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Screening: Nowhere To Call Home

Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for a screening of Nowhere to Call Home, which offers a rare glimpse into the world of a Tibetan farmer, torn between her traditional way of life and her desire for her son to have a better future in the city. Followed by a post-screening discussion with director Jocelyn Ford.
Screening: Nowhere To Call HomeDate: Wednesday, November 28, 2018Time: 4-6 PMLocation: Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, ASC 204Cost: Free, please rsvp.

Nowhere to Call Home provides a rare glimpse into the world of a Tibetan farmer, torn between her traditional way of life and her desire for her son to have a better future in the city. Shot in the slums of Beijing and a remote village, this gripping story of a woman determined to beat the odds puts a human face on the political strife that fractures China and Tibet. Along the way it challenges common western stereotypes about Tibetans, and reveals a dark side of village life, where, as the saying goes, &…


November 25, 2018

Prateek JoshiThe recent kidnapping and gruesome murder of Tahir Dawar, the Superintendent of Police posted in Peshawar, has opened yet another Pandora box for the Pakistani state in light of the mysterious circumstances of his disappearance and his dead body being discovered in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar district. The period between his disappearance, that is, 26th October and the appearance of his dead body’s photos on social media on 13th November caught Islamabad off-guard both regarding the security lapse as well as the irresponsible statements that came from senior office bearers in the Imran Khan’s government. Parliamentary discussions seemed to be dominated by the opposition cornering the government on these lapses as multiple versions regarding his abduction failed to give a clear picture of what exactly happened. As Dawar’s relatives frantically searched for him, Ifthikar Durrani, the Prime Minister’s special assistant on Media gave an irresponsible interview to…

CHINA:  Party Watch Weekly Report

Party Watch Weekly Report 2|7 11.17.2018-11.21.2018
By David Gitter, Julia Bowie, Nathanael Callan, Brock Erdahl, Ann Listerud, and Sandy Lu

Xi Jinping attended the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea this week (see Senior Leaders section). Propaganda focusing on Xi Jinping’s speeches at the APEC Summit and at the China International Import Expo earlier this month discussed economic globalization as an “irreversible historical trend” that China is both contributing to and leading (see Propaganda Work section).
Senior Leaders
Xi Jinping Attends 26th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and Gives Important Speech

11.18  Xi Jinping attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, where he gave a speech entitled “Harnessing Opportunities of Our Times To Jointly Pursue Prosperity in the Asia-Pacific.” The speech emphasized that the entire Asia-Pacific must comply with the developmental trends of economic globalization, upho…

Pakistan Navy arrests four drug smugglers in Gwadar

BY INP , (LAST UPDATED 4 HOURS AGO)GWADAR: The Pakistan Navy (PN) on Monday arrested four drug peddlers and recovered huge quantity of narcotics worth millions of rupees during an operation.A Pakistan Navy spokesperson said that on a tip-off regarding drugs smuggling, an operation was conducted near Ormara in Gwadar.During operation, four drug smugglers were apprehended with 1,500 kilogram of narcotics worth millions of rupees in the international market.The PN took the recovered drugs into custody and an investigation into the matter is underway.A case was registered against them as well.In September, the Pakistan Navy and Maritime Security Agency took three tonnes of hashish into possession from a boat in northern Arabian Ocean.In a joint anti-narcotics operation by the two forces, drugs worth millions of dollars were seized.The seized narcotics was later handed over to relevant authorities.“These operations are necessary to maintain law and order,” the authorities said while highli…

Foreign investors to be allotted land on lease basis in Balochistan

The Newspaper's Staff CorrespondentUpdatedNovember 26, 2018

The N85 highway, just past Panjgur. — File photo: Khurram HusainQUETTA: Announcing the land lease policy of the Balochistan government for foreign investors after a two-day cabinet meeting, Balochistan Information Minister Mir Zahoor Ahmed Buledi said that the provincial government had decided to allot land to foreign investors in the province on the basis of lease for a certain period instead of granting them the ownership rights.The duration of the lease would be decided later by the government.Speaking at a press conference here on Saturday, the minister said that the cabinet noted that existing land lease policy did not mention anything about land lease to foreign investors and foreign companies and it was, therefore, decided that from now onward the land allotment to foreign investors and companies would be made on the basis of lease.“The ownership rights of the leased land to foreign investors and companies will rema…

Financial accountability in Balochistan

OpinionAdnan AamirNovember 26, 2018
On November 14, Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry made an incorrect statement about Balochistan on the floor of the Senate. While criticising the alleged corruption of the opposition, he claimed that the federal government had transferred Rs42 trillion to Balochistan in the last 10 years. This was a misstatement of mythical proportions because Rs42 trillion is even more than Pakistan’s current GDP.After being heavily criticised on social media for the misstatement, the minister backtracked from his claim and conceded that Balochistan had received Rs1500 billion in the last 10 years – not Rs42 trillion.While we analyse this event, we need to first see how anyone can just distort the facts on the floor of parliament for political mileage. The Senate is the upper house of parliament and a very important forum in the federal structure of Pakistan. This house is supposed to be a centre of debate to resolve the problems of people and not a pl…

The attack on China’s consulate is more about Balochistan

Balochistan is experiencing its fifth wave of rebellion against the Pakistani government since Independence
The Baloch Liberation Army has claimed credit for the attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi(REUTERS)Updated: Nov 26, 2018 12:08 ISTHindustan TimesIndia has joined other countries in condemning the militant attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi. New Delhi has termed it as a terror attack. However, the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), which has claimed credit for the attack, is not recognised as a terrorist organisation by India. The BLA had recently attempted to blow up a busload of Chinese workers. Other Baloch groups have also targeted the increasing Chinese presence in their province. The rival Baloch Liberation Front, for example, has carried out attacks against a number of Chinese construction projects.The real issue is not terrorism, or even China’s controversial China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. The source of the problem is Islamabad’s decades of repression and margi…

Health minister declares nutrition emergency in Balochistan

The Newspaper's Staff CorrespondentUpdatedNovember 26, 2018

QUETTA: Balochistan Health Minister Mir Naseebullah Khan Marri speaks at the meeting.— INPQUETTA: Provincial Health Minister Mir Naseebullah Marri has declared nutrition emergency in Balochistan and said the provincial government planned to expand its campaign for combating malnutrition, being conducted in seven districts, to other parts of the province.He expressed these views while talking to the media after an annual progress review meeting of the Balochistan Nutrition Programme for Mothers and Children (BNPMC).Read more:Dispatch from Balochistan: How mothers try to keep their newborns aliveHe praised BNPMC manager Dr Amin Khan Mandokhail for his dedication to serving the poor.ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER ADHe said the Balochistan government might work in collaboration with the federal government, UN agencies and NGOs to address malnutrition among the lower strata of society.Highlighting the severity of the problem, Mr Marri…

China, Pakistan express resolve to exoand CPEC

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reform Makhdum khusro Bakhtyar has called on Ambassador Yao Jing at Chinese Embassy, Islamabad and condemned the attack on Chinese Consulate in Karachi.Both sides expressed their resolve to further strengthen and expand Pak-China cooperation. Minister said Pakistan and China bilateral relations are time-tested, as we have a long history of cordial, friendly and strategic cooperation in all areas and domains.The whole nation is standing in support of Pak China relations and the cooperation in the shape of CPEC. Minister termed the attack as a conspiracy to sabotage China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).“However, these detractors cannot change our resolve on this mega cooperation. Evil designs of these will have to face a clear defeat” he added. Minister assured that a thorough investigation is being carried out to apprehend the perpetrators their financiers, planners and facilitators.Both the side expressed their agreement t…

Target CPEC

Money MattersBy Zeeshan HaiderMon, 11, 18Last week’s terrorist attacks in Orakzai district and Karachi in a span of few hours show that the fight against terrorism is far from over.Last week’s terrorist attacks in Orakzai district and Karachi in a span of few hours show that the fight against terrorism is far from over.Apparently, there is no link between the two attacks that took place in areas thousands of miles apart but the assaults show that terrorists still have the capacity to strike despite suffering heavily in massive crackdown against them over the past few years.The timely action of the security forces, particularly police, averted a major tragedy in the financial and commercial hub of the country but the attack once again exposed evil designs of the inimical forces to undermine Pakistan’s time-tested relationship with China and harm economic interests of the country.According to Prime Minister Imran Khan the government had anticipated such terrorist attacks in the wake of …

Attempting to fine-tune the CPEC strategy

Jawaid BokhariUpdated November 26, 2018
WITH its reservations over project priorities, the newly elected government decided to review the country’s CPEC strategy and launch an action plan within its first 100 days to transform the project into ‘a real game changer’ for Pakistan.In its view Pakistan was not fully benefiting from CPEC-related investments due to insufficient transfer of knowledge and capabilities, lesser partnerships with local businesses and high dependence on imports of goods and services from China.The PTI manifesto had pledged to: ‘Create a two-way linkage with China and promote an indigenous-focused growth strategy and leverage trade infrastructure, and utilise Chinese expertise, latest technologies and efficient methods to supplement domestic manufacturing capabilities and enhance yield in agriculture.’It also promised to: ‘Promote local value addition through joint ventures and value added exports, facilitate the integration of Pakistani manufactures with the globa…

CPEC turning Balochistan into Chinese colony, says Baloch leader

ANI | Balochistan (Unknown location) [Pakistan] | Last Updated at November 25 2018 18:55 IST
Launching a scathing attack on China, Baloch pro-independence leader Dr Allah Nazar Baloch asserted that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project was turning Balochistan into a Chinese colony.In a statement, the Baloch leader said that China is Pakistan's "crime partner" to fulfill its "imperialist aspirations" and to tilt the balance of power in its favour in the region whilst employing Balochistan's strategic position and exploiting its natural resources. He alleged that for the last several years, the Pakistan Army has been engaging in continuous military aggression in Balochistan."China is providing Pakistan with a vast amount of investment, military equipment, and expertise in order to make CPEC, and other imperialist projects to succeed. In some operations, Chinese helicopter gunships and commandos have been directly involved in the aggression a…

Mastermind of Chinese consulate attack Aslam Baloch threatens more attacks

November 26, 2018The widely believed chief of Baloch Liberation Army and mastermind of Chinese consulate attack in Karachi, Aslam Baloch, in a new video has threatened further intensification in their attacks on China, Pakistan and ‘any other country that invests in Balochistan without the consent of Baloch people’.In a video released by Baloch Liberation Army and sent to media outlets on Monday morning, BLA’s top commander Aslam Baloch says that ‘they have been forced to pick up guns’.In the 8 minutes 33 seconds long video, the BLA chief can be seen wearing camo and sitting on a rugged land with what seems to be a US made M16 automatic rifle equipped with a grenade launcher and a scope. Aslam Baloch speaks in Urdu language in the video.The BLA commander, who has a bounty on his head by Pakistani state, does not mince his words in admitting involvement in attack on Chinese consulate. Earlier pictures of Aslam Baloch with the Chinese consulate attackers were also released by BLA.In the…

CHINA: Reformist camp pushes for fairer competition


The China Society of Economic Reform (CSER) held its annual China Reform Forum on Saturday.Some context: CSER is composed of reform-minded economists and policy advisers. They were a key source of advice for many of the market-oriented reforms of the late 1990s and early 2000s.On Saturday, Peng Sen, head of CSER and former deputy head of NDRC, laid out his recommendations for further economic reform.Peng thinks that making SOEs subject to market competition is key (The Paper):“The principle of ‘competitive neutrality’ should apply to state-owned enterprises.”Some context: Competitive neutrality is the idea that SOEs have to compete on a level-playing field with private enterprises.And he would just as soon see many SOEs dissolved:“In competitive fields such as commerce, logistics, services, foreign trade, and manufacturing, SOEs should gradually exit, except for a handful that have become stronger, better, and bigger.”Peng realizes that it’s all about politics:“[Officials…

Chinese Legislators look to write rules for AI


China’s top legislators got together on Saturday to discuss how to better foster the development of artificial intelligence (AI). (And you thought you had a fun weekend!)The reason for the meeting – Xi told them to do it (Xinhua):“The legislators said a speech delivered by Xi Jinping…set the direction and made plans for technological innovation and AI development in the new era.”“[Xi raised] specific demands for the people's congresses and their standing committees to promote the healthy development of China's new-generation AI.”Going forward, the task is to design a legal and regulatory framework conducive to developing AI.“NPC special committees, working organs and relevant departments should carry out as soon as possible research on legal issues related to AI, make sound preparations for relevant legislation work, and promote the healthy and orderly development of AI, the legislators said.”Get smart: China's leaders are serious about fostering AI. Both the …