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China asks Britain for help to boost image of Belt and Road Initiative

China’s Ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming cites ‘rule-making’ as an area for bilateral cooperation with the UKTopic |  Belt and Road InitiativeHilary ClarkePublished: 5:16pm, 19 Apr, 2019China has asked Britain for help to offset claims its “Belt and Road Initiative” investments are opaque and justify its overseas spending to critics.It made the move days before UK Chancellor Phillip Hammond was expected to head to the belt and road forum in Beijing.In an article in London’s Evening Standard on Wednesday, China’s Ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming cited “rule-making” as an area for bilateral cooperation.“Britain has played a leading role in the establishment and management of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank,” Liu said. “In [belt and road] development, Britain could have a big role to play in ensuring that the projects are of higher quality, at a higher standard, with higher return.”Four years ago the UK defied the US and joined the AIIB.Liu’s comments followed news the UK’s De…

As Balochistan bleeds

OpinionDr Naazir MahmoodApril 20, 2019
On April 18, in the district of Gwadar near Ormara at least 14 passengers were killed by unidentified assailants. They were travelling by bus from Karachi to Gwadar, and on the way their buses were stopped, all the passengers were asked to produce their identity cards and 14 of them were off-loaded and shot to death. Just a week earlier, in Quetta, the Hazara community was targeted again and 20 people were killed in a bomb blast. Such incidents have happened regularly for the past many years while dozens of journalists have also been killed in Balochistan by ‘unidentified people’.The worst part of this tragic story is that our state does not like it when we talk about it. Those who speak and write about it are assailed on social media, declared traitors, and have been persecuted in much worse ways with mental, physical and social consequences. As a result there is an almost blackout of news analysis on Balochistan.Here we are not saying that no pi…

Balochistan didn’t get gas in winter, Senate body told

Regulator has set deadline of October 2019 for oil marketing companies to upgrade their fleet for oil transportation
Fawad YousafzaiApril 20, 2019
ISLAMABAD - Deploring gas unavailability during the winter season in Balochistan, Senator Jehanzeb Jamaldini has said that when the residents of gas producing province are not getting it, then people will remain with no other option but to stop the pipeline with gun. Gas is being produced in Balochistan, Senator Jehanzeb Jamaldini said during a meeting of the Senate standing committee on petroleum here Friday.READ MORE: PM Imran to pay two-day official visit to Iran from SundayThe Senate body, which met under the chairmanship of Senator Mohsin Aziz, was informed by Chairperson OGRA Uzma Adil that the regulator had set a deadline of October 2019 for oil marketing companies (OMCs) to upgrade their fleet for oil transportation and only five months are left to meet the deadline. After the deadline all non-compliant oil tankers will be grounded, s…

‘CPEC to spark shared prosperity’ 

By our correspondent Apr.20,2019CPEC was facilitating the proximity-led development, Sharif saidISLAMABAD: Board of Investment Chairman Haroon Sharif has said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has helped in the development of a new economic geography that could lead to shared prosperity in the region. He was speaking to participants of the International CPEC Workshop organised by the National Defence University on Friday. More and more regions were using proximity as a competitive advantage and CPEC was facilitating the proximity-led development, Sharif said. Appreciating the relationship between Pakistan and China, he said the government wanted CPEC to be a multidimensional initiative to bring foreign directinvestment parallel to infrastructure development. “Private capital is being attracted not only from China but also from the UAE, Qatar, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia,” the BOI chairman said.Published in The Express Tribune, April 20th, 2019.


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China gears up for next summit meeting with India, appeals to shed opposition to CPEC

Asked if India's reported decision to boycott the BRF would undermine the new momentum generated by last year's informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the two leaders had a very successful meeting at Wuhan.By PTI |Beijing |Published: April 19, 2019 4:17:46 pmIndia has already signalled to boycott the BRF like it did in 2017 to highlight its objections over the CPEC.China said Friday it was ready to hold a Wuhan-style summit meeting with India this year to improve the bilateral ties, notwithstanding India’s reported decision to boycott its 2nd Belt and Road Forum to be held in Beijing next week to protest the sovereignty concerns over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).Addressing a media conference in Beijing ahead of the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) being held from April 25-27 to showcase China’s trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made an impassione…

Chinese men using CPEC to lure Pakistani women for trafficking to China as 'brides'

Updated Apr 20, 2019 | 11:48 ISTTimes NowSIDHARTH SHEKHAR CorrespondentThe hype behind the CPEC project has created an atmosphere in Pakistan where human trafficking of underprivileged young women and minor girls has been on the rise.Photo Credit: YouTubeChinese man getting married with Pakistani girlChinese men facilitated by local brokers are marrying young Pakistani women by making cash payments and promise of a better life to their families. The scandal was unearthed by private Pakistani television station ARY news recently after it aired images of several Chinese men with six local women in different rooms, at an illegal matchmaking centre in the eastern city of Lahore.Apart from Pakistan, these illegal matchmaking centres are operating in China as well.According to a report by Global Times local authorities in Heze, East China's Shandong Province launched a massive crackdown after reports of illegal marriage centres surfaced.You May LikeWant To Reduce Your Belly Fat? Try Thi…