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Philippines inclined for CPEC participation: Envoy

Salahuddin HaiderPHILIPPINES, an important country in South East Asia looks with favour participating in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), said ambassador Daniel Ramos Rspiritu while holding his first function in Karachi Friday evening to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the declaration of independence of Philippines Republic at a local hotel. It was lovely evening, turned colorful by the costume dances of his country. Entire South East from Djaka to Korea, Japan and China are rich in cultural heritage.
A glimpse of it was provided by the ambassador who had himself with a party of substantial staff had flown in Karachi from Islamabad to present his country’s image to the Pakistani audience. He said relations between the two countries were excellent, although trade needs to pick up, for it is meager now, but full of potential. He said his country had 6.7% of GDP and World Bank and IMf expected it to rise to 7%. He said that his country was the first republic in the continent, …

CPEC to make Asia master of its own destiny: Sherry

ISLAMABAD - Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Sherry Rehman said on Saturday that high-level contacts and multi-sectoral cooperation between Pakistan and China were a manifestation of the fact that both sides accord high importance to bilateral relations and desire to further deepen ties for mutual benefit.She expressed these views while talking to Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing Ambassador who called on her at the Parliament House. Senator Rehman said that Pakistan and China had a history of friendship which was built by PPP founder Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Mao Tes-tung and both the countries had stood by each other and saw the vicissitudes of time. She said that this historic friendship had remained beneficial for both in economic and strategic fields while initiatives like CPEC and BRI added further impetus to bilateral relations between the two sides.She said that former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, former president Asif Ali Zardari and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari always…

CM Balochistan inks MoU to prevent child sexual abuse

By Mohammad ZafarBalochistan Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo and Zindagi Trust Chairman and pop singer Shehzad Roy addressing a press conference in Quetta. PHOTO: EXPRESSQUETTA: For the protection of children and prevention of child abuse in Balochistan, Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Zindagi Trust Chairman and pop singer Shehzad Roy.Addressing a news conference in Hanna Orrak Rest House, the Balochistan CM said, “We have signed an MoU with Zindagi Trust to create awareness among our children regarding sexual abuses and have decided to add the topic to our curriculum.”Insufficient information: Balochistan lacks key data on child abuseShehzad Roy welcomed Balochistan CM’s support and said, “We have been working in Sindh since 2006 and creating awareness among children.”Roy said, “It is not necessary that children are sexually abused outside their homes so we have to educate our children regarding good touch and bad touch.”The …

The Invisible Silk Road – Enter the digital dragon

This article was published as an ‘EU-Asia at a Glance’ policy paper at the website of European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS)
This piece opens the Digital Silk Road series, which will investigate high-tech and IT projects launched by China to implement the DSR.Discussions around the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) tend to focus on its tangible aspects; primarily related to physical infrastructure including roads, rail and power plants. However, in addition to the two tangible “Silk Roads” – the Silk Road Economic Belt (land route) and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road (sea route), a third “Silk Road” was also proclaimed in 2015. The “Information Silk Road”, since rebranded as the Digital Silk Road (DSR), aims to “improve international communications connectivity” and foster the internationalisation of China’s rapidly growing tech companies.A decade ago, very few would have believed that China could develop such an advanced digital sector in such a short period of time. Yet, in 201…

Trump Indonesia project is latest stop on China’s Belt and Road

Project is part of the Lido City development in Jakarta and is the first to link the US president’s business interests to Beijing’s epic infrastructure plan
A billion-dollar Indonesian property development with ties to Donald Trump has become the latest project in China’s globe-spanning Belt and Road infrastructure project – just as Washington and Beijing are tussling over trade.A subsidiary of Chinese state-owned construction firm Metallurgical Corporation of China (MCC) signed a deal with Indonesia’s MNC Land to build a theme park outside Jakarta as part of the ambitious project, the company said on Thursday.The deal is the latest to raise questions about the extent of Trump’s financial exposure to Beijing.The park – expected to be backed with up to US$500 million in Chinese government loans – is part of an “integrated lifestyle resort”, known as MNC Lido City.The project includes Trump-branded hotels, residences and a golf course, as well as other hotel, shopping and residential dev…

Hindu Kush awaits the Wuhan spirit

By M.K. BhadrakumarMay 20, 2018 15:10 ISTLast August, US President Donald Trump named India as the crown jewel in his administration’s new South Asia strategy. Many Indians celebrated. But, eight months down the line, the word from the Wuhan summit is that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping reached an “understanding” to undertake “joint economic projects” in Afghanistan. It bears the hallmark of a Chinese initiative. The external affairs ministry spokesman said that the two countries will flesh out “this understanding… in the near future” and identify specific projects.India’s regional policies are taking wing. At its most obvious level, Delhi is signalling that Afghanistan is not a turf for rivalry with Beijing. On a broader plane, Delhi is sampling the Chinese advocacy of “win-win” cooperation. Strategically speaking, the irreducible minimum would be that Delhi and Beijing are on the same page in regard of Afghanistan’s stability and security—stakeholders …

China: Imports from Belt and Road countries surge

Much of the Belt and Road imports come from countries like Russia, India and the rest of Central Asia [PPIO]
China has increased its imports from Belt and Road countries to $666 billion, up by 20 per cent from the previous year, the State Information Center said on Monday.Exports to the same countries grew by only 8.5 per cent to reach just over $774 billion, the Center said.The bulk of growth was to be found in imports from Central Asia, India and Russia. This region accounts for some 70 per cent of China’s Belt and Road trade.China’s One Belt, One Road initiative aims to create a modern Silk Road Economic Belt and a 21st Century Maritime Silk Road to boost trade and extend its global influence.The ancient Silk Road connected China and Europe from around 100 B.C.The 6,000-km road linked ancient Chinese, Indian, Babylonian, Arabic, Greek and Roman civilizations.A map unveiled by state agency Xinhua shows the Chinese plans for the Silk Road run through Central China to the northern Xinj…

Revisiting History: War between the Rind and Lashari tribes of Balochistan

By: Maham Yaseen Baloch Pakistan’s rich culture is a mixture of many ethnic groups, each with their own uniqueness scattered in the vastness of our land and one of these is The Baluchi fascinating culture . The rich culture is famous for its rich traditions and historical events and one of these is the historical war between Rind and Lashari tribes of balochistan which took place in 15th century. The war holds Immense importance in our history as it is studied even today.The heroes of the war were Chakar rind and Sardar Guahram Khan.Meer Chakar Rind, Chakar the great was born in 1468 in Aashaal Kolwa, Kech, Balochistan. He was a Baloch chieftain in the 15 century. He aided Mughal emperor Humayun in his reconquest of the subcontinent. He is considered a folk hero of the Baloch people. He became the leader of Rind tribe at the age  of 18 when his father (Mir Shahak Khan) passed away. He lived in Sibi, in approximately 1500 a Great Baluch Kingdom was established under Sardar Meer Chakar’…

Examining child labour in Balochistan

By: Ali Jan MaqsoodAn issue which is troubling the Baloch nation for a long time is child labour which is yet not resolved. We find children leaving school and joining a local garage, workshop, store or something else to earn enough for their families. Some people send their children in labour work despite the presence of elders in the family and some send in compulsion. But mostly I witness the ones who have elder brothers and even father. But they show no mercy for their children and instead of sending them to schools, they send in garages.I got confused confronting a child of age 7, working in a Zarang car (A local car which is mostly used in transportation business). The most shocking thing for me at that very moment was that he was working with his elder brother who was nearly 25 years old. The 7-year-old was out of school. Despite the presence of his elder brother who was yet unmarried, the smallest brother aged 7 had to leave school and join his elder brother in work. It makes …

CJP calls killing of Hazaras 'ethnic cleansing'

By Muhammad Zafar
QUETTA: Hearing a suo motu case against targetted attacks on members of Hazara community in Balochistan, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar has termed the attacks on the minority group as “ethnic cleansing”.“For me the targetted killing of the Hazara community in Quetta is ethnic cleansing and that is why I had to take suo motu notice. We have no words to condemn the killings of Hazaras,” said the CJP on Friday while leading a two-judge bench also comprising Justice Ijazul Ahsan at the Supreme Court’s Quetta Registry.On May 2, Justice Nisar took suo motu notice of recent attacks on the beleaguered community and summoned a report from the Balochistan government, Levies, police, and the Interior Ministry.Earlier, leaders of the community appeared before the bench and told it about their plight.“The Hazaras are being killed for the last 20 years but no one has been arrested till this date,” Advocate Iftikhar Ali, a leader of the community, told the court.He…