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Naval Encounters the "New Norm" in the South China Sea

USS Decatur and the PLAN vessel Lanzhou (USN)BY MAREX 2018-11-09 13:05:14The release of video footage from the bridge wing of USS Decatur which shows its recent close encounter with the Chinese destroyer Lanzhou in the South China Sea confirms the judgement that the PLA Navy ship did not act wisely in its approach to the US Navy unit in response to the latter’s freedom of navigation operation.Lanzhou came upon the American ship from astern, making it the “burdened” vessel under the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collision at Sea (COLREGS), passed up Decatur’s port side and moved ahead on a slowly converging course that would have eventually crossed ahead of the Decatur’s track.The US Navy estimated that the closest point of approach was 45 yards, a figure that seems accurate from the video evidence.After Lanzhou moved far enough ahead, the Decatur sensibly did a “dogleg” to starboard to shift its intended course clear of the PLA Navy ship and then resumed its transit …

Brunei-China Belt and Road Association established in Brunei

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- The Brunei-China Belt and Road Association has been formally established in the sultanate."The establishment of the association will better promote bilateral cooperation in economic, trade, culture, education, sports, health and tourism fields," Jackson Ting, the chief curator of the new-born association, told Xinhua on Friday."The association will be dedicated to the introduction of more Chinese investments and the creation of a new platform for mutual benefit," he said.The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Initiative, proposed by China in 2013, aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along the ancient trade routes of the Silk Road.According to Ting, the association is preparing for its first committee members meeting and the inauguration ceremony in the near future."The purpose of the association is to provide an unofficial platform of commun…

Forging a Canadian notch in the Belt and Road

10 November 2018Authors: Ilan Alon, University of Agder and Shan Chen, Polytechnic University of MilanThe Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is the largest global economic program undertaken by a single country since the United States’ post-World War II Marshall Plan. Unveiled in 2013 by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the BRI consolidates many of the country’s globalisation efforts while providing a strategic framework for regional and international leadership. It is the next stage in China’s efforts to ‘Go Global’ and expand its commercial and political influence.Given this massive and unprecedented shift in the global centre of gravity from the United States to China, how should Canada react to the BRI and approach its relationship with China?Freedom of information, privacy and the protection of individual and intellectual rights are foundational values in Canadian society. These values can sometimes come into conflict with the Chinese regime, the political priorities of which are linked…

Privatization & CPEC

In Pakistan experience shows that poverty did not reduce nor was there any reduction in income inequality1ShareRazeen AhmedNOVEMBER 10, 2018Worldwide in the past two decades state owned enterprises have been privatized and transferred to the private sector in 150 countries with a negative impact on rights of the employees and compromise on their job security. Privatization remained a standard panacea prescribed for developing countries by multilateral lending agencies. Examples are replete such as scores of state owned enterprises put to the chopping block in countries including Albania, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Pakistan and Mongolia with no tangible benefits or spurt in the economy. In Pakistan experience shows that poverty did not reduce nor was there any reduction in income inequality.In Pakistan, our Cabinet Committee on Privatization was created in 1991 to oversee privatization related activities. The Privatization Commission website reveals that Pakistan’s privatization program is f…