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China building 'most advanced' naval warships for Pakistan: Report

By PTI | Updated: Jan 02, 2019, 07.38 PM IST
China, an "all-weather ally" of Islamabad, is the largest supplier of weapon system to Pakistan. Both the countries also jointly manufacture JF-Thunder a single engine multi-role combat aircraft.BEIJING: China is building the first of four "most advanced" naval warships for its "all-weather ally" Pakistan as part of a major bilateral arms deal to ensure among other things "balance of power" in the strategic Indian Ocean, state media reported.ADVERTISEMENT
Equipped with modern detection and weapon systems, it will be capable of anti-ship, anti-submarine and air-defence operations, China Daily quoted state-owned defence contractor China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) as saying.The under-construction ship is a version of the Chinese Navy's most advanced guided missile frigate, it said.The CSSC did not specify the ship's type but said it is being constructed at its Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard in…

13 energy projects under CPEC to add 8,995 MW electricity in national grid

Parvez JabriJanuary 2, 2019ISLAMABAD: Work on 13 energy projects having capacity to generate 8,995MW electricity under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), throughout the country is in progress.About 20 energy projects under CPEC with total investment of over US $25 billion will add 12,335MW electricity in the national grid, revealed documents available with APP.Out of 20, seven energy projects under CPEC had been completed and supplying 3,340MW energy to the national grid.Sahiwal coal fired plant, Dawood Wind Farm, Quaid-i-Azam Solar, UEP Wind Farm, Sachal Wind Farm, Port Qasim Power plant and three gorges second and third wind farms are among the completed energy projects under CPEC.Whereas, Suki Kinari HPP, Korot HPP, Engro Thar Block-II coal fired power plant, TEL Mine Mouth Thar Block-II coal fired power plant and CPHGC coal fired power plant having capacity to generate about 3900MW were under construction.Eight more power projects including SSRL coal, Thal Nova power, Kohala…

The Domestic Consequences of China’s ‘One Belt One Road Initiative’

2 January by Qian Benli
Currently, the prospects of China’s ‘One Belt One Road Initiative’ (hereinafter referred to as OBOR) are dim. An article published in the Financial Times in July this year pointed out that 234 out of 1,674 Chinese-invested infrastructure projects announced in 66 Belt and Road countries since 2013 have encountered difficulties. The most recent and striking problem occurred in Malaysia——newly elected prime minister Mahathir Mohamad canceled the US$20 billion East Coast Rail Link projectright after his official visit to Beijing.Although it is very likely that Mahathir Mohamad’s primary aim is to force China to make more concessions rather than to withdraw from OBOR, his talk about ‘a new version of colonialism’ does echo the concerns of ordinary people in the Belt and Road countries——huge debt, unregulated multinational corporations, backdoor deals, exploitation of resources and the environment, displacement of local communities, etc. These issues have been critici…

Four security personnel killed

By Reuters | Jan 02, 2019, 10.59 AM IST
Four members of the security forces were killed and two wounded in an initial exchange of gunfire before the attackers were isolated in an adjacent compound.QUETTA, PAKISTAN: Gunmen attacked a security forces' training base in the restive southwestern Pakistani province of Balochistan on Tuesday, setting off a gunbattle in which at least four members of the security forces and four attackers were killed, officials said.ADVERTISEMENT
The attackers apparently intended to hit a residential compound at a training centre of the paramilitary Frontier Corps in Loralai district but were challenged at the entrance, according to a statement from Inter Services Public Relations, the main military communications unit.Four members of the security forces were killed and two wounded in an initial exchange of gunfire before the attackers were isolated in an adjacent compound. Four gunmen, including one who detonated a suicide vest, were subsequently killed.&q…