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CHINA PARTY WATCH: Weekly Report 3|43 8.22.2020-8.28.2020

Weekly Report 3|43 8.22.2020-8.28.2020 David Gitter, Julia Bowie, Calvin Blackburn, Cady Deck, Brock Erdahl, Connor Swank Highlights In a special ceremony, Xi Jinping conferred a flag upon the China's police force and asked its members to pledge an oath of loyalty to the Party (see Senior Leaders section).  Senior Leaders Xi Jinping Presides Over Conference of Experts in Economic and Social Fields, Emphasizing Concentrating on the Long-Term, Grasping the General Trend, Opening the Door to Question Methods, and Pooling Wisdom to Study New Circumstances and Make New Plans Xinhua   8.24 Xi Jinping listened to speeches by experts in economic and social fields, after which he gave a  speech  that focused on opportunities and challenges during China’s new development stage. In his speech, he mentioned the global pandemic’s impact and said that “the international economy,  science and technology, culture, security, politics, and other structures are all undergoing profound adjustments.” 

Senate body reviewed schemes of Maritime Affairs

 Last updated on: 31 August,2020 07:19 pm The Committee directed the Ministry to expedite the work on the Institute ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Senate Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs on Monday reviewed in detail about on-going and new schemes of Maritime Affairs Division included in PSDP 2020-21. The committee which met here parliament house, also reviewed non-payment of dues to land owners from whom land has been acquired for Eastbay Expressway, Gwadar. While being briefed about on-going and new schemes of the Maritime Affairs Division, the Committee was informed that 5 projects are on-going, whereas 11 new projects have been included in the PSDP 2020-21. The Committee was informed that certain procurement projects were being delayed due to quarterly funding by the Ministry of Finance. The Committee asserted that lump sum payments must be made to the Ministry for purchase of machinery and equipment such as acquisition of Marine Services Vessels for Gwadar Port. The Committee showe

Protest at Johnson's residence against enforced disappearances in Baloch

By  ANI  |  Europe |  Last Updated at August 31 2020 08:46 IST Twitter: ANI The Free  Balochistan  Movement on Sunday held a protest against Pakistan outside the official residence of UK Prime Minister  Boris Johnson  here on the occasion of the  International  Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. Several Baloch and other human rights activists joined the protest from different cities of the UK and expressed their support for the families of those who have been forcefully disappeared. The protestors were carrying banners and raised slogans against Pakistan military's atrocities against Baloch people. They demanded the immediate release of previously abducted Baloch people and stopping of more enforced disappearances. They also urged the  international  community, including the UK, to stop supporting Pakistan as their support is allowing Pakistan to commit more crimes against humanity.The activists stated that thousands of innocent Baloch people have been arrested and late

Baloch leadership to form govt in exile

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 31 (SocialNews.XYZ)  The Baloch leaders have united to form a new Balochistan government in exile. This was announced by Munir Mengal, president of Baloch Voice Association who is in exile in Paris and Naela Quadri, chairperson of Baloch People's Congress, who lives in exile in Vancouver in Canada. The two leaders were speaking at a webinar "Balochistan-Quest for self determination: An analysis" on Sunday night. The event was organized by the right wing think tank, Centre for Policy and Development Studies based here. Mengal said that the India government must be pro active in the cause of Balochistan and if the game plan floated by China turns successful it will doom the entire South Asia and South Asian countries. He also narrated the harrowing experience he had in the custody of the Pakistan Army and added that he was incommunicado for a period of two years while in custody facing brutal torture. Quadri charged the Pakistan Army officers of indu

RWR Belt and Road Monitor : August 27

RWR Belt and Road Monitor (Standard): August 27 This edition covers developments from August 11 - August 25 ⭕ Top Developments ♦️Chinese Involvement in the UK’s Nuclear Sector Under Scrutiny August 21: China’s heavy involvement in the UK’s nuclear power sector has come under criticism, with former Conservative party leader Iain Duncan Smith recently emphasizing China’s influential role in the industry as a threat. These criticisms follow other recent government decisions to limit risk exposure to China, notably limiting Huawei’s involvement in Britain’s 5G network. Currently, China General Nuclear Power (CGN) is constructing a nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point in southwest England, along with French partner EDF, which is due to be finished in 2025. The partners are also waiting for approval to begin construction at a new plant along the Suffolk coast. CGN has invested over $4.9 billion in the UK’s nuclear industry.  ♦️Australia Blocks Sale of Lion Dairy & Drinks to Mengniu Dairy

BLA claims responsibility for attacking forces in Sibi, Kahan and Zarghoon

Source: Social Media Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) fighters attacked a Pakistani army check post with rockets and other automatic weaponry in Karmo Wadh area of Sibi. A half an hour long attack partially destroyed the enemy army check post, killing and wounding several occupying soldiers. In another similar attack on the enemy army in Kahan area of Kohlu, Baloch Liberation Army sarmachars killed several soldiers. The attack was carried out on a check-post at Kotri in Kahan. Occupying army personnel stationed at the check post were killed and wounded in the attack. Whereas, a patrol team of BLA sarmachars clashed with the occupying forces on a patrol comprising six vehicles at Dilwani in the Zarghoon mountain range of Quetta. During the skirmish, enemy received casualties and Baloch sarmachars safely made it to their secure havens. The Baloch Liberation Army claims responsibility for all three attacks, and reiterates its commitment to continue attacks until the independent homeland is ac

'Silence means endorsement': Baloch leader Bugti on Internation Day against enforced disappearances

ANI |  Updated:  Aug 30, 2020 23:41 IST Geneva [Switzerland], August 30 (ANI): On the occasion of the international day against enforced disappearances, Baloch leader  Brahumdagh Bugti  said today is a reminder that international community will do nothing and no single country will act unless they have their own interest. "On the international day against enforced disappearances today is reminder that the international community will do nothing, no single country will act unless they have their own interest. Silence means endorsement and neutrality means I always supported and will support powerful," Bugti said in a tweet. A large number of Baloch people, including political activists, journalists and other intellectuals have been victims of enforced disappearance in the  Balochistan  province. The Baloch activists claim that they have been abducted by secret agencies, the ISI and MI, and many of them are languishing in isolated detention centres. The security forces also kil

Emergency declared in nine Balochistan districts

SALEEM SHAHID QUETTA: The Balochistan government has declared emergency in nine districts as the flood situation has worsened in the province. Torrential rains continued in Nasirabad, Jaffarabad, Sibi, Jhal Magsi, Khuzdar, Kalat, Mastung, Hub, Bela, Harnai, Zhob, Ziarat, Dera Bugti and Kohlu districts on Saturday. Five deaths have been reported in rain-related incidents in different areas of Balochistan during the past 48 hours. Four children were swept away in floodwater in Hinna valley near Quetta, but the area people saved three of them. A young man identified as Mohammad Yousaf was electrocuted in the Dasht Omer Doori area of Mastung district. Mohammad Wasim died due to lightning in the Lakhara area of Lasbela district. A young man was drowned in Hub River. A large number of villages were submerged in floodwater and Quetta once again was cut off from the rest of the country as the main bridge on Quetta-Sukkur National Highway was damaged in the second spell of torrential rains. Sea

Turkish lawyer Ebru Timtik dies on hunger strike after 238 days

By admin August 29, 2020   Lawyer Ebru Timtik lost her life in hospital, on the 238th day of hunger strike on Thursday, demanding a fair trial. According to reports, Turkish lawyer demanding a fair trial after being facing multiple charges over alleged links to an outlawed Marxist organisation has died in an Istanbul hospital on the 238th day of her hunger strike. She was sentenced to 13.5 years in prison last March for “terrorism-related” offence in a highly-politicised and “flawed trial which heard testimony from an unreliable police informer and anonymous witnesses.” Her heart stopped on Thursday night with friends saying she resisted till the end, as attempts to resuscitate her failed. ‘Ebru Timtik weighed just 30 Kilogrammes (65 pounds) at the time of her death, which has sparked condemnation from opposition parties in Turkey’ her friends said. Expressing their reactions on social media, several politicians, legists, artists and journalists have criticized the silence displayed in

CPEC: Clearing concerns and combating confusion

National Abdul Rashid Shakir August 29, 2020 Rightly dubbed as buckle in the belt, China Pakistan Economic Corridor is a flagship project of China’s Belt and Road Initiative , as it connects overland Silk Road Economic Belt with 21st... Share Next Story >>> Rightly dubbed as buckle in the belt, China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a flagship project of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), as it connects overland Silk Road Economic Belt with 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, two major components of this ambitious infrastructure development project, aimed at better economic linkages for prosperous future of around 63% of world population hailing from 65 countries of South East Asia, South Asia, Central and Western Asia, Middle East, Europe and Africa. Launched in 2013 by the Chinese President, Xi Jin Ping, as One Belt One Road (OBOR) and rebranded in 2016 as Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), it is a remarkable regional connectivity project in the Afro-Eurasian region to pr

Bugti: After Secret Talks, Exiled Baluch Leader To Return

November 10, 2015 Abdul Hai Kakar Abubakar Siddique Outside the front door of the late tribal leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti's home, several Bugti tribesmen stand guard, while others wait for an audience with their chieftain (file photo). Exiled Baluch separatist leader Brahumdagh Bugti once feared being killed by his  followers  if he ever struck a deal with Pakistan because of its harsh crackdown against those fighting for independence from Islamabad. Bugti, however, is now seen as poised to return to Pakistan after engaging in secret negotiations with senior government officials. RFE/RL's Gandhara website has exclusively learned that Bugti is months away from returning to Pakistan. This will mark the end of his nine-year exile following the killing of his grandfather, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, by Pakistani security forces in 2006. Bugti is one of the Baluch separatist movement's most influential leaders. His possible reconciliation with Islamabad wil

Close aide of Imran Khan and CPEC chief, faces ‘corruption’ heat

Imran Khan Photograph:( Reuters ) Aug 28, 2020, 11.50 PM (IST) A corruption scandal is gathering storm in Pakistan. In the eye of this storm -- is a close aide of the Pakistani Prime Minister, Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa. Bajwa is a retired Pakistani three-star general who is serving as the Special Assistant to the Pakistan Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting and as the Chairman of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority since November 2019. According to a report published in an investigative website 'Fact Focus', “Asim Bajwa’s wife and sons now own a business empire which set up 99 companies in four countries, including a pizza franchise with 133 restaurants worth an estimated $39.9 million,”. Out of total 99 companies, 66 are main companies, 33 companies are branch companies of some of the main companies, while five companies are dead now,” it alleged. But in his declaration of assets and liabilities signed in June as special assistant to the Pakistan P

Et tu, Brute? Chinese banks looking to end investments in CPEC due to political instability in Pakistan

DNA Web Team  | Updated: Aug 28, 2020, 02:21 PM IST File Photo (Representational image) The multi-billion-dollar project has grabbed eyeballs with China looking to expand its influence in another country, and Pakistan looking for economic modernization In what comes as a blow for Pakistan, the dream project of the country-China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) seems to be in a fix as many financial institutions and banks of China are showing reluctance in investing in the project. The matter was discussed with the Chinese authorities when Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi visited the country last week. The multi-billion-dollar project has grabbed eyeballs with China looking to expand its influence in another country, and Pakistan looking for economic modernisation. However, the project has attracted a fair share of controversies Advertising India has been boycotting the BRI to protest over the CPEC being laid through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Meanwhile, many Baloch p