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Chinese Capital Comes to the Middle East Capital Comes to the Middle EastVafa BehnamAPRIL 6, 2018The Middle East has been a key strategic area for centuries, with the Russian, British, Portuguese, French and Ottoman Empires all struggling to incorporate the region within their spheres of influence. And of course, the Middle East was a key transit for the Silk Road, which China is in the process of resurrecting.  Today, with globalization skeptics rising to power in the West, China has not only absorbed the slack, but is also surging ahead with its multilateral projects, not least its “one belt, one road” initiative. Indeed, this year’s World Economic Forum almost seemed like it took place in an alternate universe, where a Chinese leader was the champion of global integration, and the American President used the bulk of his speech defending himself against accusations of economic insularity.A week after his inauguration, President Trump pull…

hina's involvement in Kra Canal will add to India's strategic vulnerability; Delhi must persuade Thailand on project's dangers
China's involvement in Kra Canal will add to India's strategic vulnerability; Delhi must persuade Thailand on project's dangersWorldVinay KauraApr 08, 2018 17:53:49 ISTWhat happens when a grandiose maritime scheme, which has remained in the realm of geopolitical fantasy for more than three centuries, becomes a reality? The Kra Canal is one such project which, if built, has the potential to radically transform Asia’s strategic dynamics. Though the economic viability of the projected Kra Canal continues to be fiercely debated, the strategic and security rewards seem too attractive to be ignored by the Chinese strategists. New Delhi can overlook this development at its own peril, since it is going to add to India’s strategic vulnerability in the Indian Ocean, while giving China the greatest freedom of action an…

Singapore and China sign deal to boost cooperation on Belt and Road Initiative
Singapore and China sign deal to boost cooperation on Belt and Road InitiativeST VIDEO: DANSON CHEONGPUBLISHED2 HOURS AGOFACEBOOKTWITTERWHATSAPPEMAILDanson CheongChina CorrespondentBEIJING - Singapore has inked a deal with China that will boost collaboration between their companies that operate in other countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).The memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) and China's top economic planning body, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), was signed in Beijing on Sunday (April 8). The signing was witnessed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.National Development Minister Lawrence Wong signed the MOU on behalf of MTI at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, while NDRC vice-chair Zhang Yong represented China.The agreement was one of two bilat…

Balochistan CM: India ‘meddling in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’

Chief Minister of Balochistan, Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo. (APP)India’s rising influence in Afghanistan is causing alarm in Pakistan.Major terror attacks have been thwarted, but some terrorists still reach softer targets.Updated 07 April 2018Naimat KhanApril 07, 2018 21:05 45678QUETTA: A security crackdown in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province is paving the way for greater economic prosperity in the troubled region, according to Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, the chief minister.
In an exclusive interview with Arab News, Bizenjo said violence in the province was declining and “much peace has been restored.” Nevertheless many problems remained.
He vowed that complete peace will be restored so the Baloch people can benefit from China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects.
“I will go to China to sign memorandums of understanding regarding three major projects for the province.”
Bizenjo, 44, was sworn in as chief minister of the strategically impo…