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ML-1 to ensure upgraded rail services, create jobs: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said Main Line-1 project would prove as an opportunity for advanced up-gradation of railways besides creating thousands of jobs in the country.Chairing a meeting on the ML-1 project to review its progress, the prime minister termed ML-1 an essential segment of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and expressed confidence that it would boost economic activity.PM Imran said that ML-1 project would ensure the provision of best passenger and goods services as the government was focusing on giving priority to public welfare and development.He said that the ML-1 project would open new vistas of social and economic avenues.The meeting was attended by Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Planning Minister Asad Umer, Finance Adviser Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, CPEC Authority Chairman Lieutenant General (r) Asim Saleem Bajwa and senior officials.The prime minister was briefed on the implementation of the ML-1 project within stipulated time-fra…

China is paving its 'belt and road' to British Columbia

Surrey warehouse part of China's Belt and Road Initiative, say its proponentsBy Graeme Wood | August 17, 2020, 10:27am Renderings of a warehouse and trade centre now under construction in Surrey. The World Commodity Trade Centre has the backing of the Chinese Communist Party, as part of its Belt and Road Initiative, a global trade initiative of China. Photo by navcglobal.com A major warehouse facility under construction in Surrey is not just paving the way for more trade between B.C. and China. It could be helping pave Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative to Canada.The massive $190 million, 470,000-square-foot complex, dubbed the “World Commodity Trade Center,” is a joint venture between a Chinese state-sponsored company and a local development firm. The centre, first conceived in Beijing, has four warehouses and two large exhibition halls — to be lined with Chinese and Canadian flags — strategically located in the Campbell Heights industrial zone between Vancouve…

CHINA: Party Watch Weekly Report 3|41 8.8.2020-8.14.2020

Party Watch Weekly Report 3|41 Center for Advanced China Research


Weekly Report 3|41 8.8.2020-8.14.2020
David Gitter, Julia Bowie, Calvin Blackburn, Brock Erdahl, Logan Ma, Jared Rosen, Connor SwankHighlights
Xi Jinping once again brought up the topic of food waste, this time saying limiting food waste is especially important in light of the coronavirus epidemic (see Senior Leaders section).

Politburo Standing Committee member Li Zhanshu (栗战书) presided over the closing of the 21st meeting of the 13th National People’s Congress (see Senior Leaders section). 
Senior Leaders
Xi Jinping Issued Important Instructions on Resolutely Stopping Food Waste Behavior and Earnestly Cultivating the Habit of Saving, Creating an Atmosphere Where Waste is Shameful and Saving is Honorable
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8.11 Xi Jinping issued instructions to lower food waste and highlighted its importance in light of the coronavirus epidemic. He emphasized the need to strengthen legislation, supervision, propaganda, and education about …

What is China's military aspiration for Gwadar?

ANI | Updated: Aug 17, 2020 15:45 IST Hong Kong, August 17 (ANI): Gwadar has long been touted as the site for a Chinese base suitable for People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) operations. However, it is certainly not inevitable that Gwadar will become a PLAN base, even though its location has a lot going for it from a Chinese perspective.
China pursues a "strategic strongpoint" concept whereby strategically sited foreign ports containing terminals and commercial zones operated by Chinese firms can be used by its military. Of course, high-level coordination between Chinese officials, state-owned enterprises and private firms makes this concept workable, especially when there are connecting infrastructures such as railways, roads and pipelines.
Such "strongpoints" offer the potential for China to form a network of supply, logistics and intelligence hubs, and there is certainly a nascent network along the perimeter of the Indian Ocean.
Gwadar is important to Beijing fo…