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What are India’s stakes in China’s Belt and Road plan?

THE DILEMMA

By Bruno MaçãesFebruary 11, 2019China has called India its natural partner in the Belt and Road, but views in India are decidedly cooler.In April 2018, when prime minister Narendra Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping met for an “informal summit” at Wuhan, the two sides agreed to improve relations and address the growing tension since the Doklam crisis almost a year before. The rapprochement came to be known as the “Wuhan spirit,” but since then many have asked whether that spirit is still alive. Doubts have resumed, mutual recrimination has not ended and India’s response to the Belt and Road is still riddled with contradictions and hesitations.…As two rising giants, China and India will play a disproportionate role in shaping the new world political and economic order, but like every claim on the future their role remains ambiguous. In the case of China, the question is whether it will eventually measure up to the task of replacing the existing, United States-led order wi…

Pashtun Soldiers under Intelligence Scanner in Pakistan

Are We Preparing for Another Bangladesh by alienating Pashtun servicemen ? *Waqas Ahmed*Editor, Digital Media- Daily Pakistan Global. Inputs from highly placed source in agency revealed  that Pashtuns officers and troops are eyed with suspicion of ethnic and  interrogated by ISI and Military Intelligence (MI) on the grounds of few  for conniving with PTM and foreign agencies. About half of the of the investigated Pashtun officers and soldiers are from Multan based II Corps of Pakistan Army.
Pakistan Army and intelligence agencies are intensely monitoring Pashtun army officers and soldiers serving in army, Frontier Corps and Levies. With every passing day suspicion is rising in security establishment. Since audacious suicide attack on Chinese consulate in Karachi by Baloch freedom fighters; senior intelligence officers were pointing the fingers towards serving Baloch and Pashtun soldiers for conniving with Baloch insurgents. The Karachi attack was planned for almost year and Baloch insu…

 Feature | Securing the Digital Silk Road

Ccpwatch.orgBy Kieran Green
Background: Network Security and the Digital Silk Road
Since it was announced in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has served as China’s premier economic and foreign policy program. As billions of dollars in Chinese investment have poured into road, port, and railroad infrastructure projects across Eurasia and Africa, China has concurrently sought to construct a “Digital Silk Road” (数字丝绸之路) across the BRI network. This digital dimension of BRI focuses on constructing and expanding existing telecommunications infrastructure and promoting exchanges via the establishment of digital marketplaces. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has supported this effort through partnerships with China-based cybersecurity firms to provide network security for BRI investment recipients.

Until now, PRC efforts to promote cybersecurity as part of BRI have remained a relatively underexplored topic. Nevertheless, it is clear that Beijing views investment in cybersecurity a…

Balochistan districts distributed among Gulf royals for hunting

February 12, 2019The federal government of Pakistan has issued at least 12 special permits to the members of royal families of Gulf states to hunt the internationally protected migratory bird, houbara bustard, in Balochistan during the 2018-19 season, reported Pakistan’s leading daily Dawn News.
According to highly placed sources, the special permits have been issued to an Emir and his father, a president, rulers and crown princes, a governor and other members of the royal families of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UA E), Qatar and Bahrain, added daily Dawn.According to the permits signed by the foreign ministry`s Deputy Chief of Protocol Mohammad Adeel Pervaiz, Governor of Tabuk Prince Fahd bin Sultan Abdul Aziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia has been allowed to hunt houbara bustards in Awaran district and Nushki (excluding Nushki city) and Chagai district (excluding the area in the northwest corner of Balochistan located in Chagai district (Nokundi) and Prince Mansour bin Mohammad…

Turkey has issued a strongly worded statement that condemns China for its treatment of Uyghurs

The government of Turkey has issued a strongly worded statement that condemns China for its treatment of Uyghurs:The reintroduction of internment camps in the XXIst century and the policy of systematic assimilation against the Uighur Turks carried out by the authorities of China is a great shame for humanity.We expressed our views on the tragedy in the Xinjiang region to the Chinese authorities at all levels.In such an environment, we have learned with deep sorrow the passing away in his second year of imprisonment of the distinguished folk poet Abdurehim Heyit, who was sentenced to eight years in prison for one of his songs. This tragedy has further reinforced the reaction of the Turkish public opinion towards serious human rights violations committed in the Xinjiang region. We expect this legitimate response to be taken into account by the Chinese authorities…On this occasion, we invite the Chinese authorities to respect the fundamental human rights of Uighur Turks and to close the …

All the king’s men

BY SHAKOOR AHMAD WANI29 January 2019The birth of a new political party in resource-rich but conflict-torn Balochistan.
Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan (in civilian dress) at an army function in the Baloch capital of Quetta in October 2018. To his right is General Asim Saleem Bajwa, former head of the Pakistan Army’s media wing, who currently leads the Southern Command in Quetta.Photo: balochistanawamipartyOfficial / Facebook.At the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2019, when Balochistan’s Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan declared that Balochistan was open for business, he was following in a long tradition of politicians hoping to attract capital to the resource-rich yet economically struggling province of Pakistan. Interestingly, in making this pitch to the gathering of the world’s business elites, Khan was accompanied by General Asim Saleem Bajwa, former head of the Pakistan Army’s media wing, who currently leads the Southern Command in the Baloch capital of Quetta.The …

How Old Is China’s Belt and Road Initiative Exactly?

The policies that became the Belt and Road Initiative date back into the early 2000s.By Ankit PandaFebruary 11, 2019The age of China’s Belt and Road Initiative has a simple answer and a more complicated one. The simple answer is that, over a course of two speeches in in the final months of 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced each leg of what would then go one to become China’s “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) initiative.In September 2013, during a visit to Kazakhstan, Xi unveiled what went on to become the centerpiece of China’s foreign and economic policy. Xi introduced the Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB), which, along with the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (MSR) announced a month later in Indonesia, came to be collectively known as OBOR. By 2017, OBOR had been fully rebranded as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and, after having the initiative elevated to the Chinese Communist Party’s charter at the 19th Party Congress, its centrality in the Xi era was without question.But do…

ILS potential within Belt and Road Initiative

By Anoop Khanna“We acknowledge that that this article first appeared in the February 2019 issue of Asia Insurance Review.”With its cost estimated to run into trillions of dollars and main developments spread over 68 countries in three continents, it is quite natural for China’s belt and road initiative to be in the spotlight of all participating countries and business sectors. Asia Insurance Review spoke with ECIS-focused Bermudian ILS specialist Phoenix C Retrochief executive Kirill Savrassov about insurance linked securities as a risk transfer option for BRI.China’s belt and road initiative (BRI) is probably one of the largest infrastructural development projects in modern human history. Phoenix CRetro Reinsurance chief executive Kirill Savrassov said, “Due to its size and geographical diversity, BRI-related projects definitely face numerous challenges and risks, both for the project’s initiator and for all other participants.”Current estimates for turning this project into a realit…