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China’s belt and road cargo to Europe under scrutiny as operator admits to moving empty containers

China’s belt and road cargo to Europe under scrutiny as operator admits to moving empty containersChina Railway admitted the existence of the problem in an interview with the state-run ‘Global Times’ last week but insists it has improved recentlyCities and provinces were looking to benefit from subsidies offered by both the local and national government as part of Xi Jinping’s plan to boost global tradeTopic |  China economySidney LengPublished: 6:30pm, 20 Aug, 2019Widespread waste and fraud associated with China’s Belt and Road Initiative has been unearthed after the country’s state railway group was forced to admit this month that a significant amount of cargo containers shuttling between Chinese factories and European cities were empty.The admission by the state-run China Railway – the sole operator of the lines – followed an investigation by the Chinese Business Journal, a newspaper supervised by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, which found that in one extreme case only one…

Kashmir: How deeply China is entrenched in J&K

Kashmir: How deeply China is entrenched in J&KChina is deeply entrenched in Kashmir. And, this is not limited to the cold desert of Aksai Chin, having a population of less than 10,000 people.ADVERTISEMENTPrabhash K Dutta New DelhiAugust 20, 2019UPDATED: August 20, 2019 13:49 ISTChina-built Karakoram Highway passes through Gilgit-Baltistan, which is part of Jammu and Kashmir and in illegal occupation of Pakistan, which ceded an area of over 5,000 sq km in the region to China. (Photo: WikiCommons)HIGHLIGHTSChina occupied Aksai Chin in 1962 war and has retained control over the regionIn 1963, Pakistan ceded a part of Gilgit-Baltistan to China giving it more access in J&KChina increased its hold in PoK with $60 billion CPEC project passing through Gilgit-BaltistanIrked by India's decision to offer shelter to Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama in the late 1950s, China launched a treacherous attack on India in 1962. Some observers have seen an element of envy in Chinese leader Mao Ze…