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China's journey to success will continue

By George N. Tzogopoul January 17, 2020A night view of Shanghai. [Photo/Xinhua]For China, the beginning of a new year cannot but encourage high expectations to its citizens. The country's development is due to a herculean task undertaken for seven decades and still continuing. 
While last year marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of modern China, 2020 brings it closer to the first centenary goal of building a moderately prosperous society. Progress in alleviating poverty and in increasing per capita income is impressive. The effort will intensify this year as well as in the next decades until the second centenary goal is met in 2049.The improvement of living conditions requires planning ahead and targeted policies. President Xi Jinping has kept his promises. The fight against poverty remains his top priority. And it is being accompanied with the commitment to continuously contribute to prosperity. This cannot be easily understood by Western observers who have not visited Chi…

China's Xi turns to Myanmar as he pushes for 'Belt and Road' plan

Xi expected to sign $1.3bn deal to build a port in Rakhine State on his first visit to the country as president.by Andrew Nachemson
Yangon, Myanmar - Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Myanmar on Friday on his first trip to the country since 2009 and is expected to step up investment in the Southeast Asian nation including in the conflict-racked state of Rakhine, a key link in China's Belt and Road initiative.
Myanmar's Deputy Minister of Commerce Aung Htoo told reporters before the visit that Xi would sign agreements related to the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone and $1.3bn port in Rakhine, where a brutal military crackdown in 2017 led hundreds of thousands of Rohingya to flee over the border to Bangladesh.More:Myanmar's women trafficked to China at risk of sexual violenceICJ to rule on emergency measures in Myanmar genocide caseChina invests billions in Myanmar"Xi has visited almost all ASEAN countries since assuming power in 2013, but Myanmar had been left out u…

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED: EUROPEAN INVOLVEMENT IN CHINA'S BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE

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China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been described as everything from the Chinese Marshall Plan to a tool for debt-trap diplomacy. Extensive reporting on the BRI has been done from political, economic, and strategic perspectives, but much less has been written from the business perspective. The European Chamber is publishing a report to fill this critical gap in the discussion and better represent what the BRI means for companies. The report finds that only a small portion of European companies have been able to participate in BRI-related projects, while a slightly broader number have enjoyed positive effects as a result of the BRI such as access to new logistics options and increasing trade flows with recipient countries.
However, the BRI has failed to become the open, transparent and international initiative that it often claims to be as bidding processes are opaque and China’s SOEs take the lead, and the bulk of the value, from BRI-related projects. The report also cover…

European firms get 'crumbs' from China's Belt and Road: business group

FILE PHOTO: Container handlers transport containers at the railway port in Yiwu, Zhejiang province, China April 15, 2017.REUTERS/STRINGER (Reuters) - China's Belt and Road investment scheme, which aims to connect Europe with Asia, is sidelining European companies and Brussels should review its competition law to level the playing field, a business lobby group said on Thursday.Opaque procurement processes and the dominance of giant state-owned Chinese companies mean European companies get only "crumbs from the table," the European Chamber of Commerce in China said in a report.It said the European Union should move to force Chinese companies that access the EU procurement market to operate under the same restrictions that EU companies do in China."If the EU fails to play an active and competitive role, there is a real danger that it could eventually become little more than a peripheral market tacked on to the end of Eurasia," the Chamber of Commerce said.The Belt …

Telecom provider Zong introduces unlimited calls to China under CPEC initiatives

Telecom company Zong 4G has introduced unlimited calls to China under its China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) initiatives, a press release issued by the company said on Tuesday.The company said it has launched two call bundles in order to make international direct dialling to China more convenient.The bundles introduced by China Mobile Pakistan (CMPak, popularly known as Zong) include a weekly offer for prepaid customers worth Rs250 (plus tax) and a monthly package for both postpaid and prepaid customers worth Rs750 plus tax."The China bundles have been developed to suit both pre-paid and post-paid customers and will provide ease to both private and business customers by enabling calls to China at the lowest rates in the industry," the statement read. "As the connectivity partner for CPEC, Zong 4G has undertaken many initiatives and the launch of this bundle is in-line with our strategy of connecting both private and corporate customers," the statement a…

CPEC will provide little benefit to locals, especially those in volatile province of Balochistan: Report

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CPEC project Photograph:( Zee News Network ) Jan 08, 2020, 09.11 AM (IST) Analysts have warned Pakistan that the multi-billion dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will provide little benefit to the locals, especially those in the marginalised and volatile province of Balochistan."The Belt and Road Initiative, with CPEC as its flagship, is based on infrastructure and energy projects, aimed at enhancing trade through this particular route. It is not a humanitarian intervention designed to benefit the masses. All those who perceive it that way should correct themselves," Senator Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar, the former spokesperson of the Balochistan government was quoted as saying by Asia Times.The escalation of activity on CPEC projects comes after the incumbent Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) government started its tenure in August 2018 with skepticism about Islamabad's agreement with Beijing.
The Hong Kong-based media in its report stated that during Chinese For…

‘China-Pakistan Economic Corridor impinge India’s sovereignty’: Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh at Raisina Dialogue

Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh said there have been instances when PLA (China) ships entered our Exclusive Economic Zones wherein we had to tell them that this impinges on our issueUpdated: Jan 15, 2020 22:29:11 By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi The Navy chief, cautioning China against its increasing involvement in the Indian Ocean, said the navy is watching carefully (ANI) Indian Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh on Wednesday flagged China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor saying they impinge on India’s sovereignty.Admiral Singh was speaking at a panel discussion in the fifth edition of the Raisna Dialogue in Delhi.“China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor impinge on our sovereignty,” PTI quoted him as saying at the flagship conference backed by the external affairs ministry.The navy chief also voiced concern about the increasing Chinese involvement in Indian Ocean that included PLA navy ships entering I…

Compensation for Gwadar fishermen

GWADAR: The Baloch­is­tan government has provided compensation to the fishermen of Gwadar who faced losses when their fishing vessels were destroyed due to strong wind and high tide in the Arabian Sea last week.The deputy commissioner of Gwadar, retired Captain Muhammad Waseem, distributed cheques among the affected fishermen.According to the officials who carried out a survey for assessing the losses sustained by the fishermen, 37 fishing boats were destroyed and about 70 others damaged on the Gwadar coast due to the calamity.
After the survey, the provincial government approved a grant of Rs20.5 million for providing assistance to the fishermen deprived of their vessels.Captain Waseem and Ba­­l­o­chistan Awami Party lea­der Mir Yaqoob Bizenjo also distributed cheques among the families of the two fisherman of Peshkan who lost their lives in the high tides.Published in Dawn, January 17th, 2020

China ''pleased'' as Pak''s Gwadar port begins handling of Afghan transit cargo

Outlookindia.comCHINA-GWADARBy K J M VarmaBeijing, Jan 16 China said on Thursday that it was "pleased" to see Pakistan''s strategically located Gwadar port, the centre of its crucial economic corridor, has started handling transit cargo to Afghanistan from this week.The transhipment of goods to Afghanistan through Gwadar port, which offers a much shorter overland link, particularly to southern regions of the war-torn nation, assumed significance as it is located close to Chabahar, the Iranian port being developed by India to ship its cargo to Afghanistan.The reports from Pakistan said the Gwadar port, which is being developed by Beijing as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), has begun handling transit cargo headed to and from landlocked Afghanistan."We are pleased for the new progress achieved in the development of the Gwadar port," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a media briefing here."We support Gwadar port in pla…

Heavy rain, snowfall: Emergency declared in Balochistan

Top Story Agencies & News Report January 13, 2020 Emergency has been imposed in seven districts of Balochistan after a spell of heavy rain and snowfall QUETTA: Emergency was imposed in seven districts of Balochistan on Sunday after a spell of heavy rain and snowfall across the province. The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) declared emergency in Mastung, Qila Abdullah, Kech, Ziarat, Harnai, and Pishin districts.Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan visited the PDMA and was briefed on the current weather situation. Talking to the media, he said a high alert had been issued to the commissioners and deputy commissioners.Jam Kamal said some highways were closed due to heavy snowfall which have been reopened, adding that the Balochistan government was utilising all the resources in view of the snowfall, media reports say.The met office had forecast chances of rain with occasional gusty winds in Karachi on Sunday. Moreover, snowfall blocked the highway fromMehtarzai to Zhob and severa…

The Unfortunate Balochistan

Daily Times, Pakistan
Looking at the literacy rate of Balochistan, it is obvious that its education system is abysmal. When you entera hospital, it is evident that the health system is far below the standard. Travelling to its far-flung regions, weak infrastructure is the biggest hurdle in the way of progress. Interacting with its youth, unemployment is clearlythe issue that is to be resolved. In public offices, corruption is the main reason of failure. The living standard of its people show that poverty is a huge problem. Evaluation of policies is an evidence of bad governance being the mother of all problems. Frequent bomb blasts and targeted killing show that terrorism is Balochistan’s biggest problem that needs to be resolved immediately.
It is very unfortunate that Balochistan has lost generations to terrorism and targeted killing in the last two decades. All the communities in the province, including the Baloch, the Pashtun, and the Hazara, have been victims of terrorism and secta…

The families whose loved ones are released but the question remain why they were abducted- Abdullah Abbas

The families whose loved ones are released but the question remain why they were abducted- Abdullah Abbas
Jan 15, 2019
(Current Balochistan)
It is indeed a matter of relieve for the families whose loved ones are released but the question remain the same why they were abducted- Abdullah abbas said on Wednesday.
According to details, the general secretary of Baloch Human Rights Organizations (BHRO) Abdullah Abbas in a series of tweet said that "It is indeed a matter of relieve for the families whose loved ones are released but the question remain the same why they were abducted & kept in torture cell without fair trial which not only violates national but international law & conventions".
"Secondly, what about those who were Extrajudicially killed? Will the perpetrators enjoy impunity for committing crimes against humanity & most importantly for the information of those political parties who voted in favor of Army Act which paved way for the extension of General Ba…

Balochistan: Eight missing Persons released and Seven goes missing.

Jan, 15 2020
(Current Balochistan)
Eight Baloch missing persons recovered and seven persons were forcefully disappeared by Pakistani forces from various parts of Balochistan.
According to details, saven persons were forcefully disappeared by Pakistani security forces and intelligence agencies from Bolan and Awaran, while eight missing persons were released and returned to their homes.
Abduction:
On Monday, Pakistani Army and intelligence agencies carried out an operation in Shahrag and Nasak area of Harnai, harrassed women and children and forcefully dissperanced Six persons and shifted them to unknown detention.
The abductees have been identified as Sharif S/O Khair Mohd Marri, Wazir S/O Wahab Marri, Parviz S/O Lashkran Khan Marri, Muraad Khan S/O Dolat Marri, Thuti S/O Bandu Marri and old aged man Jangu Marri.
On Monday, another person was Forcefully disappeared by Pakistani Army and death squad who have been identified as Saeed Baloch S/O Allah Dad R/O Awaran Tarteej.
Released from detenti…

Homeland buries beneath another friend

*Karima Baloch*
Karima Baloch is a former chairperson of the Baloch Students Organization and one of BBC’s top 100 women in 2016. She lives as a political refugee in Canada.
We grew together, played together and shared the same toys that we had invented ourselves. We, the two girls, wandered around the Nihing river, the surrounding mountains and the woods. In the date harvest season, we both marched along with other village girls to the palm-grove to collect dates. We went to the same school, the same tuition and the same college. In the dark summer nights, we slept under the same massive sky and stared at the Milky Way for hours.
We would fight often and stop talking for days. Then, suddenly, one morning, we wake up and began talking as if nothing had ever happened. I usually helped her with her drawings and she helped me help fill my basket with dates.
We would often walk to a nearby village where our maternal aunts and cousins lived. To reach there, we had to walk through the old Nihing …