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4 policemen martyred in blast in Quetta's Satellite Town

Syed Ali ShahUpdated May 13, 2019
A vehicle was damaged in a blast in a market in Quetta's Satellite Town. — DawnNewsTV screengrabFour policemen were martyred in a blast in a market in Quetta's Satellite Town, according to Quetta Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Police Abdul Razzaq Cheema.The DIG said that two policemen and seven civilians have also been injured in the blast, while a police van was also damaged.The injured are being shifted to the Civil Hospital, where an emergency has been imposed. Meanwhile, security officials have arrived at the area and cordoned it off.The nature of the blast has not yet been determined and it is not clear if it was a targeted attack.ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER ADPML-N President Shahbaz Sharif condemned the blast in Quetta, saying that "by targeting Balochistan multiple times the enemy has made its intentions clear."Sharif said "the surge in terrorism incidents is worrisome."He paid tribute to the security officials for "…

Balochistan Liberation Army released the details of Gwadar attack

By Balochistan Post
May 13, 2019“Operation ‘Zer Pahazag’ concluded with all aims achieved”, BLA“More than 40 soldiers, several foreign and local investors killed. The early announcement of ending the operation was through a strategy to cause more damage to the military”: Baloch Liberation ArmyBaloch Liberation Army has released the details of the 24-hours-long battle at the Gwadar’s five-star luxury Pearl Continental hotel.According to the details, Jeehand Baloch, the spokesperson of Balochistan Liberation Army, released the details of the battle at PC hotel in media, naming it ‘Operation Zer Pahazag’.“Operation was commenced on the information of the presence of large number Chinese and local investors at the PC hotel and our aim was to target all the investors, Engineers along with other representatives of exploitative projects and destroy the PC hotel which is a symbol of Baloch exploitation”, Jeehand Baloch“ ‘Operation Zer Pahazag’ was carried out by self-sacrificing fighters of …

Balochistan Liberation Army released the details of Gwadar attack

By Balochistan Post
May 13, 2019“Operation ‘Zer Pahazag’ concluded with all aims achieved”, BLA“More than 40 soldiers, several foreign and local investors killed. The early announcement of ending the operation was through a strategy to cause more damage to the military”: Baloch Liberation ArmyBaloch Liberation Army has released the details of the 24-hours-long battle at the Gwadar’s five-star luxury Pearl Continental hotel.According to the details, Jeehand Baloch, the spokesperson of Balochistan Liberation Army, released the details of the battle at PC hotel in media, naming it ‘Operation Zer Pahazag’.“Operation was commenced on the information of the presence of large number Chinese and local investors at the PC hotel and our aim was to target all the investors, Engineers along with other representatives of exploitative projects and destroy the PC hotel which is a symbol of Baloch exploitation”, Jeehand Baloch“ ‘Operation Zer Pahazag’ was carried out by self-sacrificing fighters of …

A bridge to China: Kuwait’s Silk City

With China seen by Iran and Saudi as ‘neutral,’ a new port city in Kuwait holds promise for economic integrationByJONATHAN GORVETT, KUWAIT CITY
Since its opening in early May, the 36-kilometer, US$3.6 billion Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah Causeway has linked Kuwait’s capital directly to its northern territories – cutting a three-hour car journey to only 30 minutes.However, venturing out over the blue waters of Kuwait Bay, the causeway does far more than provide a quick escape from the capital.It also forms an elegant link to one of the world’s key geographies – the narrow northern end of the Gulf, where Kuwait, Iraq and Iran rub shoulders around the strategic Shatt-Al-Arab waterway.On the southern shore of this maritime lifeline, Kuwait also now plans a future megalopolis – a $100 billion project known as Silk City. The new development is set not only to transform the oil-rich country, but also to hardwire Kuwait into the regional architecture of a rising global power: China.The new t…

China’s new Silk Road endgame looks like Greece’s Port of Piraeus

Aarthi SwaminathanYahoo FinanceMay 10, 2019A Greek port that has served the city of Athens since ancient times is China’s poster child for the success of its 21st century Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).The BRI, also known as the New Silk Road, involves more than a trillion dollars worth of Chinese infrastructure investments across Asia, Africa, and Europe — with at least $64 billion more to come.Nearly three years after acquiring a 51% stake in the Port of Piraeus, China can now confidently point to Greece’s largest port as a case study that demonstrates its full capability of turning a sinking ship around.During the first year of Chinese operating the port, the throughput grew by 10.9%. according to a report by Lloyd’s List. And of the top 100 ports in the world, Piraeus was ranked 93rd in 2010. In 2018, it was 37th.The port of Piraeus is one of the largest seaports in the Mediterranean Sea and one of the top ten container ports in Europe. (Map: MERICS)More“This is something that Chi…

China can replace Belt and Road bilateral deals with multilateral cooperation

AIIB offers model for drawing countries into sharing authority and easing tensionsAndreea BrinzaMAY 10, 2019 14:01 JSTA replica of China Railway high-speed trains at the Belt and Road Forum: The BRI has drawn accusations of China pushing states into excessive borrowing.   © ReutersAs even Chinese President Xi Jinping has realized, the Belt and Road Initiative has to find a new groove.The BRI has come under harsh criticism over the past year, amid the heat of national election campaigns in countries such as Malaysia and the Maldives and accusations of China pushing states into excessive borrowing. Xi moved to address these concerns with his speech to leaders at the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing in late April, pledging a new emphasis on transparency and the sustainability of both financing and projects, as well as "zero tolerance for corruption."But the BRI's fundamental problem is its bilateral nature: the initiative is in practice a set of memorandums of understanding b…

How Can Chinese Companies Benefit From the Belt & Road Initiative?

in World Economy News09/05/2019China’s US$8 trillion Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) plans to invest in infrastructure around the world, aiming to create new trade routes along the lines of the ancient Silk Road. This route famously crisscrossed all of Eurasia and reached from China all the way into the Middle East and even Eastern Europe.Leading the cause today are some of China’s largest state-owned enterprises (SOEs), which are investing in roads, railways, ports, and other infrastructure assets around the world to facilitate a resurgence in trade. In the long term, the end beneficiaries will also come to include China’s massive numbers of exporters, who are looking for new markets to sell apparel, electronics, and home appliances.Let’s dig a little deeper and see how investors can profit from this massive initiative.Belt & Road will create new markets for China
China’s BRI is partly motivated by a need to offload excess capacity in its own economy and create job growth for it…

What to Make of India’s Absence from the Second Belt and Road Forum ?

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan, front center, attend a group photo session with other leaders at a welcoming banquet for the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, Friday, April 26, 2019. No surprise: No Modi.Image Credit: Jason Lee/Pool Photo via AP)

It was no surprise that India skipped the forum, but what does it mean for the China-India relationship?By Bansari KamdarMay 09, 2019
Unsurprisingly, Indian leaders were absent from the Second Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation hosted by China in Beijing on April 26 and 27. New Delhi has been a vocal opponent of its neighbor China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a multi-billion dollar overseas infrastructure investment initiative spearheaded by Chinese President Xi Jinping.India also boycotted the first BRF in 2017, citing its concern over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, China’s flagship BRI project in Pakistan. India cited issues of “sovereignty” …

Nepal president's visit to China opens up new vistas

By Mahendra Subedi | China Daily | Updated: 2019-05[Photo/VCG]The recent state visit of Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari to China, which coincided with the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation held in Beijing, offered the two countries the opportunity to discuss mutual interests and exchange views at the highest political level.While President Xi Jinping said China will support Nepal in its fight against climate change and poverty, and help it clear the development bottlenecks, Bhandari reiterated Nepal's firm support to the one-China policy and the Belt and Road Initiative.The first state visit of Nepal's head of state to China since the Himalayan country abolished 250 years of monarchy in 2008 helped to deepen mutual trust and achieve tangible progress in many areas including Belt and Road projects. Officials at different levels from both sides are supposed to get down to the nitty-gritty of the proposed projects and pave the way for their implemen…

Asian nations cash in on China's softer sell of Belt and Road

Regional players jockey for advantage amid Washington-Beijing rivalryTORU TAKAHASHI, Editor-in-Chief, Editorial Headquarters for AsiaMAY 12, 2019 19:58 JSTChinese President Xi Jinping proposes a toast after a ceremony welcoming leaders to the second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on April 26.   © ReutersBANGKOK -- Nearly six years have passed since China set in motion the Belt and Road Initiative in 2013, seeking to create a massive economic zone linking itself to Europe by land and sea.Although it got off to a slow start, more and more countries, drawn by the promise of Chinese money, are getting on board.The second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, which was held in Beijing on April 25-27, underscored that impression, attracting more world leaders than the first such extravaganza two years ago.More than 100 countries participated in the second Belt and Road summit, with 37 sending top leaders. The first Belt and Road summit, held in Beijing in May 2017, drew top lea…

Feature: Greek, Chinese experts discuss Belt and Road

Source: Xinhua| 2019-05-12 21:35:48|by Alexia VlachouPIRAEUS, Greece, May 12 (Xinhua) -- Experts in Greece praised the growth of the Piraeus port under the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) during a two-day seminar here."Greece historically has been a trading state and has a huge maritime industry," Athanasios Platias, a professor at the University of Piraeus told Xinhua. "So naturally, Greece (is) fitted to this initiative because Greek ships were part of the Maritime Silk Road and Piraeus is a successful example."Greek and Chinese experts gathered at the port city of Piraeus to discuss the Belt and Road at a two-day seminar held on Friday and Saturday titled "China, Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean." The event was a joint initiative by the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation in Greece and the Tsinghua University in China."It is a win-win deal because Piraeus has become very important. It is good for Greece," commented Charalambos …

Punjab IGP for reviewing security in the wake of Gwadar attack

May 13, 2019
LAHORE: Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) retired Capt Arif Nawaz Khan on Sunday ordered all regional police officers (RPOs), capital city police officers (CCPOs), city police officers (CPOs) and district police officers (DPOs) to review the security measures in their respective areas in the wake of the terrorist attack on Pearl Continental Hotel in Gwadar.He ordered the officers to visit A-Category mosques and imambargahs along with other sensitive places and also pay surprise visits to public centres for security checks.The IGP issued a notification for revision of security in the province. It stated that the Lahore CCPO, all RPOs, CPOs and DPOs should ensure “hotel eye system” was functional whereas no one was allowed to stay in hotels and guest houses without possessing national identification cards.Intra-provincial and intra-district checkposts should be made more effective for better monitoring and checking and no vehicle should be allowed to move without comp…

'Will support Pakistan in counterterrorism efforts': China slams Gwadar terror attack

Three gunmen stormed the Pearl Continental Hotel in Gwadar on Saturday, killing five hotel workers and one Navy officialPublished: 13th May 2019 06:31 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th May 2019 06:31 PM  |The Chinese army (File | AP)By IANSBEIJING: China on Monday strongly condemned the terror attack at a five-star hotel in Pakistan's port city Gwadar, which is being developed by the Chinese.Three gunmen stormed the Pearl Continental Hotel in Gwadar on Saturday, killing five hotel workers and one Navy official. They were later shot dead by the security forces.The hotel in Pakistan's restive Balochistan province is popular among the Chinese developing the port city under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)."China strongly condemns the terrorist attack. We offer our condolences to Pakistan personnel who sacrificed their lives and our sympathy to the family of the victims," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said, adding that there were no Chinese casual…

Gwadar attack: Growing separatist violence in Balochistan indicates anger among locals against Chinese interference in Pakistan

By Tara Kartha, May 13, 2019 11:19:31 ISTNow it seems that China is the target for attack by the new armed groups who have sprung up, arising from a bitter hatred of the ‘colonisers’ of their country.For years it was an open secret that China maintained links with at some of the insurgent groups operating in the area in a deal-making exercise.Balochistan is the least populated province of the country, with little villages clustered around small water sources, surrounded by mile upon mile of barren territory.In an act as shocking as it was tragic, three attackers from the ‘Majeed Brigade” of the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) claimed the attack on the upscale Pearl Continental Hotel in Gwadar, the port city that is at the heart of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Shocking, because it been just weeks since the group, together with other resistance groups, attacked a bus on the Makran Highway, killing at least 11 personnel from the navy, coast guard and the air force.This …

Saudi Arabia says 2 oil tankers damaged by sabotage attacks

AP | Dawn.comUpdated May 13, 2019

S.Arabia's announcement came after Iranian, Lebanese media outlets aired false reports of explosions at city's port. — AFP/FileSaudi Arabia said on Monday two of its oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in attacks that caused “significant damage” to the vessels ─ one of them as it was en route to pick up Saudi oil to take to the United States.The announcement by the kingdom's energy minister, Khalid al-Falih, came as the US issued a new warning to sailors, and the UAE's regional allies condemned the reported sabotage Sunday of four ships off the coast of the port city of Fujairah.The statement came just hours after Iranian and Lebanese media outlets aired false reports of explosions at the city's port.Shortly after the Saudi announcement, Iran's Foreign Ministry called for further clarification about what exactly happened with the Saudi tankers.ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER ADThe ministry' spo…

Distant Dream For Balochistan

Will Balochistan ever see peace? This is the question that many people want an answer to. The attack on Pearl Continental (PC) Hotel at Gwadar raises many questions on the law and order situation of the province. Despite the claims of the provincial authorities earlier this year, two attacks in less than a month inform us that the law and order situation in the province is not up to the mark. Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) claims responsibility for the attack. BLA was also behind the Ormara attack.READ MORE: Bale's future looks clear as Zidane leaves him out of Real Madrid squad againBLA claiming responsibility for the two attacks reveals that the outlawed organisation still can launch terrorist attacks in Balochistan with ease. The fact that BLA is yet to be neutralised or eliminated raises serious questions on the efficiencies of all the authorities that are responsible for the law and order situation of the province. The attack on a building where foreigners, especially Chin…