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BNM protests abroad, holds awareness campaigns in Balochistan on 28th May

19'Apr 2019(Current Balochistan)The central spokesman of Baloch National Movement in his statement says that twenty-one years ago the occupying state of Pakistan tested nuclear bomb on Baloch land at Chaghi and put the entire Baloch nation at the risk of nuclear radiation and till today Baloch are suffering due to its residuals effects.The spokesman stated that while detonating nuclear test at the midst of the population and trampling international laws, convinced Baloch nation's belief that their life has no value for the occupying state of Pakistan. And it has no concerns for the native population, which is a new chapter in the history of Baloch genocide.He added that the nuclear test of Pakistan was a lethal and well-planned attempt in order to turn the ground a hell for the real hire and sons of the soil. The nuclear radiation was the best available option to Pakistan to use it against Baloch nation.Baloch National Movement central spokesperson stated that nuclear radiati…

Majeed Brigade of BLA: Brief Summary

PICSS also gathered information from social media accounts of Baloch militants. A brief summary of what we found about Majeed Brigade is given below;Majeed Baloch was a Baloch militant in 1970s who was involved in an attempt on the life of the then Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. He was killed by the security forces. Another Majeed Baloch emerged as a key BLA commander in recent rebellion. Majeed Baloch Junior was killed in 2010 by the security forces. The BLA raised a special unit after his name. The exact date of formation of the unit is not known but at least it was formed before 2011 when the group claimed a suicide bombing. The first use of suicide bombing in the on-going insurgency was done on 30th December 2011 when a car bomb attack exploded near the house of former state minister Mir Naseer Mengal in Quetta. In this attack, 13 people were killed and 30 others were injured. Baloch Liberation Army (then under Hyrbyair Marri) claimed the responsibility for the attack. The s…

Belt, Road gains more recognition, survey says

By Sun Shangwu and Cang Wei in Nanjing | China Daily | Updated: 2019-05-20 08:00A man takes photo of a sign promoting the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on April 22, 2019. [Photo/VCG]The Belt and Road Initiative has been gaining more recognition globally and will help support economic development across Asia and beyond, according to survey released at a media and think tank exchange event in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, on Saturday.The 2019 "The Belt and Road" Media and Think Tank Exchange Event attracted mainstream media representatives and think tank experts from 17 countries, including Russia, Pakistan, Mongolia and India.The report released during the event, titled "Leading a New Round of Global Opening up and Cooperation-The Belt and Road in the Eyes of the International Community", found that the global community's recognition of the initiative has been increasing each year.China's neighboring countries have the best understanding of it, according to th…

It’s all about the money! Ayalas hop on China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Last updated May 17, 2019POLITIKO - The bible of Philippine Politics.The Ayalas have thrown their support behind China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), saying it will create a “halo effect” for the Philippines’ growing economy.Ayala Corporation chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala praised BRI when he participated in a panel discussion at JP Morgan’s Global China Summit on May 8 and 9 in Beijing.Speaking to foreign business and political leaders, Ayala said the BRI will accelerate infrastructure development in the Philippines.RELATED POSTSLito Lapid top choice of inmates; PDP Senate bets snubbed in…May 19, 2019Duterte brings gun in heated confrontation with mayor: P****…May 18, 2019Sandiganbayan allows ex-MRT 3 GM Vitangcol to move for…May 18, 2019“In addition, the BRI and China’s outward investment approach has created a halo effect for the Philippines in boosting economic activity through people flow, tourism, and the growth of certain sectors …

A  historic traversing of new trade routes with the 'Belt and Road Initiative'

The Belt and Road Initiative will pave the way for more cross-border trade that will benefit the economies of the regionBy Mohamed SalamaSat 30 Mar 2019 11:05 AMFor centuries, trade routes have connected empires, markets, goods and above all, people.They have shaped civilisations, influenced cultures and spawned thriving centres of commerce. The globalised landscape of today might be different to the days when Marco Polo found his way to China and back; however, we nevertheless continue to benefit from the positive impact of trade between countries and people.Most recently, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the most ambitious and far-reaching project of its kind, is bringing unprecedented potential in cross-border trade and investment between China and the Middle East and Africa region.In Africa, Belt & Road (B&R) transactions are related to major projects in the power and infrastructure sector and related financing. Playing an integral role in B&R, East Africa, is the g…

Lessons from Malaysia: How to benefit from Belt and Road Initiative without falling into a debt trap

Mahathir Mohamad’s threat to review Chinese-financed projects and cancel those his country couldn’t afford got him a much better deal from Beijing.Frank Ching
Andrea Verdelli/AFPMahathir Mohamad came out of retirement, forged an alliance with a former deputy turned political foe, emerged triumphant in the May 2018 general election and took the oath of office as prime minister at age 93. The world was taken aback, to put it mildly, with none more surprised than the leaders of China.Mahathir made China a major campaign issue. He accused the incumbent, Najib Razak, of “selling out” the country to China, and promised that, if elected, he would review Chinese-financed projects and cancel those that the country could not afford. The threat of cancellation of a China-financed project in Malaysia followed by restoration provides lessons for all concerned.ADVERTISEMENTChina struggles with how to deal with this “new” Mahathir. In his first term, lasting from 1981 to 2003, the two nations were mo…

Charts of the Week: China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Fred DewsFriday, May 17, 2019BROOKINGS NOWIn this edition of Charts of the Week, a focus on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).CHINA’S MULTIPLE LINKS TO EUROPEAN UNION COUNTRIESTheodore Pelagidis comments on a recent EU-China summit, where EU members and Beijing agreed upon bilateral trade arrangements, in anticipation of WTO adjudication. In the piece, he describes China’s Belt and Road Initiative that will help connect China to the European market, noting that it includes three roads, a maritime route, and an “e-Silk Road.”
Source: The Wall Street JournalDEFORESTATION RISKS FROM CHINA’S BRIA group of experts writing for the Future Development blog examine the deforestation risks of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Elizabeth Losos, Alexander Pfaff, and Lydia Olander (all from Duke University) offer a framework and analysis of where the greatest risks of deforestation, and greatest environmental impacts, from development are.BRI’S INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTSBruce Jones, vice president…

Pakistan army plans new unit to protect CPEC projects

Army determined to ensure the security of the project, Gafoor saysPublished:  May 19, 2019 17:56PTIIslamabad: Pakistan’s army will raise another division-size special force to protect Chinese nationals and projects under the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), military spokesman Major-General Asif Gafoor has said.The announcement comes days after the brazen terror attack on a luxury hotel in Balochistan.Describing the US$50 billion (Dh183 billion) China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as a living example of the deep-rooted friendship between Pakistan and China, Major-General Gafoor, Director-General of the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), said the army was fully determined to ensure the security of the project.Addressing Chinese journalists in Rawalpindi on Saturday, Gafoor said Pakistan military had raised a whole division-size force to protect the project and they were planning to deploy another division for this purpose.Earlier reports said a Special Security Division…

Pakistan army plans new unit to protect CPEC projects

Army determined to ensure the security of the project, Gafoor saysPublished:  May 19, 2019 17:56PTIIslamabad: Pakistan’s army will raise another division-size special force to protect Chinese nationals and projects under the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), military spokesman Major-General Asif Gafoor has said.The announcement comes days after the brazen terror attack on a luxury hotel in Balochistan.Describing the US$50 billion (Dh183 billion) China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as a living example of the deep-rooted friendship between Pakistan and China, Major-General Gafoor, Director-General of the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), said the army was fully determined to ensure the security of the project.Addressing Chinese journalists in Rawalpindi on Saturday, Gafoor said Pakistan military had raised a whole division-size force to protect the project and they were planning to deploy another division for this purpose.Earlier reports said a Special Security Division…

'Prez Jinping you still have time to quit Balochistan,' BLA's Majeed Brigade threatens China, Pak to launch fresh attacks

ANI | Asia | Last Updated at May 19 2019 22:41 IST
Majeed Brigade, an elite unit of the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) on Sunday in a video threatened Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pakistan to withdraw their projects immediately from Balochistan."President Xi Jinping, you still have time to quit Balochistan or you will witness a retaliation from Baloch sons and daughters that you will never forget," a BLA commander said in the video."China you came here without our consent supported our enemies, helped Pakistani military in wiping our villages. But now it's our turn," he added.The video was released only eight days after four members of Baloch Liberation Army's Majeed Brigade stormed a five-star hotel in Gwadar and battled Pakistani commandos for 26 hours.The deadly attack on May 11 at the luxury hotel in Gwadar has intensified security concerns around Beijing's major development drive in Pakistan, including a strategic deep-sea port.In the video, …

BLA Majeed Brigade threatens Chinese president in a newly released video message

May 19, 2019

“President Xi Jinping you still have time to quit Balochistan or you will witness a retaliation from Baloch sons and daughters that you will never forget,” the BLA commander threatens in a newly released video.The video has been released only days after four members of Baloch Liberation Army’s Majeed Brigade stormed a five-star hotel in Gwadar and battled Pakistani commandos for 26 hours.
The deadly attack on 11th May at luxury hotel in Gwadar has intensified security concerns around Beijing’s major development drive in Pakistan, including a strategic deep-sea port.The new video which was making rounds in social media on Saturday and was emailed to journalists on Sunday, a BLA commander can be seen surrounded by heavily armed persons wearing the same camo uniform as members of Majeed Brigade, the organisation’s suicide unit, which it calls its self-sacrificing squad.
“On 11th May, members of our self-sacrificing squad Majeed Brigade attacked Pearl Continental Hotel in Gwa…