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One Hundred Years of the Morrison Collection at the Tōyō Bunko (Oriental Library): Library, Museum, and Research

The 79th George E Morrison Lecture in Ethnology
One Hundred Years of the Morrison Collection at the Tōyō Bunko (Oriental Library): Library, Museum, and ResearchTuesday 23 October 2018
5:30pm–7:30pmThe Auditorium
China in the World Building
Fellows Lane, ANU [MAP]RSVP by Thursday 18 October 2018In October 1917, the collection of the Asiatic Library in Beijing, founded by G. E. Morrison, arrived in Tokyo. In the collection, there were books, manuscripts, various pamphlets, and other materials covering the whole of Asia, with China as its main focus. In total, there were more than 20,000 volumes.In 1924, Iwasaki Hisaya founded the Tōyō Bunko (Oriental Library) with Morrison’s collection and the Iwasaki collection.In the 1990s, the collection of Alastair Morrison, the second son of G. E. Morrison, arrived at the Tōyō Bunko. This collection is mainly made up of books and pamphlets on Southeast Asia.In December 2017, the Tōyō Bunko commemorated the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the Morris…

Supchina: China newsletter by Jeremy Goldkorn

Dear reader,China’s National Day weeklong holiday continues today. There is not one really big China story, so we’ve compiled a selection of eight timely or interesting items at the top, including our daily trade war update.As always, just reply to this email to let me know what you think.—Jeremy Goldkorn, Editor-in-Chief1. China’s biggest private education company buys an English schoolBright Scholar Education Holdings (博实乐教育控 bóshílè jiàoyù) was founded in Foshan, Guangdong Province, in 1994, and listed on the New York Stock Exchange last year. With private schools in Beijing, Shanghai, and 10 of China’s provinces, the company says it is “the largest operator of international and bilingual K-12 schools in China.”The company today announced that it will acquire Bournemouth Collegiate School (BCS) in Bournemouth, Dorset, England. BCS has two campuses offering day and boarding education for ages 2–18 on two campuses.It’s an interesting move commercially. Politically, I wonder if there …

China’s Grip Tightens Over Sri Lanka’s Ports, India Should Be Wary

ASHOK K MEHTA01H 38M AGO4 min readSHARE, SAVE, COMMENTSri Lanka’s strategic string of pearls are its ports – Kanakesanthurai (KKS), Point Pedro, Trincomalee, Hambantota, Galle and Colombo, and major airfields at Palaly, Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Mattala and Katunayake.Most of these assets were developed to serve British wartime interests in the Indian Ocean.

The emerald island straddles the crucial ocean channels 6 and 10, while sea traffic plies along channels 4 and 6 below Galle and (the new) Hambantota ports.Also Read: How China Got Sri Lanka’s Hambantota Port, Bit by Bit: NYT ReportIndia’s Upcoming Strategic Deep-Water PortSri Lanka, more than Japan, is like an aircraft carrier guarding all seven east-west gateways to the Indian Ocean that criss-cross sea lanes of communication, 10 to 12 nautical miles from the country’s southern coast. Nearly 100,000 ships transit annually, two thirds of the world’s oil shipments, one third of bulk cargo and half the world’s container traffic pass…

Pakistan Looks To Escape ‘Potholes’ On Chinese ‘Silk Road’: Downscales Spend On Key CPEC Project By $2 Billion

Pakistan Looks To Escape ‘Potholes’ On Chinese ‘Silk Road’: Downscales Spend On Key CPEC Project By $2 Billionby Swarajya Staff Oct 02 2018, 5:59 pm,Chinese President Xi Jinping (Jason Lee-Pool/Getty Images)Pakistan has downscaled the size of the biggest Chinese “Silk Road” project in Pakistan to the tune of $2 billion, Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid said on Monday (1 October), citing government concerns about the country's mounting debt level, Dawn has reported.Touted as China's biggest Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) project in Pakistan, Karachi-Peshawar Main Line-1 is a mega-project seeking to transform a largely dilapidated, colonial-era rail infrastructure stretching 1,872 km from Karachi to Peshawar. Initially estimated to cost $8.2 billion, the project has been delayed due to wrangling over costs.The changes are seen as Islamabad's efforts to recalibrate key Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects in Pakistan. Beijing had pledged a whopping $60 billion in financing …

Uncertainty over possible Saudi investment in CPEC

Beijing and Riyadh are yet to clarify whether Saudi Arabia will be involved in the multi-billion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor scheme, despite statements claiming that by new ministers in IslamabadBy F.M. SHAKILOCTOBER 2, 2018 4:59 PM (UTC+8)210Cranes tower above the first, 602-meter-long quay at the Gwadar port in Baluchistan on the southernmost tip of Pakistan last October. This is the site of what is supposed to become a giant trade port as part of China's 'New Silk Roads'. Photo: AFP/ DPAPakistan has attempted to get Saudi Arabia to invest in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) but it is too early to confirm that its efforts will bear fruit. Neither Beijing or Riyadh have clarified whether Saudi Arabia will be involved in the multi-billion-dollar scheme.Last week, after Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s maiden visit to Riyadh, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said the Saudis were invited to join CPEC as a third strategic partner. “So Saudi Arab…

BLF claims responsibility for deadly IED attack on Pakistani forces

October 2, 2018From news desk of *(The Balochistan Post)* Brought to you by *(Current Balochistan)*BLF has claimed that it killed 10 personnel of Pakistani forces in an IED attack in Awaran.According to a statement released to media, Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) has said that it was behind the attack that killed several personnel of Pakistani military today in Awaran.BLF claimed that 10 personnel of Pakistani forces were killed in the improvised explosive device.Earlier, one the vehicles of a military convoy was targeted with an IED in Peerandar, Awaran. Pakistani military confirmed that 3 of its personnel died, whereas, 8 others were critically injured. Independent sources had put the number of causalities higher than the government figures.Goharam Baloch, the spokesman of BLF, said that Pakistani gunship helicopters arrived in the area soon after the attack.He blamed that “Pakistani defeated forces will now target innocent civilians as they cannot face Baloch fighters”.BLF als…

BLF warns Saudi Arabia against investing in CPEC

October 1, 2018From news desk of (The Balochistan Post) brought to you by (Current Balochistan)Balochistan’s most active armed group, Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF), has warned Saudi Arabia to refrain from investing in China Pakistan Economic Corridor.In a statement released to media on Monday, BLF’s spokesperson Goharam Baloch, said that Saudi Arabia should refrain from partnering with Pakistan to make any investments in Balochistan.Goharam Baloch said that Balochistan is the land of Baloch people and Baloch are the only owners of its natural resources. ‘Pakistan has forcefully occupied Balochistan and the Baloch nation is struggling against this occupation,’ he said.BLF’s statement comes only few days after Pakistan’s Information Minister said that Saudi Arabia will invest in China funded multi-billion dollar project China Pakistani Economic Corridor (CPEC).Addressing a media conference, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry had said that three agreements of grant have been signe…

Kech: 11 persons including minors disappeared in military raids

October 1, 2018From news desk of *(The Balochistan Post)* brought to you by *(Current Balochistan)*At least 11 persons, including two minors, have been ‘forcibly disappeared’ in two military raids conducted in Kech, Balochistan.According to local TBP correspondent, Pakistani security forces carried out raids in Buledah Sallo, early on Monday morning and cordoned off the locality.During the house to house search operation, 4 persons were detained, who were later taken to undisclosed locations. The detainees were identified as two brothers Akhtar Azeem and Akbar Azeem and two others named as Zubair s/o Jumma and Yasir s/o Jaleel.In a separate raid conducted in Menaz, Buledah at least seven persons were disappeared. These include two minors, 10-year-old boy identified as Amjad s/o Saleem and 13-year-old Jameel s/o Dad Mohammad.Other abductees of Menaz, Buledah were identified as Nawaz s/o Ghulam Jan and Abdullah s/o Saeed. The identity of other three missing persons is yet to be ascertai…