Skip to main content


Showing posts from October 21, 2018

Concerns about Debt Grow on China’s Belt and Road

October 21, 2018 A Pakistani motorcyclist drives on a newly built Pakistan China Silk Road in Haripur, Pakistan, Dec. 22, 2017. Share See comments Concerns about Debt Grow on China’s Belt and Road by  VOA The code has been copied to your clipboard.   The URL has been copied to your clipboard Share on Facebook Share on Twitter No media source currently available 0:006:570:00  Direct link  Concerns about money owed to China for its Belt and Road Initiative are increasing in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The initiative, a huge infrastructure project, is a Chinese effort to improve transportation and increase trade across the area. In recent weeks, more than $30 billion in infrastructure projects have been canceled. Officials are reconsidering some loans and investments. Governments from Vietnam to Zambia are seeing public opposition to Chinese investments as well as fear of what has been called “debt diplomacy.” In August, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad c

Balochistan’s women deserve education

Sana Samad OCTOBER 21, 2018 Balochistan is the largest province of Pakistan, occupying 43 percent of the country’s land area. It is the lowest-populated province, making up 5 percent of the country’s population. Almost 80 percent of the Baloch people live in small villages – deprived of advanced technologies – not even getting three meals a day.  The government has never taken care of the poor them or asked them about their problems. Education in Balochistan, for instance, is neglected. Boys have some opportunities available to them, but girls leave their education after passing primary school due to lack of funds and female high schools. Though the literacy rate of women is growing in Pakistan, and improvement has been seen in last few years, the literacy rate among rural women in Balochistan is decreasing day by day. It is shocking that the literacy rate of rural females of Balochistan is less than 2 percent. The girls cook, clean, raise kids and provide domestic support to their

FC personnel kill terrorist in Balochistan raid

  Last Updated On  21 October,2018  08:03 pm FC personnel also recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition. QUETTA (Dunya News) – The Frontier Corps on Sunday carried out a raid under operation Radd-ul-Fasaad in Gani Pera area of Mach in Balochistan. A terrorist of a banned outfit was killed in exchange of fire while a huge cache of arms and ammunition was recovered from the area. The confiscated arms include four SMGs, six rifles, communication equipment, IEDs remote, pistols, magazines and hundreds of rounds. The terrorist was involved in a blast on October 19 at Railways line near Quetta and an attack on a security checkpost in Loralai.

Chinese mercenaries are tightening security on the Belt and Road

16 October 2018 Author: Helena Legarda, MERICS Chinese private security companies (PSCs) are increasingly going global. Not so long ago they focussed mostly on providing bodyguard services for China’s rich and famous, and guarding facilities in China. But now, China’s growing global footprint has driven this sector to start operating beyond China’s borders. China has had a private security sector since the mid-1990s when a small number of PSCs were set up to provide services domestically. These companies operated in legal limbo until the sector was legalised in 2009 with the passing of the  Regulation on the Administration of Security and Guarding Services . Since then, the sector has boomed. It is estimated that in 2018 there were  over 5000  PSCs in China. The vast majority still operate exclusively in China, but some are now starting to provide their services abroad. ▶In 2016 there were reportedly  about 20 Chinese PSCs operating in the international market. The main driver b

India must evolve better relations with democratic states

Dr Sandeep Gopalan Dr Sandeep Gopalan is the pro vice-chancellor for academic innovation and a law professor at Deakin University, Melbourne Published :  Oct 21, 2018, 3:55 am IST Updated :  Oct 21, 2018, 3:56 am IST China has been rapidly expanding its maritime capability beyond its immediate neighbourhood to project power into the Indian Ocean.  The Indian Ocean is gaining recognition as the key to peace in the Asian Century. The Indian Ocean’s vital role for commercial relations, peace, and prosperity for our region has assumed a renewed importance in recent years with the escalation in competition between two dyads of states: India-China and China-US. For too long the Indian Ocean has been an afterthought in geopolitics as other theatres presented more clear danger to the strategic interests of the great powers. Over the last two decades, the Indian Ocean is gaining recognition as the key to peace in the Asian Century — over 60 per cent of the world’s oil trade follows th