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China expands its control in South China Sea

BY  BRAHMA CHELLANEY SEP 17, 2018 NEW DELHI – As China consolidates its hold in South China Sea and wields its military, economic and diplomatic leverage, smaller countries see no credible option but to work with Beijing, even if that means furthering Chinese objectives. Manila, for example, seems willing to accede to Beijing’s demand for joint development of hydrocarbon resources in the Philippines’ own exclusive economic zone. The plain fact is that U.S. inaction under successive administrations has allowed China to gain effective control over a strategic sea that is more than twice the size of the Gulf of Mexico and 50 percent bigger than the Mediterranean Sea. Australia’s Kevin Rudd, who is still fending off accusations that he was “a slavish pro-China prime minister,” has acknowledged that “Chinese policy has not yet been challenged in the South China Sea by the United States to any significant extent.” The U.S., even at the risk of fostering Philippine helplessness against C

Israel Is Giving China the Keys to Its Largest Port – and the U.S. Navy May Abandon Israel

China will operate Haifa port, near Israel's alleged nuclear-armed submarines, and it seems no one in Israel thought about the strategic ramifications Amos Harel 17.09.2018 | 15:59   20 comments Shaul Horev dropped a bombshell, but hardly anyone noticed. Horev, an  Israel Defense Forces  reservist brigadier general who has served, among other posts, as the navy chief of staff and chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, is currently director of the Research Center for Maritime Policy and Strategy at the University of Haifa. At the end of August, the center held a conference, to which participants from the United States were invited, to examine security issues relating to Israel and the Mediterranean region. In an interview with the religious-Zionist media outlet Arutz Sheva, Prof. Horev noted that one topic that came up at the event was Chinese investments in Mediterranean ports, and in Israel in particular. Pointing out that a Chinese company will soon start operating Haifa

New British parliament group aims to shine Westminster spotlight on BRI

LONDON, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Over 40 British politicians have shown interest in a parliamentary group recently set up to provide a platform for the country to engage and explore opportunities in the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the group's first chairman has said. Faisal Rashid, chair of the newly launched All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for BRI and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), told Xinhua in a recent interview that he believes BRI is an opportunity for post-Brexit Britain. "I identified the BRI opportunity as massive, probably a game changer project," said Rashid whose business is in banking. "I thought this is just very very important for the UK to actually explore." "My main aim is to have a very fair, open and honest evidence-based understanding of BRI to explore, to provide it to the business community and also politically look at the geopolitics it will actually bring forward," he added. Proposed by China

The West lacks a strategy to compete with China

Europe must learn from China, which pushes its political ideology on the back of economic success, argues Sigmar Gabriel. BySigmar Gabriel Published onSeptember 17, 2018 2:34 pm AUDIO PDF Europe needs to stop Chinese economic incursions until the country plays fair. Source: DPA For the first time since World War II, an emerging power poses a real challenge to Western political and economic dominance. China not only wants to carve out a place in our markets for its exports and products. It also wants — and has long wanted — political influence. In reality, what we are witnessing is more than simply a clash of authoritarianism and democracy. This is an encounter between two starkly differing social models, one based on collectivity, including collective progress, the other highly individualistic. One a determined, “hungry” society, the other a satisfied, largely comfortable one. Risk-taking and a belief in technological progress confront risk aversion and skepticism about technol

China is inventing a whole new way to oppress a people

By  Benny Avni September 17, 2018 | 8:13pm Xi JinpingGetty Images The growing, horrifying oppression of Muslims in a western Chinese province marks a key moment in Beijing’s expansionist drive — and its global competition with America. A key part of China’s manufacturing machine, Xinjiang province is a gateway to Central Asia, and therefore crucial for President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative, a plan to create a formidable China-dominated realm all the way to the Indian Ocean and the Mideast. The province’s 11 million Uighurs call it “East Turkistan.” They look different than most Chinese, have a different culture, practice moderate Islam — and have been oppressed by Beijing for decades. But now, seen as a major stumbling block to Xi’s new ambitions, China’s Communist Party has escalated its control. Things worsened when Xi became president in 2012. But the real turning point was in 2016, when the Communist Party secretary in Tibet, Chen Quanguo, was transferred to Xinji

Three ways China can make the New Silk Road sustainable

September 17, 2018 by  World Economic Forum   Leave a Comment UN Photo/Loey Felipe President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of  The European Sting  with the  World Economic Forum . Author: Shouqing Zhu, Research fellow, Center for Finance and Development of Tsinghua National Institute of Financial Research & Sha Song, Specialist, Knowledge Networks and Sustainable Development, World Economic Forum Beijing. The emergence of China as an economic and political power in the past decade has made waves in the ocean of geo-economics and geopolitics, especially with the country’s  “Belt and Road Initiative”  (BRI), a recent ambitious infrastructure project along the ancient land and maritime Silk Road routes. Through the BRI, China aims to strengthen connections between Asia, Europe and Africa, and promote cross-border trade, econ

Venezuela’s Maduro Secures $5bn Chinese Loan & Joins Beijing’s New Silk Road Initiative

Maduro’s trip concluded with 28 bilateral agreements, including plans to import vital medical supplies and begin work on Venezuela’s fourth satellite.  Venezuelan President Maduro (L) shakes the hand of Chinese President Xi Jinping during his state visit to China. (@PresidencialVen / Twitter) By Paul Dobson Sep 17th 2018 at 5.47pm Merida, September 17, 2018 ( venezuelanalysis.com ) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro returned to Caracas Monday upon concluding a four-day visit to the People’s Republic of China, which saw the two countries sign twenty-eight bilateral agreements, including a new US $5 billion Chinese loan and joint plans for a fourth satellite, in addition to strengthening political ties. The visit to China was the fourth by Maduro since taking office in 2013, and included top-level meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the State Council’s Investigations Centre, the National Assembly, as well as a tour of late PRC founder Mao Zedong’s mausoleum. The trip c

Khattak wants Japan to participate in CPEC

Web Desk  On  Sep 17, 2018  Last updated  Sep 17, 2018 ISLAMABAD: Minister for Defence Pervez Khattak on Monday expressed the hope that Japan would help create economic activities in Pakistan through participation in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and investment in maritime and industrial manufacturing sectors. Talking to Japanese Ambassador Takashi Kurai in Islamabad, the defence minister also appreciated the role of Japan in the promotion of peace and stability in Afghanistan and south Asian region. He also commended the efforts of the Japanese government for regular holding of Pakistan-Japan politico-military and military to military dialogues. The defence minister mentioned the potential to cooperate in the defence field and need to strengthen the existing level of defence collaboration. He highlighted Pakistan’s efforts to eradicate terrorism especially the success of Operations Zarb-e-Azab, Radd-ul-Fasad and Khyber-IV. The Japanese ambassador on the occasion a

Europe concerned over China's hidden agenda behind One Belt, One Road

ANI | Geneva [Switzerland] | Last Updated at September 18 2018 09:20 IST A group of panellists from  Europe  have expressed concern over China's 'One Belt One Road Initiative' (OBOR), calling out the hidden agendas to capture European markets. Speaking at a side event organized by the Brussels-based South  Asia  Democratic Forum during the ongoing 39th Session of UN Human Rights Council, the panellists call it a debt-trap policy of  Beijing  which will impact  Europe. Siegfried O. Wolf , Director of research, South  Asia  Democratic Forum told ANI, " What  China  wants is actually to take over. They want to be the global leader. For us in  Europe  is a problem because they want to push us out of the market. For example, Central  Asia  - If  China  is providing funds for new infrastructure projects, they have a lot of influence. So, when  China  sets rail tracks there won't be any German or French projects. Only Chinese train will run on those tracks." &qu

Belt and Road Initiative increasingly popular in Turkey

By Wang Wei 0  Comment(s) Print   E-mail China.org.cn, September 18, 2018 Kamil Erdogdu, chief editor of Gbtimes Turkey. [Photo by Wang Wei/China.org.cn] There is a Turkish saying that goes, "A single cup of coffee is remembered for 40 years." However, a cup of Turkish coffee at Gbtimes Turkey, the first Turkish media broadcasting Chinese music, is far more than a good impression on the Sino-Turkish friendship. Against the backdrop of increasing tensions between Turkey and western countries in recent years, China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has become increasingly popular in Turkey, said Kamil Erdogdu, chief editor of Gbtimes Turkey, adding that the Turkish people believe that the initiative will provide mutual benefits.  "Especially in the last two or maybe three years, Turkey has started talking much more than before about China, about Chinese culture and of course the Chinese economy, because of the Belt and Road Initiative," Michael Kuyucu, group C

The BRI anxiety

 September 17, 2018 00:30 AM  Umesh K Bhattarai Umesh K Bhattarai The author is a scholar of strategy and security.  From Zambia to Sri Lanka to Malaysia to Pakistan, everyone is talking about BRI debt trap. How can Nepal blindly accept BRI projects?  In the post Cold War era, the study of new pattern of conflict was primarily prescribed under special project of John M Olin Institute of Strategic Studies of the Harvard University. The project was called ‘Changing Security Environment and American National Interest.’ Professor Samuel Huntington later built on it and came up with the idea of clash of civilizations.  As the countries with distinct religions, culture and language of their own within their civilizations, China and India also have differences on many fronts, including on their policies in Asia. Unlike their Western counterparts, these eastern countries do not aggressively promote religion and faith or make others adopt it. But the Westerners evoke clash of civilizatio

Is China’s Belt and Road Initiative a debt trap?

China could emerge as a neo-colonial power in the new world order if its landmark Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), at some instances, appears to be guided by the colonial philosophy that was followed by the Europeans. By:  ANI  | Kathmandu | Published: September 18, 2018 8:09 AM NEXT X Sensing Beijing's aim to bring his country under "debt-trap", Mahathir scrapped an east-coast rail link worth USD 20 billion under the BRI project. (Reuters) China could emerge as a neo-colonial power in the new world order if its landmark Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), at some instances, appears to be guided by the colonial philosophy that was followed by the Europeans. According to an analytical piece titled – ‘The BRI anxiety’ written by security and strategy scholar Umesh K Bhattarai for ‘My Republica’, China, an emerging global power, is the major rival to the Western countries. The reach of the BRI is now not only limited to Asia and Africa, but also to as far as Europe and th

China-Pakistan to build ‘Green Economic Belts’ under CPEC

September 18, 2018 Observer Report Beijing China will establish cross-border “green economic belts” partnerships with Pakistan and the other countries that involved in the Belt and Road Initiative. Three belts will be created using poplar trees, under a plan released by the China Green Foundation at the Belt and Road International Forum on Public Cooperation for Ecological Remediation, which was held in Wuwei, Gansu province. It was announced that the belts’ initiative will start in Northwest China and connect countries in Central and West Asia, such as Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Iran and Turkey. That is line concept of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to promote healthy environment, better living of the people. “Under the plan, a cooperative partnership will be established to encourage more exchanges of experience in developing a green economy in different countries,” said Chen Shuxian, chairman of the foundation. Poplar trees now cover about 648,000 hectares worldwide, according t

CPEC projects in Gwadar amount to $780.6mn, Senate body told

Agencies  On  Sep 17, 2018  Last updated  Sep 17, 2018 ISLAMABAD: Senate Special Committee on China Pakistan Economic Corridor was informed on Monday that the projects in Gwadar under CPEC amount to US$780.6 million. The Committee was also given details of all five components of CPEC which involves the corridor, energy projects, infrastructure development, industrial production and development of Gwadar. The meeting was convened by Senator Sherry Rehman at the Parliament House and was attended among others by Senators Dr. Sikandar Mandhro, Muhammad Ali Khan Saif, Ghous Muhammad Khan Niazi, Muhammad Ali Shah Jamot, Nuzhat Sadiq, Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan Nasar, Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar, Muhammad Akram, Muhammad Azam Khan Swati, Atta ur Rehman, Samina Saeed, Sitaray Ayaz, Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Khusro Bakhtiar, Secretary Planning Zafar Hassan, Senior Joint Secretary Tariq Jaffery, Project Director CPEC Ehsan Dawood and other officials from the ministry. Th

China hails Pakistan Army for providing security to CPEC

SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 China on Monday hailed Pakistan Army for providing security to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. “People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Chief Gen Han Weiguo appreciated and acknowledged high professional standing of Pakistan Army displayed while combating terrorism. He also appreciated high degree of security being provided to CPEC by Pakistan Army,” the ISPR said after a meeting between PLA chief and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Beijing. Both the commanders discussed regional security environment, security of CPEC and bilateral security cooperation during Gen Bajwa’s visit to the PLA Headquarters, ISPR DG Major General Asif Ghafoor said on his official Twitter handle. The Chinese general expressed his keen desire to benefit from Pakistan Army’s combat experience and expand the bilateral cooperation. The COAS thanked his counterpart for hosting him. He said that both armies had a h

Current Balochistan: Conflict updates from the ground

16/9/2018 MAND:- According to source today at evening Baloch freedom fighter attacked pakistani military forces check'post located in a mountain in Gawak with  sniper rifle due to which loses might occurred to occupying pakisatani army.  16/9/2018 NUSHKI:- According to updates On 31 Of August in Zangi tawor, Nushki Pakistani security Forces abducted 11 Baloch civilian While they were in picnic, Today a latest update received to us that among them Nizam S/O Peer Mohammd Sasoli Was killed in fake encounter By Pakistani forces. 17/9/2018 KHARAN:- According to sources, heavy firing and blasts were heard in Kharan city of Balochistan. For more updates stay tuned. 17/9/2018 DASHT:- Today at early morning Pakistani army started an operaetion in Dashth, Shooleg, Violent army personals Tyrannized women and children & abducted 4 Civilian Namely Akther S/o Haji Muradmohd, Zahid S/o Allah Baksh, Allah Baksh S/o  Haji Nabi Baksh, Yasin S/o Haji Nabi Baksh R/o Shooleg, In the w

Video evidence contradicts Chinese embassy claims of Swedish police brutality

SupChina com Swedish police  “forcibly ejected a Chinese man surnamed Zeng and his parents from a hotel in Stockholm in the early hours of September 2 after they arrived a day before their booking and were asked to leave,”  reports Reuters . Beijing seems to be taking the incident as an opportunity to play tit-for-tat about the  detention of Gui Minhai  桂敏海, Swedish citizen and seller of books that Xi Jinping doesn’t like: The  Chinese Embassy to Sweden , nationalist rag  Global Times , and  some Chinese social media users  are complaining that the Chinese tourists were treated brutally and that Swedish police had violated their human rights. ➡ However , video and eyewitness evidence  compiled by journalist Jojje Olsson does not appear to show any police abuse, but rather a badly behaved family of tourists. Olsson’s journalism has previously been the target of a  hit piece press release from the Chinese Embassy in Stockholm.

Picture of the Day: Prof. Naela Quadri Baloch at UN , Geneva

Jamil Maqsood,  Professor Naila Qadri, Mama Qadeer , Ali Arjmandi, Akbar Mengal & Col Shuan at United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva today

Belt and Road: Weekly Summary

🍁 Weekly Summary ✔ Source : Belt and Road Advisory Politics   📌China signs 37 MoUs with African countries: China signed MoUs with 37 African countries and the African Union on jointly developing the Belt and Road. This has to be seen as a failure as China wanted all 53 members to sign at FOCAC    📌BRI group in the UK set up: New BRI Parliamentary Group created in the UK. The group was established by the UK's All-Party Parliamentary Group to help British parliamentarians to better understand the Belt and Road and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.  📌UAE seeking to become BRI financing hub: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed to promote the development of financial centers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and China, a statement by the UAE side said Saturday.    Economy   📌Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Data: More than 2,000 Chinese enterprises have invested in Latin America, accumulatively creating more than 1.8 million jobs     📌Premier Li focuses

Liu Zuokui: 16+1 Cooperation and the Belt & Road in Central and Eastern Europe

Professor Liu Zuokui (刘作奎) is a Senior Research Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and the Director of the Department of Central and Eastern European (CEE) Studies at Institute of European Studies, CASS, and the Acting Director of the China-CEE Countries Think Tanks Exchange and Cooperation Network Office. His major research interests include: Central and Eastern European Studies, Balkan Studies, European Union Integration Studies and China-EU Relations. Professor Liu Zuokui has published or edited several books and many articles focused on China-Central and Eastern Europe relations. On this podcast, Professor Liu provides an overview of China-CEE relations and evaluates the efficiency of the controversial 16+1 China-CEE Cooperation. He also puts his remarks in a wider context of China-Europe engagement under the BRI. Listen to the podcast in English or Chinese!  

IN PAKISTAN, CHINESE MONEY GRAPPLES WITH A KARACHI-LAHORE DIVIDE

South China Morning Post BY  TOM HUSSAIN 16 SEP 2018 A new administration in Islamabad is spooking Beijing with its calls for transparency over the US$62 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor, but it may be a reflection of internal rivalries that have long been a problem  11 Pakistan’s new government is leading the pushback against the China Pakistan Economic Corridor. Photo: AFP In 2007, a hurriedly arranged ceremony took place at Gwadar, an Arabian Sea port financed by Beijing and built by Chinese state firms. But the keys to the port were not handed over to the Chinese state port operator by the Pakistani government, as was anticipated. Instead, they were handed over to the local representative of PSA Corp, the Singapore port authority. There were few Singaporeans at the event; the deal was sealed with their local partner Aqeel Karim Dhedhi, a self-made billionaire widely viewed in Pakistan as the blunt edge of powerful business interests centred in Karachi. In one fell swo