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Qingdao: China’s iron gateway to the Arctic

In January, China released its first Arctic Policy. In the U.S., fearful headlines greeted the document, from  The Wall Street Journal’s  suspicion of whether a “ new Cold War ” was on the way to  Foreign Policy’s proclamation  that  “ China’s ready to cash in on a melting Arcti c .” But beyond the headlines, what’s actually going on on the ground in China? What are the actual places driving China’s northern push, and what’s going on there? To find out, earlier this week, I traveled to Qingdao, a city of nine million people located southeast of Beijing on the Yellow Sea. I was hosted by Peiqing Guo, an expert in Arctic international law and Chinese interests in the Arctic and professor at the Ocean University of China (OUC), one of the country’s leading institutes on the region. The university is especially strong in Arctic social sciences, which is unusual in a country that places more emphasis on the natural and physical sciences at the poles. About thirty students and faculty focu

Dynamics of Belt and Road initiative

Kanwar Muhammad Javed Iqbal IN VARIOUS pre-sessions during Rio+20 i.e. Earth Summit 2012, I noticed critical viewpoints especially of western speakers and participants about China’s emerging dominance. Perhaps, it was a deliberate act by the market forces that tried to build a market monopolization narrative against China. On other hand, global consumers seemed in a comfortable zone with China’s competitive market prices and availability of different category of economic goods in the form of door-step solutions worldwide. Due to higher standards in western economy, production cost is relatively higher than China thus certain limitations come across in maintaining and competing the Chinese market. The global poverty level entails the need to support Chinese role in global market system. There is growing fear that the same instrument can also be used by different market forces for propagation of market fear once again in the context most promising China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BR

Some lessons to be learnt from China

This era of globalisation and economic interdependence calls for mutual trust and amicable settlement of disputes for a better and prosperous tomorrow Aamna Khan MAY 7, 2018 The recent informal two-day visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to China in the beautiful city of Wuhan concluded last Saturday, April 28,with the declaration of mutual agreement regarding peaceful resolution of longstanding conflicts. President Xi Jinping and PM Modi shared their thoughts and agreed on the opening up of a new chapter in their relationship. Interestingly this meeting is happening just months after a perilous Doklam dispute which stretched their high-altitude Himalayan border resuscitating fears of war. While talking to media, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou told reporters that “President Xi stressed that the issues between China and India are of a limited, temporary nature but the relationship between the two countries is extensive and ongoing”. It was Mr Modi’s fourth visi

Belt and Road Initiative -To join or not to join?

THE HANS INDIA |    May 07,2018 , 01:09 AM IST Belt and Road Initiative -To join or not to join? The first direct train from China to England reached London recently. It traveled 12,000 kilometers carrying a cargo of garments and other manufactured goods. This is the trailer of the times to come. China is aggressively pushing the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to establish state-of-the-art road and rail transport facilities from China to Europe and Africa. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) from China to Pakistan through the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) is part of this larger initiative.  The BRI will pass through 65 countries. Chinese state-owned banks are borrowing money from global investors and using this borrowed money to give loans to the participating countries en route. These countries are, in turn, are giving contracts to Chinese companies to construct the BRI. Thus, global money, which is often controlled by the United States, is financing the BRI. Europe

MoU signed with Chinese firm on water for Gwadar

QUETTA: The government of Balochistan has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Chinese company to provide clean drinking water to the residents of Gwadar. Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo and Chief Executive of China’s Overseas Holding Company Zhang Baozang signed the MoU at a ceremony here on Sunday. Provincial Minister for Environment Prince Ahmed Ali, MPA Hamid Achakzai, Chief Secretary Aurangzeb Haq Mir and other officials were present. “The Chinese company will provide 300,000 gallons of water on daily basis at a cost of only 80 paisas for a gallon and with it the acute scarcity of water in Gwadar will end soon.” CM Bizenjo said. “The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor provides us an opportunity to develop our deprived province and we should get benefits from multi-billion dollars Pak-China trade,” he said. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD The CM said the province had been ignored by the federal government in the past but he was optimistic that now the

23 killed, 11 injured in Pakistan after gas explosions tear through two mines in Balochistan province

World   AFP May 06, 2018 19:42:30 IST Quetta:  Twenty-three people were killed and 11 wounded after gas explosions tore through two neighbouring coal mines in southwestern Pakistan, officials said Sunday. Pakistani volunteers and mine workers shift their injured colleague on a stretcher upon arrival at a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan. AP Shortly before midday on Saturday, a build-up of methane caused an explosion and tunnel collapse at a mine in Marwaarh, east of Quetta, the capital of the fossil fuel-rich Balochistan province bordering Iran and Afghanistan. Jawaid Shahwani, the top government official in Quetta, said 16 of the 25 people inside the mine at the time were killed, with the remaining miners rescued and taken to hospital for treatment. Around three hours later, a mine 25 kilometres (16 miles) to the west at Spin Carez collapsed in similar circumstances, killing seven of the nine miners inside. Provincial mines minister Saleh Baloch told  AFP that all miners in both a

Pakistan’s Military Reaches Out to India

Kamal Alam Commentary , 3 May 2018 Senior Pakistani officers, led by Army Chief of Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, realise that the way to peace and prosperity is through military cooperation with India. Will New Delhi reciprocate? In a historic first last month, Pakistan’s Army Chief of Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa invited Sanjay Vishwasrao, the  Indian military attaché , and his team to the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. And in a sign that ties between the two foes are warming up Javed followed this two weeks later by  saying that  the Pakistan military wanted peace and dialogue with India. The two countries will also take part in joint  military drills  in Russia in September, with Chinese participation. These initiatives come against a background of almost weekly exchanges of fire along the Line of Control in Kashmir. However, they mark a change in attitudes that started when Bajwa became COAS in November 2016. Bajwa himself, speaking at RUSI last year

Poor construction standard found in CPEC road project

The Newspaper's Staff Reporter ISLAMABAD : Poor standard of construction has been found in a road project of the China-Pakistan Econo­mic Corridor (CPEC) in Balochistan. The Zhob-Mughalkot Road (N-50) has two packages and Package-I is being built by M/s Zahid Khan & Brothers (ZKB). Maqbool Associates, which had submitted the lowest bid, won the contract, but the National Highway Authority (NHA) reportedly awarded it to ZKB, though the latter had offered higher rates, without asking it to match the lowest bid. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had inaugurated the project in January 2016. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD It has been learnt that an 11km portion of the 41km Zhob-Killi Khudae Nazar road (Package-I) was badly damaged, while ditches and cracks had also appeared on its other portions. According to an NHA document, the 41km Zhob-Killi Khudae Nazar road was to be reconstructed by Limak-ZKB Joint Venture at a cost Rs4.8 billion under Package-I, and the 40km Killi Khud

Pakistani military seeks better relations with India, says report

Anwar Iqbal Updated May 06, 2018 WASHINGTON: The Pakistani military leadership is reaching out to India because it believes that the way to peace and prosperity is through military cooperation with India, says a new think-tank report. “Attempts to open a dialogue come against a background of almost weekly exchanges of fire along the Line of Control in Kashmir,” notes the UK-based Royal Unites Services Institute (RUSI), in a report on renewed efforts to reduce tensions between the two neighbours. “Will New Delhi reciprocate?” asks the report, which was released in London this week. Also read:  Indian, Pakistani troops to take part in joint drills The report notes that “in a historic first last month,” Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa invited Sanjay Vishwasrao, the Indian military attaché, and his team to the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. The move indicates that “ties between the two foes are warming up,” it adds, noting that Gen Bajwa followed this two wee

This is a decisive war and freedom is our destiny: Dr Allah Nizar

This is a decisive war and freedom is our destiny: Dr Allah Nizar (Sangar News) Baloch nationalist leader Dr Allah Nazar in his new statement said, “Our national struggle will continue within the framework of International laws and it will reach its logical conclusion in the form of a free Balochistan.” Dr Allah Nazar continued, “The state of Pakistan has adopted several strategies and intrigues to counter our struggle; hence, the Baloch nation through forming better plans has repulsed all these maneuvers, and this is the prime reason despite the atrocities committed by Pakistan yet the Baloch’s national struggle is thriving for the last two decades.” He added, “The occupying state of Pakistan is countering the movement in many ways like using the renegades, traitors, spies, Islamic terrorist proxies under the garb of religion and several other elements that are lined up against Baloch national struggle.” “However pro freedom organizations have chalked out a well thought-out strat