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Karásková: “CEE countries should present Chinese partners with a unified position”

. Karásková: “CEE countries should present Chinese partners with a unified position” ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ MERICS China Briefing spoke with Ivana Karásková, founder of MapInfluenCE and of China Observers in Central and Eastern Europe. In her new role as European China Policy Fellow at MERICS she talks about China’s influence in Central and Eastern Europe, the future of the 17+1 format and the impact this has on relations with the EU.  Questions by Janet Anderson, Freelance editor  What do Central and Eastern European countries hope to get from their relations with China?  Exports among Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries are mostly bound to Western Europe and therefore connected to the EU single market. Following the global financial crisis, CEE has striven to diversify its export and import routes towards the East, seeking greater access to the Chinese market and attracting foreign direct investment from China. The region has utilized the 17+1 format to upgrade diplomatic contacts wi

Food security rises as concern for China’s leadership

MERICS, Berlin ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ The facts: Food security has risen as a concern in China as global supply chains were disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The national campaign against food week that had started this summer was incorporated into Golden Week celebrations and became a trending topic alongside the week-long holiday. On August 10, President Xi Jinping issued a stern warning on food security and called on citizens to reduce food waste. A national campaign followed and there was widespread compliance reported across the country. Beijing has put a positive patriotic spin on the issue with the “Clean Plates” movement (光盘行动) aimed at rallying the country to reduce food waste. Xi called on the country to see wasting food as shameful, and frugality an attribute to be proud of (营造浪费可耻、节约为荣的氛围). The campaign went viral online, and schools, restaurants, corporates, and the public have been keen to show off how much food waste they reduce.  What to Watch:  Ensuring stable supply remain

Balochi-language singer gunned down in Turbat

BEHRAM BALOCH GWADAR: Balochi language singer Hanif Chamrok was gunned down in Turbat city of Kech district. Police said on Thursday that Chamrok was taking a music class along with some youngsters outside his home in Singani village on the outskirts of Turbat when unidentified men opened fire on him. They said the attackers on a motorcycle used automatic weapons. According to the police, Chamrok received multiple bullet wounds and died on the spot. Soon after receiving information about the attack, a police party rushed to the area. Chamrok’s body was shifted to a hospital for autopsy and later handed over to his family. The deceased was the father of human right activist Tayyaba Baloch. Published in Dawn, October 9th, 2020 https://www.dawn.com/news/1584054/balochi-language-singer-gunned-down-in-turbat

FICTION: APPREHENSIONS OF THE BALOCH

Updated   13 Sep, 2020   07:18am MUHAMMAD AKBAR NOTEZAI Everyone, everywhere in the world, is the protagonist of a story. Some — one way or the other — bring their stories to fruition and put them to paper. In that vein, one character in the novel CPEC is the novelist himself, Shaheen Baranzai, and he comes up with such a story about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that readers could have hardly imagined. A prolific, but publicity-shy writer, Baranzai has authored around 29 books — most of them in his native Brahui, one of the languages spoken by the Baloch people. Yet, he is very little known. As I review his novel, I have only now come across his contributions towards Brahui literature, despite being journalism friends for 10 years. In fact, as a working reporter, he introduced me to reporting. To quickly recap the author’s journey of getting his debut Urdu novel published, Baranzai struggled for months to find the funds required to turn his story into book form. Finally,

Buzdar, Asim Bajwa discuss progress on CPEC projects

15 hours ago Our Staff Reporter       LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar chaired an important meeting at CPEC Authority office in Islamabad on Thursday. Adviser to CM Salman Shah and others also attended the meeting.  Chairman CPEC Authority Lt-Gen (R) Asim Saleem Bajwa gave a detailed briefing to the participants and stated the speed of work on CPEC projects had been further accelerated while this expansive initiative had given a new dimension to Pakistan-China relations. Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said that China was a trustworthy friend of Pakistan while CPEC was a momentous multi-billion dollars initiative of development and prosperity. This trailblasing project will strengthen the national economy, he added. Usman Buzdar remarked the CPEC would bring remarkable improvements in the industrial and agriculture sectors of the province.  “China’s marvellous development is a role model for us and the Pakistani economy will also be developed by benefitting

Massive protests in Gilgit-Baltistan against Pakistan Army, government's human rights violations- WATCH

Times Now Digital Updated Oct 09, 2020 | 11:16 IST Thousands of people have been taking to streets in Gilgit Baltistan protesting against the atrocities by Pakistan government and Army. Key Highlights the protests have been taking place for the past four days People have been demanding the release of detained local leaders New Delhi:  Massive protests broke out in Gilgit-Baltistan area in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) against the atrocities by Pakistan Army and government. The protestors have demanded the release of political prisoners and have alleged that the state machinery has been violating human rights of the local population. Photo Credit: ANI Massive protests erupt in PoK Raising slogans of -  Ye jo dehshatgardi hain, uske peechhe vardi hain  (Administration/ uniform is behind the violation) - thousands of protestors have taken to streets for the past four days. Visuals showed political leaders, men, women and people from across strata taking to streets against the suppressio