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CPEC remains a priority despite transition: Shamshad

GWADAR: A view of cranes at the port.ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Minister for Finance, Planning and Development Dr Shamshad Akhtar said that substantive growth has been made in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects during the last five years whereas a total of 22 projects worth around $28.6 billion in CPEC portfolio were still under implementation.Addressing the fifty55th CPEC Progress Review meeting on Tuesday, she said that after the significant achievements of the last five years, more projects are expected to be under operation including groundbreaking of New Gwadar International Airport this year, which in itself is a huge milestone for CPEC.“Moreover, further cooperation under CPEC is expected in the future for development of infrastructure projects such as ML-1 upgradation, Karachi Circular Railway, road projects as well as industrial cooperation,” she added.Dr Shamshad Akhtar assured the participants that CPEC projects will not be impacted by the transition between governm…

SupChina : Newsletter on China

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
TOP STORIESGIF by Lucas Niewenhuis. View pronunciation video from Jia.Read this in your browser, see our newsletter archives, or view our Access archives for members.Dear reader,We’ve got seven things at the top for you: tidings both sad and glad.Liu Xia’s flight to freedom and German trade deals with China are the top two stories.Our boom and doom update on the U.S.-China trade war today focuses on China’s strategies for softening the blow to its economy.Clampdowns on reality talent contest TV shows, and unwelcome statements from the Thai Deputy PM about last week’s boat disaster that killed more than 40 people are two issues vexing the Chinese internet today.Know anyone looking for a China relevant internship? Scroll down!—Jeremy Goldkorn, Editor-in-Chief1. Liu Xia is freeEight years after being placed under de facto house arrest despite committing no crime, Liu Xia 刘霞 — the widow of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo 刘晓波 — left China on Tuesday morning…

Current Balochistan: Conflict updates from the Ground

Source: Baloch Social Media Groups11/July/2018
AWARANOn 8th of july 2018 pakistani army abducted 6 baloch civilian From peerandr , According to new updates 6 of them were released today with extreme torture. 11/July/2018
TUMPAfter succefull attack of Baloch Freedom fighters in Kohad , tump, In reaction of this pakistani army started a military operation in area and bombard the houses , Where more than 6 baloch were injured and shifted to Civil hospital in Kech.11/July/2018
BESIMAAfter Extreme torture of pakistani army haji Khair baksh R/O besima was  released and reached his home11/July/2018
AWARANToday baloch freedom fighters successfully attacked on a military camp of pakistani army in kolwa ,awaran with Automatic weapons and Continously fired on it9/July/2018
KECHAt Evening today Unknown Man Fired on house of Asghar rind  ,Asghar rind works for BNP awami and is a candidate of Upcoming elections.10/July/2018
DASHTIn a recent update ,Baloch freedom fighters attacked on Conveys of pak…

Bridge on multi-billion CPEC route blown up

A bridge located on CPEC route has been blown up by unknown persons.According to the details received by The Balochistan Post, a key bridge located on China funded multi-billion dollar project China Pakistan Economic Corridor route has been blown up with explosives by unknown persons in Balochistan.The bridge located near Heeronk in Kech was destroyed on Tuesday.According to latest updates, Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) has claimed responsibility for destroying the CPEC bridge.In a statement released to media, BLF’s spokesman Goharam Baloch said that fighters from BLF had blown the bridge.This is not first time bridges on CPEC route have been targeted in Balochistan, In October 2017, BLF had completely destroyed a similar bridge near Gwadar.CPEC related installations including construction workers and security forces personnel deployed on the route have continuously been targeted. Baloch armed groups claim CPEC was initiated without the ‘will and approval of Baloch nation’.Last w…

China, Bahrain ink MOU to promote Belt and Road Initiative

BEIJING, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Chinese and Bahraini foreign ministers on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly advance the construction of the Belt and Road.The two sides should continue to firmly support each other on issues concerning each others' core interests and promote pragmatic cooperation across the board under the Belt and Road framework, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.He called for turning the desire of cooperation into practical results to benefit the two peoples, while pledging to strengthen cooperation with Bahrain under the framework of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum.Bahrain highly applauds and supports the Belt and Road Initiative and stands ready to strengthen all-round cooperation with China and boost bilateral ties, said Bahrain's Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa.The two foreign ministers also signed a deal on visa exemption for those holding diplomatic and service passports.Shaikh Kh…

Fresh military offensive underway in Sibbi

Pakistani security forces are carrying out a large-scale military offensive in various areas of Sibbi.According to details received by The Balochistan Post (TBP), Pakistani forces initiated a fresh offensive in many areas of Sibi, including Karmo Wadh, Talli Daman, and Kalgari early on Tuesday morning.The ground forces are aided with aerial support in form of gunship helicopters, reports coming from the area have suggested.According to TBP correspondent, there are also reports of gunships helicopters shelling various areas, however, details of such developments are yet to be received.Raids by security forces have considerably increased in Balochistan in last few months. Analysts believe this is due to upcoming general elections, which the Baloch pro-freedom groups and organisations have announced to boycott. Attacks by Baloch armed groups have also surged in last few months in the region.http://thebalochistanpost.com/2018/07/fresh-military-offensive-underway-in-sibbi/

Can China Mediate Between Pakistan and India?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, shakes hands with Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain, right, next to Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, after a joint press conference for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong Province, Sunday, June 10, 2018.Image Credit: AP Photo/Dake Kang

Beijing will play an increasingly important role in the preservation of stability in South Asia.By Samuel Ramani
On June 29, 2018, the deputy chief of the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad, Lijian Zhao, told reporters that China was holding talks with Indian officials on the de-escalation of bilateral tensions between India and Pakistan. Zhao justified China’s support for an India-Pakistan rapprochement by stating that both countries would benefit greatly from suspending their arms buildups, and participating in joint economic development initiatives.  Although Zhao’s calls for improved India-Pakistan relations were met with skepticism in India, China ha…

Consuls general in Shanghai share their opinions and understanding of China’s Belt and Road initiative

Source:Global Times
Editor's Note: Since it was first proposed in 2013, China's Belt and Road(B&R) initiative has attracted many countries and regions around the world to forge a partnership and boost global development in a concerted way. The Global Timesrecently interviewed seven consuls general in Shanghai about their understandings of the changes in their jurisdiction areas in China and impacts on their own countries brought along by the B&R as well as their own personal expectations of the initiative. Guergana Guermanoff Consul General of New Zealand Photo: Global Times

The B&R initiative is a very important activity introduced by China and it has a regional and global focus. New Zealand is exploring ways in which we can be best involved in the initiative.Connectivity is a very strong feature in our relationship. The themes of this initiative include the connectivity of people, trade, investment, and transport and air links, which are solid themes that already…