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China’s Belt and Road: Is Asia Getting More Cautious?

The Diplomat Xi’s recent voyage to Myanmar spotlighted the broader question about whether some key regional states are getting more cautious in responding to Beijing’s initiative. By  Prashanth Parameswaran January 22, 2020 Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, shake hands after the ceremony of signing a memorandum of understanding at the president house in Naypyitaw Myanmar, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (Nyein Chan Naing/Pool Photo via AP) Credit: AP Photo ADVERTISEMENT One of the storylines that ran throughout  Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first visit to Myanmar in his current capacity  was the inroads Beijing was hoping to make with respect to its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). While the focus itself was not surprising, it nonetheless raised a broader question at play in the wider region: are key states getting more cautious in how they engage the BRI? Since China’s BRI first took off, there has been a near endless focus on the mix of oppor

Canada is missing the boat on China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Ottawa needs to see the opportunities that would come from working with China on critical infrastructure projects in the least developed countries. Daniel Drache,  A.T. Kingsmith,  Duan Qi January 22, 2020  Five years into the  Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) , China faces many accusations that it is using its “debt-trap diplomacy” to hold partner states captive.   Western experts estimate  that the final cost will exceed $8 trillion. But the People’s Republic of China’s strategy of investing billions in more than 15,000 projects in 152 countries – on roads, bridges, dams, fibre-optic cables, ports, and schools – has not forced any of its investment partners to quit despite growing indebtedness. As we highlight in our book,  One Road, Many Dreams , about 40 percent of the BRI’s members are among the least developed countries in the world. Canada shouldn’t underestimate what is happening. Ottawa has paid too little attention to the complexities and importance of the BRI, and is making a

Pakistan Constructing ‘Deradicalisation Camps’ to Lure Youngsters to Terrorism: Report

Reports suggest that each of the 'deradicalisation camp' has a capacity to accommodate 700 men and dozens of such camps are present in areas of Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. By News Desk  | Updated:Tue, January 21, 2020 10:27pm     New Delhi:  Days after  Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat  warned that a number of youngsters are being lured to terrorism, a news report on Tuesday surfaced that thousands of young men in  Pakistan  are being attracted by terrorists and being taken to centres called as 'deradicalisation camps'. Sources at the Central government told news agency ANI that the neighbouring country is running dozens of deradicalisation camps and nearly 80 per cent of the people in such camps are below the age of 35. "There are more than 80 per cent people in these camps who are less than 35 years, while 12 per cent of them are less than the age of 18," the sources added. These young men are being trained by terrorist g

In Balochistan Sandeman’s system is still being implemented’

PEERZADA SALMAN KARACHI: Although there’s a parliament in the country, it’s powerless (be ikhtiar). Ours is a multinational state and those nationalities are recognised by their cultural legacies. Here three big civilisations existed and all these nationalities are their offshoots, having their own language, history and culture. But they have been facing difficulties. The current security state concept is not the cure for the ailments of this country. We need to adopt the concept of a welfare state. This was stated by former chief minister of Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch on Tuesday while speaking as chief guest at a seminar held at the Arts Council on the current political scenario of Pakistan. The seminar was organised by The Intellectual Forum (TIF). Dr Baloch said God knows the way we have manipulated the 18th Amendment. Credit goes to all the [political] parties. The recommendations made by the National Party [which he represents] focused on three subjects: defence, currency a

Balochistan Hindu Panchayat group defends Citizenship Act before Supreme Court

 ADVERTISEMENT 22 January 2020  Newsscroll Baloch Hindu outfit in SC: CAA essential for minorities New Delhi, Jan 22 Balochistan Hindu Panchayat , an organization working for the protection of those who fled Pakistan, on Wednesday defended the Citizenship Amendment Act before the Supreme Court. The organization said the law was essential to protect minorities in the three neighboring countries and it is not adverse to the principle of secularism. In an application, the Delhi-based NGO contended the core the Act, passed in December, ensures well-being of minorities who faced religious persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. " India has not discriminated or set aside people from any particular community here. The Act does not state that the Muslims will not be granted citizenship. Because Pakistan did not honour the Nehru-Liaquat Agreement, the government made a reasonable classification to prefer the communities of Hindu, Sikh, Parsi, Christian, and Buddhist," sa

Protest against atrocities in Balochistan and Sindh greet Pakistan PM Imran Khan in Davos

TNN  |  Jan 22, 2020, 20:04 IST As US president  Donald Trump  hailed the growing ties between the US and Pakistan after their meet on the sidelines of the  World Economic Forum  at Davos, the Pakistan Prime Minister  Imran Khan  was greeted with protests by human rights activists from Pakistan and abroad to highlight the atrocities by country’s army in Sindh and  Balochistan   The protest at Davos city centre were led by former mayor of Jamshed Town in  Karachi  and human rights activist Arif Aajakia, was to urge international policy makers in Davos to make Pakistan respect the human rights of people in Balochistan and Sindh region of Pakistan. The protesters stated that not enough has been done to curb Pakistan’s army to stop atrocities against people of these ethnicities in the country and world leaders haven’t pressured Pakistan to respect human rights in these regions. While the US president Trump emphasized before his meeting with the Pakistan PM that the two countries have “Neve

Balochistan Snowfall: Situation updates No. 2 (21 January 2020) REPORT from   Muslim Aid Published on   21 Jan 2020 Download PDF (910.33 KB) This situation report is prepared to highlight the current situation of the affected areas of the province of Balochistan due to the recent snowfall and heavy rains. Muslim Aid (MA) Pakistan emergency response team in close collaboration with the sector partners and the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) – Balochistan is carrying out relief activities to save lives. The information presented in this document is collected to the date of release and might change in the coming days. The first situation report is published on Relief Web click  here  for review. Summary Highlights The number of people who died in the recent snow spell has increased to 105, with the highest reported in AJ& K (78) and Balochistan (20). National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has reported that the damage to houses has significantly increased mostly located in Balochistan (1,057) during the reportin

TPL launches first container tracking services from Gwadar Port

  admin 8 hours ago Staff Reporter Karachi TPL Trakker Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of TPL Corp and Pakistan’s first IoT Company, has commenced container tracking services from Gwadar Port, serving as a catalyst for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’s (CPEC) cargo movement. This is in line with TPL Trakker’s intent to expand its operations in the logistics and transportation sectors and to bring innovative IoT solutions to market. TPL Trakker is currently the only service provider of container tracking services for bonded cargo in Pakistan with state-of-the-art container security solutions and operational infrastructure. It is also the only Telematics company in Pakistan to be assigned a long-term financial status rating of A – by Pakistan Credit Rating Agency Limited (PACRA). In 2013, the company qualified for the Safe Transport Environment (STE) license by FBR under the Tracking and Monitoring of Cargo Rules, 2012. The STE project manages the risk of cargo pilferage in customs tran

Spotlight: Pakistan's Gwadar port offers new opportunity for Afghan economy

Source: Xinhua |  2020-01-22 08:35:18 | by Muhammad Tahir ISLAMABAD, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan's southwest port of Gwadar now plays a new role to facilitate transit trade for Afghanistan, a landlocked country in the region, by providing a most economical trade route for the war-torn nation after the first ship of Afghan transit trade arrived at the port recently. Afghan traders use two Pakistani ports, namely Karachi and Qasim in southern Sindh province, for their transit trade, but the Gwadar port in neighboring Balochistan province is an additional facility which is closer to Afghanistan, and moreover, it would give quick clearance of their goods. Experts in Pakistan believed that the start of Afghan transit trade through Gwadar is a right decision in making the port completely functional in boosting regional connectivity and development. Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, also chairman of the Pakistan-China Institute, told Xinhua that utilizing Gwadar for Afghan transit trade is

Parliamentary body not happy with work on Gwadar projects

BEHRAM BALOCH GWADAR: The Parliamentary Committee on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), at a meeting here on Tuesday, reviewed pace of work on development projects launched under the CPEC in the port city and other areas. The meeting expressed dissatisfaction over the pace of work on the development projects and performance of the organisations concerned. It underlined the need for accelerating pace of work to ensure timely completion of the projects. National Assembly member from Gwadar-Lasbela Aslam Bhootani, who had invited the committee to visit Gwadar for reviewing the development projects, security situation and other affairs of the port city, told the panel about huge losses fishermen had suffered during recent strong winds and high tide that destroyed their fishing vessels. He pointed out that high tide had caused massive damage due to delay in constructing breakwaters in Gwadar and Peshkan areas. Senator Mir Kabir Mohammad Shahi, Senator Kuhda Babar and MPA Mir Hamal

Seminar on CPEC and its implications

The News Islamabad   January 22, 2020 Islamabad : CPEC would remain an important driver for economic policies environment for the future years. The project is set to make major contributions to Pakistan’s economy by connecting the... Share Next Story >>> Islamabad : CPEC would remain an important driver for economic policies environment for the future years. The project is set to make major contributions to Pakistan’s economy by connecting the distant production hubs to the country’s ports. Bruno Macaes, Senior Adviser at Flint Global and a former Europe Minister of Portugal, explored various dynamics of BRI relating to the economic, commerce and geo-political aspects of this grand project, during his lecture at Comsats Secretariat Islamabad. The author of ‘The Dawn of Eurasia: On the Trail of the New World Order’, Mr. Macaes is the author of several books on international affairs, says a press release. The lecture was jointly organised by the Commission on Science and Technol

Industrial upgrading and SEZs along CPEC

*Click the Title above to view complete article on If the local firms and workforce are not involved and trained, then knowledge related to technologies will not be transferred and we will continue to assemble things at the best. 21 hours ago Ahsan Munir       CPEC has been termed as ‘Game Changer’ by incumbent and previous governments. It has been claimed that numerous special economic zones (SEZs) proposed along the CPEC route will have a positive effect on the economy of the country. READ MORE:  Pakistani PM Imran Khan addresses the World Economic Forum 2020 Summit at Davos A vital role of SEZs (read export-oriented zones, where foreign firms are given special concessions and incentives) is to contribute to industrial upgrading and increased economic activity in host country. SEZs have played an important role in the industrial upgrading and technology transfer in newly industrialised East Asian economies, especially in South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia and the P

Pakistan and CPEC Are Drawn Into the U.S.-China Rivalry

Jamestown Foundation Publication: China Brief Volume: 20 Issue: 1 By:  Adnan Aamir January 17, 2020 11:51 AM  Age: 5 days Image: Ambassador Alice Wells, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, presented a critical speech about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. (Nov. 21, 2019). (Source: Wilson Center) Introduction Leaders in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan were stunned in late November when a senior U.S. government official issued a strong verbal attack on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). On November 21 in Washington, D.C., U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of South and Central Asia Affairs Alice Wells spoke at length about the CPEC at a public event, criticizing multiple elements of the $62 billion flagship component of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Ambassador Wells cast doubt upon claims that CPEC will generate sustainable economic develop

PIA flights operation to Gwadar under consideration: Minister

January 21, 2020 ISLAMABAD, Jan 21 (APP):Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Tuesday said the government was considering to start flights operation of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on the route of Quetta to Gwadar. Responding to a question of Senator Muhammad Akram during the Question Hour in Senate, he said due to shortage of aircraft and lack of passengers, flight could not be continued to districts like Turbat, Gwadar and Dalbadin in Balochistan. He said currently there was no flight from Quetta to other cities of Balochistan. PIA had been operating twice a week flights between Gwadar and Quetta, however the flights were suspended due to insufficient passengers load, he added. The minister said the PIA had assured that they had a constant eye on the market indicators and traffic trends prevalent on these routes and would start operations not only from Quetta to Gwadar and Turbat but on other routes as well when the market conditions would improve. He said ATR planes were bei

No transparency, Pakistan debt pile swelling: US criticises $60 bn CPEC

By  Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad |  Last Updated at January 22 2020 15:14 IST Photo: Shutterstock Senior US diplomat Alice Wells has renewed the criticism of the $60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), emphasising that there is no transparency in the projects and it will increase cash-strapped Pakistan's debt burden. Speaking at an event here on Tuesday during her four-day visit to Pakistan, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia also said that companies blacklisted by the World Bank have got contracts under the  CPEC. The  CPEC  is a planned network of roads, railways and energy projects linking China's resource-rich Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region with Pakistan's strategic Gwadar Port on the Arabian Sea. Wells had in November last year urged Pakistanis to ask "tough questions" to China on the CPEC, saying the project is going to take a toll on the country's  economy. The  CPEC  was launched in 2015 w