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Myanmar moves step closer to new bids on China-backed belt and road project

PUBLISHED : 9 SEP 2020 AT 19:06 WRITER: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST Chinese President Xi Jinping and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi shake hands at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw on Jan 17, 2020. (Reuters photo) Myanmar is a step closer to allowing companies to challenge a bid from China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) to build the behemoth New Yangon City project, after hiring German consulting firm Roland Berger to oversee the tendering process. The so-called Swiss challenge will give the Southeast Asian nation the opportunity to demonstrate transparency in its public procurement, an important signal to investors given the sanctions it has faced over the military crackdown of Rohingya in 2017.The process will also see Myanmar walk a tightrope between China and the United States, while balancing its needs for foreign investment with the risk of working with CCCC, which was recently blacklisted by the US for its work in the disputed South China Sea, analysts and …

China growing anxious as Myanmar proceeds cautiously with BRI projects: Report

ANI Updated Sep 09, 2020 | 23:54 IST Myanmar is demonstrating caution and resistance to China, which has been attempting to deepen its influence through the China Myanmar Economic Corridor. Photo Credit: Getty Representational Image. Naypyitaw: Chinese officials are growing anxious as Myanmar government is taking cautious steps regarding the implementation of already-delayed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects.Recently Yang Jiechi, a Politburo member and director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission under the Communist Party of China's (CPC) Central Committee, recently made a stop in Myanmar capital en route to Europe and conveyed that Myanmar has "set a high standard" when it comes to green-lighting BRI projects, reported The Irrawaddy.
Advertising Yang's high status as a Politburo member gave the meetings a greater significance than Myanmar leaders' discussions with previous visitors such as State Councilor Wang Yi and Song Tao, the head of t…

China's Belt Road Initiative Under Threat In Pakistan As Taliban's Terror Factions Unite

By Tarkesh Jha September 09, 2020 at 5:39 PM Analysts believe that the coming together of separated factions of Pakistan’s Taliban is a cause of a concern for China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in northwestern part of the country, ANI has reported.Jamaat ul-Ahrar, Hizb ul-Ahrar and Hakeemullah Mehsud are the three groups of Taliban that had split in 2014 due to leadership issues.Last month, they unified yet again and are joined by Lakshar-e-Jhangvi from Balochistan this time around. These developments have the potential to create internal security complications and also threaten the security of Chinese nationals and their projects.This report from ANI states that the reunified Tehreek-e-Taliban has already kidnapped and killed Chinese nationals in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.“In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province's various remote areas, several Chinese development projects, mainly in the field of hydro-electricity generation and infrastructure, are going on. The Pakistan Taliban…

SAPM for establishing overseas Pakistanis commissions in Balochistan, KP

Wed, 9 Sep 2020, 11:19 AM ISLAMABAD, Sep 9 (APP):  *Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Overseas* Pakistanis and Human Resource Development*Sayed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari Wednesday underlined the need for setting up dedicated commissions in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) on the pattern of Punjab to ensure swift redressal of the expatriates’ complaints.He made these remarks while presiding over a high-level meeting of the Prime Minister’s Performance Delivery Unit (PMDU) for the provinces of Balochistan, KP and Sindh, said a news release.Appreciating the performance of the Punjab Overseas Pakistanis Commission, Zulfikar Bukhari said it was a successful model which should be replicated in other provinces as well.The meeting was attended by officials of PMDU, provincial secretaries of the labour ministries and Inspectors General (IGs) of Police of various provinces.
They briefed the SAPM about status of the overseas Pakistanis’ complaints on the PMDU commonly known as …

Balochistan cabinet approves ban on bonded labour

QUETTA: A marathon session of the Balochistan cabinet, held here on Wednesday with Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani in chair, took various decisions while discussing an over 20-point agenda and approved ban on bonded labour, recovery of bonded labourers and their rehabilitation.Under an amendment to the Balochistan Bonded Labour System Bill 2020, people found involved in hiring bonded labour would undergo one-year imprisonment and pay a fine of Rs100,000.Under the amendment made under the International Labour Organisation convention, vigilance committees would be established at district level to monitor the situation of bonded labour.
The cabinet also approved some amendments to the Bolan Medical University of Health Sciences Act 2017 under which the previous status of the Bolan Medical College would be restored. The principal and the administration of the college would work under the authority of the provincial government.Restores status of Bolan Medical CollegeHoweve…

Railways to invite bids for $6.8bn ML-1 CPEC project

LAHORE: Pakistan Railways (PR) is all set to invite bids to tender for the country’s first and biggest transport sector project —Main Line-1 (ML-1) — from Sept 12. Bidding documents have been prepared. The completion of USD 6.8 billion project titled “Up-gradation of ML-1” has been divided into three seperate packages —Nawabshah to Rohri / Sukkar, Multan to Lahore & Walton Academy and Lahore to Lalamusa & Kaluwal to Pindora sections, Dawn has learnt.Through invitation of bids which will be made public from September 12, the railways ministry will seek expression of interest for up-gradation of the aforementioned packages of the ML-1 in EPC (Engineering, Procurement & Construction) mode from eligible Chinese firms on the basis. Details on the financing arrangements are still unclear. The invitation for bids simply says the “project will be funded under CPEC financing arrangement through loan from Chinese Financial Institutions and partly funded by Government o…

Pakistan to launch ferry service linking Karachi and Gwadar to UAE, Iran, Iraq

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The federal cabinet on Tuesday gave formal approval to the launch of a ferry service from Karachi and Gwadar ports to neighbouring states of Iran, Iraq, United Arab Emirates and beyond.At present, there was no international or national commercial ferry service operating in Pakistan for the purpose of transportation of passengers and goods. Ferry service for Pakistani’s to neighbouring countriesAccording to a summary exclusively available with this scribe, the potential advantages of water transportation through ferry services were established and common around the world, particularly in several European countries.In the regional countries such as Iran, UAE, Oman, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, there were established ferry operators, which were successfully running on various routes. The potential for initiating a ferry service in Pakistan has been felt for quite some time, especially in the context of providing an alternate route for Zaireen intending to visit holy sites…

Business community urged to explore investment opportunities in Gwadar

By INP - September 9, 2020
ISLAMABAD: Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani has said that Gwadar was emerging as a new port city of Pakistan which was destined to become the hub of industrial and investment activities.“Therefore, the business community should gear up itself to fully capitalise on the emerging opportunities for business and investment in Gwadar and Balochistan,” he added while talking to a delegation of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI), led by its President Muhammad Ahmed Waheed, on Wednesday.MNA and former FPCCI vice president Sajida Zulfiqar, ICCI Vice President Saifur Rehman Khan and former senior vice resident Malik Sohail Hussain were also present on the occasion.Sanjrani said the business community was the backbone of the economy and its problems should be addressed on a priority basis. “The way the local business community has fought back against the impact of Covid-19 is appreciable… it shows its resilience to survive tough conditions.”Meanwhile, Sajid…

CHINA: Party Watch Weekly Report 3|44

Weekly Report 3|44 Center for Advanced China Research

Weekly Report 3|44 8.29.2020-9.4.2020
David Gitter, Julia Bowie, Calvin Blackburn, Cady Deck, Brock Erdahl, James O'BrienHighlights
Xi Jinping gave a speech at the Seventh Central Tibet Work Symposium, where he provided guidance on Tibet-related work and called upon the party committees of Yunnan, Qinghai, Gansu, and Sichuan to coordinate with the Tibetan Autonomous Region in implementing central directives. Xi’s speech emphasized that the objective of Tibet-related work was achieving national unity as well as securing the border (see Senior Leaders section). 

Qiushi published a speech Xi gave last year at a conference for teachers of ideology and political theory courses in which he asserted that such courses are crucial as China's opening to the world introduces new complexities to the ideological field (see Senior Leaders section).  Senior Leaders
Xi Jinping: Fully Implement the Party's Strategy for Governing Tibet in the N…

The attack on Amrullah Saleh is an attempt to sabotage Afghan peace efforts: Dr. Allah Nazar Baloch

The attack on Amrullah Saleh is an attempt to sabotage Afghan peace efforts: Dr. Allah Nazar Baloch

Pro independent Baloch leader Dr. Allah Nazar Baloch condemned the suicide attack on Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh.
He said, in such a precarious situation in Afghanistan, when peace efforts are on the way to success, at such a juncture, the attack on Amrullah Saleh, is really a systematic and well-organized attempt to sabotage peace efforts.
Dr. Allah Nazar Baloch said that it is the same force which occupied the Baloch land and initiated our genocide, has destroyed the peace, prosperity and development of Afghanistan.
The Baloch pro independent leader said that the independence of Balochistan and the establishment of peace here will pave the way for lasting peace and prosperity in Afghanistan. Therefore, there is a need for the Afghan leadership to formulate a strong and lasting policy against the enemies of Balochistan and Afghanistan’s independence, peace and prosperity.