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Why would Italy endorse China’s Belt and Road Initiative?

Financial Times Why would Italy endorse China’s Belt and Road Initiative? Potential move by Rome has caused allies and EU to flag serious concerns Italy’s prime minister Giuseppe Conte, left, has hailed closer ties with China, paving the way for a state visit by China’s president Xi Jinping, right, to Italy Miles Johnson in Rome Italy is expected to mark a high-profile state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping starting on Friday by becoming the first member of the G7 group of big industrialised countries to officially endorse Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative. Rome’s move to support BRI — a grand global project involving hundreds of billions in funding — has caused consternation among the country’s traditional allies, most notably the US, which is locked in a trade dispute with China. At a time when a populist Italian coalition government has clashed with the EU, and Brussels has recently labelled Beijing “a systemic rival”, the visit of Mr Xi to Rome raises questions about the E…

Pakistan distances itself from China's Belt and Road

Islamabad diverts $171m from CPEC to fund projects legislators wantADNAN AAMIR, Contributing writerMARCH 20, 2019 14:50 JSTPakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, left, and China's Premier Li Keqiang depart after a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 3, 2018.    © APISLAMABAD -- The Pakistani government has diverted around 24 billion Pakistani rupees ($171.6 million) in funds meant for joint infrastructure development projects with China into other construction plans, as Islamabad distances itself from Beijing.The funds were originally meant to go toward $62 billion worth of infrastructure projects to build the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a crucial leg of Chinese President Xi Jinping's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative. But since the change of government in August last year, both sides have not decided on a definite future course for CPEC.While the amount of funds being diverted to other projects is only a fraction of the amount going into B…

Balochistan: The China-Pakistan Nexus vs the People

Dr. Zafar JawaidBalochistan is a vast underdeveloped region that comprises almost half of the land mass of Pakistan with 600 miles of coastline along the Arabian Sea. This region has a chronic history of not only being pushed to the margins of modernity but also of fierce resistance to foreign dominance and subjugation. The resource-rich Balochistan’s greatest drawback is the politically deprived people who have five percent representation in the National Assembly that has the budgetary powers and to cut deals with international players, deciding the fate of the indigenous Baloch populace. The human rights abuses in Balochistan go beyond the state repressive measures of extrajudicial killings, torture, enforced disappearances and the mass graves – seven decades of Pakistani occupation has robbed the people of their historic identity, culture and dignity. The state and its institutions of power – civilian and military – have managed Balochistan as a colony of subjugated people deprivin…

CPEC is The Main Artery of The Global Village

Written by Adam Garrie on 2019-03-18Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has begun the first of a three day visit to China at the helm of a substantial Pakistani delegation. The main issue of discussion is furthering the goals of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as both countries look to improve strategic relations that have a solid foundation in an all-weather friendship.Whilst China and Pakistan will always been the foremost nations driving CPEC led innovation, it has been an oft repeated misnomer that CPEC is exclusively a China-Pakistan bilateral project. Instead, CPEC looks to welcome investment and participation from multiple nations that seek to derive unique benefits from being part of the world’s most dynamic transport corridors and the projects that are a material outgrowth of CPEC.As a central hub in the Belt and Road initiative, CPEC helps multiple countries to realise the benefits of  Pacific to Mediterranean trade within a modern context. As Italy …

China deploys troops in Sindh, just 90 km away from Indo-Pak border

Representational imageBy Manish Shukla | Updated: Mar 21, 2019, 17:53 PM ISTAccording to a report of Indian intelligence agencies, China has deployed its troops in Sindh region of Pakistan to protect the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).The report noted that China has deployed the troops of People Liberation Army (PLA) for the security of coal mines in Sindh's Thar region. Located in Tharparkar district of Pakistan, Thar region is only 90 kilometers away from Indo-Pak border. Several Chinese projects are going on in Sindh and most of these projects are facing stiff resistance from local people. It seems that China has decided to deploy its troops for securing the CPEC fearing such protests.''The Border Security Forces (BSF) deployed at the Indo-Pak border have also noticed the movements of Chinese troops close to the border. It seems that due to the opposition of Chinese projects by locals  in Sindh and Balochistan regions China has deployed its troops," said a…