new aid strategy and approved Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) 2017 White Paper. The Japanese government has pledged to employ Japan’s aid power for the realisation of the ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy’ that was announced by Abe in August 2016.In Japan’s new strategic vision, the Indo-Pacific region — where ‘two oceans’ and ‘two continents’ converge — is crucial to maintaining global peace and prosperity. This new aid policy significantly expands Japan’s diplomatic playground beyond Southeast Asia to a wider area that includes the Indian subcontinent.The new aid initiative announced ‘three pillars’ on which Japan’s contribution to this key region will rest. These include the pro…

Third powers in Europe's east

https://www.iss.europa.eu/content/third-powers-europes-east
Third powers in Europe's east13 March 2018Edited byNicu PopescuStanislav SecrieruWith contributions fromOzlem Demirtas-BagdonasThomas S. EderArzu GeybullaRichard GiragosianJulia LisieckaMichal MakockiAnaïs MarinVadim PistrinciucHanna ShelestAriane TabatabaiEkaterine ZguladzeChaillot PapersRussia and Eastern NeighboursChinaEastern PartnershipRussiaRelations between most of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries and third powers have been visibly intensifying in recent years. China, Turkey, Iran and the Arab states are all a bigger presence in the region than was the case a decade ago. This trend is driven by, on the one hand, the growing economic and foreign policy ambitions of the third powers, and on the other by the EaP countries’ eagerness to expand their economic and diplomatic links with powers other than the EU, US or Russia. Through a strategy of increased engagement with the third powers, the…

China’s Private Army: Protecting the New Silk Road

https://thediplomat.com/2018/03/chinas-private-army-protecting-the-new-silk-road/

China’s Private Army: Protecting the New Silk RoadHow will Beijing provide security for Chinese personnel and infrastructure along the Belt and Road?By Alessandro ArduinoMarch 20, 2018
At present, China’s private security companies are evolving from local security enterprises operating at the municipal level in China to international companies able to maneuver abroad in high-risk areas.  Although this evolutionary process is developing at a fast pace, the Chinese market for force along the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is quite different from the market that emerged during the Iraq and Afghan conflicts.The BRI, formerly known as One Belt One Road (OBOR), is gaining momentum. Launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, the BRI aims to promote economic development and exchanges between China and more than 65 countries. The BRI consists of rail and energy transmission corridors from China to the Europ…

Consortium led by Chinese group starts construction of port in Brazil

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Consortium led by Chinese group starts construction of port in Brazil19 March 2018

A consortium led by the China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), in association with Brazilian companies WPR and Lyon Capital, began work on Friday to build the port of São Luís in the northeast state of Maranhão, Xinhua news agency reported.Construction of the port will take four years, cost US$245 million, create 4,000 jobs and allow Maranhão to increase its capacity to export grain to Asia, Europe and Africa.China is the largest importer of soybeans from Brazil with a total value of US$20.31 billion.The new port will have capacity to handle 10 million tons of cargo per year of which 7 million will be grain, mostly soybeans and corn, 1.5 million tons of fertilisers as well as 1.8 million cubic metres of oil products.The new port will also allow the states of Maranhão, Tocantin…

China’s Belt and Road, Questions over Concepts of Nationality and Sovereignty

https://www.silkroadbriefing.com/news/2018/03/19/chinas-belt-road-questions-concepts-nationality-sovereignty/
China’s Belt and Road, Questions over Concepts of Nationality and SovereigntyPosted on  March 19, 2018 by Silk Road BriefingReading ModeThe frontispiece of the 17th century political philosopher Thomas Hobbes “Leviathan”, depicting the concept of sovereignty as a massive body wielding a sword and crosier and composed of many individual peopleWhile not directly aimed at re-structuring thoughts concerning globally important ideological issues, China’s Belt & Road Initiative is shaping up, as part of it’s political impact, to be provoking some interesting debate about the nature of what constitutes sovereignty, and the underlying issues of this concept.Sovereignty is broadly described as being the full right and power of a governing body over itself, without any interference from outside sources or bodies. In political theory, sovereignty is a substantive term designating supr…