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China's fishermen scour the globe

ANI | Hong Kong [China] | Last Updated at July 03 2018 08:00 IST
China has a huge fishing fleet, one that scours domestic and international waters to catch enormous hauls. Indeed, the statistics speak for themselves. For example, of 4.6 million fishing vessels worldwide, 3.5 million are in Asia and China fields 1.07 million of them, according to 2014 figures. Of these Chinese boats, 686,766 are motorized.Possessing 23.16% of the world's fishingboat fleet, it is unsurprising that China is the largest harvester of fish, followed in order by Indonesia, the USA, Russia, Japan, Peru, India, Vietnam, Myanmar, Norway, Chile and the Philippines, according to Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) statistics released in 2016 but covering the year 2014.After clamping down on fishing in its own waters because stocks have become seriously depleted, China has expanded its long-distance fishing fleet. Chinese boats accounted for 17 million of the 40 million fishing hours performed by large shi…

Why India needs to take a fresh look at China's Belt and Road Initiative

Talmiz Ahmad | The Wire | | Last Updated at July 03 2018 07:03 IST
Photo: AP/PTI
Two years ago, I had written a detailed comment on the “One Belt, One Road” proposal, projected by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013 as a series of logistical connectivity projects across the Eurasian landmass and the Indian Ocean.
While India had even then expressed misgivings about certain aspects of the proposal, it has, over the past year, emerged as a fierce opponent. So much so that the Indian media has begun to view this opposition as part of the larger divide between India and China – on par with the border dispute, concerns relating to China’s increasing influence in South Asia and the burgeoning naval competition in the Indian Ocean. Even regarding India’s participation in the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Qingdao, the headline story in the Indian media was that India had been the sole SCO member not to support the proposal in the joint statement.
In fact, developments …

Belt and Router: China Aims for Tighter Internet Controls with Digital Silk Road

China's Politburo Standing Committee member Wang Huning attends the opening ceremony of the fourth World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China on December 3, 2017. Aly Song/ReutersBlog Post by Stewart M. Patrick and Guest Blogger for Stewart M. PatrickJuly 2, 2018Coauthored with Ashley Feng, research associate in the international institutions and global governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations.Given the hype surrounding China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), one feature of the massive global infrastructure project has garnered less attention. Beijing aims to create a “digital Silk Road” that will allow it to shape the future of the global internet—and reinforce the Chinese Communist Party leadership at home for decades to come. Under the guise of BRI, China is seeking to export its policy of authoritarian cyber controls, giving countries the right to regulate and censor their own internet. China has already tightened control over its domestic inte…

Hong Kong’s ICAC chief warns of corruption in Belt and Road countries

Simon Peh cautions Hong Kong investors in Beijing’s global trade plan to beware of deals in some countries where bribery is rampantChristy LeungUPDATED : Tuesday, 3 Jul 2018, 11:32AM 22Hong Kong’s top anti-graft official has urged local investors to shun corrupt overseas business deals when joining China’s Belt and Road Initiative, warning of rampant bribery in some countries involved in the ambitious global trade project.Simon Peh Yun-lu, commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), pledged that his organisation – tasked by Beijing to help state agencies stamp out graft and live up to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption – would also help other trading partners with graft problems.“The corruption situation is very serious in some countries,” he said. “[Bribery] is everywhere. It is beyond our imagination as such practices have been rooted out of Hong Kong for a long while.”Peh cited examples of graft ranging from traffic policemen asking drivers t…

Time of reckoning on pace of Belt and Road Initiative

Vincent LinggaThe Jakarta PostHong Kong | Tue, July 3, 2018 | 09:33 amCloser ties: President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (second right) and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang (second left) witness the signing of an agreement on the review design of the Janelata and Riam Kiwa dam construction projects at the Bogor Palace in Bogor, West Java, on May 7. (Antara/Puspa Perwitasari)Hundreds of infrastructure projects worth hundreds of billions of dollars have been getting off the ground in Asian, European and African countries included in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), along with controversy, hurdles, delays and polarized public opinion in several countries.Physical infrastructure, as the backbone of economic development, is critical to the success of the BRI agenda. But as a large number of Chinese enterprises seem to have rushed overseas, expanding their foothold across BRI-related countries, the process has not been smooth at all times.Hence nearly five years after the BRI …

How Trump’s tariffs and WTO threats fuel China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/AxiosChinese President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) — his vision for putting Beijing at the center of the global economy through $1 trillion in new infrastructure, trade deals and other connections — has encountered trouble in recent months, creating a backlash among both participating and prospective countries.Yes, but: Just when the BRI is struggling, U.S. trade policy, especially President Trump's tariffs and reported threats to withdraw from the World Trade Organization (WTO), might unwittingly give it a boost.
Rising tariffs could shift supply chains, pushing China and BRI countries closer together. On Thursday, for example, China is expected to impose an additional 25% import tax on more than 500 U.S. goods, including soybeans. Naturally, Beijing will look to substitute some U.S. imports with goods from elsewhere. A loss for American farmers could be a boon for Kazakhstan and other countries that have been deepening their transportati…

Balochistan gets bold about child protection

Monday Jul 02, 2018
Earlier this year, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Aahung and Balochistan Education Department to integrate the LSBE into the provincial curriculum/ file photoQUETTA: The Government of Balochistan took a critical step for protecting its children through the introduction of Life Skills Based Education (LSBE) into the provincial school curriculum.The official launch held in Quetta on Sunday was led by the provincial government leadership including interim Chief Minister Allahuddin Mari, Secretary of Secondary Education Noor-ul-Haq Baloch, Focal Person PPIU Jahangeer Kakar, Founder and President of Zindagi Trust Shehzad Roy and Program Manager of the host NGO Aahung, Aisha Ijaz.All the key stakeholders from the Balochistan Education Department, who will be key players in the integration of the LSBE into the curriculum, expressed views on the initiative.They highlighted the urgency of integrating LSBE into the provincial curriculum in order to empower c…

Are things changing in Balochistan?

A political paradigm shift has been eating away at nationalist politics in Balochistan for the past five yearsMA Zaamin BalochJULY 3, 2018In Balochistan, the government sector is the only remaining source of economic attainment, which also remains inaccessible without political achievement.A political paradigm shift has caused the end of political nationalism in the last five years. However, the newly shaped multi-political setup remains democratic. The reason for this is that democracy is the only system that can tolerate, accommodate and adjust to politics.In this election, nationalism — with its apparently democratic nature — has been shifting into a new paradigm, one where its democratic nature would remain sustained and its nationalistic approach would remain in the previous paradigm as a botched lesson from history.Thus, in recent elections, nationalism would be counted as an “unnecessary entity that should be removed”. As we know that the paradigm shift is a process of progress…

CPEC 2018 Summit: Is Pakistan ready to make the right choices?

By Abdul Hafeez ShaikhWill CPEC translate in meagre or mega benefits for Pakistan? The answer lies entirely in Pakistan's hands, according to Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Federal Minister for Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs; Planning and Development; and Investment and Privatisation.
THE relationship between China and Pakistan is a time-tested one. The two countries have strong diplomatic, political and military ties. However, the relationship between the two peoples and the business communities has been a limited one with the result that the great economic transformation of China is not reflected in the magnitude of the economic relationship.The launch of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) may redress that equation. The CPEC, a network of projects in Pakistan, is an attempt to link the two economies, and, if designed and implemented properly, can be transformational both for Pakistan, Western China and the region at large.To understand the reality of CPEC in its due context…