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Can Russia and China 'Synergize' the Eurasian Economic Union and the Belt and Road Initiative?

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Arguably the entire point of touting the linkage of the BRI and the EAEU has been political.By Catherine PutzNovember 09, 2018 ergizing” China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Russia’s Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) remains in the rhetoric of both sides, most recently while Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was in Beijing for the 23rd China-Russia Prime Ministers’ Regular Meeting. His Chinese counterpart, Li Keqiang, according to the Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry summary, said that “China will synergize the Belt and Road Initiative and the Eurasian Economic Union.”Medvedev was also in Beijing to be a guest of honor at China’s first International Import Expo (CIIE). The readout of his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping didn’t mention the EAEU but did stress cohesion between China and Russia:Both China and Russia are in a crucial stage in achieving national development and revitalization, Xi said.

Call for protecting livelihood of Gwadar fishermen

The Newspaper's Staff CorrespondentNovember 09, 201QUETTA: The government has been asked to protect the centuries-old livelihood of the fishermen community of Gwadar by adopting an alternative plan which could give them access up to the sea.Member National Assembly and former speaker of Balochistan Assembly Muhammad Aslam Bhootani expressed these views while talking to journalists on Thursday.“Being a representative of Gwadar and Lasbela, it is my responsibility to take up the issue at concerned forums, including the National Assembly,” he said. Rebuffing the notion that people were against development, Mr Bhootani said they were rather keen for the protection of their rights and livelihood.He suggested a change in the design of Eastern Bay Expressway in a way which may provide easy access to fishermen to continue their employment up to the sea.ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER ADHe said immediate steps were needed for removing apprehensions of fishermen regarding their livelihood as any de…

Deal signed for two mega residential projects in Gwadar

LONDON/ISLAMABAD: The CPIC Global has signed a construction agreement with China’s state-owned mega construction conglomerate BIDR to materialise Gwadar’s two mega residential and commercial projects. The agreement was signed by CPIC Global Founding Board member Syed Zeeshaan Shah and BIDR Deputy Director and Chief Design Engineer Liu Bochun at a ceremony in Islamabad. The agreement covers CPIC’s mega projects in Gwadar spread across 10 million square feet of prime residential and commercial real estate outfits, the International Port City and China Pak Golf Estates – the two approved projects by Gwadar Development Authority (GDA).CPIC Global is the world’s first China Pakistan Economic Corridor-centric real estate developer with current under-development projects worth in excess of $500 million.Commenting on the occasion, CPIC Global Founding Board Member Zeeshaan Shah said: “This is a momentous occasion for us. We are setting a new standard for community development in Pakistan and…

Raisani urges government to hand over Gwadar port’s control to Balochistan

RECORDER REPORT NOV 7TH, 2018KARACHIBalochistan National Party (BNP) leader Haji Lashkari Raisani has expressed reservations over reported rollback of the 18th Constitutional Amendment and warned of stiff resistance from people of all provinces against such plot."Efforts are underway to reverse the 18th Amendment, which gives a little financial autonomy to provinces but these efforts and conspiracies will be resisted by people of all the provinces," he said, speaking at 'Meet the Press' program of Karachi Press Club (KPC), here on Tuesday. KPC President Ahmed Khan Malik and Secretary Maqsood Yousufi received him on his arrival. Lashkari expressed concern over growing interference in the political process and efforts to deprive people of their resources. He brushed aside the impression that provinces haven't improved their capacities to handle the devolved subjects."We are being told that after 18th Amendment, provinces have not built their capacity but I que…

Centre struck deals for Balochistan without its consent: Jamaldini

The Newspaper's Staff CorrespondentNovember 09, 2018

QUETTA: A senior leader of the Balochistan National Party-Mental (BNP-M), Senator Dr Jehanzeb Jamaldini, has claimed that the federal government has violated the 18th Amendment by neglecting the Balochistan government while signing agreements with foreign countries about natural resources of the province.In a statement issued here, he claimed that China had reservations over the reported understanding between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia for making the latter the third partner in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).The senator said there were widespread speculations that the Pakistan government might have signed a deal with Saudi Arabia for giving the latter permission to explore natural mineral in Reko Diq and to establish an oil refinery in Gwadar.He alleged that by seeking a foothold in Balochistan, Saudi Arabia wanted to use its proxies against its regional rival Iran because the province shares a lengthy border with the…

Chinese diplomat briefs technocrats on CPEC

By Rizwan GhilzaiPublished: November 8, 2018PHOTO: REUTERSISLAMABAD: The Chinese Embassy has said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has played an important role in Pakistan’s economy, power, infrastructure and employment sectors.According to sources, this came during a briefing by a Chinese envoy to technocrats at the Chinese Embassy on Wednesday. The technocrats were informed that there was an increase of 2.11 per cent in Pakistan Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rate following the visit of the Chinese President.More than 75,000 people were employed in CPEC-related projects. It was also told that 3,240 megawatt supply of electricity had been included in the system under seven CPEC-related projects in the last three years.The envoy briefed that so far 22 projects worth $19 billion had been started under CPEC. Sharing the details, they were informed that 10 high priority projects had been completed while 12 others would soon be completed.With regard to Gwadar, projects worth $262 mil…

MEPs, scholars criticise CPEC in European Parliament

ANI | Brussels [Belgium] | Last Updated at November 08 2018 12:30 IST
The Members of European Parliament along with scholars and academics have strongly criticised the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) while discussing the interrelated legal, geo-strategic, economic and environmental impacts at the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday.They were speaking at a seminar titled "CPEC - East India Company Mark II?" which was organised by the European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS) under the aegis of Jonathan Bullock, the Member of European Parliament.Junaid Qureshi, Director of EFSAS chaired the seminar and gave a profound insight on the objectives of EFSAS while also giving an introduction to the topic, especially in regard to CPEC's disastrous effects on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Geoffrey van Orden, MEP, Chair of the Delegation for Relations with India and Vice-Chair of the Special Committee on Terrorism, an…

Khuzdar: bomb blast injures several

November 8, 2018From news desk of *(The Balochistan Post)* brought to you by *(Current Balochistan)*Bomb blast in Khuzdar injured five man including a journalist and a police constableAccording to details received by The Balochistan Post, a bomb blast on Umer Farooq round about in Khuzdar district of Balochistan left five people injured including a Police head constable and a journalist.A hand grenade was hurled by unknown armed men on Umer Farooq round about, locals said.The journalist has been identified as, Muneer Noor, and Police constable as, Abdul Qudoos Hasni, while the identification of other injured has not been ascertained yet.After the blast, Deputy Commissioner Khuzdar, Major Mohammed Ilyas and Superintendent Police Javed Gharnish visted the site.The attack has not been claimed by any organization yet.
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Quetta: Protestors march for release of student leader Shabbir Baloch

November 8, 2018From news desk of *(The Balochistan Post)* brought to you by *(Current Balochistan)*Family members and civil society member marched today against the abduction of Shabir Baloch, a student leader from Turbat district.According to the details received by the Balochistan Post, scores of civil society members and the family members marched against the enforced disappearance of Shabir Baloch, a student leader, in Quetta on Thursday.The rally marched through several roads and finally stopped at Press Club Quetta, where protesters belonging to civil society, members of political organizations, young students and the family members of missing Shabir Baloch chanted slogans for the safe release of the student leader.Protestors had brought banners and placards with them, inscribed with different slogans and bore names of other missing persons in Balochistan.Seema Baloch, sister of missing Shabir Baloch, has been protesting for two years and now has joined the Voice for Baloch Mis…

A Chinese recession is inevitable - don't think it won't affect you

Kenneth RogoffAnalysts say a Chinese recession would only hurt the region. That may be wishful thinkingWed 7 Nov 2018 16.00 GMT
When China finally has its inevitable growth recession – which will almost surely be amplified by a financial crisis, given the economy’s massive leverage – how will the rest of world be affected? With US President Donald Trump’s trade war hitting China just as growth was already slowing, this is no idle question.Typical estimates, for example those embodied in the International Monetary Fund’s assessments of country risk, suggest an economic slowdown in China will hurt everyone. But the acute pain, according to the IMF, will be more regionally concentrated and confined than would be the case for a deep recession in the United States. Unfortunately, this might be wishful thinking.First, the effect on international capital markets could be vastly greater than Chinese capital market linkages would suggest. However jittery global investors may be about prospects …

CHINA: POLITICS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS

SupChina.comBUSINESS AND TECH:Intellectual property
SIPO reorganized to include trademark function / Mondaq (paywall)
China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) “was reorganized to include the trademark responsibilities of State Administration of Industry and Commerce (SAIC) and the geographic indicators responsibilities of Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ). The reorganized SIPO now has a new name, National Intellectual Property Administration (国家知识产权局 guójiā zhīshì chǎnquán jú).”Solving China’s ‘innovation issue’
Made in China: The boom and bust of makerspaces / Sixth Tone
“The government hoped makerspaces could help solve the country’s innovation issue — but the push seems to have backfired.”WeChat ecosystem
WeChat hosting over 1 million mobile apps with 200 million DAU in Nov 2018 / China Internet Watch
“WeChat Mini-Programs, light mobile apps running on top of WeChat, has attracted over 1.5 million developers with a total number of over …

People’s Daily on forced homestays in Xinjiang

SupChina.comState media is reporting on China’s nightmarish program of forced homestays in Uyghur homes in Xinjiang. This is from the Global Times:Until September 2018, some 1.1 million civil servants have paired up with more than 1.69 million ethnic minority citizens, especially village residents, People's Daily reported on Wednesday[in Chinese].The report said that various administrative departments, enterprises from the central government and military departments, including the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps and Xinjiang Armed Police Corps, have made over 49 million visits to local residents. The number of activities themed "ethnics unite as a family," held by these departments, reached more than 11 million……Besides promoting the unity of different ethnics in Xinjiang, Zhu noted that the program is beneficial to both the masses and civil servants in Xinjiang, as it helps officials get close to the grassroots level of Xinjiang society, bringing advanced tec…

Why is Australia so hostile?

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Chinese state media today is dominated by articles on the China International Import Expo underway in Shanghai.Xí Jìnpíng 习近平 gave a speech that is the topic of the top stories on Xinhua News Agency’s English and Chinese websites, and the People’s Daily. Xi’s speech emphasizes China’s commitment to opening its economy.The Global Times English website’s most prominent story today is a short note on Henry Kissinger’s visit to Beijing: President Xi meets Henry Kissinger, calls him ‘old friend of Chinese people.’The three top articles on the Global Times Chinese site are:What is the experience of driving China's dream fighter jet? — a profile of a fighter pilot.Xi Jinping held a ceremony to welcome a group of Cuban leaders.An opinion piece titled “It is more difficult for China and Australia to restore good relations between their people than to repair political relations.” Translated excerpt:The resumption of high-level visits between China and Australia will be easier th…