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Sino-Russian links under the Belt and Road

Xu Wenhong is Associate Professor at the Institute of Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies at the  Chinese Academy of Social Sciences  (CASS). He is also the Deputy Secretary General of the Belt and Road Center at CASS. CASS is the premier academic organization and comprehensive research center of the People’s Republic of China in the fields of philosophy and social sciences. Professor Xu speaks Chinese, English and Russian fluently and his research focus is Sino-Russian economic cooperation. He has visited over 20 countries as part of his work and has published widely on the impact of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). In this podcast, Professor Xu discusses how China and Russia can collaborate under the BRI. In particular, he discusses how China’s deindustrializing North East provinces (Dongbei) can benefit from such collaboration.   Listen to the Podcast below in English or Chinese . CLICK

China’s Belt and Road initiative is more than merely infrastructure

Siah Hwee Ang One Chinese energy company plans to build hundreds of solar farms shaped like the bears along Beijing's Belt and Road initiative. OPINION:  China's Belt and Road initiative has been around since September 2013. New Zealand became involved when in late 2015 the country joined the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank – known to be one of the vehicles for funding the Belt and Road projects. New Zealand also signed a memorandum of agreement with China in March 2017 to engage China in the initiative. The five major goals of the initiative are: policy co-ordination, connectivity of facilities, unimpeded trade, financial integration, and people-to-people bonds. READ MORE: *  China's big idea - the Belt and Road initiative - will need Kiwi smarts *  An alternative to China's Belt Road initiative *  Trends changing the face of China Despite this wide range of activities subsumed under the Belt and Road umbrella, the misconception is that the initiative

Health facilities not satisfactory in Balochistan: CM

QUETTA: Balochistan caretaker Chief Minister Allauddin Marri has said that despite previous government’s claims about spending billions of rupees on the health sector, health facilities are not satisfactory in the province. The chief minister made these remarks while visiting Mufti Mehmood Memorial Hospital in Kuchlak on Sunday. He expressed his annoyance over the absence of doctors and medical staff in the hospital. He said that despite spending a major share of the provincial budget by the previous government on the health sector, the plight of government hospitals had remained unchanged. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD “Doctors and paramedical staff are getting their salary on time, but they don’t perform their duty and are not fulfilling their responsibilities towards their profession,” the chief minister said. Mr Marri suspended the medical superintendent and medical staff of Mufti Mehmood Memorial Hospital and directed health officials to issue show-cause notices to all staff me

BNP-Mengal vows to ensure people’s rights in CPEC

Saleem Shahid July 02, 2018 QUETTA: The Balo­chistan National Party (BNP-Mengal) unveiled its election manifesto on Sunday and said that it would ensure legitimate rights of the Baloch people in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, take steps for the rehabilitation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) , stop targeted killings and recover missing persons. The party claimed that steps would also be taken to get control of the Gwadar Port transferred to the provincial government while job opportunities would be ensured for the skilled labour in other countries. BNP-Mengal president Sardar Akhtar Mengal made the party’s election manifesto public at a press conference which was attended by the party’s secretary general Senator Dr Jahanzeb Jamaldini, senior vice president Abdul Wali Kakar, Nawabzada Haji Lashkari Raisani and Ghulam Nabi Marri. According to Sardar Mengal, all illegal and fake official documents issued in the province would be cancelled and special pac

1,000 Pakistani students to be trained in China under CPEC CCC

CPEC centre is jointly working with the Chinese education ministry which is affiliated with a number of vocational universities and institutes Beijing: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Cultural Communication Centre (CPEC CCC) under its ‘Talent Corridor’ scheme will offer scholarships to 1,000 Pakistani students for a one-year vocational training starting from November this year in China. “The students to be selected from across the country will be provided free tuition and dormitory during the training at different universities and institutes in China,” Echo Lee, director-general of CPEC CCC and CEO of St Xianglin Management and Consulting Company while talking to APP here on Sunday. CPEC CCC is located in China’s Suzhou Vocational University, which has world-class facilities and able faculty, she said. Its functions include China-Pakistan student exchanges, academic research and seminars, vocational education, organising Chinese culture experience camp and teachers exchange,

Balochistan continues to suffer despite CPEC

Shakeel Phullan Balochistan is considered as the richest province of Pakistan which constitutes 44 percent of the country’s territory. It is also host to multiple natural resources like precious metals, mineral resources and natural gas and the province would easily increase and improve the country’s economic situation if there would be a proper usage of them. The province consists of several deep coastal areas like Gwadar, Jiwani, Pasni, etc which can easily bring development in the country. Besides this, historically, Balochistan is full of astonishing tourist attractions. If the government pays attention to these places, then thousands of foreign tourists would bring about a huge change. The weaknesses and failure of the government has hindered the country’s economic development. Jiwani is considered as a major coastal city like Gwadar and is situated near Pak-Iran boarder, which is too in the list of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, but it still lacks proper a

China Will Lose The South China Sea Game

Panos Mourdoukoutas  ,   CONTRIBUTOR   (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images) China wants to control the entire South China Sea. Every inch of it. That’s why will lose all of it, one day. In the South China Sea game, China is one player playing against all the rest: The Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam. China is also playing against the navies of US, Japan, France, the UK, and Australia. These navies seek to enforce the freedom of navigation in the vast trade waterway. Close to $5 trillion in merchandise moves through every year. Why is China playing against everyone else? For a couple of reasons. One of them is that the waterway is very important to its vision -- becoming the next global economic leader. It’s the beginning of China’s maritime silk road. “Insofar as China is concerned, its maritime silk road begins from the South China Sea,” says Vijay Eswaran, Malaysian entrepreneur and Chairman of QI Group of Co

Belt and Road Brand Expo held in Shanghai

SHANGHAI, July 1 (Xinhua) -- As an warm-up event for the upcoming China International Import Expo (CIIE), the 2018 Belt and Road Brand Expo kicked off in Shanghai Friday. More than 200 enterprises from 40 countries and regions along the Belt and Road are showcasing their products and services, including food, cosmetics, handicraft, jewelry, clothes, and tourism products at the expo. "Institutions and associations from countries and regions along the Belt and Road are attending the expo. They are also looking forward to attending the CIIE in November," said Yang Jianrong, head of Council for the Promotion of International Trade in Shanghai. "The CIIE will be one of the most important events for my company this year," said Dariya Tlepbergenova, a Kazak national who volunteered at the brand expo last year but now graduated from a Shanghai university and found a job in the city. "The Belt and Road Initiative has not only deepened economic and trade cooperation

Old faces with new political party stand strong in Balochistan before polls

1 / 5 An election rally of Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) at Lasbela city of Balochistan Province, Pakistan. (Photo by BAP’s twitter account) 2 / 5 An election rally of Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) at Usta Mohammad city, in Jafarabad District of Balochistan Province, Pakistan. (Photo by BAP’s twitter account) 3 / 5 President National Party (NP) addressing a news conference at Karachi Press Club here on Saturday, on June 30, 2018. President PMLN Sindh, Shah Muhammad Shah and other leaders also present. (Arab News Photo) 4 / 5 Balochistan Awami Party’s Jam Kamal Khan and Balochistan National Party’s Sardar Ataullah Mengal are contesting from NA-272- Lasbela-Cum-Gwadar (Courtesy: website Election Commission of Pakistan) 5 / 5 PMLN’s Sardar Sanullah Zehri and Balochistan National Party’s Sardar Ataullah Mengal are contesting from NA-269 Khuzdar, Balochistan (Courtesy: website Election Commission of Pakistan) Next Analysts expect a higher voter turnout in polls after improv

Scarcity-hit Balochistan to get 16 police officers

NOKHAIZ SAHI ISLAMABAD - The Balochistan government has been facing shortage of  police officers  , however, the federal government has decided to transfer 16 senior  police officers  to the province ahead of the general elections. Talking to The Nation, Balochistan Police Inspector-General Mohsin Hassan Butt said that the deployment should not be restricted to elections as, according to him, the province has been facing a shortage of 30-plus officers in grade-18 and grade-19. On the other side, the Establishment Division has sent a list of 16 officers to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) seeking approval to relocate the senior  police officers  to the province. Well-placed sources in the Establishment Division told The Nation that the Balochistan Police Inspector-General had written to the Establishment Division to transfer  police officers  to the province ahead of elections to fill the vacuum of senior officers and maintain the law and order during the polls. The sourc

Welcome to thirsty Gwadar

Syed Muhammad Abubakar   The only deep sea port of Pakistan, Gwadar faces immense water scarcity Captain Rasool Bakhsh, 60, has two kids and has been living in Gwadar since childhood. A fisherman by profession, Rasool Bakhsh has been fishing close to deep sea port of Gwadar. Among the many issues that he and other fishermen face is water. “With almost no rainfall in the area and dried up dams, there is a serious shortage of freshwater in Gwadar,” said Rasool Bakhsh. Another fisherman, Ilahi Bakhsh who lives in Doria village close to the sea in Gwadar, complained that he also faces great difficulties in getting safe drinking water. “We want development that benefits us and in the current scenario we don’t see it happening,” said Ilahi Bakhsh. “Due to prolonged drought in Gwadar, the government is providing us water through tankers but it is not sufficient to fulfill our daily requirements, as only 30-40 gallons is provided to each household once a week,” informed Ilahi Bakhsh abou

CPEC and job generation

LEADER of the Opposition in the Senate, Senator Sherry Rehman observed that high level contacts and multi-sectoral cooperation between Pakistan and China are 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 Acting Chinese Ambassador Zhao Lijian in Islamabad on Friday who told her that fourteen CPEC projects have generated seventy thousand jobs for Pakistani youth and more would be created through projects in pipeline. CPEC is surely a game-changer initiative and it has the potential to ameliorate the lot of people of Pakistan especially those in some of the most backward areas that remained neglected ever since creation of Pakistan. The priority being given to the Western route, which passes through non-tradition regions, is also having positive socio-economic impact on the life of people of these areas. The remarks of both Sherry Rehman and Chines