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China’s Belt and Road Initiative could lead to 3°C global warming, report warns

China’s Belt and Road Initiative could lead to 3°C global warming, report  warns Greening the financing of a US$12 trillion development project that promises to help 60 per cent of humanity is necessary to avoid runaway climate change, a new report by Tsinghua University has cautioned. China was involved in 240 coal power projects in 65 of the Belt and Road countries between 2001 and 2016. Image: Saagnik Paul/Greenpeace via Chinadialogue By  Robin Hicks Monday 2 September 2019 Share this story China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), one of the most ambitious infrastructure projects in history, promises to improve the lives of 60 per cent of the world’s population by investing US$12 trillion in roads, railways, ports, power stations, and telecommunications links in 126 countries, from South America to Southeast Asia, over the next 30 years. But if that investment is spent on carbon-intensive infrastructure such as coal-fired power stations, steel and cement production and tradit

China's 'Belt and Road' risks Paris climate goals: Analysis

The massive network of ports, railways, roads and industrial parks spanning Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe will see trillions invested in new infrastructure across 126 countries. Published: 02nd September 2019 11:38 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd September 2019 11:38 AM  |  A+A A- OBOR also known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is failing to gain any traction in Europe, according to Sheikh. (Photo | ANI) By AFP PARIS: Carbon-heavy development in countries part of China's Belt and Road Initiative could render the Paris climate goals unreachable, according to a new analysis on the gargantuan global infrastructure project released Monday. The massive network of ports, railways, roads and industrial parks spanning Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe will see trillions invested in new infrastructure across 126 countries. While the Chinese state is putting up a significant part of the cash, the project will also see other national and private-sector investment, a

Tax exemption laws for Gwadar port, free zone approved

The Newspaper's Staff Reporter Updated August 29, 2019 The government on Wednesday approved a number of amendments to laws aimed to provide exemptions from income tax, sales tax and custom duties to the Gwadar port and free zone until 2039, but could not decide how to give legal cover to the decision. — AFP/File ISLAMABAD: The government on Wednesday approved a number of amendments to laws aimed to provide exemptions from income tax, sales tax and custom duties to the Gwadar port and free zone until 2039, but could not decide how to give legal cover to the decision. A meeting of the Economic Coordi­nation Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet presided over by the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue, Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, asked the law ministry to come up with a legal way out — possibly a presidential ordinance or a bill — when the Federal Board of Revenue expressed its inability to issue a statutory regulatory order on the matter. Earlier this year, the Ministry o

Tax holiday for Gwadar Port brings it at par with Dubai, Singapore

Previous 1 / 2 A general view of Gwadar port in Gwadar, Pakistan October 4, 2017. Picture taken October 4, 2017. (REUTERS) 2 / 2 FILE PHOTO: A general view of Gwadar port in Gwadar, Pakistan October 4, 2017. (REUTERS) Next After new tax exemptions, raw materials can be imported into Gwadar duty-freeExperts say Gwadar will have an edge over other regional free ports due to lower labour costs KHURSHID AHMED    September 02, 2019       KARACHI: As Pakistan moves to declare its deep-sea port of Gwadar a duty-free zone along the lines of the Dubai and Singapore models, officials and shipping gurus rule out any direct competition with regional free ports, but say those setting up industries will have most to gain from the tax exemption. For well over a decade, Pakistan’s government has dreamed of transforming the small, strategically located fishing port of Gwadar in southwestern Balochistan province into Pakistan’s Dubai, with a duty-free port and free economic zone. “The exe

Global community favours bilateral framework on Kashmir, but Pak refuses to see writing on wall

Global community favours bilateral framework on Kashmir, but Pak refuses to see writing on  wall Pakistan has sought UN mediation despite being bound by the principle of bilateralism under the 1972 Simla Agreement. Written by  Sujan R Chinoy  |Updated: September 2, 2019 9:33:21 am Pakistan knows that India totally rejects third-party involvement. Barring a few aberrant acolytes of Pakistan, the global community, including the US, has openly favoured the bilateral framework to address all the issues between India and Pakistan. After failing to get the UN Security Council (UNSC) to take formal notice of its antics over  Article 370  and the situation in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), Pakistan has yet again attempted to internationalise J&K by writing to the president of the UNSC. It has asked for “doubling the strength of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) Observers and to persuade India to allow them to patrol on its side of the Line of Cont

China and Russia’s sky-high strategy

East Asia Forum 28 August 2019 Author: Artyom Lukin, Far Eastern Federal University On 23 July 2019, Russian and Chinese warplanes — long-range nuclear-capable bombers accompanied by fighter jets and surveillance aircraft — conducted a ‘joint patrol’ over the East China Sea and the Sea of Japan. This marked the first ever joint air force operation by Russia and China beyond their borders. The show of force in the Northeast Asian skies was meant to signal the growing strength of the China–Russia strategic bond and the main target of this message was Seoul. The patrol’s route ran over the Dokdo (Takeshima) islands, one of the most politically sensitive areas in East Asia. The islands are disputed between South Korea and Japan, so the China–Russia operation caused a commotion. Seoul and Tokyo both claimed that a Russian military plane from the joint patrol group twice violated Dokdo’s airspace, prompting South Korean interceptor jets to fire hundreds of warning shots. The Russian and

The silence of international institutions encouraging forces to commit more human rights violations in Balochistan: BHRO

The silence of international institutions encouraging forces to commit more human rights violations in Balochistan: BHRO Aug 31, 2019 Current Balochistan The representative of Baloch Human Rights Organization on the International Day of Disappeared issued a statement stating that human rights violations in Balochistan has intensified but the silence of international institutions encouraging forces to commit more human rights violations. For the last 2 decades, the brutal policies of security forces have turned Balochistan into a humanitarian crisis but international human rights organizations are criminally silent. On the International Day of the Disappeared, seminars and awareness programs are organized all over the country. Government representatives and activists deliver speeches on the situation of human rights but on the practical ground, no steps have been taken against those institutions who are responsible for the human rights violations in Balochistan and neighboring coun

Another Baloch student went missing from karachi Airport

. Aug 30, 2019 Current Balochistan Baloch Student went missing from karachi Airport while he was returning to KSA on Tuesday. According to details, A student was forcefully dissperanced from Jinnah Airport Karachi by Pakistani security Forces. who has been identified as Faisal S/o Haji Lbrahim resident of Paroom area of Panjgur. According to his family, Faisal Baloch is a student in Saudi Arabia. He returned to Balochistan in the month of Ramadan to spend his vacations here. When Faisal Baloch was leaving for Saudi Arabia, he was forcibly disappeared on 27th of August 2019 from Karachi. Many Baloch students and youth have gone missing at this very airport prior to this incident. who are still missing and their location remains unkown till today. https://cubalochistan.home.blog/2019/08/30/another-baloch-student-went-missing-from-karachi-airport/