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Provinces submit 100 projects to Chinese experts for grants under CPEC

Fawad YousafzaiFebruary 27, 2019
ISLAMABAD - Provinces have submitted around 100 projects to the Chinese experts to secure grant for the socioeconomic development under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).READ MORE: PM Khan to chair National Command Authority meeting todayThe provinces have submitted their recommendations to 13 Chinese delegates who are currently visiting Pakistan. The Chinese delegation is headed by Du Zhenli, comprising of experts from socioeconomic development field.The expert group is discussing implementation of newly introduced sector of socioeconomic development under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).The experts held a meeting with federal, provincial government officials and Pakistani experts to identify pilot projects and its implementation mechanism.The expert group will discuss the finalization of action plan with Pakistani experts, said the source. The finalization of action plan will help the government to launch pilot projects in the selective …

Job creation under CPEC: a myth

Faizan RasoolFEBRUARY 27, 2019CPEC has been hailed as a game changer for Pakistan’s development as it brings a massive dose of Chinese FDI and assistance in the overall context of the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI). The developments and the governmental policies around CPEC therefore, get huge traction in the public opinion. The CPEC narrative hinges on the governmental assertions that it would, directly and indirectly, result in higher output, technology transfer and job creation. There is no doubt that the energy added to the national grid by CPEC in a record short time has given a significant boost to the country’s output.The anticipated technology transfer and the creation of a large number of jobs are dependent on the positive outcome of the industrial cooperation between the two countries under CPEC. The technology transfer hypothetically is being given high importance by policymakers. Regarding jobs, the government presented it as a trade-off vis a vis the incentives being gi…

China’s Belt And Road Initiative In Flux – OpEd

China's new Silk Road OBOR (One Road One Belt) project


 February 27, 2019Emil AvdalianiBy Emil AvdalianiChina’s economic and political ascendancy is a topic for almost every Eurasian state – and Georgia is no exception. However, before proceeding to China’s geopolitical role in and around Georgia, keep in mind those major routes which make up the famous Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): China to Europe through a new Eurasian land bridge; the China-Mongolia-Russia Corridor; and Central and West Asian countries. The 21st century maritime Silk Road mainly relies on Chinese coastal ports and consists of the China-Indochina Peninsula corridor linking China with the South Pacific Ocean through the South China Sea; the China-Pakistan trade corridor; and the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar trade route.Georgia does not feature in the list, nor does the South Caucasus. This, however, does not preclude China from forging closer relations with the South Caucasus countries. This signals one of the…

The Dawn of Eurasia and the Belt and Road Initiative

CIW Public LectureSpeakerBruno MaçãesVenueAuditorium, China in the World Building (188), Fellows Lane, ANUDateWednesday, 6 March, 2019 - 18:00 to 19:15In this public lecture, Bruno Maçães will weave together themes from his two recent books, The Dawn of Eurasia: On the Trail of the New World Order and The Belt and Road Initiative: A Chinese World Order. Combining history, diplomacy and vivid reports from his six-month overland journey across Eurasia from Baku to Samarkand, Vladivostock to Beijing, Maçães argues that the best word for the emerging global order is 'Eurasian', and shows why we need to begin thinking on a super-continental scale. As he demonstrates, we can already see the coming Eurasianism in the success of cities like Hong Kong and Singapore, in Turkey's increasing global role and in the fact that, revealingly, the United States is redefining its place as between Europe and Asia. But it is most vivid in China’s Belt and Road Initiative — a bold infrastructur…

IN DIGITAL DIPLOMACY, HOPE TRAVELS FURTHER THAN HATE

Feb 25, 2019by
Ilan ManorRecent years have seen ministries of foreign affairs (MFAs) adopt a strategic approach to their digital communications. As part of this approach, MFAs create narratives, or frames, through which digital publics can make sense of events shaping their world. Scholars such as Ben O’Loughlin, Alister Miskimmon and Laura Roselle argue that narratives are powerful as they shape people’s expectations about the world, influence people’s behavior and reduce anxiety about where the world is headed. The Cold War was a strategic narrative that helped people make sense of rapidly changing events. This narrative stated that the world was comprised of two ideological blocks that competed with one another over global hegemony. It was through this narrative that events such as the Spring of Prague, or the Cuban Missile Crisis, could be explained.Recently, Dr. Rhys Crilley and I examined the strategic narrative used by the Global Coalition Against Daesh on Twitter. The Coalition…

Naela Quadri Baloch on the Indian Airforce Jets striking JeM training camps

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEWBWF (World Baloch Women Forum)Vancouver, Canada(26/02/2019) - Below is the statement of Prof. Naela Quadri Baloch, head of WBWF (World Baloch Women's Forum) on the Indian Airforce Jets striking JeM training campsin Pakistan."Pakistan has long been an exporter of terror across the world. After observing restraint for nearly three decades, India, a longstanding victim of cross-border terrorism sponsored by the Pakistani state, has at last targeted terrorist camps in Pakistan. As a responsible nation India has exercised its right to self-defence within the bounds of international law. The Baloch people wholeheartedly welcome this development. ""We also sincerely hope that regional powers such as India will widen the scope of their anti-terror strikes and cover Balochistan as well because Pakistan has used Balochistan as a base for training terrorists who are not only used to suppress the indigenous Baloch nation, but also target other countries i…