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CHINA: Britain softens stance on Huawei 5G risk

British intelligence agencies have said the risk posed by Huawei’s provision of next-generation 5G wireless mobile network technology is manageable and the company should not be entirely excluded from future deals, the Financial Times reports.
Instead of an outright ban, the UK will likely consider a range of possible suppliers and cordon-off certain areas of the 5G network, the source added. Alex Younger, head of MI6, said that it was “not inherently desirable that a piece of significant national critical infrastructure is provided by a monopoly supplier.”
The conclusion goes against recent moves by Washington, which has called on European leaders to join the US in banning Huawei from its domestic infrastructure. It is possible that some allies may follow the example of Britain and ease pressure on the Chinese telecoms giant.
Other nations can make the argument that if the British are confident of mitigation against national security threats then they can also reassure their publics an…

Saudi oil refinery in Gwadar to help Islamabad save $3 billion a year

A Saudi technical team, including Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih, has visited Gwadar twice in recent months to examine the site for the refinery. (Twitter photo)The refinery would produce up to 300,000 barrels per day once completedSaudi Arabia is also setting up reservoirs for liquified natural gas in Pakistan, says Petroleum Minister Ghulam Sarwar KhanUpdated 17 February 2019AAMIR SHAHFebruary 16, 2019 21:261955ISLAMABAD: Pakistan expects to agree a deal to build an oil refinery and petrochemical complex at the Balochistani deep-sea Port of Gwadar, during the first state-level visit by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.The deal will see Pakistan join with Saudi Aramco to build the facility, expected to cost $10 billion.“We are working on feasibility studies for the establishment of the oil refinery and petrochemical complex in Gwadar, and will be ready to start by early 2020,” Pakistan’s Minister for Petroleum Ghulam Sarwar Khan told Arab News on Thursday.Once establi…

Pakistani forces were attacked on CPEC route, BRAS claims the responsibility

February 17, 2019From News Desk of *(The Balochistan Post)* brought to you by *(Current Balochistan)*Security forces were attacked on CPEC route in Panjgur district of Balochistan on Sunday—responsibility of the attack has been taken by BRAS.According to details received by The Balochistan Post, Pakistani security forces were attacked by Baloch militants on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) route in Balgatar area of Balochistan earlier today.Official sources have confirmed the loss of four security personnel in the attack.Baloch Raji Ajoi Sangar (BRAS), an alliance of three Baloch pro-freedom organisations, Baloch Liberation Army, Balochistan Liberation Front and Baloch Republican Guard, has claimed the responsibility of the attack.Baloch Khan, the spokesperson for BRAS, has stated that BRAS fighters had attacked the Pakistani security forces patrolling team and a camp at the same time on Sunday morning on CPEC route in between Panjgur and Turbat city.
The attack resulted in ki…