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The South China Sea’s Muddled and Increasingly Militarized Future

by Mark NevittJune 1, 2018
The Chinese Air Force recently landed a number of bombers on a heavily disputed “island” in the South China Sea. The military landings follow the placement of three anti-ship cruise missiles on three islets in the Spratly Islands by China earlier this year. These moves represent yet more provocative steps in the militarization of disputed islands, rocks and low-tide elevations in the region – something that Chinese President Xi Jinping promised President Barack Obama he would not do in 2015. In response to these recent actions, the Pentagon announced that it is disinviting the Chinese military from participation in the biennial U.S. Pacific Fleet’s 20-nation “Rim of the Pacific” (RIMPAC) exercise.Defense Secretary Jim Mattis toldreporters earlier this week that China has been disinvited from the exercise because its militarization of these islands is “out of step with international law.”  And the new Indo-Pacific Commander, Adm. Philip Davidson, recently said

Panel: Chinese Navy, Maritime Militia Has Given Beijing De Facto Control of the South China Sea

By: John GradyJune 1, 2018 4:02 PMChinese aircraft carrier Liaoning underway. PLAN PhotoThrough its navy, coast guard, a loose collection of armed fishing vessels, and a network of military bases built on artificial islands, Beijing has gained de facto control of the South China Sea, a panel of Indo-Pacific security experts said Friday.And the implications of that control — militarily, economically, diplomatically — are far-reaching for the United States and its partners and allies in the region.“Every vessel [sent on a freedom of navigation transit] is shadowed” by a Chinese vessel, showing Beijing’s ability to respond quickly events in areas it considers its own, retired Marine Lt. Gen. Wallace “Chip” Gregson said during an American Enterprise Institute forum.Gregson added that U.S. freedom of navigation operations do little to protect American maritime rights, or the right of allies like the Philippines, Vietnam and Brunei.The challenge over control in waters claimed by many other …

Modi calls for 'equal access' to shared maritime area

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Friday for countries to have "equal access" to shared maritime and air spaces, and for regional disputes to be settled under international law. [SINGAPORE] Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Friday for countries to have "equal access" to shared maritime and air spaces, and for regional disputes to be settled under international law.In a speech at the start of a security summit in Singapore, Mr Modi described his vision of nations across the Asia-Pacific region forging closer security and economic ties.Although Mr Modi did not single Beijing out for direct criticism, he referred to China's military buildup in the South China Sea and its sweeping territorial claims across the strategic waterway."We should all have equal access, as a right under international law, to the use of common spaces on the sea and in the air," Mr Modi told the Shangri-La Dialogue."That would require freedom of navigation, u…

Starting point of the Maritime Silk Road

The Twin Pagodas, the symbol and landmark of QuanzhouQUANZHOUQUANZHOU, located in the southeast coast of China, is one of the three central cities in Fujian province. It is a world multi-cultural treasure house famous for its openness and inclusiveness, an entrepreneurial city full of vitality and business opportunities as well as a charming and harmonious city.Quanzhou, also known as “Zayton” in ancient time, was first built in 260 A.D. In the Tang Dynasty, it was one of the four major harbors in China.During the Song and Yuan Dynasties, Zayton was regarded as “the largest harbor in the East.”

It covers a land area of 11,015 km2 and has a population of 8.65 million.With a long history and profound culture, Quanzhou is one of the first 24 historic and cultural cities designated by the State Council of China, the first “Culture City of East Asia” in China, as well as a renowned starting point of the ancient “Maritime Silk Road.”Quanzhou is a well-known hometown of overseas Chinese.The W…

Kazakhstan and the new Silk Road

Peter Frankopan on Kazakhstan and the new Silk Road Why history matters more than ever in Astana, a city younger than Google © Luke Waller Peter Frankopan
Flying into Astana in central Kazakhstan is a wonderfully peaceful thing to do. I fell in love with the steppes years ago, when I first came across medieval texts describing the differences between the many tribes of nomads who held sway on the flatlands that spread from the northern lip of the Black Sea over the spine of Asia as far as Mongolia. Three thousand years ago, the peoples of Central Asia knew how to live — as the astonishing grave goods from sites across the region show. Exquisite gold objects on display at the National Museum of Kazakhstan reveal not only a love of bling but also an eye for high-quality craftsmanship and an enjoyment of the finer things in life. You could say that little has changed as you drive in from the sparkling Nazarbayev airport that serves the Kazakh capital, Astana. The city, as the country’s …

Re-tuning a partnership

Ananth Krishnan Beijing
Photo: ReutersIs China quietly pushing its all-weather ally to finally get its act together on curbing terrorism? Two high-profile meetings in April and May between the close allies saw Chinas leadership press their Pakistani counterparts to deal with what Beijing sees as a growing impediment to its ambitious $50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), according to reports.In April, Chinese president Xi Jinping in his meeting with Pakistan prime minister Shahid Abbassi at the Boao Forum in southern China reportedly suggested relocating Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed to a West Asian country amid increasing international pressure to take action on him. An aide to the PM was quoted as saying Xi spent 10 minutes in a 35-minute interaction on Saeed. This notion was pooh-poohed by Chinese officials as baseless and shocking and viewed sceptically by several Beijing observers, who pointed out that such matters are usually left to lower-level officials a…


Saadia Gardezi
June 02, 2018
Pakistan is in a “Middle Income Trap”, as economists like to call it, unable to get to the lower end of the High Income group. A country is categorised as Middle Income, when it has a per capita Gross National Income (GNI) of between $2000-$12,000. We have a long way to go with out per capita GNP around the lower mark of $2077 while India may soon make it to that club. The economic reason is simple- we just have not been able to diversify our exports which are either agricultural or low tech (e.g. cotton and food manufacturing). We import the expensive stuff, and even the not-so-expensive stuff like low-value added goods from China. Generally, our trade deficit has never been a fun figure to look at. With the way our economy is specialised today, we will not be able to break out of our middle-income ways, which means that the growth in our GDP will taper off, and it probably already has.In May the IMF downgraded Pakistan’s economic growth from an estimated 5…

China is now inside Europe

China exercises power in Europe not just through its massive trade surplus, but also through investment, lending, and financial power that serves China’s foreign policy goals and helps China acquire the technology necessary to support is ambitious modernization goals. China can do this because it can “pick and choose” in its relations with the European Union, focusing on its direct interests, and often ignoring EU norms. Europeans have begun to require reciprocal openings of the Chinese economy, but they need to do more to prevent China from using their economic links to achieve geopolitical advantage.  🔷The EU needs a system of investment screening and a set of trade defense instruments to protect themselves from Chinese industrial policy. It also needs closer relationships with like-minded partners in Asia to gain leverage with the Chinese.  And most of all, it needs sufficient unity to prevent China from suborning individual EU member states.Read more…

Motorcycle-borne IED hits security forces convoy in Dhadar

June 2, 2018
A convoy of Pakistani security forces has been targeted in Dhadar, Balochistan with an IED.According to the details received by The Balochistan Post, a motorcycle-Borne IED was parked near Rind Ali chowk in Dhadar town of Bolan district. The IED exploded with a loud blast when a Forces’ convoy was passing.Baloch Republican Army, a Baloch rebel group, has claimed the responsibility of the attack . The group has claimed that three security personnel were killed in the attack while another received injuries.Bolan district is considered as a stronghold of Baloch rebels, and Pakistani forces have often been targeted in the area.

The China I know

Chinese investment in Pakistan's infrastructure and energy sector under the CPEC banner is a blessing and opportunity
Imran Khan
In the 70s era, the then president Mr Zulfikar Ali Bhutto facilitated the Sino-US diplomatic efforts that eventually ended in US-China rapprochement. The successful backdoor diplomacy opened China diplomatically to the external world accompanied by the veto power status in the United Nation Security Council (UNSC).The intimate relations between Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Chairman Mao Zedong marked the beginning of a new phase in Sino-Pak relations. The new phase was emotionally charged, politically cooperative, and strategically harmonised. Following Indian orchestrated “Fall of Dhaka”, Pakistan found a strong and reliable friend in the years of despairs against a determined adversary, India. The deeper relations were expressed by the ever lived catchy slogan “Pak-China friendship is higher than Himalaya, deeper than ocean, sweeter than honey and stronger tha…

Why do ethnic identities scare Pakistan?

Even after the cessation of East Pakistan in 1971, our state institutions failed to realise that religion could no longer serve as a cohesive bond between ethnicities
Zulfiquar Rao @Zulfirao1
The recent emergence of the Pakhtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM), and the insurgency in Balochistan which has been ongoing for years, have a direct connection with peoples’ disillusionment with the state and its policies. Obviously, the concerns of these ethnic groups emerge from their disenfranchisement and inability to rule themselves through their own local governments, under the Constitution. This disenfranchisement, is in fact a direct outcome of the centripetal highhandedness of the state institutions.Traditionally, abhorrence for ethnic identities and provincial units has been attributed to the military’s dominance of the Pakistani polity, as well as Punjab’s status as the largest and most dominant unit of the federation. However, the truth is that this centripetal overreach exists because of how…

CPEC: A momentum for prosperity

By Sherry RehmanIn a world defined by unexpected conflicts, CPEC and BRI have the potential to push these trajectories into altogether different directions. For Pakistan it will mean trading conflict and insecurity for peace and prosperity, argues the Senate's Leader of the Opposition, Sherry Rehman.THE CPEC Summit 2018 was an important event with a distinguished group of thought leaders. In a conference full of unconventional wisdoms and cutting edge info, a lower‑riparian speaker’s job was quite unenviable. In more ways than one, the summit signalled Pakistan’s commitment to change and growth. What it signalled bang in the middle of election year was Pakistan’s agreement across the board on one thing: no one wants to be left out of this momentum.The first thing that came to mind at a big‑ticket CPEC conference in Pakistan was that we are currently standing at a nodal pivot in Pakistan and China’s long‑established special relationship; but what also came to mind is that we are at…

Current Balochistan: Update from ground

TUMP:-▶Baloch Freedom fighter have attcked pakistani military forces check'post  of tump Hospital with Rockets & Automatic weapons due to which heavy losses occurred to Occupying State forces.

KECH:-▶Before 4 day ago from Kolwah Gat Dap unkown armed man arrested Kareem Bux S/o Chakar R/o Kolwah Gat Dap.
PANJGUR:-▶Today morning pakistani Army and state backed death squad members abducted two brothers Farooq S/o M kareem Naseem S/o M kareem from Resh Pesh Paroom, panjgur. 01/5/2018
TUMP:-▶Between Kulaho & Rais'abad unknown Armed man Opened fire due to which a man namely Noroz S/o Attah Ullah R/O  Balicha Tump (Ex-Baloch Freedom fighter who had recently surrendered to pakistani army and worked for pakistani interests as informer.01/5/2018
BOLAN:-▶Baloch Freedom fighters have targeted FC convoy with remote controlled device in “Rindali Choke” Dhadhar area of Bolan, as a results three troops were killed and several injured01/5/2018
PANJGUR:-▶A bullet R…

Saba, a real preacher of optimism

By:Shaari Baloch The mother tongue plays a vital role in the development of personal, social and cultural identity of a nation, nonetheless it requires a proper place in the world in order to pave some ways out for the possiblity of contributions by the  alumni, undergraduates and postgraduates of that language. The language generates the most positive attitude, encourages the people to develop confidence and other essential skills such as, critical thinking and literacy rate.The skills which can be transferred, when we begin studying in other languages. However, it is much harder to teach these abstract skills directly through medium of another language. For almost above than 70 years, in Baloch society where the mother tongue was deliberately kept limited and suppressed, the state administrated school systems have no role to nurture the Balochi/Brahvi language under the sophisctated policies aimed to suppress the languages and the student creativity towards it's language develop…

MoU signed to conduct CPEC’s studies

ISLAMABAD: The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and the Pakistan-China Institute (PCI) on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to conduct researches on topics related to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the Belt and Road Initiative.They will jointly conduct awareness seminars on savings and investments, financial literacy and company incorporation.Shauzab Ali, commissioner Investor Education and International Relations SECP and Mustafa Hyder Sayed, executive director of PCI signed the agreement.Ali, addressing the occasion, emphasised the importance of financial literacy and entrepreneurship in the vibrant business environment in Pakistan and offered PCI to work with SECP to develop an innovative approach to enhance investors’ awareness. He said the agreement is important in the context of China’s important and growing investment in the financial sector and capital markets of Pakistan.Khalida Habib, executive director of SECP said joint …

Will change of government in Pakistan have any impact on CPEC?

By ZAMIR AWANJUNE 1, 2018 5:24 PM (UTC+8)00Many Chinese people wonder what will happen to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) if there is a change in government after the Pakistan general elections in July. They are concerned about the future of their ongoing projects, and whether their investments in Pakistan are safe.First let’s review the history of the Pakistan-China relationship, before replying to their concerns. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations with China on May 21, 1951, we Pakistanis have gone through a series of political ups and downs. Unfortunately our democracy has its own way of dealing with its complex political nature, and one aspect is sometimes deviation from national and developmental policies due to change in the governments, but international agreements and commitments are always honored.The dailyReportMust-reads from across Asia - directly to your inboxHowever, regardless of the different political ideologies and manifestos, one policy in p…