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China’s Belt and Road Initiative loses shine in South Asia

By GUNJAN SINGHSEPTEMBER 6, 2018 3:32 PM (UTC+8)3465In 2013 the Chinese government under President Xi Jinping announced a grand economic and infrastructure project, now known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). It was aimed to benefit the world economically by connecting consumers to markets and helping improve the movement of goods and services. It is no surprise that Xi called the BRI the “project of the century.” After those announcements, around 70 countries were to become part of this initiative.The total funding of the project is still not clear and there are estimates that it could be anywhere from around US$1 trillion to $8 trillion. After its announcement, a large number of countries showed great excitement about being part of the initiative, expecting development for their economies. China has announced a number of infrastructure projects under the BRI banner and a great amount of money has been invested. However, the situation now is quite different from when the plan wa…

Balochistan eyes foreign investment

The Newspaper's Staff Correspondent
UpdatedSeptember 07, 2018

QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan has said that incentives will be offered for attracting foreign investment in all sectors of the provincial economy to create jobs for youths.The chief minister in a meeting with the Country Director of International Energy Company (IB Vogt) Murah Can on Thursday, said that apart from providing incentives to both local and foreign investors, the provincial government will also ensure security and protection of the investment.The director of the energy company informed the chief minister that the company wants to install solar energy projects in Quetta and Lasbela.Kamal said that the province is suitable for solar energy and wind power projects and the implementation of these projects would help fulfil the country’s energy needs.ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER ADHe said efficient usage of provincial resources would be promoted besides improving existing electricity supply system an…

Owners seek market price for CPEC lands

MANSEHRA: Local residents, whose lands has been acquired for motorway being constructed under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), have sought the district administration’s help in getting market prices of their property.The demand was made by landowners at a public forum organised by the district administration and addressed by Assistant Commissioner Abdul Rehman here on Thursday.The forum was attended by people of Shahalia and its adjoining areas.The complainants also discussed water scarcity in the area and shortage of teaching staff at government schools.“The underground water level has plunged drastically and streams are rapidly drying up and to address water scarcity, you should ensure that a potable water supply scheme is launched,” said one of the complainants.Abdul Rehman assured that all issues raised at the forum would be taken up with relevant departments and addressed.“The issues related to the district administration would be addressed as early as possible and th…

‘Gwadar expansion must for CPEC to take off’

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar said CPEC growth projections and investment are built upon the successful development of Gwadar, as the port city is a focal point for the corridor to take off.He expressed these views while presiding over a steering committee meeting on Gwadar Smart Port City Master Plan at the Ministry on Thursday.The Minister was briefed on the progress of Gwadar Smart Port City Master Plan.Bakhtiar emphasised on the need to determine the comparative incentives which could be given to Gwadar for a competitive edge in the region.The minister underscored to ensure proper provision of water and energy needs for industrial and urban development to take off in Gwadar.“The government is focusing on the provision of electricity and water and it needs to be sequenced in with our projections of development in Gwadar,” he said.Bakhtiar also emphasised on the safety and security aspect of the port city.“To harness the potential …

Economic policies must focus lower classes, PM tells advisers

APPSeptember 07, 2018
ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said that since the socio-economic development and needs of lower and middle classes were totally neglected in the past, the economic progress of downtrodden and middle income classes was the central point of PTI government’s economic policies.READ MORE: 'Just getting started' Serena says heading into US Open finalThe Prime Minister expressed these views while chairing a meeting of the Economic Advisory Council here at the PM office.The meeting was attended by Minister for Finance Asad Umar, Minister for Planning Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Adviser to PM on Commerce Abdul Razaq Dawood, Dr Ishrat Hussain, State Bank Governor, Secretary Finance Dr Farrukh Iqbal, Dr Ashfaq Hassan Khan, Dr Ejaz Nabi, Dr Abid Qayyum Sulehri, Dr Asad Zaman, Dr Naveed Hamid, Dr Saleem Raza and Saqib Shirani.The Prime Minister thanked the renowned experts for their participation in the Economic Advisory Council and said that their ex…

Uyghurs and Xinjiang internment camps

Supchina.comSeveral short updates on the alarming situation in Xinjiang:“A Uyghur family of four have been denied asylum to Sweden, and is now about to be deported to Xinjiang,” reports Jojje Olsson. He says the deportation order “is due to a lack of knowledge about the situation in China among the staff behind the decision,” and is urging Swedes and others to make the Swedish government aware of the situation the family may face if forced to return to Xinjiang.Adrian Zenz is the scholar whose groundbreaking academic journal paper on Xinjiang's re-education campaign perhaps did the most to make the world aware of the scale and severity of the abuses. The long version of the paper is now accessible online with a free Academia account: “Thoroughly reforming them towards a healthy heart attitude" — China's political re-education campaign in Xinjiang.Zenz’s estimates on the overall size of the internment campaign — "While there is no certainty, it is reasonable to specul…

Seven African leaders who did not wear suits during China summit, etc.

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This year’s meeting of the Forum on Africa China Cooperation (FOCAC) is over, and Africa news answers a burning question: Which seven African leaders did not wear suits at FOCAC? Other news from the final, slow day of the Africa-China love-fest:Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyattafailed to “secure funds for the second phase of the Standard Gauge Railway during this recent visit to China,” and this “has raised concerns about the future of the flagship project,” reports Kenya’s Standard.Egypt has emerged as “China’s Africa bulwark with $9.6 billion in deals” says Caixin (paywall): A “pair of deals will see China State Construction Engineering Corp. (CSCEC) build a $6.1 billion oil refining and petrochemical complex, as well as a $3.5 billion commercial area in a new Egyptian administrative capital being built about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Cairo, CSCEC said in an announcement (link in Chinese) of the two deals.”“There’s no new colonialism,”President Cyril Ramaphosa [of South…

Trade war, day 63: Chaos in D.C. deepens trenches even further

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The public comment period for a $200 billion package of new tariffs on Chinese good is due to end soon, at midnight September 6. We will then enter the timeframe that Donald Trump is reportedly planning on implementing those tariffs: “as soon as [the] public-comment period concludes.”We still expect those tariffs to be implemented in the near future, but since a week ago when that timeline was first reported the White House has been in crisis mode, so perhaps the implementation will be delayed (Reuters indicates that “the timing is uncertain”). Along with a soon-to-be-released bookdocumenting chaos in the White House by veteran journalist Bob Woodward, an unprecedented anonymous op-ed by a “senior official in the Trump administration”(paywall) in the New York Times yesterday is confirming what many have said about Trump for years:Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making…‘There is literally no tellin…

CHINA: POLITICS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS, BUSINESS & TECH

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BUSINESS AND TECH:Rape allegations against Richard Liu
JD.com founder attended boozy dinner on night of alleged rape, Caixin told / Caixin (paywall)
“JD.com Inc. founder and CEO Liu Qiangdong attended a boozy dinner at a Japanese restaurant the night he is alleged to have committed rape, sources told Caixin.”
Arrest of JD.com CEO came after night of wine and Japanese food in Minneapolis / WSJ (paywall)
“The arrest of Chinese billionaire Liu Qiangdong last week in the U.S. on suspicion of rape followed a group dinner attended by Mr. Liu and the woman who alleges the assault, according to a person familiar with the woman’s account.”
“A group of about 20 people drank and dined at the restaurant Thursday night...The group brought their own bottles of wine and also spent about $1,900 on food, sake and other drinks, according to one of the people.”Bank deposits: Chinese savers and investors go back to savings accounts
China's $29 trillion ball of money rolls to a long-ignored h…

MERICS: China Weekly update

That’s the length of an undersea railway tunnel China would like to build to link the mainland and Taiwan. The proposed Taiwan Strait tunnel would be the world’s longest undersea railway tunnel and three times the length of the Channel Tunnel between Britain and France. According to media reports scientists are close to a consensus on the design but political tensions between Taiwan and Beijing - which regards the self-ruled island as a part of its territory - mean construction is unlikely to start any time soon.TOPIC OF THE WEEK: FORUM ON CHINA-AFRICA COOPERATION30 African state leaders joined the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Beijing. Image by flickr, Department of International Relations and Cooperation, South AfricaChina showcases its role in Africa and rejects “debt trap” claimsThe Chinese government pledged another 60 billion USD for Africa’s development during this week’s Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing. State and party leader Xi Jinping, addressing …

Turbat: Families protest against disappearance of 7 students

September 6, 2018Families of seven young students protested in front of press club in Turbat city of Balochistan on Thursday.According to details received by TBP, the families of seven ‘forcefully disappeared young students including three teenagers’ protested in front of Turbat press club on Thursday.“All seven are students and were abducted by Pakistani forces from Bhawani area of Hub Balochistan, while traveling for a tourism trip from Tump to Karachi on 21 July in a local Bus”, Families stated.They further added that “the disappeared are young students and were not involved in any criminal and political activities, therefore, they should be released safely”.The abductees are identified as, Jabir Ali s/o Ilahi Bux, Abdul Majeed s/o Qadir Bux, Aziz Ahmed s/o Taj Mohammed, Sajid Ali s/o Nazeer Ahmed,Zahid Ali s/o Kareem Bux, Shoaib Ahmed s/o Peer Mohammed and Qadeer Ahmed s/o Mohammed Musa.During the protest their families urged the Chief Justice and Prime minister of Pakistan includ…

Impacts of CPEC discussed in conference held in US

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 September 6, 2018Source: UNPOThe Hudson Institute together with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) convened a conference on Wednesday in Washington, DC, on the impacts and challenges connected to the implementation of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).The panelists discussed the political and human costs of the China funded multi-billiion dollar project on the people of Gilgit Baltistan, Balochistan and other minority-inhabited regions. The longer-term effects CPEC might have on these areas was also disccused.The event was hosted and moderated by Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, Eric Brown, while Prof Dr Hermann Kreutzmann, Professor of Human Geography at Freie Universität Berlin, and Husain Haqqani, former Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States and currently Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute gave presentations.In his opening remarks, Eric Brown mentioned that – while CPEC had been hailed by both Islamabad and Beijing as a “…

Karachi, CPEC and oil

Furnace oil is mainly transported through railways and oil marketing companies which transport their product by road. It is interesting to note that pipeline transportation can drastically reduce transport time from five days to six hours
Razeen AhmedSEPTEMBER 6, 2018Pakistan has developed its oil pipeline transport infrastructure since the eighties and this can be tapped into by the CPEC project. If the oil transportation need of China can be met from the existing infrastructure of Karachi port then the CPEC grid maybe re-aligned. After all locomotives originating from China laden with low quality household goods will go back empty as the configuration of locomotives carrying fuel are different. The sea route of cargo remains significantly cheaper in terms of tonnage as compared to any proposed overland route.The oil transportation pipeline network of Pakistan comprises of two parallel pipelines originating from the port city of Karachi and connecting the mid-country refinery located …

TRIVIUM CHINA: Tip Sheet China, Know China Better

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1. China's blueprint to become tech superpower
On Wednesday, Vice Premier Liu He chaired the first meeting of the State Council’s leading small group on technology.Top of the agenda: Reviewing the country’s Medium- to Long-term Plan for Science and Technology Development (2006-2020), commonly known as the MLP.Some context: The MLP has provided the overarching framework for China’s technology policy for over a decade, funneling billions into research funding and subsidies for hi-tech industries.With the MLP set to expire soon, it’s time for a new an update.According to Liu, the stakes could not be higher:“Scientific and technological innovation capacity will be the key factor determining comprehensive national strength and international competitiveness.”Get smart: Because of the fast-moving nature of technological change, fifteen-year plans for science don’t work well. For instance, the MLP failed to anticipate the importance of big data and artificial intell…

China's blueprint to become tech superpower

Source: Triviumchina.com
On Wednesday, Vice Premier Liu He chaired the first meeting of the State Council’s leading small group on technology.Top of the agenda: Reviewing the country’s Medium- to Long-term Plan for Science and Technology Development (2006-2020), commonly known as the MLP.Some context: The MLP has provided the overarching framework for China’s technology policy for over a decade, funneling billions into research funding and subsidies for hi-tech industries.With the MLP set to expire soon, it’s time for a new an update.According to Liu, the stakes could not be higher:“Scientific and technological innovation capacity will be the key factor determining comprehensive national strength and international competitiveness.”Get smart: Because of the fast-moving nature of technological change, fifteen-year plans for science don’t work well. For instance, the MLP failed to anticipate the importance of big data and artificial intelligence.What to watch: MoST will likely commission …

Why Pakistan should not celebrate Defence Day

Why Pakistan should not celebrate Defence Day: The story of a journalist in exile who took on the military

Taha SiddiquiParis: Almost a year ago, I was sitting in my Islamabad news bureau, working on some stories while monitoring local Pakistani news on television when my attention was drawn to a promotional video on one of the channels. The video produced by the Pakistan Army’s media wing, the ISPR (Inter-Services Public Relations) was being broadcast in connection to the upcoming Defence Day (6 September), a day to remember the India-Pakistan war of 1965. The ISPR had used a video clip of the then military dictator General Ayub Khan where he said something to the effect of “…the Indians do not know who they have challenged to war…” The promotional video then went on to imply how Pakistan thwarted this aggression and surprise attack from India.While watching it, I realised how this was absolutely misleading because neither did India start this war nor did Pakistan win it. I know this …