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Domestic Politics in Southeast Asia and Local Backlash

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is Chinese General Secretary Xi Jinping’s signature foreign policy project to expand the People’s Republic of China’s investment and trade ties in order to create “ a big family of harmonious coexistence. ” Hailed as the “ project of the century ,” its success is hard to ignore: between 2013 and 2018, total trade volume between China and other BRI countries amounted to over  $6 trillion , over 30% of the global gross domestic product (GDP). By 2019, over  150 organizations and countries  had signed agreements with China, covering over 60% of the world’s population. An  integral  component of the BRI is Southeast Asia. China has invested  $166 billion  into the region, second only to that invested in Sub-Saharan Africa. But commentators have  noted  rising dissatisfaction with the BRI among Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members. From Indonesia to Malaysia to Thailand, government officials have complained about China’s use of “ debt-tra

12 Pakistani army personnel killed in two separate attacks in Balochistan and N Waziristan

12 Pakistani army personnel killed in two separate attacks in Balochistan and N Waziristan         15 October, 2020 by  ANI Gwadar [Pakistan], October 15 (ANI): As many as 12 Pakistani army personnel were killed on Thursday in two separate attacks in Balochistan's Gwadar district and the North Waziristan tribal district. At least six security personnel were killed in the first incident after a convoy of state-run Oil and Gas Development Company Ltd (OGDCL) was attacked on the coastal highway in Balochistan's Ormara, Radio Pakistan reported. In another incident, six Pakistan Army personnel were killed after an IED explosion near the Razmak area of North Waziristan. The Pakistan security forces have cordoned off the areas and started a search operation. Soon after the incidents, the Baloch Raji Ajoi Singer (BRAS) claimed the responsibility for the attack in a Twitter post, adding that they will issue a detailed statement soon. Reacting to the incident, Prime Minister Imran Khan e

CPSP to establish more training institutes in Balochistan

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF CORRESPONDENT QUETTA: The College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) has agreed to provide specialisation opportunities to the postgraduates besides increasing the number of training centres in Balochistan. The assurance was extended by a delegation of the CPSP led by its senior vice president Prof Mohammad Shoaib Shafee during a meeting with Parliamentary Secretary Health Dr Rubaba Khan Buledi on Wednesday. Dr Rubaba apprised the visiting delegation that medical postgraduates in Balochistan didn’t have ample opportunities to get specialisation degrees from abroad. She underlined the need for establishing more training institutes for the postgraduates. She also stressed that the CPSP accredit the training centers recently established at medical colleges of Turbat and Loralai. The CPSP vice president while lauding the recommendations of parliamentary secretary held out the assurance that postgraduates of Balochistan would be provided adequate specialisa

China’s Belt and Road Initiative: green leadership or greenwashing?

SUSTAINABILITY  / 14-10-20 / BY  MADDY WHITE 0   RELATED NEWS Officials call for trade policy overhaul to cut Covid plastic waste ICC survey shows banks remain optimistic about long-term future of trade finance National Grid wins multi-ECA green loan for milestone project China’s central bank sets out Greater Bay Area trade and financial plan Investor action urged as oil industry falls “far short” of net zero emissions target Last month, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a goal of carbon neutrality for his country by 2060. The move has been met with scepticism from experts, given that Chinese creditors have committed billions of dollars to fossil fuel projects around the world through the country’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The bold climate pledge was made by the Chinese leader via a video call during the UN General Assembly in New York. Xi was reported as saying: “We aim to have CO2 emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060.” He also called on all