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Ningxia to learn from Xinjiang ‘experiences in promoting social stability’

Since China’s mass detention of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang was first documented in detail earlier this year, observers have wondered and worried about where the anti-Islam campaign will end.A not very comforting signal comes from the Global Times, which reports:Northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region has signed a cooperation anti-terrorism agreement with Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region to learn from the latter's experiences in promoting social stability.

And this is not the first news of a growing government desire to control Islam in Ningxia, where nearly 10 million Hui Muslims live.In July, AFP reported, “Communist Party has banned minors under 16 from religious activity or study in Linxia, a deeply Islamic region in western China that had offered a haven of comparative religious freedom for the ethnic Hui Muslims there.”An anonymous senior imam said bluntly to AFP then: “Frankly, I’m very afraid they’re going to implement the Xinjiang model here.”In Au…

China’s power grab steps up apace


Vast rail projects and oil pipelines now follow the old silk roads in China’s ever-expanding infrastructure stretching from Central Asia to the BalticJames Crabtree1 December 20189:00 AMTwitterFacebookLinkedInWhatsappThe New Silk Roads: The Present and the Future of the World Peter FrankopanBloomsbury, pp.313, £14.99Five years ago President Xi Jinping gave a speech in Kazakhstan, launching the ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’, a wildly ambitious set of Chinese-backed infrastructure projects stretching through the steppes of central Asia to the Baltic Sea. Hundreds of billions of dollars later, this project more than any other has come to define China’s radical ambitions to upend a world order long dominated by Americans and Europeans.In 2015, Peter Frankopan, a dashing Oxford academic, wrote The Silk Roads, a weighty and widely acclaimed history of the ancient trading routes that once linked China to the world. It became a bestseller, partly because Frankopan, unusually for an academic,…

Belt and Road Initiative is vehicle to Tanzania's industrialization drive: official

Source: Xinhua| 2018-11-29 00:52:35|DAR ES SALAAM, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- A senior Tanzanian official on Wednesday described the Chinese-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as a vehicle towards the industrialization drive of the east African nation."When it comes to the Belt and Road Initiative I see it as a development strategy involving infrastructure development and investments in various areas," said Stella Manyanya, the Deputy Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment.She said the BRI was striving to improve investments and trade facilitation, removing barriers for the creation of a sound business environment.Manyanya was speaking at the Conference on Belt and Road Initiative and China-Tanzania Industrialization Cooperation jointly organized by the Chinese embassy in Tanzania and Tanzania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation among other partners in Dar es Salaam.Manyanya said most of the recently completed Chinese construction of buildings, r…

Spain unlikely to join China’s Belt and Road initiative

by Janne Suokas Nov 28, 2018 10:34 TRADEINVESTMENTEUROPEChina launched a direct cargo train link between the Chinese city of Yiwu and Madrid in Spain in 2014. Gong XianmingChina Daily

Spain is unlikely to join China’s Belt and Road initiative during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ongoing state visit, despite Beijing’s eagerness to expand cooperation under its ambitious infrastructure and trade project.A senior official from the Spanish prime minister’s office told AFP on Tuesday that the Southern European country would not sign a memorandum of understanding regarding the Belt and Road initiative."Europe has a connectivity initiative with Asia, so we think Europeans should work within this framework," said the official, who refused to be named.The European Union unveiled a high-level strategy for improving the 28-nation bloc’s transport, energy, and digital infrastructure links with Asia in September, along with a planned increase of its external action budget.The EU’s move wa…

BRI-inspired data science tells truth about the initiative

Updated 2018-11-28 22:31 GMT+8
Da Hsuan Feng & Haiming LiangEditor's note: Da Hsuan Feng is chief adviser of the China Silk Road iValley Research Institute and former Vice President for Research at the University of Texas at Dallas, and Haiming Liang is chairman of the China Silk Road iValley Research Institute and Visiting Scholar at Princeton University. The article reflects the authors' opinions, and not necessarily the views of CGTN.The famous British author Conan Doyle (1859 – 1930) wrote in one of his Sherlock Holmes series of books that “it is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.” In today's age of “big data” and modern information trinity, i.e. computer power, data storage capability and mobile internet, this is truer than ever. This phrase could be the motto of a new area of scientific research which we shall refer to as “Data Driven Geo-Economics Sciences (DDGES).”We will use the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as an example to illustrate DDGES. A…

Debt-trap diplomacy: Faultlines in China’s belt and road initiative

KRITI M. SHAHBRIDEBT TRAP DIPLOMACYThis is the seventy first article in The China Chronicles series.Read all the articles here.It has been over five years since Premier Xi Jinping announced China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and became a major funder for infrastructure in developing countries. BRI- a $ 8 trillion investment initiative- envisions building roads, highways, pipelines and other infrastructure projects in 68 countries, across Asia, Africa and Europe. The project offers lending for vital infrastructure financing, from Chinese policy banks China Development Bank and China EXIM bank, in developing countries. Studies show that China’s development finance increased significantly after the global financial crisis in 2008, reaching a peak of $50 billion in 2009 and since averaging around $40 billion per year. While the initiative is packaged as a ‘golden opportunity’ for nations, it also leaves many states battling unsustainable debt. With lending practices that deploy predat…

India Struggles to Compete With China’s Digital Silk Road

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China is making technological inroads into South Asia that will have long-lasting repercussions for India.By Chan Jia Hao and Deepakshi RawatNovember 29, 2018The concept of digital connectivity in the Belt and Road Initiative in the last few years has been moving forward, but is less noticed by international observers than high-profile physical infrastructure projects like ports and railways. Nevertheless, building capabilities in emerging technologies appears to have taken off in parallel to the broader BRI agenda.Currently, China has the highest numberof AI-related academic papers and more than a fifth of the world’s artificial intelligence patents. Chinese homegrown companies like Baidu and Tencent are now consistently producing research output that rivals that of Google. According to the Next Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Plan, AI will create entirely new sectors of the economy, which are estimated to be worth 150 billion Chinese yuan ($21.6 b…

PM Imran approves interim province status for Gilgit Baltistan

1:11 PM | November 28, 2018
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday accepted the recommendations of a reforms committee and gave the approval to change the status of Gilgit-Baltistan to an interim province. READ MORE: Decided to fight, Donald Trump arrives Thursday for G20 summitAccording to the sources, PM Imran approved and directed that the recommendations be presented before the federal cabinet. The committee formed to bring constitutional and structural reforms in GB held its second session yesterday, which was attended and presided by Federal Minister for Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan Affairs Ali Ameen Khan in Islamabad.During the meeting, the lower committee presented its recommendations, after which committee members met PM Imran at the Prime Minister’s Office.The meeting at the PM House was also attended by Law minister Farogh Naseem, the attorney general of Pakistan, governor GB, minister for defence, and other prominent figures.…

Letter: Honour Killing in Balochistan

Honour killing is an act of violence, especially murder of a  female genders by the male individuals of the family.  According to a recent report by the Aurat Foundation — a non-governmental organisation working in the province of Balochistan to ensure the protection of women rights that some 50 people, of which 30 include women were killed by their relatives in the name of so-called honor and family feuds in the province throughout the current year where the Nasirabad division tops the list.It is very clear that not only Baloch society but different societies in the country are increasingly facing the problem of honor killing. Some certain studies show that around 1,000 women are killed annually in Pakistan in so-called ‘honour killings’ for allegedly violating social norms and marriages and some honour cases remain unreported still.There needs to campaigns across the country to raise awareness against the so called killings in the name of honour throughout the country, especially in…

Current Balochistan: Conflict updates from the ground

TUMP:-According to sources last night around 2AM State sponsor death squads raided in a houses in  Konshkalat and Abducted  a civilian namely Qadir S/o Shah'Meer R/o Konshkalat.
TUMP:-According to sources last night Pakistani Military forced raided Abdul Majeed's home, violent military personnel tortured women & children, looted Valuable things & abducted a civilian namely Zaheer Ahmad S/o Abdul Majeed.

The Right to Speak: Discourse and Chinese Power

Feature | The Right to Speak: Discourse and Chinese Power
By Elsa Kania

In his remarks at the 19th Party Congress, Xi Jinping articulated the objective of building China into "a global leader in terms of composite national strength and international influence." In practice, that influence is increasingly exercised to reshape—and sometimes challenge—aspects of the current system. Under Xi Jinping’s leadership, Deng Xiaoping’s principle of China "hiding its capabilities and biding its time" (韬光养晦) has been jettisoned in favor of a new focus on "striving for achievement" (奋发有为).

China’s exercise of power has been enabled by not only the hard power of its economic and military capabilities but also attempts to increase its "soft power" (软实力). Since 2007, when Hu Jintao initially emphasized the importance of increasing the soft power of Chinese culture to, comprehensive national power (综合国力), China has embarked upon a global "charm offensive&quo…

How China is sucking Pakistan dry with CPEC

Beijing doesn't want the world to know its sinister objective of looting the key national assets of less-developed economies after pulling them into a debt trap.POLITICS |  12-minute read |   28-11-2018ALI SALMAN ANDANI@an_alisalman
The quagmireBefore the idea of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was initiated in 2013, Pakistan’s trade deficit with China was less than $5 billion. But unfortunately for Pakistan — and fortunately for China — it kept surging once the work on the billion-dollar project started.According to the State Bank Of Pakistan’s staff report — “Dynamics of  Pakistan’s Trade Balance with China” — Pakistan’s volume of bilateral trade expanded and reached US$ 13.8 billion in FY16, up from US $ 2.2 billion in FY05.However, the bilateral trade balance remained tilted in China’s favour, as Pakistan’s exports to China could not keep pace with its imports from the country — the country's exports to China increased from US $ 0.4 billion in FY05 to US$ 1.7 bi…

Why Balochs Are Targeting China

Pakistani security personnel move in the compound of Chinese Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan (Nov. 23, 2018).Image Credit: AP Photo/Shakil Adil

CPEC, Balochistan, and unresolved political issues are a potent mix.By Muhammad Akbar NotezaiNovember 26, 2018

Over the years, China-Pakistan relations have evolved positively. The mainstream media of the two countries always features the mantra of friendship and brotherly ties. Despite that, however, from day one China has been concerned about one thing in Pakistan: security. Both religious extremists and Baloch separatists have reportedly killed Chinese citizens inside Pakistan in the past.The most recent incident came on November 23, 2018, when three heavily armed militants from the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) targeted the Chinese consulate in Karachi. Two police officers and two visa applicants were killed. The Chinese officials inside the consulate remained safe, and the Baloch militants were killed in retaliatory firing.Back in August, a s…

Visit of the Financial Action Task Force to Pakistan

Shruti Punia, Young Professional, VIFNovember 27 , 2018A nine-member delegation of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) paid a 12-day visit to Pakistan from October 8-19. The FATF’s Asia Pacific Group (APG) was a team including experts from US Department of Treasury, British Scotland Yard, People’s Bank of China, Justice Department of Turkey, Financial Intelligence Unit of the Maldives and Indonesian Ministry of Finance. They held meetings with key Pakistani officials from important ministries such as Foreign affairs and Finance to deliberate the compliance of 40 recommendations set by the FATF as well 10-point action plan to be executed by September 2019. The visit was a follow-up on-site mutual inspection to the one which was undertaken two months ago in August.Pakistan was put in the Grey List in June this year due to series of deficiencies in laws and non-compliance of Anti-money laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML-CFT) measures. The move was seen a…