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New Chinese ambassador to Pak to prioritise, promote CPEC

    Sat, Sep 26 2020 06:52:06 PM B0y Mrityunjoy Kumar Jha New Delhi, Sep 26 (IANS):  Nong Rong, Chinese ambassador-designate to Pakistan, is an expert in trade and commerce, is currently a minister in a Guangxi provincial government. Nongs primary role will be to promote the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) -- a $62 billion programme under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). As the CPEC enters its second phase, Nong will try to deepen China's economic links with other countries. He is not the only political or non-career diplomat appointee. In the 1950s, General Geng Biao too was a political appointee when Mao sent him as the Chinese ambassador to Pakistan. Known as the chief architect of China-Pakistan relations, General Geng -- a Mao confidante, arrived in Pakistan when General Ayub Khan had done a successful coup de tat. A senior Pakistani journalist says the CPEC is not a newly conceived idea but "is the cultivation of a thought process which Chairman Mao and Genera

Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan game plan: Playing out the Chinese script

Besides facilitating the connectivity through the implementation of road projects in CPEC, the change of political status as territory of Pakistan will help in setting up of Moqpondass Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Gilgit-Baltistan. By: September 26, 2020 7:07 PM Most importantly, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the main underlying reason for Pakistan’s attempts to bring about political changes to the territory of Gilgit-Baltistan. BRIG N K BHATIA Pakistani minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, Ali Amin Gandapur, reignited the contentious issue of grant of provincial status to Gilgit-Baltistan by stating in mid-September that the region would be elevated as the fifth province of Pakistan with all constitutional rights, including representation in the upper and lower houses of the Pakistani parliament. Alongside the above statement he also made a significant statement on commencement of work on Moqpondass Special Economic Zone under the China Pakistan Econom

Do CPEC’s benefits outweigh its costs?

SAMAA |  Digital Posted: Sep 26, 2020 | Last Updated: 11 hours ago Photo: AFP Officially launched in 2015, CPEC, has without a doubt strengthened ties between neighbours Pakistan and China, and reinforced the idea of finally utilising our strategic location to pave the way to becoming a transit economy. The project is well planned and is divided into various phases of development. The first phase predominantly deals with increasing the capacity of energy generation and establishing an extensive road network. Projects in this phase are also referred to as ‘Early Harvest Projects’ and most were completed in 2019. The second phase focuses on and aims to establish Special Economic Zones. This phase deals with upgrading Pakistan’s industrial sector and in turn modernising the economy. Despite the benefits the project is expected to bring, the world is divided on CPEC’s future. What is the future of CPEC? Being subject to severe criticism, both by national and international agencies, the pro