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Manipulation, Chinese style

An educated public is the best defense to Beijing's growing influence operations in AsiaBilahari KausikanAugust 22, 2018 07:00 JSTChina detained Singapore's armored personnel troop carriers in 2016 on their way back from a military exercise in Taiwan.   © ReutersInternational attention is focusing on China's influence operations, which use overt or covert means to persuade or suborn foreign decision-makers and opinion shapers to serve Beijing's interests.All countries conduct such operations, but the unique aspect of Beijing's efforts stems from the intrinsic nature of the Chinese state and its triple identities as a normal sovereign state, a Leninist state and a civilizational state.As a sovereign state, China never tires of emphasizing a key international principle: noninterference in the internal affairs of other countries.As a Leninist state, the role of the Communist Party is paramount and it uses the United Front -- a party-led umbrella organization which Mao…

Pakistan, China agree to include social sector projects under CPEC

BY MIAN ABRARChina to establish nine SEZs for technology transfer, skill development and agriculture projects ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China have jointly agreed to form a joint working group (JWG) on social sector projects under the multi-billion-dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).A source who was a part of the delegation-level talks at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Pakistan Today that during the meeting, Pakistan highlighted the dire need to include social sector projects under the CPEC portfolio.“During the talks, Pakistani delegation was of the view that although there was a significant focus on energy and infrastructure projects under the CPEC portfolio, there was little focus on projects related to human development. As human development is necessary to support any economic project, there is a need to include projects of education, skill development, health and agriculture under CPEC,” the source said.The Pakistani delegates also highlighted the need for inclus…

CPEC projects bear tangible fruits, add no debt burden to Pakistan: Chinese State Councilor

Source:Xinhua Published: 2018/9/9 The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects have brought tangible fruits and added no debt burden to Pakistan, visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here on Saturday. Speaking at a joint press conference with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Wang said CPEC is an important economic cooperation project implemented on the demand of the Pakistani side. Within the framework of CPEC, there are currently 22 cooperation projects, of which nine have been completed and 13 are under construction, Wang said. With a total investment of 19 billion US dollars, the CPEC projects have driven Pakistan's economic growth by increasing 1 to 2 percentage points per year and have created 70,000 new jobs in the country, he noted. Wang pointed out that the preliminary achievements of CPEC mainly lie in energy and infrastructure sectors, and as to how to push forward CPEC in the next phase, relevant parties should first…

Railways CPEC projects to be re-evaluated, says minister

Our Staff ReporterSeptember 09, 2018
LAHORE  -  Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad has said that Railway projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will be re-evaluated by an evaluation committee of the department.READ MORE: Naomi Osaka wins US Open after Serena 'umpire thief' meltdownHe was addressing a press conference at Pakistan Railways (PR) Headquarters before signing of an agreement with the Jamshoro Power Company (Pvt) Ltd about transportation of coal, here on Saturday.He said that CPEC Evaluation Committee would assess the actual position of the projects to minimise chances of corruption under the zero-tolerance policy of Prime Minister Imran Khan.He said that another committee, headed by PR Chairman Javaid Anwar and CEO Aftab Akbar, had been formed called Investment Committee, which would supervise the investment matters in the railways.Sheikh Rashid said that Prime Minister Imran Khan would inaugurate the operation of two trains including Mianwali Expr…

Beijing ups the stakes in South China Sea with successful trials of new amphibious aircraft

Home-grown aircraft is designed for search and rescue missions but could also be used to transport troops, supplies in disputed waterwayKristin HuangUPDATED : Saturday, 8 Sep 2018, 11:25PM 10Beijing’s military ambitions in the South China Sea were given a boost this week after the country’s first domestically developed amphibious aircraft was reported to have successfully completed a series of on-water tests.While its main role is to support maritime search-and-rescue missions, military observers said the new AG600 could also be used to transport troops or even conduct surveillance in the disputed waters.All of those options remain open after China Aviation News reported this week that the aircraft had carried out its first water taxiing trials on a reservoir in central China’s Hubei province.China to deliver world’s largest amphibious aircraft to customers by 2022It also performed well during a low-speed flight and all of its on-board systems worked as they should, the report said.Th…

Another Sindhi professor forcibly disappeared from Larkana

September 8, 2018
Another professor was abducted from Larkana city of Sindh on Friday.According to details received by The Balochistan Post, A professor of Elementary college Larkana city of Sindh province, Sahbbir Kalhoro was arrested and moved to an undisclosed location allegedly by personnel of security forces on Friday.Shabbir Kalhoro is also a central Committee member of Jiye Sindh Qaomi Mahaz (JSQM) Arisar, a nationalist political party in Sindh province of Pakistan. ‘He was abducted by Pakistani forces and intelligence agencies last night from his house located in Sheikh Zaid colony in Larkana city,’ local sources said.Last month in a similar incident, a professor had gone missing from Sindh after he was arrested by forces from Sindh University Larkana.The disappeared Professor Essa Memon is a professor at Sindh University Larkana and an author of six books. He is also politically affiliated with a political party called Sindh United Party.Voice for Missing Persons of Sindh, a g…

Chinese fishermen wage hybrid ‘People’s War’ across Asia’s seas

A file photo shows Japanese coastal guard vessels repelling fishing boats using water cannons. Photo: AFP/Getty ImagesCHINA'S FISHING FLEETHYBRID WARChinese fishermen wage hybrid ‘People’s War’ across Asia’s seasA weaponized fishing fleet provides Beijing a new asset for low-intensity maritime confrontations, and a forward screen for its growing naval force.By TODD CROWELL AND ANDREW SALMONSEPTEMBER 8, 2018 1:11 PM (UTC+8)2393It is a force that is massive in scale – but does not appear on an official order of battle. It is easy to locate – but difficult to combat. And it is highly deployable – but largely deniable.Meet what is emerging as the third element of China’s maritime forces: a weaponized fishing armada.The dailyReportMust-reads from across Asia - directly to your inboxWhile the world focuses on China’s expanding blue-water naval portfolio, such as its aircraft carriers, a fleet of less technically impressive, but more deployable vessels is making itself known. Seen in act…

Drought alert issued for Sindh and Balochistan

Kalbe AliUpdated September 08, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Though water position has significantly improved in Islamabad and Rawalpindi and surrounding places because of an ample rainfall, the Met Office on Friday issued a drought alert mainly for Sindh and Balochistan due to the low monsoon rainfall, and advised all stakeholders to be ready to handle the situation.The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) had predicted that the rainfall in July and August would be below normal over most of the southern parts of the country, and up to 70pc deficit rainfall has been recorded in Sindh.“Moderate to severe drought is prevailing in most parts of Sindh, including Tharparkar, Mityari, Hyderabad, Jacobabad, Dadu, Karachi, Shahdadkot, Umerkot, Sanghar, Sajawal, Shaheed Benezirabad, Jamshoro and Khairpur.” The water deficit districts of Balochistan are: Dalbandin, Gwadar, Jiwani, Panjgur, Nokkundi, Ormara, Quetta and Turbat, it said.Mild to moderate drought like conditions recorded in a few places of sou…

Balochistan cabinet swells to 12 as two new ministers take oath

QUETTA: The Balochistan government has inducted two new members in the cabinet after they took oath on Saturday.Acting Balochistan Governor Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo administered the oath to the new members of the provincial cabinet, Abdul Rehman and Mir Asad Baloch, in a ceremony held in Governor House.Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan, ministers and other members of the provincial assembly were also present on the occasion. The portfolios of new ministers will be announced later.The provincial cabinet’s strength now stands at 12, after the new inductions.On August 27, ten members of the Balochistan Assembly took oath as ministers. Balochistan Governor Mohammad Khan Achakzai had administered the oath.On August 30, the ten members were allotted various portfolios.Mir Mohammad Arif Mohammad Hassani was given the finance portfolio, whereas Noor Mohammad Dumar was given public health engineering.Moreover, Sardar Sarfaraz Chakar Domki was assigned the culture, tourism and archives port…

Move to cut development funds by over Rs250bn

Khaleeq KianiSeptember 08, 2018

ISLAMABAD: While protecting the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and other strategic development projects, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government is working on scaling down federal development programme to about Rs775 billion from Rs1,030bn set in the budget 2018-19.This would provide about Rs250-255bn or 25 per cent saving to the government, a senior official told Dawn. In the first 65 days of the current financial year, the Planning Commission has released Rs35bn for the development projects, about 75pc lower than Rs135bn in the same period last year.A part of the saving would be used to increase allocations to the water sector projects on top priority and the remaining would be set aside for deficit financing, the official said. An amount of Rs80bn has been allocated for the water sector in the budget which was being felt insufficient in view of emerging challenges in the sector.The official said the most of the non-development projects includ…

China Debates the Belt and Road

In this June 29, 2018, photo, a man stands underneath pillars displaying Chinese President Xi Jinping's signature "China Dream" and "One Belt, One Road" foreign policy plan during an event in Beijing.Image Credit: AP Photo/Andy Wong

What do Chinese analysts say about China’s biggest foreign policy initiative?By Hannah FeldshuhSeptember 08, 2018Understanding the “black box” of Chinese politics and foreign policymaking is a daunting endeavor, especially when it involves the ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, a broad proposal that incorporates projects in more than 60 countries. The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is hailed by Chinese officials and academics as an unprecedented panacea for global needs, a multilateral proposal to upgrade infrastructure, improve China’s bilateral ties, and international institutions, as well as drive much needed global development. On the other end of the spectrum, Western and English language sources discuss BRI with suspicion and …

Opinion: Five years of the Belt and Road Initiative, retrospect and prospects

B R DeepakEditor's note: B. R. Deepak is a professor at Center for Chinese and Southeast Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. The article reflects the author's opinion, and not necessarily the views of CGTN.The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is completing five years. On September 7, 2013,  Chinese President Xi Jinping first proposed the Silk Road Economic Belt during his speech at the Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan.  One month later, the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road which envisages building of hard and soft infrastructure from Indo-Pacific to Africa, including transport, energy, water management, communication, earth monitoring, economic and social infrastructure, was brought up, thus turning the concept into a Belt and Road formulation.The Silk Road, detail of fresco in Dunhuang Buddhist cave and  Turkestan, China. /VCG PhotoI have pronounced the BRI as China’s global rebalancing in terms of geo-economics, geo-civilization, governance and geopolitics in my late…

Disregarding security issues, CM Balochistan seeks foreign investment

September 7, 2018The newly appointed Chief Minister of Balochistan has said that incentives will be offered to foreign investors in order to create job opportunities for unemployed youth of Balochistan.According to TBP correspondent, Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan 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.However, economic experts have argued that such offers will not be taken seriously until and unless the security conditions in Balochistan are improved.A professor of Economics in United Kingdom, who monitors the economic conditions in Balochistan and the region, told TBP that the very main factor a foreign investor considers before investing in new pastures is the law and order situation and the trustworthiness of authorities in the region.‘Both of these are in…

Re-Education Camps In China’s ‘No-Rights Zone’ For Muslims: What Everyone Needs To Know

Re-Education Camps In China’s ‘No-Rights Zone’ For Muslims: What Everyone Needs To KnowLUCAS NIEWENHUISAUGUST 22, 20187Adem yoq — “Everybody’s gone.” A human rights atrocity is unfolding in western China, where the “entire culture” of Uyghur Muslims is being effectively criminalized, scholars say. Arbitrary detentions in “transformation through education” centers have reportedly reached up to 1 million Muslims in the Xinjiang region.Let us explain.Contents (click to jump to section):OverviewTimeline of recent reporting, from October 2017 to presentRe-education camps: What we know
“Crimes” and punishment • Prominent Uyghurs detained • UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial DiscriminationChina’s response
“There is no such thing as so-called ‘re-education camps’ in Xinjiang”Why now?
Chen Quanguo • Belt and Road • “Stability”The bigger story: Global significance
Uyghurs abroad • Experimental surveillance • International response • Journalist harassmentTop photo: One of the few publicly ava…