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Xi’s new Long March and Trump’s new cold war

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General Secretary Xí Jìnpíng’s 习近平 domestic tour to Jiangxi Province continues to feature prominently in Chinese state media coverage. As we noted yesterday, this included a stop at a rare earths processing facility, which telegraphed a threat to the U.S. that China could cut off supplies to the important minerals for technology components.Today, the SCMP reports on Xi’s tour:“We are here at the starting point of the Long March to remember the time when the Red Army began its journey,” Xi told cheering crowds on Monday, in footage posted on state broadcaster CCTV’s website on Tuesday. “We are now embarking on a new Long March, and we must start all over again.”While Xi did not directly mention the trade war or the United States, his remarks are being perceived as clear signals that the Chinese public is being told to prepare for hardships because of the worsening external environment.

Also responding to increasing external hardships, Huawei founder Rén Zhèngfēi 任正非 gave a …

Kech: forces outpost was attacked.

22'May 2019(Current Balochistan)Current Balochistan's correspondent has reported that forces outpost was attacked by unknown person in Tump.forces outpost was ambushed with rocket and other automatic weapons at both sides in Tump, Cheragi river.In this attack heavy losses occured to forces.No group has claimed responsibility for the attack at the time of filing this report, however, Baloch Militants have been very active in the area in past.http://cubalochistan.home.blog/2019/05/21/kech-forces-outpost-was-attacked/

ENGAGING BUT NOT ENDORSING CHINA'S BELT & ROAD INITIATIVE

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China’s fondness for memorandums of understanding (MoUs) in its relations with foreign entities is well known. Governments, think tanks and international institutions – including many United Nations organs – are regularly asked by Chinese counterparts to sign such letters of intent for cooperation of some sort. As Europeans discuss the balance of opportunities and challenges of MoUs with China, this Clingendael Policy Brief proposes that inspiration should be drawn from Japan’s approach of conditional engagement. While care should be taken not to align one’s own priorities with Chinese priorities, MoUs can be a tool to forge cooperative ties with Chinese banks and businesses. Significant commitment to follow up is required to test the real potential for such cooperation.Follow @MaaikeOh and @Clingendael.org on Twitter for our latest updates.

Standard Chartered: Financial Transparency Spurs More Belt and Road Projects

By Phenny Lynn PalecMay 21, 2019 07:52 PMStandard Chartered commented that the ongoing trade war between China and the United States and the Asian economic giant's commitment to follow the globally recognized best financial practices lead to more infrastructure projects nations under the Belt and Road Initiative.Recently, the United States escalated its criticisms on China's Belt and Road Initiative after it claimed that it can offer a better option through transparent, free, and fair trade deals.A website managed by the Department of State promoting United States policy and culture, ShareAmerica, warned through a new video that as China pushes the initiative, countries should be careful "not to get caught in China's belt and road debt trap. The video claims that nations under the Belt and Road faces risks of excess debt, environmental problems and losing control of their strategic assets. The video was posted timely to the first day of the second Belt and Road Forum …

3 Ways China Can Make the Belt and Road Initiative More Successful

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China’s BRI can be more successful if it prioritizes these three measures.By Dingding Chen and Junyang HuMay 21, 2019
As a midsize European country, Italy is keeping a subtle balance between the European Union and China since its signing of a memorandum of understanding on joining Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Understandably, this member of the G-7 might bear a great amount of multidimensional pressure and skepticism from outside due to the divided interpretations of the BRI within Europe, as well as the fact that Italy’s participation could somehow dilute the U.S. influence in the region.From an apolitical perspective, however, China has done a proper job of explaining what the initiative is and extended a sincere invitation to each country to join. According to the latest BRI report in 2019 released by the country, the Chinese government had signed 173 cooperation agreements with 125 countries and 29 international organizatio…

Pakistan: Ethnic Backlash In Balochistan – Analysis

 May 21, 2019SATP
By SATPBy Tushar Ranjan Mohanty*Unidentified militants opened indiscriminate fire on labourers working in an agriculture field in the Manjho Shori area of Naseerabad District in Balochistan on May 15, 2019, killing three of them and injuring one. The deceased had come from Tando Adam area of the Nawab Shah District in Sindh, and were daily-wage labourers. The attackers managed to escape. Though no group has so far claimed responsibility for the killing, Baloch insurgent groups have a history of killing non-Baloch labourers.In the intervening night of April 17 and 18, 2019, unidentified assailants shot dead at least 14 passengers after forcibly offloading them from a bus plying on the Makran Coastal Highway in the Ormara area of Gwadar District. Reports indicate that around 15 to 20 armed assailants wearing Security Forces’ (SF) uniforms stopped five or six buses travelling between Karachi (Sindh) and Gwadar (Balochistan), checked the identity cards of passengers, and…

SMOKERS’ CORNER: PAKISTAN’S YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY

NADEEM F. PARACHAOn September 30, 1965, the Communist Party of Indonesia — Parti Komunis Indonesia (PKI) — attempted a coup d’etat through a clandestine organisation embedded within the Indonesian armed forces. The PKI was close to the Indonesian nationalist hero and first ruler President Sukarno. PKI’s embedded organisation, the 13th of September Movement, believed that a large portion of the country’s armed forces was anti-Communist and under the influence of the US which was planning to topple Sukarno.Sukarno was not a communist himself. In her book Maoism: A Global History, Julia Lovell writes that he had kept the large PKI on his side to neutralise the influence of the military. Nevertheless, in the early 1960s, as tensions between the military and PKI mounted and the economy began to unravel, Sukarno made an alarming speech in August 1964. Alluding to the developing crisis, Sukarno stated that the country was ‘living dangerously.’The 1965 coup attempt was brutally thwarted by an…