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Opinion: Indo-Pacific as next bridge for China-India rapprochement

Swaran SinghEditor's note: Swaran Singh is a professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and visiting professor at Research Institute for Indian Ocean Economies, Kunming. The article reflects the author's opinion, and not necessarily the views of CGTN.Tomorrow, the Kunming-based Research Institute for Indian Ocean Economies (RIIO) of the Yunnan University of Economics and Finance -- along with the prestigious Fudan University of Shanghai -- launches China's first Centre for Indo-Pacific Studies (CIPS).  Debates around China's engagement with the Indo-Pacific had been an enigma for quite some time but increasingly shows strong potential of emerging as the next critical bridge for cementing the post-Wuhan spirit guiding China-India relations.This prospect remains especially promising as CIPS will be hosted in RIIO which has also been China's first such institution focusing on Indian Ocean economies and its annual Blue Book has since earned a certain visibilit…

Algeria hails China-Arab Cooperation Forum as active, effective mechanism: Algerian FM

ALGIERS, July 7 (Xinhua) -- The China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF) has been an active and effective cooperating mechanism in consolidating the relations between the two sides, said Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel on Saturday.The top diplomat had an interview with Xinhua ahead of the forthcoming ministerial meeting of CASCF to be held in China next Tuesday, which is expected to discuss current crisis shaking up the Arab region.Since its establishment in 2004, the forum has become a platform for consultation and political dialogues, which aims at establishing genuine Arab-Chinese economic partnership, the Algerian top diplomat said."The forthcoming meeting comes at a time when the Arab region is witnessing several security and political tensions and is facing a number of economic and development challenges," he said.The participants will discuss the situations in Syria, Yemen, Libya and occupied Palestine, as well as other international issues of mutual …

Chinese premier praises EU, says free trade must be upheld

THE ASSOCIATED PRESSBulgarian PM Boyko Borissov and Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China react after the press conference at National Palace of Culture in Sofia during the 7th Summit of Heads of Government of CEEC and China, on July 7, 2018. (AP Photo)SOFIA, Bulgaria-- Free trade and international cooperation must be upheld to avoid slowing down the global economy, the Chinese premier told peers from central and eastern Europe Saturday.Premier Li Keqiang also praised the European Union, calling the 28-member bloc an "indispensable force" and important for global peace, stability and prosperity.Li, China's No. 2 leader behind President Xi Jinping, attended a gathering in Bulgaria's capital, Sofia, with government leaders from 16 European countries amid escalating trade battles between the United States and China.The U.S. imposed 25 percent duties Friday on $34 billion (3.7 trillion yen) worth of imports from China. The Chinese…

Why developing countries can’t resist joining China’s massive infrastructure plan

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Raffaello Pantucci writes that Beijing’s offer of investment and a connection to a regional ‘balancing force’ is tough to pass up for poor nations with few optionsRaffaello PantucciUPDATED : Saturday, 7 Jul 2018, 10:05PM 34There is an understandable trepidation about China’s Belt and Road Initiative. The problem is, there is a tendency to analyse it solely through the lens of China the adversary, forgetting that numerous countries along the way are affected by this foreign policy initiative and their calculation around China has to be very different.For them, China the adversary is a second-order issue, often trumped by the necessity of seeking either inward investment or a balancer against other regional powers.If the world wants to find a way of reacting, countering or engaging with the Belt and Road, this is the chief element to bear in mind. Simply rejecting, shouting about or expecting people to reject China’s massive infrastructure plan will have little impact on Beijing…

Current Balochistan: Conflict Updates from the ground

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GWADAROn 19 june 2018 Pakistani forces abducted Two residents of Dasht siyaji ,namely Abdul rauf S/O Hayathan and Tariq S/O Haji Noor mohammd. Today on 7 july they were released from Gwadar and reached their home

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KECHIn a recent update ,Pakistani army started a Militaty operation in pidraak , area of kech ,where occupying Brutally tortured the civilians and abducted dozens
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KHARANPrevious night Baloch freedom fighters attacked on military camp of pakistani forces with Rockets and automatic weopens in  ,kallan and Sherozy, areas of Kharan ,Due to which heavy losses occured to Pakistani Forces.


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KECHToday baloch freedom fighters attacked on military check post in Shapkol ,kolwa with Automatic weopens, Losses might occured to occupying army.

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MANDIn a recent update , Pakistani army started a military operation in gowak , a area of mand ,For further Updates be await.

What is China up to in the Arctic?

Richard Martyn-HemphillThe Chinese research vessel and ice-breaker Xuelong departs for the Arctic7 July 201In January, a pair of pandasflew to Finland on a diplomatic mission. Hua Bao and Jin Bao Bao had been dispatched from their native Chengdu as a gesture of goodwill from China’s president Xi Jinping. Their arrival, part of China’s ‘panda diplomacy’, is one of several signs that the country is on a High North charm offensive.Days after the pandas had settled into their new home, China released its first ever White Paper on the Arctic. It is a document that defies geography, referring to China as a “Near-Arctic State,” despite its borders lying over a thousand miles south of the Arctic Circle. Much of the language is cautious, yet a few phrases underscore China’s long-term ambitions for this part of the world and its proposed construction of a “Polar Silk Road.” Why is China so keen on the Arctic? After all, most coverage of the region paints it as a place of crumbling glaciers, str…

China says open for trade with east Europe as clash with U.S. ramps up

By REUTERS•07/07/2018
By Tsvetelia Tsolova and Angel KrasimirovSOFIA (Reuters) – China remains open for trade with foreign partners and can only benefit from an economically strong Europe, its premier said on Saturday as he pressed for expanded ties with the continent’s eastern wing while waging a tariff war with Washington.Li Keqiang told a summit with central and eastern European leaders that China would continue opening its markets and implementing other reforms that had fuelled its economy, providing opportunities for EU members and aspirants in the bloc’s poorer half.“It is two-way traffic,” Li said through an interpreter.“…Opening up has been a key driver of China’s reform agenda so we will continue to open wider to the world, including widening market access for foreign investors.”Li’s attendance at the seventh “16+1” summit in Sofia coincided with the first salvos in what risks becoming a protracted global trade war, as Washington and Beijing slapped tariffs on $34 billion wort…

What is China up to in the Arctic?

Richard Martyn-HemphillThe Chinese research vessel and ice-breaker Xuelong departs for the Arctic7 July 201In January, a pair of pandasflew to Finland on a diplomatic mission. Hua Bao and Jin Bao Bao had been dispatched from their native Chengdu as a gesture of goodwill from China’s president Xi Jinping. Their arrival, part of China’s ‘panda diplomacy’, is one of several signs that the country is on a High North charm offensive.Days after the pandas had settled into their new home, China released its first ever White Paper on the Arctic. It is a document that defies geography, referring to China as a “Near-Arctic State,” despite its borders lying over a thousand miles south of the Arctic Circle. Much of the language is cautious, yet a few phrases underscore China’s long-term ambitions for this part of the world and its proposed construction of a “Polar Silk Road.” Why is China so keen on the Arctic? After all, most coverage of the region paints it as a place of crumbling glaciers, str…

German tourists arrive in China after bus tour along Silk Road

SHANGHAI, July 6 (Xinhua) -- Fifty-six German tourists traveling by bus along the Silk Road arrived in Shanghai Friday after a 53-day trip.The tourists, mostly senior citizens, departed from Hamburg and traveled 13,000 kilometers across countries along the ancient Silk Road to Shanghai, as part of a cultural exchange program between China and Germany.The trip passed through Poland, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan to finally ended in China. The tourists also visited several cities in China."As economic ties between China and Germany become closer, cultural exchanges have also increased," said Lars Anke, executive director of Hamburg Liaison Office (Shanghai), "The road trip across Eurasia helps the tourists know more about China and the significance of the Belt and Road Initiative.""The trip lasted long and cost around 18,000 Euros (around 21,000 U.S. dollars) per person, but it was booked up in two days," said Andreas Janz, CEO of …

Kazakh president supports construction of Silk Road-themed plaza

ASTANA, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said he supports the construction of the "Silk-Road on Golden Bridge" plaza in the Kazakh capital when he met with Chinese artist Shu Yong here Friday.At the invitation of the Astana municipal government, Shu will help design and build the plaza with his giant sculpture "Silk-Road on Golden Bridge" at the center.The design of the bridge is inspired by the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by China in 2013. The initiative, which comprises the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road, aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa on and beyond the ancient Silk Road trade routes.The 28-meter-long and six-meter-high bridge sculpture is made up of 20,000 golden bricks. The gold color comes from artificial amber that enables people to see the inside of each brick, with each brick containing national flowers from dozens of countries along the S…

Chinese firms build online Silk Road linking China, Arab world in e-commerce

RIYADH, July 6 (Xinhua) -- "I buy things on JollyChic many times, because of its cheap price, good quality and fast delivery," said Lima Khalid, a 25-year-old Saudi Arabian female employee at a local company.Don't be mistaken. JollyChic is not a Saudi online shopping site; rather, it is an online retailer operated by a Chinese e-commerce company named Jolly Information Technology Co. LTD based in China's eastern city of Hangzhou.JollyChic is so popular that it has become the top e-commerce company in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, with more than 35 million registered users by the end of 2017."JollyChic is popular across the country, and nearly every online buyer here knows it," Abdu Lahman, a student at King Saud University, told Xinhua.JollyChic is just one example showing the footprints of Chinese e-commerce companies in the Middle East, where online shopping is a fast growing market.BUILDING ONLINE SILK ROADManufacturing is rarely based in the …

lt and Road initiative to spur hiring in finance

Last week saw the Belt and Road summit held in Hong Kong where business leaders are getting to grips with the endless opportunities that the expensive infrastructure project that includes now 63 countries presents. The initiative is at the behest of the Chinese government and is set to impact countries not only in Asia but Europe and Africa as well.And, according to new independent research commissioned by specialised recruitment firm Robert Half shows China’s Belt and Road initiative is expected to have an immensely positive impact on businesses and the finance industry in Hong Kong.According to the Robert Half survey of 150 CFOs 36% said the Belt and Road initiative will result in an increase in business investment, 35% believe it will create more job opportunities for financial professionals, 32% predict it will enhance Hong Kong’s financial connectivity, 25% said it would impact business growth and expansion while 24% believe it there will be an increase in salaries for finance pr…