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Chinese debt trap :An Interview with Barry Sautman and Yan Hairong

The Chinese debt trap :An Interview with Barry Sautman and Yan HairongFebruary 23, 2019, 9:02 pm *  Sri Lanka the ‘ground zero’ in Chinese debt trap discourse
*  The phrase ‘Chinese debt trap’ coined by RAW academic
*  Chinese govt. initially wary about further involvement in Hambantota
*  Public diplomacy not China’s strong point
*  Djibouti port doing well under China Merchant Co.
*  China Merchant Co upbeat about prospects of Hambantota port
by C.A.Chandraprema
Two Hong Kong based academics, Professor Barry Sautman of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Prof. Yan Hairong from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University were in Sri Lanka last week on a case study of Sri Lanka as a prime example of a country caught in a ‘Chinese debt trap’.
Since 2004, the duo had specialized in studying the economic relationship between China and Africa. Their special focus was on Zambia where China had heavy involvement in the mining industry and to a lesser extent in retailing and agriculture …

South Asian filmmakers seek cooperation under Belt and Road Initiative

Source: Xinhua| 2019-02-24 00:05:52|KATHMANDU, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- South Asian filmmakers and experts on Saturday stressed the need for cooperation in the region in the art and film sector under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).During a discourse held in Kathmandu as part of the ongoing Nepal International Film Festival, the film makers and critics said new exchanges in the areas of art, culture and film making is possible under the China-proposed initiative.Tsering Ritar Sherpa, a film maker from Nepal, said cooperation in the film industry is highly beneficial and can take the cinema market of the region into a new height."There is a possibility of co-production of movies, funding, joint ventures and many more between China and South Asian nations. We should grab the opportunity of BRI and move forward together," Sherpa said.He added that the creative team including director, writer, cinematographer and technicians of different countries can work together for the best ou…

Will the Chinese Belt and Road change the geopolitical game?

Book Review: Will the Chinese Belt and Road change the geopolitical game?PublishedFeb 23, 2019, 2:54 am ISTUpdatedFeb 23, 2019, 2:54 am ISTThe Belt and Road is more a concept than a legal or economic blueprint signed and sealed by its conceptualisers, according to the author.  Hambantota port in Sri Lanka, which was built with Chinese collaboration as part of the Belt and Road Initiative;China’s Belt and Road Initiative (referred these days simply as “Belt and Road”) is possibly the most discussed issue in global circles today. It not only poses the big question of whether China will dominate the world soon but also how different countries in it will be shaped by this giant economic and geopolitical initiative.Bruno Macaes, Portugal’s former Europe Minister and currently a senior fellow in China’s Renmin University, has written a book that not only takes a look at the project but also traces its implications for the global order. It is a book that needs to be read in today’s geopoliti…

This map shows a trillion-dollar reason why China is oppressing more than a million Muslims

ALEXANDRA MAFEB 23, 2019BI GraphicsChina is assembling a massive trade project - the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) - which aims to connect the country with new infrastructure.Many of these projects pass through Xinjiang, a region in western China home to the beleaguered Uighur Muslim people.Beijing has been cracking down on Uighur life in on Xinjiang. Officials say its repression is a necessary counter-terror operation, but experts say it's actually to protect their BRI projects.The Uighurs, a mostly-Muslim ethnic minority in Xinjiang, western China, are living in one of the most heavily-policed and oppressive states in the world. This map helps explain why.People in Xinjiang are watched by tens of thousands of facial recognition cameras, and surveillance apps on their phones. An estimated 2 million of them are locked in internment camps where people are physically and psychologically abused.China's government has for years blamed the Uighurs for a terror, and say they saying…

International workshop on CPEC in April to highlight opportunities, challenges

FEBRUARY 23, 2019The National Defence University (NDU) and Obortunity, Pakistan’s premier CPEC-focused firm, are organizing an international workshop to highlight opportunities and challenges of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).The two-and-a-half week international learning and networking event will be held in Beijing, Islamabad and Gwadar from April 17 to May 3.With the completion of the first phase of CPEC by year-end, activities related to the second phase – industrial cooperation – are gaining momentum. The second phase encompasses public and private special economic zones (SEZs), industrial relocation from China, attracting FDI into Pakistan, and growing opportunities for trade through new products and markets.The event will acquaint the participants with key areas and challenges of CPEC and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to a point where they can conceive and implement solutions. The participants will get an opportunity to build a network of key public and privat…