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IS THIS CHINA’S CENTURY?: 2019 Camden Conference

2019 Camden Conference
Join us for the 32nd Annual Camden ConferenceIS THIS CHINA’S CENTURY?February 22, 23, 24, 2019More than 600 million Chinese have been lifted out of poverty, and President Xi Jinping promises to eliminate poverty in his country by 2020.  China’s emerging middle class seeks an ever-rising standard of living.  Chinese investment on all continents is both welcomed and regarded with some anxiety, while Chinese diplomatic intervention has been essential to stability on the Korean peninsula and China is attracting European as well as Asian nations to new multilateral institutions.  In Beijing, the absolute authority of the Chinese Communist Party has been reconfirmed, and President Xi now has the option to remain his country’s leader for as long as he wishes.On the other side of the globe, America’s role in global affairs may be less predictable than at any time in recent history.  How long will the US economy be #1?   How strong is the US commitment to alliances, treat…

Baloch women’s empowerment dream transforming into reality

June 4, 2018The different stakeholders ‘over the years efforts for raising Baloch Women’s voice to bring them in socio-economic sphere has finally started bearing fruits, with each passing day a success story is being added to our national canvas. ‘Our dreams are coming true as we have started receiving the fruits of our efforts for a decent living.Though it is hard to manage between professional and household responsibilities but what we are having in return is a great relief,’ said Fatima Bibi, whose handcrafted work succeeded to attract Serena Hotel Management which purchased 150 pieces of her embroidery to decorate their hotel. Fatima Bibi, who hails from Naushki, is one among dozens of other creative women who had displayed their embroidery and handicrafts in an event organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
‘Baloch Women have key role in province’s agriculture and livestock sector but despite their significant contribution they are receiving inadequate remunerati…

Deprived Balochi Film Industry

Balochistan, like other provinces of Pakistan has an historical heritage and histroy full of messages and teachings and it is a place full of talents but there are only a few who get lucky to showcase their talent. A film, if released, represents the culture, traditions, norms, customs of a relevant nation. It can be called the identity of a nation. In like manner, in Balochistan, we often watch films of the Indian film industry; Bollywood or Pakistan’s film industry Lollywood but it is a far cry that we still remain backward in filmmaking race as well. One can find only a few films who were successful, casted by Balochs, not in Pakistan but in the Gulf countries or Iran. The first Balochi film was “Hammal O Mahganj” produced by Anwar Iqbal which was released in 1976.However,it didn’t make to the cinemas ___considering it against the Balochi culture. In 1989,an Iranian film named “Dadshah” was released in Balochi dubbing which was based on the Mir Dad Shah of Iranian Balochistan. It i…

Boosted by Belt and Road Initiative, spread of TCM speeds up

2018-06-04 14:29:52 chinadaily.com.cn Mo Hong'eMa Liangxiao (first from right), an acupuncture doctoral supervisor at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, hosts a panel discussion on TCM in Beijing on May 30, 2018. Eugenia Bellova, who runs a TCM clinic in Slovakia and is also wife of ambassador of Slovakia to China (second from left), and Wu Zhendou (center), vice-director of the international cooperation department at the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine of China, are the co-panelists. (Photo by Song Jingli/chinadaily.com.cn)Painkillers might be the standard choice for many suffering an ache, while regular injection of insulin might be considered a safe option for diabetes patients and those having fertility problems have only a few options, including drugs, surgery and in vitro fertilization.However, for traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioners, painkillers never kill the pain as they only temporarily stop the signal that there is something wrong …

Abandoned at sea

China’s maritime strategy calls for a paradigm shift in India’s defence-industrial programmes. But declining budgets, dysfunctional acquisitions could stymie strategic necessities.Written by Arun Prakash |Updated: June 5, 2018 12:05:57 amMost DRDO projects have failed due to the absence of political vision and guidance, coupled with a deficit of project-management skills. (Illustration: Mithun Chakraborty)China’s 2015 Military Strategy had unequivocally declared the necessity for the country to “…develop a modern maritime force commensurate with its national security needs; to safeguard its national sovereignty and maritime interests, and… for building itself into a maritime power”. The maiden sortie, on May 12, by the PLA Navy’s (PLAN) first home-built aircraft-carrier marked yet another milestone in China’s resolute pursuit of comprehensive maritime power. Designated “Type 001”, this ship will join the refurbished Soviet-era carrier Liaoning, while a much bigger follow-on “super car…

China increasingly isolated as France, Britain set sail for disputed seas

France and Britain are set to sail through the South China Sea next week, joining international efforts to stand up to the Asian military superpowerCarmela Fonbuena@carmelafonbuenaASIA DEPLOYMENT. British Royal Navy's HMS Sutherland docks in Singapore during the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit. Photo from the HMS Sutherland Twitter PageMANILA, Philippines – France and Britain announced they will sail through the South China Sea next week to join international efforts to stand up to China’s increasing aggressiveness in the disputed seas.French minister of the armed forces Florence Parly and British defense minister Gavin Williamson made the announcement this week during the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.It comes as China reportedly installed missiles and jammers on reefs-turned-islands, prompting protests from other claimants like Vietnam and even China-friendly Philippines.It’s a significant development in the South China Sea dispute, experts told Rappler, noting how the As…

India’s maritime vulnerabilities

Pravin SawhneyA Far Eastern Naval Command will shore up security around Andaman-Nicobar Islands
Posted at: Jun 5, 2018, 12:07 AM
Last updated: Jun 5, 2018, 12:07 AM (IST)

Not enough: ANC suffers from limited air defence assets and poor inter-island connectivity.Pravin SawhneyMATCHING the US in words and deed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has positioned military diplomacy at the forefront of his Act East policy with ASEAN as its fulcrum. Reading this as India’s walk-back from the Wuhan understanding, China issued a terse warning. “If India really seeks military access to the strategic island of Sabang in Indonesia (which dominates the Malacca Strait), it might wrongfully entrap itself into a strategic (which includes military) competition with China and eventually burn its fingers,” the Global Times has cautioned.No one told Modi that like the disputed land border with China, the Andaman and Nicobar (A&N) island chain is India’s maritime Achilles’ heel against the risen and militar…

Social, environmental impact of Belt and Road will take years to play out: SMU professor

Grace Leong
SINGAPORE - The Belt and Road Initiative will bring trillions of dollars in infrastructure investments around the old Silk road route. But the social and environmental impacts from what is easily the biggest infrastructure and investment project in Asia to date are significant and will likely take many decades to play out."One of the struggles of working on One Belt One Road is that so much is happening, it's hard to say exactly what the outcomes will be," said Singapore Management University assistant professor of sociology Ijlal Naqvi yesterday at the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)'s four-day conference.In a recent field trip to Pakistan's Karakoram Highway, a national highway connecting Pakistan to China, Dr Naqvi, who was speaking at one of the conference sessions, recounted: "It was fascinating to see how giant infrastructure projects have the potential to do much in the lives of local people who happen to live under the footprint …

China's Belt and Road Initiative and aviation

There has been considerable speculation about China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative as it used to be called (now Belt and Road Initiative, BRI), surrounding its application to the Chinese air transport sector to it. This report looks at which airports along the two Belts – Land and Maritime, are receiving any support from Chinese construction firms and/or investors. It finds that Chinese firms continue to enhance their presence in selected areas of these belts but not in others.The majority of them are attracted fundamentally by Western Europe, and then by opportunities in the east of that continent where cargo rather than passenger facilities can be erected to take advantage of a comprehensive road network. Accordingly, some small airports there have been courted by several Chinese operators/investors. In contrast, many of the airports along the line of the original Silk Road through West Asia have been thus far ignored.But in each case, it appears that aviation is either an implie…

Dilapidated health sector of Balochistan

Health indicators in Balochistan, for infant and maternal mortality, are poorer than in any other provinceBaba Faiz
Balochistan, despite being considered the hub of the CPEC project – a multi-billion economic project, namely the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, has one of the most dilapidated health sectors amongst the other provinces. This, sadly now, is in a dismal state. Regretfully, there are no good health facilities, and people are confronting numerous problems in terms of health. In addition to this, there is no good mechanism of hospitals, lack of modern machineriy, and a dearth of adequate, well-qualified and trained doctors within their premises. In contrast, the health indicators in Balochistan, for infant and maternal mortality, are poorer than in any other province.Due to lack of funds, planning and management, the health sector of the province is presenting a grim picture of its people being easily attacked by fatal diseases. The unequal distribution of wealth to the he…

The dwindling forests in Balochistan

By: Iqbal Ahmed SiyalIt is sad that despite all of the ecological, social, economic and health benefits of forests, deforestation and the degradation of forests are at alarming rate in Balochistan, as it presently covers 1.2% (416628 hectares) of forest area out of its total land, and a negiligible canopy density of 0.2% of the total forest cover of the country. It is all because of the factors inhibiting forests to expand, known to all of them are shifting cultivation and uplanned urbanisation.Almost 70 per cent people of the province rely on Agriculture, from which most of farmers shift their cultivation to the fertile lands and keep hewing the majestic trees of forests and they even go through the process known as Burn Agriculture, whenever their lands get infertility.Apart, according to the Indus River System Authority (IRSA), Balochistan has received 8,000 cusecs of water from Sindh during the past one year, but regrettably, this water is mainly used for agriculture purpose, not …