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IS THIS CHINA’S CENTURY?

2019 Camden ConferenceJoin us for the 32nd Annual Camden ConferenceIS THIS CHINA’S CENTURY?
February 22, 23, 24, 2019As China emerges as a major global power, it faces complex challenges in its domestic economic, social, environmental and political affairs and its relations with Asian neighbors, the United States and the broader international community. Chinese investment on all continents is both welcomed and regarded with some anxiety, while Chinese diplomatic intervention has been essential to stability on the Korean peninsula. Taking an active role in shaping global dialogues, China is now attracting European as well as Asian nations to new multilateral institutions. In Beijing, the absolute authority of the Chinese Communist Party has been reconfirmed, and President Xi now has the option to remain his country’s leader for as long as he wishes. “Chinese wisdom and a Chinese approach to solving the problems facing mankind” can help solve global problems, says President Xi. But is Ch…

Quotes on Belt and Road Initiative

What They're Saying*KAISER BENGALI
FORMER DIRECTOR, CHIEF MINISTER'S POLICY REFORMS UNIT OF BALOCHISTAN
On Chinese coal-fired power generation projects in Pakistan_"One of the biggest issues is that we just don't know the full details [of agreements involving CPEC projects]. Unless that concern is addressed, we remain in the dark on where these projects will head in the future and how coal will impact our country."_

ASTRID SKALA-KUHMANN
SPECIAL ADVISOR, GERMAN AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION (GIZ)
Report of the 8th Europe-China Forum and Policy & Practice Roundtable"China is building a new world order with the BRI. The new institutions such as the new development bank and an arbitration system are located in China. China is implementing the BRI bilaterally and it looks like the BRI is not embedded in the current multilateral system."
GLOBAL TIMES
Op-ed titled: China never plays politics in the Middle East"China won't be a geopolitical play…

China’s largest political event of the year

China’s largest political event of the year, a meeting of legislative delegates and political advisers known as the “two sessions”, gets under way this week and comes at a time when Chinese leader Xi Jinping faces one of the most challenging periods since coming to power.Thousands of delegates will descend on the Great Hall of the People in Beijing while authorities go into overdrive to prevent any semblance of dissent during the two weeks of meetings of the nearly 3,000-strong National People’s Congress (NPC) , and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), an advisory body.Xi faces public scrutiny against the backdrop of a slowing Chinese economy, a bruising trade war with the US, heightened international concern over Chinese tech firm Huawei, and growing global criticism over Chinese policies in Xinjiang. Delegates from ethnic minorities leave the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on Sunday. Photograph: How Hwee Young/EPAThe annual meeting is nickname…

CHINA: CCP Watch Weekly Report

Weekly Report 2|19 2.23.2019-3.1.20192019-03-04 | David Gitter, Julia Bowie, Nathanael Callan, Brock Erdahl, James Gannon, Ann Listerud, Sandy Lu[The International Department held a “Thematic Briefing on China’s Ethnic Policy and Promotion of Solidarity among Ethnic Groups” in Urumqi last week/ Xinhua News] HighlightsAt a Poliburo collective study session last week, Xi Jinping discussed deepening supply-side structural reform, stabilizing the economy, and preventing risks (see Senior Leaders section).Xinhua published an “authorized release” of the Central Committee’s opinions on strengthening the Party’s political construction (see Senior Leaders section).CCDI Secretary Zhao Leji emphasized the responsibilities of local discipline inspection units on an inspection tour of Tianjin (see Party Discipline section).The International Department held a “Thematic Briefing on China’s Ethnic Policy and Promotion of Solidarity among Ethnic Groups” in Urumqi, attended by over 200 guests from over…

Pakistan- No War Is Real War and Prospects of Free Balochistan

Analysis of India- Pakistan Military Standoff and its effects on Pakistan's vibrant ethnic freedom movements. Here we will take a look at current situation of India- Pakistan military stand off post- Pulwama and the effects of heavy military deployment on Pakistan's economy, internal politics, ethnic insurgencies and Pakistan's relations with two Muslim neighbors Iran and Afghanistan.
https://www.icrr.in/Encyc/2019/3/4/Pakistan-Balakot-IAF-Abhinandan-Pratham-Free-Balochistan-Jaish-e-Mohammad-Camp-Haafiz-Saed.htmlLet's start with Balakot strikes.How to read Balakot Strikes?
India's surprise airstrike on Balakot Jaish e Mohammad- JeM camp well within Pakistan has drastically changed strategic equations in Asia. With air raids in Pakistan mainland, India junked its self imposed strategic restraint policy against ISI sponsored terrorism. Earlier cross border commando raids by Indian Special Forces Units post- Uri had dealt severe psychological blow to Pakistan's pr…

Baloch community marks Cultural Day in the UAE

The event showcases traditional dances, music and songsPublished:  March 04, 2019 13:56Ashfaq Ahmed, Associate Editor - OnlinePakistani Consul General Ahmed Amjad Ali is welcomed by Omar Baloch and Chaudhry Khalid Hussain at the Baloch Cultural Day in SharjahImage Credit: Abid Akhtar QureshiSharjah: For the first time in the UAE, the Pakistani Baloch community showcased their culture with traditional dances, songs and music.Balochi musicians and singers mesmerised people gathered to celebrate Baloch Cultural Day on Saturday at the Pakistan Social Centre in Sharjah. This year the day was also marked on March 2 in Balochistan province in Pakistan and wherever the Baloch live including the Gulf countries, Europe and US.Balochi musicians performing at the Baloch Cultural Day in SharjahImage Credit: Abid Akhtar QureshiClad in traditional outfits and wearing trademark ‘huge’  turbans, Baloch community members danced to folk music. They also undertook some numbers that are normally performed…

Chinese blockbusters take on Hollywood at box office

Cinematic stand-off: moviegoers check out a poster promoting the Chinese sci-fi blockbuster The Wandering Earth in Beijing CREDIT: ZHU XINGXIN/CHINA DAILYLia Zhu4 MARCH 2019 • 9:15AMMoviegoers’ antagonism to the US because of the trade war is helping quality local-language films, including The Wandering Earth sci-fi epic, to compete strongly with their American rivalsHollywood is now facing a challenge from Chinese domestic blockbuster movies in a battle to win over the world’s second-biggest film market, industry insiders say.“On the heels of Operation Red SeaDetective Chinatown 2Wolf Warrior 2 and The MermaidThe Wandering Earthcontinues to prove that China’s film industry has truly cracked the code with entertaining their own domestic market. Hollywood, be warned,” said Chris Fenton, a California-based producer and a trustee of the US-Asia Institute.The Wandering Earth, China’s first sci-fi blockbuster, has been another unexpected success, earning $539m by 17 February 2019, 12…

Expert says China's BRI fills "historic vacuum" to boost Africa's development

Interview: Expert says China's BRI fills "historic vacuum" to boost Africa's developmentSource: Xinhua| 2019-03-04 17:10:47|by Olatunji SaliuABUJA, March 4 (Xinhua) -- The China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) aimed at advancing global partnership can help Africa, the world's second largest and second most-populous continent, to be better engaged in the international system, an expert has said here.In a recent interview with Xinhua in Abuja, Charles Onunaiju, director of Center for China Studies in Nigeria, said the all-inclusive initiative offers the most concrete features of development to the African continent.When Africa began to decolonize 60 years ago, the Pan-Africanism has been gaining momentum and one of the calls of the movement is to build a continent that engages with herself, trades with herself and make it more convenient for African people to reach out to each other, said Onunaiju.Unfortunately, these dreams did not come true because of exi…

Kuwait mulls Dh36.7 billion fund with China to invest in projects related to Silk City, islands development

Fund to be invested in projects in both countriesPublished:  March 03, 2019 17:06BloombergKuwait City skyline.Image Credit: File photoKuwait is planning to create a $10 billion (Dh36.7 billion) fund with China to invest in the two countries, according to people with knowledge of the matter.The Gulf state is discussing the creation of a Kuwait-China Silk Road Fund that would invest in Kuwaiti projects related to the Silk City and islands development, according to the people. It could also be used for strategic investments in China and other areas under the Asian country’s One Belt, One Road initiative, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information is private.China and Kuwait would each be responsible for raising around $5 billion for the fund, the people said. The Asian country would also work with Chinese strategic partners to arrange debt financing for projects, which could give the fund an investment capacity of as much as $30 billion, they said.Under the prop…

Belt and Road Initiative by no means a debt trap

By Zhang Zhongyuan | China Daily | Updated: 2019-03-03 09:13[Ma  Xuejing / China Daily]Proposed by President Xi Jinping in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative has drawn extensive attention worldwide. After five years, the concept and vision of the initiative have been put into practice, with some already yielding fruits and promoting the building of a new pattern for the coordinated development of China and the world. Perhaps that's why many consider the initiative to be the most important public good provided by China for the world.As a new platform for international development and cooperation, the initiative facilitates China's engagement with the rest of world while making it possible to establish a more just and reasonable world order that would highlight the importance of Chinese wisdom in building a prosperous future for humankind.Thanks to the contributions the Belt and Road Initiative has already made to the world economy, the world is paying greater attention to and e…