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Should Australia support China's Belt and Road Initiative

Readers respond: Should Australia support China's Belt and Road InitiativeBy Michael Bachelard26 June 2018 — 11:47am

Last week The Age and Sydney Morning Herald published a series of stories about China's world-changing Belt and Road Initiative, and asked our readers: "Should Australia support" it?The response was astonishing. More than 600 readers wrote (mostly) considered statements.This self-selected sample is not a scientific survey, but the majority, 59 per cent, said Australia should avoid it.  Here is an edited selection of your thinking. You can join the conversation in the comments below.Names have been used where they were provided.In a word, no. The Belt and Road Initiative is a Chinese Communist Party [CCP] initiative to dominate world trade and once that happens you control the world. Foolishly we have leased offAdvertisementDarwin Harbour. Who does that unless you believe in the BRI? Did the rest of Australia have a say in that? So no wonder China thinks…

West Balochistan: Forty-One Girls Victims of Sexual Abuse

In Iran’s southernmost region Sistan and Balochistan, forty-one girls have been kidnapped at gunpoint and subjected to sexual abuse and violence. The public anger and outcry led to the organisation of demonstrations, which government officials forcefully clamped down on. The demonstrators urged to trace the perpetrators who were “dressed in law enforcement of military uniforms” and hold them accountable. Baloch activists, among them Abdullah Burozgzada, fighting to achieve justice on this matter have been arrested. Locals fear that the victims will be subjected to further abuses or might incur lasting psychological damages from this traumatic experience.  The article below was published by Iran News Update.Forty-one girls are believed to have been victims of sexual abuse in Iranian occupied Balochistan province. Imam Mawlawi Tayyib disclosed the information at the request of the families of the victims during a Friday prayer sermon in the city of Iranshahr.He revealed that several men…

CPEC example of a friend who never left, testimony of China’s role in development of Pakistan

 PARVEZ JABRI JUN 25TH, 20180/ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage Barrister Ali Zafar on Monday said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was an example of a friend who never left and testimony of the tremendous role that China played in the economic development of Pakistan.Speaking at a seminar on “Role of Media and CPEC” organized by Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors (CPNE), he said China and Pakistan had a time tested friendship and he was happy to say that both countries had actually gained from that friendship.He said that the construction of Karakoram Highway, Heavy Mechanical Complex at Taxila, Pakistan Aeronautical Complex and Chashma Nuclear Power Plants were monuments of the two countries ever increasing relationship.In the backdrop of US-India deal for transfer of civilian nuclear technology, which Pakistan regarded as highly discriminatory, no country stood with Pakistan, but China exhibited the strength of…

Local media urged to remove negative misconceptions about CPEC

Only 10pc of total debt of Pakistan is from China. China has never colonised any country.ByGhulam Abbas

ISLAMABAD: As the government has failed to remove many misconceptions about the multibillion-dollar project – the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the local media has been urged to remove the myths and negative propaganda against the corridor, which is considered as a game changer for the country and region alike.Acting Ambassador of People’s Republic of China, Zhao Lijan, while addressing a seminar on “CPEC and Role of Media” organized by the Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors (CPNE) here at a local hotel in Islamabad on Monday, shared six major misconceptions on CPEC which are being discussed in media and other forums. On one of the interesting misconceptions about the project – that Chinese prisoners were actually working on different projects in Pakistan, the Chinese ambassador, while rejecting the theory, claimed that the misconception might have been created due to …

India won’t stop fund flow to CPEC from AIIB: Piyush Goyal

India was isolated in its criticism of CPEC and was the only country at this month’s SCO summit in Qingdao in China that refused to endorse the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)Last Published: Mon, Jun 25 2018. 07 49 PM ISTTanya ThomasUnion minister Piyush Goyal. Photo: PTIMumbai: India will not prevent funding for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) through a multilateral institution like the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), despite being critical of the $50 billion transportation project that it believes infringes on India’s sovereignty.“Every multilateral bank has many dimensions and one cannot dictate which projects it must invest in, in other countries,” said Piyush Goyal, Union minister for finance, railways, coal and corporate affairs. “I think we should look at how we can benefit from such engagements rather than focusing our efforts on trying to see what they should not be doing,” he said.CPEC is part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) being spearheaded by…

India: $4.5 trillion investment needed for infra: FM

India eyes AIIB funds for 9 projectsThe country will need more than $4.5 trillion in investments over a decade to create infrastructure but the cost of such investments will be a challenge, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s (AIIB) annual meeting on Monday.At the same time, the Minister added that finding funds required for such investments will not be a deterrent.“Infrastructure creation requires $4.5 trillion in investments over the next 10 years,” Mr. Goyal said while speaking at the AIIB governor’s seminar on mobilising funds for infrastructure.‘Cost of finance rising’Interest rates are rising globally as well as domestically, raising the cost of finance, Mr. Goyal said. India is the second-highest equity investor in AIIB and also the largest recipient of funds from the multilateral agency that started operations in January 2016. India has picked up 28%, or $ 1.4 billion of the AIIB’s total funding for seven projects.Later at a press c…

Current Balochistan: Conflict updates from the ground

24/6/2018
MAND:-Baloch freedom fighters have attcked pakistani military forces check'post in Soro, Mand, due to which heavy losses occurred to occupying state forces.

24/6/2018
KECH:-Baloch freedom fighters have attcked pakistani military check'post in Hoshab, Damb Kalat with rockets & heavy weaponry due to which heavy losses occurred to occupying state forces.

25/6/2018
MAND:-Baloch freedom fighters attacked on pakistani army, Picket Security in Daschen with automatic & Heavy weaponry due to which losses occurred to occupying state army.

25/6/2018
TUMP:-Today's early morning 2 Baloch civilians abducted by pakistani army from Kourjo area of tump, meanwhile the militants have make violence against women & children, local houses were searched. For more updates be await.

25/6/2018
KECH:-Yesterday from Buleda, A death body was found who is identified as Zameer S/o Nabi Bux R/o Kech.

China’s coast guard to be absorbed into PLA

Future patrols may entail more military significance after the reorganizationBy ASIA TIMES STAFFJUNE 25, 2018 7:06 PM (UTC+8)131The People’s Liberation Army, having just taken over China’s 1.5-million-strong People’s Armed Police Force this year, is again expecting a boost to its headcount with the proposed absorption of the China Coast Guard, according to an announcement on Monday.Effective next month, the more than 16,000 personnel and the 135 patrol and cruise vessels of the Chinese maritime law-enforcement force will be at the beck and call of the PLA and its command and control, the Central Military Commission, after the transfer of command from the State Oceanic Administration.The China Coast Guard will be a branch of the Chinese military starting next month. Photo: XinhuaIt is believed that the coast guard will be integrated into the PLA Navy as an auxiliary branch under a hierarchy similar to the one the US Coast Guard is in: The latter will operate under the Pentagon as a ser…

Beyond the South China Sea: Beijing may target these waterways next

China may be looking concentrate its naval energies beyond the South China Sea and Indian Ocean.The Pacific Ocean and Mekong River are two waterways that may be Beijing's next areas of focus, according to experts.Chinese naval ships are already active in the Pacific, while several Chinese-built damns on the Mekong have been causing controversy.Nyshka Chandran@nyshkacPublished 7 Hours Ago Updated 1 Hour AgoCNBC.comVisual China GroupApril 2018: A Chinese navy fleet that includes the aircraft carrier Liaoning, vessels and fighter jets take part in a drill in the Western Pacific Ocean.The South China Sea and Indian Ocean have been the principal theaters for Beijing's naval ambitions in Asia. The Pacific Ocean and Mekong River, each rife with strategic advantages, could soon be next.For the world's second-largest economy, maritime expansion is a major means of achieving superpower stature and cementing its military, political and economic influence in Asia. Nowhere has that …

Era of new air silk road

Yasir Habib Khan
Underpinned by One Belt and One Road (OBOR) and China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), era of new Air Silk Roadhas come into being with spectacular roll-out of China Southern Airlines (CSA) flight operation from Lahore to Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang autonomous region in far northeast of China, setting off ripple effects on Sino-Pak profound and immersive relations.Inception of new Air Silk Road has set in motion deep and synergic aviation integration between Pakistan and China. After the onset of CSA flights from Lahore to Urumqi, air trips between both countries are highly likely to swell as Lahore, hub of business and trade activities, is capital of Punjab, biggest province of Pakistan hosting more than 100 million populations. The unprecedented development has created first air channel between China and Punjab province since Sino-Pak ties started in 1951.The CSA has also planned to start flight between Lahore to Guangzhou, another potential destination for Pakista…

UoS becomes first to join China's Silk Road league

SARGODHA - The University of Sargodha has become the first public sector university in Pakistan to join China's Silk Road Agriculture Sci-Tech Education League.The League's founding ceremony was held at China Agricultural University (CAU) in Beijing, where the membership certificate was awarded to Vice Chancellor Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad accompanied by Dean of Agriculture Dr Afzal. The two-day event was attended by vice chancellors, presidents and other university officials from more than 70 participating nations from different regions of the world included in the Belt and Road Initiative."The League will uphold the concept of peaceful cooperation, opening inclusiveness, mutual learning, mutual benefits and win-win effects and be committed to advancing the close cooperation among the members in areas such as agricultural research, technical application, policy dialogue, talent cultivation and cultural communication," states the Joint Declaration issued on the occasion.Dr Sun…

AfPak Digest: Ananth Center

Ambassador TCA Raghavan
Adviser, Ananta Centre 
Former High Commissioner of India to Pakistan
JUNE 2018 | VOL 02 ISSUE 06 | MONTHLYH I G H L I G H T SI OverviewPakistan: The month saw Pakistan’s political class firmly in election mode with the usual cut and thrust associated with the weeks before polling. Caretaker governments were sworn in at the centre and the provinces. A former chief Justice Nasirul Mulk took oath on 1st June as caretaker prime minister along with a skeleton cabinet. A wider context is that this is the third continuous national assembly in Pakistan’s history that has completed its regular term. On the other hand, its tenure was frequently rocked by civil military turbulence and like its two predecessor assemblies continuity in the tenure of the prime minister could not be ensured. After a long period of a frozen situation in India Pakistan relations with frequent clashes on the LOC, a telecon between the respective Director General of Military Operations with a rei…

France seeks leverage in Belt & Road initiative

Global Times Li Yan/France wants EU to deal with Belt, Road as a blocFrench Prime Minister Edouard Philippe's remarks that the Belt and Road initiative lacks transparency are aimed at helping the EU gain leverage as it prepares to participate in the trade and development program, analysts said.While in Shanghai during his four day visit to China, Philippe said that he hopes the initiative is transparent so that all interested French companies can participate, French media Les Echos reported on Saturday. Philippe urged projects under the Belt and Road to meet the spirit of the Paris Accord, by respecting climate protection and global trade, the report said. Saying the initiative lacks transparency shows that  France holds a "cautious attitude" toward China's Belt and Road initiative, Xiang Junyong, an expert at the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China, told the Global Times."France has felt the pressure since China's influen…

Philippines: China's Belt and Road Initiative poses risks — experts

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, is greeted by Chinese President Xi Jinping prior to their bilateral meeting held on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Monday, May 15, 2017.Etienne Oliveau/Pool Photo via AP
(philstar.com) - June 25, 2018 - 3:25pmMANILA, Philippines — Despite the opportunities that China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has to offer, the Philippine government should be wary of dealing with Chinese contractors.Geopolitical experts have warned of risks surrounding the multi-billion dollar infrastructure project of Chinese President Xi Jinping, which seeks to revive the so-called Silk Road in Asia.Related StoriesFor friendship's sake: Philippines falling into China's debt-trap?2 Chinese companies in Marawi rehab blacklisted by World Bank in 2009Palace: Blacklisted Chinese firms deserve a chanceCommentary: Dangers, opportunities in China’s Belt and Road InitiativeDindo Man…