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Where Latin Americacan learn from Australiain dealing with China

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FRANCISCO DE SANTIBAÑES Rising Chinese influence has
put South American capitals
in a bind. Australia might provide
them some useful lessons. Chinese President Xi Jinping attending the BRICS summit in Brasilia, Brazil, October 2019 (Photo: Pavel Golovkin/AFP via Getty) Published 3 Feb 2020 

  Follow @frandesant In the past decade, Latin America has become one of the venues for the strategic dispute between the United States and China. This is a natural consequence of Beijing’s growing economic and political links with a region that has traditionally been part of Washington’s sphere of influence. Due to geographical distance and the decline of China after the 19th century, relations with Latin American countries have not been strong. But this started to change with China’s economic rise, a development that made it possible for the South American and the Asian economies to take advantage of their compatibility.  While the former are rich in commodities but scarce in capital, Chi…

Rates of fee, taxes approved for Gwadar

QUETTA: The Gwadar Development Authority’s governing body has approved rates of fee and taxes to be imposed on different sectors in the port city with some amendments.A meeting presided over by Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani, who is also chairman of GDA’s Board of Governors, also reviewed progress on town planning and regulations regarding the construction sector under the Gwadar Smart City Master Plan.GDA Director General Shahzeb Kakar briefed the governing body on proposed rules and regulations and other issues relating to the fee and tax collection. The chief minister direc­ted the GDA to consider Gwadar as an international port city from the beginning of construction and ensure environmental protection and energy resources while constructing high-rise buildings in the city.The meeting ordered the GDA to publish notices in newspapers regarding new housing societies to inform general public about its rules and regulations.It also directed the autho­riti…

Dates farming’ in Balochistan needs government’s patronage’

by  on  Balochistan beside huge natural resources also has another untapped potential in the form of delicious and unique dates which need the authorities' attention as the farmers are facing decline in production due to no processing facilities and cold storage capacity."The Panjgur and Turbat districts of Makran division are producing 51 percent of the country's dates in a year where the Date harvest is spreading over an area of about 20,000 hectares. It is also one of the main crops for 70 percent of the population of the area," said Agricultural Researcher Abdul Hanan in an exclusive talk with APP.He said: "The government should take initiatives to encourage farmers for cultivating dates as the region has potential to produce the best varieties of dates including Mozawti, Begam Jani and others."

Bravo, Balochistan Education System

Daily Times, PakistanThe recent harsh spell of snowfall across the country has claimed hundreds of lives. Balochistan has faced the wrath of harsh weather too. After the government’s resources fell short of assisting hundreds of people stuck on roads awaiting help, local people came forward to accomplish this feat. Mr Suleman Khan, a resident of Kuchlak, rescued 100 people struggling between a life-and-death situation on Quetta-Shob highway blocked after a heavy snowfall. Khan is hailed a hero because of his gallant and heroic act, which has saved many precious lives. There are myriad of such unsung heroes among us, which are engaged in accomplishing (within their capacity or strength) tiny but equally lucrative tasks for the benefit of society.After sorting out the list of heroes and heroines, the recent unpredictable and ruthless cold spell has begotten. There remain other heroic names to be reckoned with. Mr Shabir Rakhshani’s campaign “Balochistan Education System” has also earned…

CPEC: Alice’s (mis)adventures

February 03, 2020
The writer is an analyst. IF stirring controversies is part of the present-day diplomat’s job, then it sits somewhere on top of Alice Wells’ job description at the US Department of State. Since Pakistan shrugged off the concerns she voiced about CPEC from Washington, the diplomat left the comforts of her home to travel to the Pakistani capital with more revelations.Unsurprisingly, the ensuing debate earned her no accolades but scathing criticism from Beijing and Islamabad. Besides, it left many Pakistanis — including this writer, who considers CPEC as an economic opportunity for the country — wondering if they could distil this diplomatic hubbub for some valuable insights.Ambassador Wells charged CPEC in November 2019 with poor commercial viability and lack of transparency. She claimed Pakistan owed “$15bn debt to Beijing and $6.7bn to Chinese commercial banks”.Is the Beijing-Washington spat over CPEC a welcome development for the common Pakistani?A day …

CPEC’s modern infrastructure can attract UK’s business community in post Brexit trade agreement

*https://nation.com.pk/Pakistan-UK bilateral trade in 2017 was £2.9 billion7 hours agoAPP ISLAMABAD                  -             The Businessmen Panel of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Sunday said Post Brexit was an opportunity for Pakistan to negotiate well with UK authorities for concessional tariffs on Pakistani goods.READ MORE: Palestinian Movements constitute new 'Supreme National Committee' to counter Mideast Plan “The brexit happened at a time when United Kingdom had already improved their travel advisory for Pakistan,” the panel said.In a statement, the panel said Pakistan and UK had historic ties and an umbrella of common wealth too which must be seen in a greater economic diplomacy.UK-Pakistan bilateral trade in 2017 was £2.9 billion in which Pakistan had an edge. The UK is currently Pakistan’s third largest source of foreign direct investment, after China and the Netherlands.The FPCCI body said there were opportunities for British b…

Africa likely to use Gwadar Port, CPEC to have access to CARs, China’

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National Khalid Mustafa February 03, 2020 ISLAMABAD: In a welcoming development, Africa having 54 countries in it and population of 1.2 billion people with the size of economy at $2.4 trillion has positively indicated to using CPEC and... ShareNext Story >>> ISLAMABAD: In a welcoming development, Africa having 54 countries in it and population of 1.2 billion people with the size of economy at $2.4 trillion has positively indicated to using CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor) and Gwadar Port to ensure access for its products to the markets of Central Asian Republics (CARs) and China. And more importantly Africa has also shown its willingness to start negotiations with Pakistan on Early Harvest that will stimulate the growth of Pak-African trade volume up to $8 billion in the next five years’ time. Kenya’s central bank has also agreed to allow Pakistani banks to open up their branches to facilitate the country’s exporters in Africa.Adviser to Prime Minister on Comm…

NOVEL: Tou Ke Zinde Darware is a beautiful tale of a Baloch Family

Tou Ke Zinde Darware is a Balochi novel written by a prominent Balochi writer ZahidaRaeesRaji. The book was published by Balochi Academy, Quetta in the year 2019. ZahidaRaeesRajiis currently doing her MPhil in Balochi literature from the University of Balochistan. She is also a poet, researcher and a short story writer. Her works include a compilation of Urdu poetry “Khuwabghoronda”, a Balochi novelette “Paad e cheerezameen” and a short story book “Be kissa ha mana wabnahet”. The title TouKeZindeDarware is a Balochi sentence which says, “As you are the way/example of life.”The sentence reflects to the main characters of the book, Mehran and Sameen.This book (Toukezindedarware) is based on a Baloch family along with the care, rancour, personal benefits, qouls (Promises) and their way of living. The book has been beautifully compiled with the perfect description as it deserved.The story revolves around two disparate Baloch societies; one of the Iranian Balochistan and second of Pakistan…

Balochabad and Female Education

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By: Nadil BalochFilms have been produced to represent the social, political, economic, health and educational problems, family and religious conflicts in the world. World had experienced numerous social changes and a number films have been made on these social changes, thereafter, impacts of films on social life of the society. Films are the easiest way of discriminating the message to the large masses due to which film culture is always promoted by the state and society for bringing social equilibrium in the society.Very few films are available in Balochi film industry but most of them were made for the sack of comedy rather than presenting the social issues of the society. Many short or feature films have been made by Baloch filmmakers but the purposes were to fascinate the masses or only a source of entertainment for the people. They were never serious films which could provide a purposeful message for social reform or social restructuring.In Balochi Film ind…

Balochabad: A film by Shakir Shad

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By: Sumaira Aslam BalochBalochi cinema refers to Balochi film industry in Pakistan, Iran and in Balochi diaspora. Balochi film industry is full of films but most of them are short films and documentary films. As feature films are full length films. Feature films have been dream for the Balochi film industry. There are some feature films but not many.Once the films having female character or representing female role’s, issues or a film favor were impossible in the industry. The first Balochi film Hammal-o-mahganj was produced by Anwar Iqbal and released in 1976, However the film was not made to the screen amidst protests by cultural activists who alleged it misrepresented Baloch culture.A slogan used in protest movement was: ‘Balochi film chalay ga to cinema jaly ga’ (If Balochi film is screened, Cinema’s will be brunt), but now the era is different, our people are literate and they think broad, yes five fingers are not equal there are still those people lying in th…

Treading Cautiously

Indialegallive.com
February 2, 2020, 1:16 pm
The euphoria in Pakistan over being removed from the anti-terrorism financing watchdog’s grey list was dampened by the US ruling out any major relief unless it cracked down on terrorismBy Asif Ullah KhanThe news of Pakistan being removed from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) grey list is greatly exaggerated. It was the Indian media that triggered this speculation, attributing it to the positive role played by the US and other western countries. But the Pakistan visit of Alice Wells, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, and her subsequent press conference in Washington have dampened the initial euphoria in the capital city of Islamabad.When Wells was in Pakistan, its foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, had requested the US to help Pakistan in getting off the grey list. Briefing the media in Washington about her recent trip to Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka, Wells had acknowledged Islamabad’s ef…

CPEC not yet affected by coronavirus: Asad

https://nation.com.pk/.17 hours agokasim abbasi ISLAMABAD-Coronavirus, which is spreading across the globe mainly triggering from our neighbour China, has not yet affected the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. This was said by Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar on Saturday.READ MORE: PTI, PPP to oppose bill requesting increase in parliamentarians’ salary Talking to The Nation, he, however, feared that if the virus prolonged and is not eliminated for a longer period of time, then there is a chance that this mega project, which is believed to be the backbone project of the emerging economy of Pakistan, might also get delayed.He stated that the government of China was undoubtedly facing many challenges because of the life-threatening virus that has taken many lives over there and is degenerating the Chinese economy and businesses.As the businesses and the economy of our neighbouring country China are facing a big challenge and are seen striving hard to f…

Pakistan set to invite Turkey to join CPEC

Daily times.com.pk
Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Pakistan will be inviting Turkey to join multi-billion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Project (CPEC).“Yes, the connectivity, we hope that when the Turkish delegation comes in a couple of weeks, we hope to involve them in using CPEC for further connectivity, and we hope to involve Turkey in this [CPEC],” the prime minister said in an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency in Islamabad. He also rejected the criticism of CPEC and brushed aside apprehensions about China’s debt. “The debt from China is a very small part, a small percentage of our total debt portfolio. So, the thing is quite unfounded that Pakistan is getting into a debt trap of China,” he clarified.Imran Khan warned the international community that India’s ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) is preparing to repeat the Myanmar-style genocide and exclusion of its minority population. He said as many as 500 million people will be excluded from the citizenship list unde…

CPEC: After the gold rush, Pakistan sees the downside

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National News Report February 02, 2020 ISLAMABAD: In the late 1990s, Islamabad-based entrepreneur Sheikh Ejaz Asghar heard rumblings from his recently established Chinese contacts in the Pakistani capital. Beijing was going to finance...
ISLAMABAD: In the late 1990s, Islamabad-based entrepreneur Sheikh Ejaz Asghar heard rumblings from his recently established Chinese contacts in the Pakistani capital. Beijing was going to finance several major infrastructure projects and its state-owned enterprises (SOEs) would need local service providers, both to help navigate their new operating environment and procure the vast volumes of materials that would be needed.Acting on this timely tip-off, Asghar began visiting China in 2000 to establish relationships with SOEs and manufacturers of materials he would need to import. He also learned Chinese, to facilitate his new-found business relationships and strengthen his hand in negotiations. “It was a question of taking the initiative,” he…