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Criminal arrests up 731 percent in Xinjiang

Xinjiang, the farthest west and most heavily muslim jurisdiction under Beijing’s rule, has become a high-tech, all-encompassing police state with few historical parallels. Since the 2009 riots in the province’s capital city of Urumqi, the “strike hard” campaign against extremism has only struck harder, and harder. The muslim Uyghurs have suffered mass repression as a result. As Xinjiang stands at a vital crossroads of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, its security has become an ever high priority in Beijing.Today, the NGO Chinese Human Rights Defenders released an analysis of publicly available government data to show just how far part of that police state goes:“Criminal arrests in Xinjiang accounted for an alarming 21% of all arrests in China in 2017, though the population in the XUAR [Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region] is only about 1.5% of China’s total, based on the 2010 Census.”Arrests shot up 731 percent from 2016 to 2017, and up 306 percent when comparing the 2008-2012 period t…

Current Balochistan: Conflict Updates from the Ground

MANDAccording to updates Today baloch freedom fighters attacked a polling station in giyab mand,according to residents the attack was carried for a long time ..

TURBATOn 6th of Nov 2017 Pakistani forces Forcfully abducted Chiragh S/O Soufi sakna R/O pidrank. According to latest updates today he was released from military camp turbat.

ZAMURANAccording to updates Today Baloch freedom fighters successfully attacked on 4 vehicals of Pakistani forces,While they were Working for upcoming elections.

Game changer: not for all

By EditorialThe China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the groundwork for which began during the Pakistan Peoples Party’s tenure, will come under the command of the third government soon enough.Since its inception, the project has been hailed as the harbinger of economic growth and prosperity — by the civil and the military leadership as well as the mainstream media. The popular opinion has remained reflective of the notion that the project under the Belt and Road Initiative will open new avenues of development for the much impoverished province of the country, Balochistan, where Gwadar, one of the CPEC’s flagship projects, lies.However, alongside, the debate and disagreement over provinces getting to reap equal benefits out of CPEC have always existed. Recent statistics by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs reveal that the disbursement of over 90 per cent of the funds, received under CPEC, to three major projects falling on the eastern belt of the projects only adds to th…

The US can turn the Belt and Road Initiative to its own advantage. Here’s how

Karl Friedhoff says while the US cannot compete with China on the Belt and Road Initiative in infrastructure building, it must capitalise on its strengths – by coordinating with its allies to develop services in Southeast AsiaKarl FriedhoffUPDATED : Thursday, 26 Jul 2018, 6:48AM 4China’s Belt and Road Initiative has created widespread hand-wringing in the United States. Concern over China’s political and economic goals in target countries has prompted calls for Washington to compete with, or offer an alternative to, the programme. Neither of these approaches are feasible.Instead, the US, and its allies and partners, should seek to co-opt the infrastructure funded and built by China to project US strengths throughout the region. Road and rail may get people and goods from place to place, but the longer-term value remains in building services, equipping those services and training domestic populations in their sustainable operation: build, equip, train (BET).Much of the coming US-China …

A Chinese world order

By Jonathan HillmanJuly 23, 2018 at 10:51 AMLoans from China helped Uganda build a speedy new road to its main airport. (Reuters)Jonathan Hillman is director of the Reconnecting Asia Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. BUDAPEST — Earlier this month, 16 Central and Eastern European heads of state assembled around a single foreign power in Sofia, Bulgaria. The convening force was not the European Union, Russia or the United States, which historically have the deepest cultural, political and security ties in this region. Instead, China was at the center — as it increasingly is around the world.Now in its seventh year, the “16+1” summit perfectly captures China’s deceptive brand of multilateralism. Bringing together many countries, it gives the outward appearance of inclusivity and consensus-building. Official statements at the summit affirmed support for the World Trade Organization and the United Nations, two genuine pillars of multilaterali…

China demonstrates grand trade ambitions through New Silk Road

China’s attempt to connect 60 percent of the world’s population through its New Silk Road initiative will likely hinge on its ability to remedy infrastructure bottlenecks in Eastern EuropeSilk is still sold on the route of the old Silk Road. Today’s version includes the Silk Road Economic Belt - the overland component - and the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road FEATURED | INFRASTRUCTURE | PROJECT FINANCEAuthor: Barclay BallardJuly 23, 2018Between the second century BC and the end of the 14th century AD, the Silk Road enriched the many empires and dynasties it travelled through. As a direct result of trade, people gained access to goods, ideas and technologies that had been developed thousands of miles away. It represented an early form of globalisation, long before the term had been invented.Although the route facilitated economic and cultural exchanges between many countries in the East and the West, modern depictions of the route predominantly focus on the transportation of Chinese go…

Goodbye, China Deleveraging. Onward Belt and Road?

Andy Mukherjee

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- With China’s fiscal, monetary, currency and credit policies all taking a pro-growth turn, President Xi Jinping’s deleveraging campaign is clearly over. Or, at the very least, it’s going into the freezer for as long as there’s no letup in trade tensions with the U.S.But what about Xi’s other pet idea? In Southeast Asia, the ambitious belt-and-road project witnessed a 36 percent year-on-year decline in investment commitments and construction contracts in the first half. The setback is temporary, according to Citigroup Inc., which expects Beijing will yield to its partners’ concerns for the sake of its “overarching geostrategic imperatives.” Maintaining the region’s confidence in belt-and-road may be a crucial defense against domestic fragility. The yuan is at its weakest in more than a year; banks’ reserve ratio has been cut three times; and now, following a meeting of the State Council, authorities are vowing a “more proactive” fiscal policy. The Pe…

China And Pakistan Plan To Get Rich Together. The Price? Human Rights.

A $62 billion economic partnership between the two countries is set to enshrine the long-standing repression of Pakistan's millions-strong Baloch minority.By Akbar Shahid Ahmed, HuffPost USJI SUB JEONG/HUFFPOSTMy big brother and I got into a shouting match about our country last summer.We’d been talking about a trip I took a few years ago to Gwadar, a centuries-old fishing community that millions of Pakistanis ― including my brother ― see as a portent of a glamorous, wealthy and once-unimaginable future. Gwadar is located just by the entrance to the Persian Gulf, in the southwest of the exceptionally poor and rarely peaceful Pakistani province of Balochistan. Eventually, it’s supposed to become the crown jewel of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a $62 billion branch of China’s “Belt and Road” plan to expand trade and relationships across Asia and Europe.For Pakistan, the project is a way to provide for a rapidly growing and fractious population, already the fifth-largest in t…