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Multimodal route Rotterdam-Chengdu via port of Kaliningrad tested

Published on 16-11-2018 at 08:00A multimodal route between the port of Rotterdam, port of Kaliningrad and destination Chengdu has been tested. Cargo was delivered by sea to the port of Kaliningrad, from where two full trains carried the delivery through the Kazakh border point of Dostyk to Chengdu in China.The trains departed from the port in the Russian enclave on 7 November, operated by the United Transport and Logistics Company – Eurasian Railway Alliance (UTLC ERA) in cooperation with Belintertrans-Germany LLC and the Kaliningrad Sea Trade Port JSC (KSTP JSC). Although trains through the overland terminals of Kaliningrad along the route China – Europe – China are regularly running, it was the first service of UTLC ERA making use of the port of the region.Maritime route“We believe that multimodal transportation in the context of container transit transportation increase has great prospects and can serve as a good complement to the basic land routes. We are yet to improve the techno…

Clingendale Institute: Silk Road Headlines

21 November 2018Source: Louis Vest/flickr Among the news items and analyses from this week, an interesting MERICS blog highlights some of the implications of growing Sino-Russian ties for Europe [Why closer Russia-China cooperation poses no direct threat to Europe]. While European observers are right to be concerned about the ongoing rapprochement between Moscow and Beijing and its significance for the future of the ‘Western’ global liberal order, the blog author argues that this, at least in the short-to-medium term, is unlikely to drastically change the way Russia and China interact with Europe.If Russia’s open disdain for the European project will most likely continue, China’s economically-driven support for EU cohesion will also not waver. Russia is not able to replace Europe’s economic relevance for China, which consists of providing cutting-edge technologies, a place to invest and a key market for Chinese goods, all the more so in light of the raging Sino-American trade war.Host…

EU-CHINA INVESTMENTS: EUROPE’S STRATEGIC INTEREST    13 NOV 2018 - 15:27 BACK TO ARCHIVE While Chinese investments in Europe are rising, the topic is increasingly becoming more politically sensitive. In October 2018, Egmont Institute invited several experts to look in detail at the scope, trends and political aspects of Chinese investments in the EU as well as different perceptions of the direct investments across European regions. Is there a unified European strategy towards Chinese investments? And is there a unified Chinese strategy towards the EU? In this series, several of the invited speakers shed their light on EU-China investments. In part II: Programme Manager at Friends of Europe Amanda Rohde, states that as the US-China trade dispute widens, Europe should look to its own strategic priorities. The Europe-China relationship is evolving, but the context in which it is doing so is strained. The ongoing dispute between the US and China has raised the stakes and pushed Europe and China closer together. What happens between China and the US matters for Europe. It is important, however, that Europe looks after its own strategic interest and avoids getting caught in the US-China crossfire. Focus points in EU-China relations Two issues dominate relations between Europe and China: the increase in Chinese investments in Europe and China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and its impact both within Europe and in the world. On both issues, Europe and China must seek to find common ground and avoid confrontation or competition. The global economic outlook is already feeling the fall-out from the US-China trade war. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) reports that US protectionist policies have resulted in a downgrade in the organisation’s global growth forecast, and the repercussions will echo further. The trade war is likely to disrupt the global supply chain, with companies investing less in China and Chinese citizens cutting back on spending. Of course, with US President Donald Trump at the helm, the future is uncertain. But when two of the world’s biggest economies are at odds with each other, Europe should stay out of the fray. This is the moment for Europe to make strategic choices about its future This is the moment for Europe to make strategic choices about its future. European leaders should take the opportunity to think critically about ways of working with China which will be beneficial for European growth and jobs – while avoiding being naive about their strategic interests. The EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment offers an opportunity for such a balanced approach. The agreement offers the EU an opportunity to both improve market access and to push for reciprocity and a level playing field for European investors. The ancient city Tuojiang. © Pixabay And progress is – finally – being made: after 18 rounds of negotiations, the EU-China Summit in July this year saw the first exchange of market access offers between Brussels and Beijing, taking talks to the next level. Further negotiations should be speeded up. Possible tools to deal with Chinese investments If Europe is still concerned about the industries and sectors in which the Chinese are investing – and the sources of those funds – there is another tool available: foreign direct investment (FDI) screening. As it stands right now, the EU has no unified mechanism to screen the types of investment coming into Europe, and many EU member states even lack the legislation which would allow them to review FDI. That should change, and the EU is working to do so. Screening allows Europeans to be smart about how they deal with their partners and to ensure that investment enters sectors which will benefit Europeans the most During his 2017 State of the Union address, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker proposed a new framework for FDI screening, and negotiations are underway. The proposed regulations would allow the EU to remain open to FDI, while at the same time creating a framework to improve cooperation and information-sharing between the European Commission and Member States - particularly in cases where security and public order may be at risk. By screening investments, European states can ensure that financing finds its way into the sectors that they believe can benefit from Chinese investments while safeguarding strategic energy infrastructure and cybersecurity. Such a screening mechanism will boost transparency. It also ensures that states know where the money being invested is coming from. In the case of China – where state-owned enterprises are moving into the international sphere – this is especially important. Such measures should not be viewed as a pushback against China or other states seeking to invest in Europe. Indeed most countries, including China, already impose strict regulations on foreign investors in their own markets, creating a de facto screening process. Rather, screening allows Europeans to be smart about how they deal with their partners and to ensure that investment enters sectors which will benefit Europeans the most. This is also where the Belt and Road Initiative comes in. Despite its enigmatic beginnings, the BRI now includes an impressive number of projects spanning the globe. These projects are important in building infrastructure and play a role in bringing Europe and Asia closer together. Chinese lantern lampion © Pixabay But it is not all good news. BRI projects are often not regulated according to the same standards as European-funded ones. They are more likely to contract Chinese companies and workers, side-lining European and local businesses. There are questions about the long-term financial impact since BRI project-funding comes in the form of loans, not grants. If European states are to allow Chinese investments in BRI projects in Europe, they must do so in a smart and strategic way in order to avoid such pitfalls. Outlook on development of EU-China relations The EU’s latest communication on a new and comprehensive strategy to better connect Europe and Asia opens up the potential for such cooperation. This strategy, which sets out standards for the EU’s own projects, could also serve as a reference point for all international connectivity schemes. This would ensure that internationally recognised standards and norms are met worldwide. Indeed, the strategy presents a perfect opportunity for the EU to build up its cooperation with China by ensuring that its member states are able to welcome investments while at the same time avoiding running into some of the stumbling blocks encountered by other countries. As the US-China trade dispute widens, the EU has to make strategic choices which benefit its citizens while also allowing it to play an important global role and remain an attractive destination for foreign investors. The connectivity strategy, which underlines the need for fair trade, strengthening regional resilience and support for the international rules-based order offers an opportunity to constructively work with China. The EU’s commitment to complying with international standards and norms opens the door for this cooperation to take place in a transparent and sustainable way. And with improvements and coordination through FDI screening, Europe can bring in Chinese investment where it is needed and support growth in its own economy. What is key is that Europe uses these opportunities - for both cooperation and healthy competition - to move closer towards reaching common ground in its relationship with China.

EU-CHINA INVESTMENTS: EUROPE’S STRATEGIC INTEREST13 NOV 2018 - 15:27BACK TO ARCHIVEWhile Chinese investments in Europe are rising, the topic is increasingly becoming more politically sensitive. In October 2018, Egmont Institute invited several experts to look in detail at the scope, trends and political aspects of Chinese investments in the EU as well as different perceptions of the direct investments across European regions. Is there a unified European strategy towards Chinese investments? And is there a unified Chinese strategy towards the EU? In this series, several of the invited speakers shed their light on EU-China investments. In part II: Programme Manager at Friends of Europe Amanda Rohde, states that as the US-China trade dispute widens, Europe should look to its own strategic priorities.The Europe-China relationship is evolving, but the context in which it is doing so is strained. The ongoing dispute between the US and China has raised the stakes and pushed Europe and China …

Current Balochistan: Conflict updates from the ground

Source: Baloch Social Media Groups20/10/2018
KECH:-According to sources Baloch Freedom fightera have attacked on Pakistani Forces check'post in Kolwah Shah'Bateel Ziyarat, with heavy weaponry due to which heavy losses occurred to occupying state forces.

22/11/2018
KECH:-According to souces Pakistani Forces raided in jattani bazar an area of Dasht & abducted 2 Baloch Civilian namely Abdul Hameed S/o Khan Mohamd & Inyatullah S/o Abdul Sattar.

22/11/2018
GWADAR:-According to sources yesterday pakistani security forces abducted a Baloch civilian namely Shahsawar S/o Abdul Ghani R/o Zamuran Kech.
22/11/2018
KHUZDAR:-According to sources Pakistani Military forces raided a  houses in zahad, Greshag, violent military personnel tortured women & children & abducted  2 Brothers Namely Mohmad Hashum S/o Dawood & Naeem Ahmad S/o Dawood.

The New York Times asks the big questions

TRIVIUM CHINAThe New York Times has started publishing a massive, multi-part series on the rise of China.Some of the questions they set out to answer:"How did…Communist China come to lead the world in the number of homeowners, internet users, college graduates and, by some counts, billionaires?""How did a once-cloistered nation with a flailing economy drive extreme poverty down to less than 1 percent?""How did it achieve social economic mobility unrivaled by much of the world?""And perhaps most of all, how did a country that rejected all of the conventional wisdom Western economists had to offer arrive at a moment when it is on track to surpass the American economy?"After months of reporting, they’ve got five big takeaways:"China’s growth was more than a little improvised.""American attitudes toward China have soured to an extent not seen in decades.""China’s global footprint is growing, and Beijing is playing an increas…

China’s Belt and Road Initiative will make or break global climate fight

Despite its claims of being green, most BRI money is still flowing into fossil fuel projects and traditional transport, evidence from a new WRI study shows.A monorail speeds through Beijing Airport. Can the China-led Belt and Road Initiative support sustainable infrastructure development? Image: Shawn CloverCC BY-SA 2.0, via IFPRI FlickerBy Beth Walker, The Third PoleWednesday 21 November 2018Share this storyThe world is running out of time to take action and limit the worst impacts of climate change.  The IPCC has issued stark warnings that we have cut carbon pollution by half by 2030 and wean our global economy completely off carbon by 2050.Meanwhile China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) promises to plough USD$ 1 trillion into energy and infrastructure across over 100 countries. It will play a determining role in shaping the direction of future development, particularly among emerging economies – and whether we meet our climate goals.4 ways China’s Belt and Road Initiative could …

9 injured in IED blast at mosque in Balochistan's Chaman

Syed Ali ShahUpdated November 21, 2018

People are gathered inside the mosque where the blast took place. — DawnNewsTVAt least nine people were injured in an explosion inside a mosque in Balochistan's Chaman area on Wednesday evening, DawnNewsTVreported.The prayer leader (khateeb) of the mosque was among those injured in the blast that took place during maghrib prayers, police sources said. The mosque is located on Taj Road in Chaman, which lies near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.Damage caused at the site of the explosion. — DawnNewsTVThe explosion was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) hidden inside the mosque, police sources told DawnNewsTV. The blast was so powerful that it was heard far and wide.The injured were rushed to Civil Hospital Chaman for medical treatment where a state of emergency was imposed to treat the injured.TV footage following the blast showed smoke inside the mosque and shattered glass lying on carpets.Police, Levies and Frontier Corps officials …

Gwadar’s deep-sea port set for further expansion in January

Under the expansion plan, five new berths would be added to the existing three berths for handling bigger shipsByAPP
November 22, 2018

BEIJING: The Gwadar deep-sea port development will gain further momentum as work on its expansion plan is set to start from January, director general, Planning and Development, Gwadar Port Authority, Munir Ahmed Jan said on Tuesday.Under the expansion plan, five new berths would be added to the existing three berths for handling bigger ships, he said while talking to APP.Munir, who recently visited the Chinese capital to attend the CPEC Media Forum, said the first phase of the port, an important component of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, has already been completed.“Now, we have entered the second phase, which will ensure 16 meters depth to facilitate bigger ships,” he said.The existing port has three 14-meter deep berths to handle ships and is the deepest port in Pakistan. In future, the depth of the port would be increased to 20 meters, making …

Chabahar Port: ‘Kiss of death for Gwadar’

Dr. Zafar Jaspal -November 22, 2018

Dr. Zafar Jaspal |India, Iran, and Afghanistan have been laboring to establish a new transit route. The new transit route would link Afghanistan and Iran with India through Chabahar Port. The port would facilitate a landlocked Afghanistan and also open a trade route for Indian goods and products to Afghanistan and Central Asia. With the construction of a new transit route, India would not only bypass Pakistan but also realize its decades-old dream to encircle Pakistan.Islamabad needs to initiate a productive and result-oriented negotiation process for enhancing it’s economic, political and diplomatic relations with Tehran

New Delhi has systematically cultivated its strategic and economic relations with Tehran since the beginning of the twenty-first century. India and Iran signed a defense pact in November 2003 and revised it in 2009.Neither the United States nor other Western countries solicit India to honor United Nations Security Council directives…

Rare fish discovered in Gwadar sold for more than Rs1 million

PISHKAN: A rare fish, locally known as kir (sowa), found near Balochistan’s Gwadar area has been sold for around Rs1.4 million. It was caught two days ago by a local fisherman.As per reports, the croaker fish or Arabian Sea meagre fish, weighed almost 41 kilograms. It is noted for producing a special matter in its chest and stomach which is used for medicinal purposes. The fish reportedly only comes to the coast during the current season for breeding.According to Gwadar Development Authority’s senior official and environment expert, Abdul Rahim, “Last year more than 10 fish of the same breed were caught and sold for more than Rs10 million.”He further informed that, “The fish is bought from local fishermen and taken to Karachi where it is sold for an even better price.”



https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/11/22/rare-fish-discovered-in-gwadar-sold-for-more-than-rs1-million/

New U.S. report slams China

New U.S. report slams China — trade war, day 139After yesterday’s proposal to update technology export restrictions, a new 53-page report issued by the office of U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer accuses China of ongoing intellectual property theft, unfair trade practices, and more.The report is an update to the USTR’s investigation into Chinese policies on IP and technology transfer — a key concern of the Trump administrationthat is shared by many American business leaders.“China has not fundamentally alteredits unfair, unreasonable, and market-distorting practices that were the subject of the March 2018 report on our Section 301 investigation,” Lighthizer said in a statement. Among the allegations:“China continues its policy and practice of conducting and supporting cyber-enabled theft and intrusions into the commercial networks of U.S. companies and those of other countries” (the report notes an increase in cyberattacks since mid-2017).“The Chinese government has persiste…

The day's top China business headlines

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1. Dolce & Gabbana postpones Shanghai fashion show after furious ad backlashItalian fashion label Dolce & Gabbana has cancelled a Shanghai fashion show after a controversial advertising campaign drew fury from Chinese social media, with dozens of local celebrities pledging to boycott any event, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The video ad, portraying a glamorous Chinese model attempting to eat Italian food with chopsticks, was deemed racist by many in China’s online community. Movie stars quickly announced withdrew from the upcoming event, including actress Zhang Ziyi, who said that she “will not buy or use” any D&G product in the future.
It went from bad to worse after screenshots of Instagram messages by Stefano Gabanna surfaced, showing a string of derogatory remarks toward China from the Italian designer. Gabanna claims that the comments were not his and that his account was hacked.
Dolc…