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Perils of China’s ‘Belt and Road’ initiative

G Parthasarathy  | Updated on April 03, 2019  Published on April 03, 2019Using ‘aid’ as leverage, China is slowly exploiting developing nations and establishing its dominance in the Indian OceanOne of the most remarkable developments in recent decades has been the rise of China, spearheaded since 1978, by the visionary leadership and economic reforms of Deng Xiao Ping. China registered the highest rate of economic growth in history, growing at an average rate of 9.5 per cent annually, for over three decades. This followed the earlier rise of Japan between 1950-1989, with an average annual rate of growth rate of 6.7 per cent.Deng transformed a country crippled by centralised planning and state control of industries, into a more decentralised economy, with increasing involvement of private initiative. This era saw market reforms leading to a surge in exports, with China emerging as the largest exporter in the world. China’s private sector today controls around 80 per cent of its industr…

Chinese trespasser at Mar-a-Lago was going to Cindy Yang event

SupChina.com1. Chinese trespasser at Mar-a-Lago was going to Cindy Yang eventA few weeks ago, it was revealed that a Chinese businesswoman named Cindy Yang (Yáng Lì 杨莅), who had founded a chain of sketchy massage parlors in southern Florida, had a controversial side business selling Chinese executives access to Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club.The story was sensational, as it was further revealed that Yang had ties to an organization connected with the Chinese government called the Council for the Promotion of the Peaceful Reunification of China (CPPRC). Yang was then fired from the National Committee of Asian American Republicans.Her events at Mar-a-Lago were also cancelled, but promotion of those events continued on Chinese social media, apparently as recently as last week.A Chinese trespasser was arrested at Mar-a-Lago this past weekend. The Washington Post reports that her name is Yujing Zhang. She gained access only because confused security personnel thought she was related to a …

US Says Will Not Send High-Level Officials to China's Silk Road Summit

April 03, 2019 1:30 AMReutersFILE - Journalist take pictures outside the venue of a summit at the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, China, May 15, 2017.ShareWASHINGTON — The United States will not send high-level officials to attend China's second Belt and Road summit in Beijing this month, a spokesperson for the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday, citing concerns about financing practices for the project.China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, said on Saturday that almost 40 foreign leaders would take part in the summit due to be held in Beijing in late April. He rejected criticisms of the project as "prejudiced."The first summit for the project, which envisions rebuilding the old Silk Road to connect China with Asia, Europe and beyond with massive infrastructure spending, was held in 2017 and was attended by Matt Pottinger, the senior White House official for Asia.There are no such plans this year."We will not send high-level officials from the United States,"…

Belt and Road forum provides opportunities for conflicting nations

Adam Garrie

Editor's note: Adam Garrie is director of the UK-based global policy and analysis think tank Eurasia Future and co-host of a talk show "The History Boys." The article reflects the author's opinion and not necessarily the views of CGTN.It is appropriate that the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRFIC) is being held during the year in which celebrations will be held to mark the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China.China's modern history is instructive insofar as it demonstrates that the path from poverty to a moderately prosperous society in all respects is one that can be coursed through diligent work, flexible political reformism, social harmony and continually improving educational standards for the people.Pakistani members of the Sindh Medical Staff Association shout anti-Indian slogans during a protest in Karachi on March 2, 2019. /VCG Photo.China's peaceful model of development is based on the universa…

Interview: Former top Australian diplomat addresses Belt and Road Initiative

Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-03 11:01:29|SYDNEY, April 3 (Xinhua) -- Former Australian Foreign Minister and former Premier of New South Wales state Bob Carr has described the Belt and Road Initiative as China's conversation with the world and an opportunity to bring modernization to developing nations.Carr was the longest serving state premier of New South Wales and is currently director of the Australia China Relations Institute at the University of Technology Sydney, giving him a uniquely broad perspective on regional affairs.In an exclusive interview, Carr told Xinhua that if done with transparency, the Belt and Road Initiative stands to be a multilateral success, citing the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as a benchmark for Belt and Road Initiative governance arrangements."With the Belt and Road Initiative, China is saying, 'let our conversation be about mutual economic development," he said."That doesn't resolve all the hard questions, but let's say…

Belt and Road Initiative: Bangladesh's Payra shipping port could fall into Chinese hands

Updated Apr 03, 2019 | 14:48 IST | ANIPayra shipping port is a crucial strategic port for Bangladesh situated in Patuakhali on the banks of the Bay of Bengal.Photo Credit: ANITwo Chinese firms CHEC and China State CSCEC inked deals worth USD 600 million for developing the Payra port's main infrastructure (Representational photo)Dhaka: In December 2016, China and Bangladesh entered into agreements to expand their relationship under the grandiose Chinese geopolitical economic corridor the OBOR (One Belt One Road) program also called the BRI (Belt and Road Initiative) which aims to connect Asian nations through Chinese sponsored infrastructure projects, billed by China watchers as a 21st century 'Silk Road'.One of the projects that China took particular interest in Bangladesh was the expansion and development of the Payra deep-sea port in Bangladesh. Two Chinese firms China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) and China State Construction Engineering (CSCEC) inked deals worth U…

Ban on Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement chairman Manzoor Pashteen’s entry into Balochistan for 90 days

The provincial home department has extended ban on Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement chairman Manzoor Pashteen’s entry into Balochistan for 90 days.In a notification issued here on Tuesday, the provincial Home and Tribal Affairs Department said: “The Government of Balochistan has extended Pashteen’s entry ban following incitement of unrest in the province through his hate speech and incendiary statement against the state and its institutions.”Published in Dawn, April 3rd, 2019


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Balochistan matters

ByNews desk - April 3, 2019Dr Nasreen AkhtarTHE civil-military leaders feel that political participation and socio-economic progress is an essential tool in democratic system to integrate backward provinces like Balochistan. However, things have not gone smoothly in the province since democracy has take root. For instance, Zardari government made promises and offered economic packages to Balochistan which met some expectations but not all because the funds absorbing capacity of the province has been low. Pouring more funds without ownership and scrutiny had given rise to corruption only. Indeed Balochistan has remained the most neglected Province, consequently, internal and external forces exploited the situation of Balochistan. The civil government of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto sent army to take action against Baloch nationalist his political rivals. General Zia defused tension and tried to remove political and economic grievances. The next military ruler, General Musharraf, faced strong re…

Pakistan's Pashtun unease that just triggered Durand Line countdown

By:- Vinay JoshiThough the Pashtuns have been living in Pakistan since 1947, Pakistan's dominant Punjabi state apparatus has never accepted them wholeheartedly as genuine Pakistani citizens. Any legitimate Pashtun grievance regarding the government, Pakistan Army or institutions has always invited furious counter reaction from Punjabis and they are bluntly being labelled 'Afghanis' for raising their voice against state apparatus.New Delhi: Pashtuns or Pakhtuns are the second largest ethno-linguistic group of Pakistan. Though they have been living in Pakistan since 1947, Pakistan's dominant Punjabi state apparatus has never accepted them wholeheartedly as genuine Pakistani citizens. Any legitimate Pashtun grievance regarding the government, Pakistan Army or institutions has always invited furious counter reaction from Punjabis and they are bluntly being labelled 'Afghanis' for raising their voice against state apparatus. Though Pashtuns are the backbone of the P…

50 militants surrender in Balochistan

BY PPI , (LAST UPDATED 4 HOURS AGO)QUETTA: As many as 50 militants announced to enter into the national mainstream after surrendering arms to the security forces in Balochistan on Wednesday.A ceremony was held at Commissioner Office Quetta which was attended by Provincial Home Minister Mir Zia Ullah Langove, government officials and security forces.The surrendered militants were previously linked with militants groups like Baloch Republican Army (BRA), Baloch National Movement (BNM), and other separatist organizations. On the occasion, the militants, who surrendered, vowed to end violence and fight the anti-state actors. They also pledged to the nation that they will work for the betterment and progress of the country.The militant commanders requested other militants to lay down their arms and work for the development of the country and also thanked the government for allowing them to re-join society.Addressing to the ceremony, Home Minister Mir Zia Ullah Langove said that “these peop…