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Quetta: Baloch Human Rights held demonstration in Quetta.

28'March 2019*(Current Balochistan)*

Against disappearances of Baloch women a protest held in Quetta, Balochistan.According to our Quetta's correspondent who has reported that the demonstration was against the abduction of Baloch women from different areas of Balochistan.BHRO's Protest was held in front of Quetta  Press Club where many People came to take part.They chanted and raised slogans against abduction of women from Mashkey Awaran who were forcibly disappeared.In the demonstration Voice for Baloch missing person seniors and other abducted missing person's relatives took part. Voice chairman of voice for Baloch missing persons Mama Qadeer Baloch, Said to the protestors today we are protesting in order to recover those women who were six days before from Mashkey, including them who were whisked away from Jahoo, from Balochistan not only these women are missing their are hundreds who are missing since years.Voice for Baloch missing persons Chairperson BiBi Gull Ba…

Sorry Tale of Gwadar

Imtiaz GulMARCH 27, 2019Since 2015, Gwadar has been a sorry tale of insensitivity, inaction and the incompetence of Pakistani leaders. It is an extremely sad comment on missed opportunities. At the same time, Gwadar reflects poorly on the incompetence, lethargy and obstructive nature of Pakistan’s bureaucracy. This simply reinforces the grievances and grudges that Baloch Pakistanis have long nurtured against the rulers.We hear that the groundbreaking for the new Gwadar Airport may take place this week when the prime minister lands there for the first time. This would happen to the context of great displeasure by the Chinese government and officials over adverting delays and conscious delaying tactics.When he arrives there, he must ask all federal and provincial officials: Does the town have electricity? What is the fate of the promised 300 MW coal-fired power plant? Is there water to supply the town and the free industrial zone? What is the fate of the water supply pipeline? Has the N…

India raises Beijing’s close ties with Islamabad during Track II dialogue with China

India raises Beijing’s close ties with Islamabad during Track II dialogue with ChinaDuring the track-II dialogue, India raised the issue of Beijing’s close ties with Islamabad. The dialogue was held to expand engagement between the two Asian giants.India TodayGeeta Mohan New DelhiMarch 28, 2019UPDATED: March 28, 2019 11:52 IST(Photo for representation)India raised the issue of Beijing’s close ties with Islamabad during the high-level track-II dialogue to expand engagement between the two Asian giants.At the second track-II dialogue, held at Manesar in Haryana on March 25-26, 30 delegates participated from India and China.The Indian delegation highlighted China’s continued support, logistical and military, to Pakistan. The more you give them the more they gain in confidence. The more you do with them militarily boosts their confidence, was the message put forth according to a source.The Chinese side tried to explain their investments in Pakistan by saying it aims to bring stability in …

CPEC likely to contribute 3.5% to Pakistan’s GDP

By salman siddiqui
Early harvest projects are expected to be completed in current calendar yearKARACHI: China’s investment of over $60 billion in Pakistan’s infrastructure and power projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is expected to increase Pakistan’s economic growth by around 3.5 percentage points, said Standard Chartered Bank (Pakistan) CEO Shahzad Dada on Thursday.“CPEC projects are estimated to contribute around 3.5 percentage points to Pakistan’s GDP (gross domestic product) growth once they are fully delivered,” he emphasised while speaking at an event in Karachi.Dada noted that most of the Chinese companies investing in Pakistan under CPEC were clients of the bank and Standard Chartered was itself involved in financing some of the projects as well.ECC approves Rs17.5 billion supplementary budgetEarly harvest projects under CPEC are expected to be completed in the current calendar year. Later, short-term projects are anticipated to be completed by 2022, me…

Think tanks meet to discuss CPEC

March 28, 2019
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Council on China (PCC) organised the first meeting of Consortium of Think Tanks on CPEC.The meeting was chaired by President PCC Amb (R) Inam-ul-Haq and attended by Dr Fazalur Rehman, Hamayuon Khan, Director PCC, Mr Lijian Zhao, Deputy Chief of Mission in the Chinese Embassy and Almas Naqvi of Regional Rapport.Heads and representatives of member think-tanks also participated that include CGSS, SASSI, COMSATS, NUST, ISSI, CRSS, CISS, IPS, Jinnah Institute, RDPI, SDPI, PIPS & SVI. Inam Haque in his opening remarks highlighted the current progress on CPEC and identified some important areas of concern in the second phase of CPEC especially related to establishment of Special Economic Zones (SEZs).Following the opening statement, the house was opened for interactive discussion. Chinese DCM applauded the efforts by PCC to develop consensus among think-tanks on some of the vital issues which needs immediate attention. Various thank tanks offered to unde…

How Far Does the China Belt and Road ‘Pushback’ Really Go?

While the BRI has no doubt suffered serious setbacks, one should be wary about overestimating or misreading them.By Prashanth ParameswaranFebruary 28, 2019With just a few weeks more to go until the next Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) summit China, expected in April, it is clear that the BRI continues to suffer some serious setbacks even as Beijing continues to try to lock in additional wins. Yet at the same time, as BRI continues to develop in the lead up to and after the upcoming summit, one should be wary of overestimating or misreading any sort of “pushback” against BRI. Among other things, an overly narrow focus on BRI “pushback” can distort the wide range of responses we have seen thus far from regional states; misread the motivations at play inherent in readjustments or reconsiderations countries may make along the way; and place the emphasis too much on just temporary pushbacks rather than the structural and strategic changes that need to be made to contend with how regional st…

China Development Bank (CDB) has provided financing of over $190 billion

BOAO, China (Reuters) - *China Development Bank (CDB) has provided financing of over $190 billion for more than 600 projects of the “Belt and Road” infrastructure plan since 2013, CDB President Zheng Zhijie told the Boao Forum on Wednesday.*As of 2018 end, the CDB’s outstanding international businesses in countries along the Belt and Road were $105.9 billion, accounting for 34 percent of the bank’s overall international businesses, Zheng said.The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) lies at the heart of China’s foreign policy strategy. It was incorporated into the ruling Communist Party constitution in 2017, reflecting President Xi Jinping’s desire for China to take a global leadership role.https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-finance-cdb-bri/china-development-bank-provides-over-190-billion-for-belt-and-road-projects-idUSKCN1R8095

Italy’s critics are jealous of its China deal, says Rome’s lead negotiator

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US should worry about its own debts to China rather than warn Italy about falling into a debt trap, Michele Geraci saysCriticism made Italy ‘even more alert’ about Beijing – but he predicts more European nations will soon join it in embracing the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’Topic |  China-EU relations
Sarah ZhengLiu ZhenPublished: 12:11pm, 27 Mar, 2019Italy has got an edge over other European nations by signing up first to China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” and it may be making some of them “jealous”, the Italian politician who pushed for his country’s involvement said on Tuesday.Michele Geraci, undersecretary of state at the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, said at least two other European countries were expected to follow Italy, which last week became the first G7 nation to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the transcontinental infrastructure initiative with China.“All the other countries will follow Italy and sign an MOU, and I can give you two names, but I…

Luxembourg Signs Accord With China on Belt and Road Initiative

By Stephanie BodoniMarch 27, 2019, 9:49 PM GMT+5:30Xavier Bettel Photographer: Julien Warnand/AFP via Getty ImagesLuxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel signed an agreement with China on Wednesday to cooperate on the Asian nation’s Belt and Road Initiative, Beijing’s giant infrastructure project to redraw the global trade map.The move comes a week after Italy became the first large, Western European Union member to sign the agreement, which has caused concern about China’s increasing reach and influence.Xi Says Trust Me, as Europe Wrestles With How to Handle ChinaThe signing of this accord is a new step in developing the Sino-Luxembourg relations and in our cooperation at the economic, commercial, academic and cultural level as that of research and development,” Bettel said in an emailed statement after the signing.The EU is engaged in a delicate balancing act, both seeking more investment opportunities with Asia’s most populous nation while also striking a more cautious stance on…