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Decorated Baloch folk singer finds himself on the brink of financial ruin

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Syed Ali ShahUpdated April 17, 2018
The folk legend has collected 132 awards over the span of his 50-year-long music career. — Photo: Abdul WaheedBalochi folk singer Bashir Baloch relives memories of the colourful past that brought him no financial security. — Photo: Abdul WaheedThe folk legend has collected 132 awards over the span of his 50-year-long music career. — Photo: Abdul WaheedBalochi folk singer Bashir Baloch relives memories of the colourful past that brought him no financial security. — Photo: Abdul WaheedThe folk legend has collected 132 awards over the span of his 50-year-long music career. — Photo: Abdul Waheed"Take away these awards and instead do something for my children," pleads Balochi folk singer Bashir Baloch as he narrates the story of the dismal state that his long music career has left him in.Wearing a traditional Balochi turban, the colours of which clash magnificently with his trimmed white beard, Baloch sits in a r…

China: No Military Aim of Corridor Project With Pakistan

https://www.voanews.com/a/china-says-no-military-air-of-coridor-project-with-pakistan/4358893.htmlChina: No Military Aim of Corridor Project With PakistanApril 21, 2018 6:44 AMAyaz GulFILE - Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, left, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi reach to shake hands at the end of a joint press conference at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.ShareISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — China has strongly refuted suggestions its multibillion-dollar economic corridor now under construction with Pakistan has "hidden" military designs as well. Beijing has pledged to invest about $63 billion in Pakistan by 2030 to develop ports, highways, motorways, railways, airports, power plants and other infrastructure in the neighboring country, traditionally a strong ally. FILE - A Pakistan Navy soldier stands guard while a loaded Chinese ship prepares to depart, at Gwadar port, about 700 kilometers (435 miles) west of Karachi, Pakistan…

Interpreting Bajwa’s Call For Dialogue With India

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Interpreting Bajwa’s Call For Dialogue With IndiaApril 21, 2018 Commentaries

If you are the Chief of Army Staff in a country like Pakistan, then you are heard too seriously. Your words are subject to all kinds of interpretations and over-interpretations. This is what has happened in the wake of the present Pakistani army chief’s address on the occasion of the passing out parade of 137th Pakistan Military Academy’s ‘Long Course’.His mention of ‘dialogue’ with India has led some commentators to conclude that he was backing the process of peace and reconciliation and it should be taken as a positive signal by policy makers in India. That is not the case. In close scrutiny, Gen. Bajwa’s overtures on India may not be as assuring.This is not the first time that Gen. Bajwa has talked about ‘talks’ with India ever since he assumed office as Chief of the Pakistan army in November 2016; only months after India’s surgical strike across the LoC. It …

Lack of Funds Will Not Hamper Belt and Road Initiative - Academic

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OPINION23:39 21.04.2018Get short URL241The former chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank of China, Li Ruogu, has warned about the credit risks associated with China's One Belt, One Road Initiative. Li Ruogu and other Chinese state bankers believe that in order to implement the initiative large capital injections are required.The Chinese business publication Caixin, with reference to Li Ruogu, has noted that support for the initiative is mainly in countries whose credit rating does not exceed BB. So who will become the main investor in the One Belt, One Road Initiative? Beijing’s One Belt, One Road Initiative is, in fact, a concept of development of trade and economic cooperation based on mutual benefit. Only this concept does not fit into the traditional understanding of a customs union, for example, NAFTA, the CIS Free Trade Zone or even the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Nations participating in t…

Seminar sees Belt and Road Initiative opportunity for New Zealand, Oceania

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Source: Xinhua| 2018-04-21 17:47:59|AUCKLAND, New Zealand, April 21 (Xinhua) -- The China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative is "a huge opportunity for Oceania, not only New Zealand," the president of the New Zealand National Party said.Peter Goodfellow made the remarks here Friday at the New Zealand-China Economic and Trade Cooperation Seminar hosted by the Oceania Silk Road Network (OSRN).Goodfellow, also OSRN's honorary chairman, said "We are determined to take advantage of further opportunities" brought by the initiative."We sought for an efficient mechanism to enable entities in the two countries to connect and work together," he said, adding "We are more than a trade organization, but a comprehensive and inclusive platform delivering connections across all spectrum."Chinese Consul General in Auckland Xu Erwen noted that the initiative will benefit the world, saying "We beli…

Nepal keen to enhance connectivity with China under Belt and Road Initiative: FM

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Source: Xinhua 2018-04-21 23:04:06[Editor: huaxia]KATHMANDU, April 21 (Xinhua) -- Nepali Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said on Saturday that Nepal is keen to work with China to enhance cross-border connectivity under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative.The foreign minister, who returned home on Saturday after a five-day visit to China, told media here that the Nepali government has sought assistance from China to develop connectivity projects."We have sought assistance from China to develop connectivity projects including railway lines under the framework of Belt and Road Initiative during the visit," he said.The minister said that both sides agreed to identify and implement projects in construction of highways and railways."We want to deepen cooperation with China in the field of trade, commerce, tourism, aviation, communication and people-to-people contacts, among others," he said.Intro…

No military aim of CPEC in Pakistan: China

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Monitoring DeskApril 22, 2018
ISLAMABAD - China has strongly refuted suggestions its multibillion-dollar economic corridor now under construction in Pakistan has “hidden” military designs as well.Beijing has pledged to invest about $63 billion in Pakistan by 2030 to develop ports, highways, motorways, railways, airports, power plants and other infrastructure in the neighbouring country, traditionally a strong ally.The Chinese have also expanded and operationalised the Pakistani deep water port of Gwadar on the Arabian Sea, which is at the heart of the massive bilateral cooperation, known as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, or CPEC. The strategically located port is currently being operated by a Chinese state-run company.“I want to make it very clear, Belt and Road Initiative, or BRI, and with CPEC under it, it’s purely a commercial development project. We don’t have any kind of military or strategic design …

Balochistan, insurgency and the CPEC

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Balochistan, insurgency and the CPECPakistani authorities must ensure that CPEC doesn’t repeat the earlier injustice meted out to the Baloch peopleNaveed Aman KhanAPRIL 22, 2018Pakistan’s economic resurgence seems to be looming. Trade through the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has partially begun, further upping the excitement surrounding the US $56 billion mega project. But what does this mean for the impoverished province of Balochistan? After all, despite being home to Gwadar port, the crown jewel of CPEC, the province’s share in the CPEC bounty is a mere half a percent.Balochistan is undoubtedly in need of an economic lifeline. The metrics paint a dire picture for its residents. In Balochistan, 73 percent of people live in poverty. About two million children are not attending schools, which is perhaps related to the fact that more than 8000 public schools in the region consist of nothing more than a sin…

Over 50 Chinese-made aircraft delivered to Belt and Road countries: Report

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By PTI | Apr 21, 2018, 02.14 PM IST
India had protested over the CPEC as it is being laid through Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (POK).BEIJING: Over 50 Chinese-made aircraft, which can be used for both passenger and cargo transportation, have been delivered to eight Belt and Road countries, the planes' manufacturer said today.The latest two Y-12E aircraft were delivered on April 17 to Nepal, where they will be used for domestic short distance transportation, AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry Group (HAIG) Co Ltd said.Nepal had previously bought two Y-12Es in 2014 and 2017, respectively. The two aircraft have recorded more than 1,725 safe flight hours. The plane made a significant contribution to transporting supplies after the country suffered from an earthquake in 2015, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.ADVERTISEMENTThe HAIG, based in no…

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China’s Belt and Road plan includes a rival to GPS

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China’s Belt and Road plan includes a rival to GPSNick Rockel Apr 20, 2018Credit: Courtesy of CyberportFrom left: Panellists Carson Wen, Li Shan and Margit Molnar with moderator Alfred RomannAt the Asia-Pacific Business Forum in Hong Kong, observers and participants weighed in on the BRI’s digital push into Asia, Europe and AfricaIt may not be the catchiest name to Western ears, but you’ll be hearing plenty about China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in the years ahead. With this US$1-trillion international infrastructure program, Beijing aims to extend its influence throughout Asia, Europe and Africa by building land and maritime trade routes between China and more than 60 other countries. Those nations comprise two-thirds of the world’s population and a third of its gross domestic product, research firm Oxford Economics estimates.“The Belt and Road Initiative may be China’s idea, but its opportunities and ou…

Learning Chinese will open jobs highway for many Pakistanis

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Our CorrespondentApril 21, 2018

Learning Chinese will open jobs highway for many PakistanisListenIslamabad: Ambassador of People’s Republic of China, Yao Jing, speaking at the event ‘UN-Chinese Language Day’ as the chief guest, said the promotion of the Chinese language in Pakistan is a new stage of cooperation between the two countries, since language is the most important means for communication, cooperation and connectivity, says a press release.He stressed that the two countries are working together to promote people-to-people contact between the two countries by establishing study centres. “In China, there are eight universities working to promote the Urdu language and 12 Pakistan-study centres working to promote mutual understanding between the two countries.” He congratulated the Pakistan-China Institute under the leadership of Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, on the efforts the thi…

UPS eyes Pakistan, CPEC opportunities

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Nasir JamalUpdated April 21, 201Jean-Francois CondamineLAHORE: With Pakistan’s international trade growing to well over $50 billion and growth reaching a 10-year high on the back of strong domestic demand, improved security conditions and heavy investments in the road, transport and power schemes around the multi-billion-dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor initiative, the global shipping firms and logistics and e-commerce providers like UPS seem to be attracted by the future prospects Pakistan offers for their business.The arrival of UPS — a global package delivery company and a provider of supply chain management solutions present in 220 countries — in Pakistan as a partner of the largest domestic shipping company, TCS, is billed to help cut time and cost of shipments coming into or going out of the country.“[The] Pakistan market is very rich… and there are plenty of opportunities to develop business here,” Mr Jean-Francois Condamine, the presiden…