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Silk Route for global harmony

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 01:00Daya DissanayakeToday China is promoting a New Silk Route, a route we have to think of as the path to the most advantageous means of bringing peace and harmony among the countries of Asia and then around the globe. There is so much we can learn from the ancient Silk Route. Back then, it was not just a trade route. It was a major path for philosophical and cultural sharing and exchange. Almost all the trade goods traded along the Silk Route would have disappeared or decayed in a few decades or centuries, but the intangible exchanges continued to be with us to date.Traders, philosophers, priests, and even common people with an urge to travel, were free to go anywhere they wished, to live for a while or to settle down on any nook or cranny along the Silk Route. This led to human migration far and wide with no hindrance or obstacles except for the geographical or climate barriers. There was no need for passports or visa to leave or enter a country. Often t…

Europe’s Emerging Approach to China’s Belt and Road Initiative

ERIK BRATTBERG,  ETIENNE SOULAOCTOBER 19, 2018ARTICLESource: GettySummary:  China’s global rise and its Belt and Road Initiative present a challenge to the shared interest of Europe and the United States in maintaining the rules-based international order.Related Media and ToolsPrint Page+Since President Xi Jinping in 2013 launched the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which aims to facilitate exchanges between China and the broader Eurasian region through new land and maritime links, it has become the country’s signature foreign policy venture. The BRI’s ubiquity in Chinese official discourse and the significant resources poured into related infrastructure projects have grabbed the attention of policymakers worldwide, including in Europe. The BRI presents tremendous opportunities in terms of trade and growth, while also posing deep challenges to European interests when it comes to maintaining an open and rules-based global economic system.Erik BrattbergErik Brattberg is director of the …

Gwadar to soon be established as centre of economic activity: Sanjrani

Staff ReportOCTOBER 23, 2018Senate of Pakistan, the House of Federation, is hosting a wide array of Asian parliamentary representatives at Gwadar, the future hub of Asian trade, in connection with committee meetings of Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) from October 29-31.The committee meetings will host parliamentary delegates from 26 Asian countries including Inter-Parliamentary Union secretary general and will deliberate on matters of mutual interest to Asian region in terms of political affairs, economic trade and other regional issues in addition to passing historic declarations and resolutions. The APA meetings at Gwadar aim to bring parliamentary leadership together in promoting peace and development.Senate Chairman Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani along with Leader Of The House In Senate Shibli Faraz, Senators Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Javed Abbassi, Sitara Ayaz, Shamim Afridi and Senate Secretary Amjed Pervez Malik briefed the media about the objectives and arrangements of the ev…

NHA to build Gilgit-Shandoor road to provide alternate route to CPEC

ByStaff ReportOctober 22, 2018ISLAMABAD: The National Highway Authority (NHA) has planned to build a 216-kilometre Gilgit-Shandoor road to provide an alternate route to China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).Talking to media on Monday, an official of the NHA confirmed that the project forming part of the Gilgit-Shandoor-Chitral road would provide an alternative route to the CPEC. He said that detail design and feasibility study of the Shandoor-Chitral section has been completed while pre-feasibility study for Gilgit-Shandoor section has been completed.The official said that the new road will be an all-weather road so that it could facilitate the CPEC route during the winter season as well. Moreover, he informed, it will provide another route to Chitral other than the Lowari Tunnel. The estimated cost of the 345-kilometre road is Rs45 billion.In the 6th JCC of CPEC held in 2016, it was agreed to include Chitral CPEC road from Gilgit, Shandoor, Chitral to Chakdara in the CPEC portfolio…

Answering the CPEC challenges

It is necessary to enlarge the stakes of the domestic industry and to protect their interests under CPEC

Quratul Ain HafeezOCTOBER 23, 2018China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will help sustain the economic growth of China and will highlight the strategic importance of Pakistan. It will offer Pakistan a chance to broaden the horizon of its economy and enlarge its foreign reserves. However, whilst venturing towards industrialization and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), CPEC in Pakistanfaces certain challenges that have so far impeded the industries in realizing their full growth potential. Principal obstructions to investment in this regard are various security and political factors as well as the non-availability of infrastructure and power crises.The answer to these challenges is that the FDI is necessary for raising capital. Eventually, once the high capital value is achieved it will help in developing infrastructure and for initiating large industries. Thus, through Foreign Direc…

CPEC to help improve labor force in Pakistan: official

ISLAMABAD, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan's Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari said Monday that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will help improve labor rights and labor situation in Pakistan.Addressing a ceremony in Islamabad, the minister said when CPEC moves beyond road construction to enter into the building process of economic zones, the standard of workforce will be raised in Pakistan."As special economic zones are coming to play, multinational enterprises will bring corporate social responsibility with them. With the bringing in of great corporate social responsibility, we will see the rise and improvement in the standard of workforce, including the women workforce."The minister said the new Pakistani government fully supports CPEC and they believe it will contribute to Pakistan and its economy."One thing should be made categorically clear, and that is also the position of our government, that CPEC is here to stay and it can only move forward.&…

Strategic Contestation in the Pacific

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October 2018 | 13.00-14.00Chatham House, 10 St James's Square, London, SW1Y 4LEParticipantsChris Hughes, Professor of International Relations, Department of International Relations, London School of Economics
Cleo Paskal, Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme and Energy, Environment and Resources Department, Chatham HouseDr Anna Powles, Senior Lecturer in Security Studies, Centre for Defence and Security Studies, Massey University
Chair: Dr Champa Patel, Head, Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham HouseWatch the livestream OverviewIn recent years, the Pacific has been recognized internationally as a region of growing strategic importance. In the US, the Trump administration has advanced its ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific’ strategy, while New Zealand has announced a ‘Pacific Reset’ recognizing the complex and growing array of challenges in the region. The UK has also followed suit, committing to opening three new diplomatic missions in Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu in 201…


OPINION: PAKISTANI PROVINCE SET TO BECOME CHINESE COLONY AND MILITARY BASELawrence Sellin | Retired Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve    11:56 AM 10/22/2018 children in Pakistan’s vital port of Gwadar will be required to learn the Chinese language replacing their native Balochi language, according to the Indian Economic Times.It is a further indication of China’s de facto colonial ambitions in Pakistan and the suppression of Balochi ethnic identity, both of which serve the political interests of Beijing and Islamabad.Gwadar, situated on Pakistan’s southwestern Arabian Sea coast, is the linchpin of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), itself the flagship of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China’s roadmap for global domination.The port, for which China holds a 40-year operational lease, is strategically-located within striking distance of the Strait of Hormuz, a critical oil shipping chokepoint.A January 1…

Current Balochistan: Situation updates from the ground

Source:  Baloch Social Media Groups
MAND:-According to sources last night pakistani military forces raided a house in Khanik, violent military personnel tortured women & children and abducted 2 civilians namely Sameer S/o Khuda Bux & Fahad S/o Murad Bux.17/10/2018
TUMP:-According to sources today at evening around 6:30 Baloch Freedom attacked on pakistani military forces check'post in Cheragi River with heavy weaponry due to which losses might occurred to occupying state forces. 17/10/2018
NASEERBAD:-According to civilians unknown armed man opened fire on a group in Bhari Mode an area of NaseerAbad, due to which 6 men Got injured. According to sources 3 of them got serious injuries. For more updates be await.18/10/2018
GWADAR:-Yersterday pakistani forces raided a  houses in Sar'Band, violent military personnel tortured women & children, looted houses & abducted a Baloch Civilian namely Ali Akbar S/o Yar Mohmad R/o Dasht Jatani Bazar.19/8/2018

TRIVIUM CHINA: THE TIP SHEET, know china better

TRIVIUM CHINAHEARD IN BEIJING"Every coin has two sides."
- Li Keqiang, Chinese Premier
Some context: Li said that in Brussels on Friday. He was putting a positive spin on China's economic weaknesses, saying that they represent potential for growth. He's right, but it's a bit more complicated. More in the Tip Sheet below. The Tip Sheet always tries to present all sides, so that you never get spun. If you appreciate our efforts, please forward this email to friends and colleagues, who can click here to subscribe.And keep the comments coming!THE TIP SHEETDRIVING THE DAY1. Economic policymakers meet, make no new plans
The Financial Development and Stability Committee (FSDC) held its 10th special meeting on Saturday – one day after regulators’ attempts to talk up the economy and financial markets (see Friday’s Tip Sheet).The meeting was all about addressing financial risk. Some context: The FSDC meets under the guise of the State Council and is the most important economi…