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Erik Solheim: China should apply stricter standards along the Belt and Road

The former chief of the United Nations Environment Programme believes China should phase-out coal and apply higher standards in its overseas investments Construction on a section of the China–Laos railway, a BRI project to improve China’s connectivity with Southeast Asia (Image: Huang Zongwen / Alamy) Gao Baiyu January 5, 2021 Erik Solheim, senior advisor of the World Resources Institute (WRI) and former chief of UNEP, spent a good part of December 2020 in China, where he attended the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road Initiative Green Development Institute and toured Zhejiang and Shenzhen to take the pulse of low-carbon development at the local level. Solheim says his visit to China occurred at a special moment: President Xi Jinping had committed the country to a  2060 carbon-neutrality target  in September. President-elect Joe Biden is looking to make the US a global leader on climate action. And the European Union is in close conversation with China to align its ambitious Green N

Merciless slaughtering of Hazaras in Balochistan: A tale of continued persecution

Manish Shukla Jan 05, 2021, 10:25 AM IST, ISLAMABAD:  Minorities have continued to be the favourite target of Islamist Sunni hardliners in Pakistan. This time terrorists from the Islamic State have committed Hazara genocide. A recent spurt in anti-Shia violence was seen in Pakistan, wherein a cowardly incident on Sunday (January 3), 11 miners were killed and many others were injured in a terrorist attack in Machh, Balochistan.  These poor miners belonged to the Hazara community. The miners were killed in a barbarous manner, where their hands were tied, and throats were slashed after blindfolding them. This was a clear case of target killing against minorities as local newspaper The Balochistan Post reported that the terrorist surrounded the mines and abducted the miners after identifying them as Hazaras. Additionally, 4 other miners were injured in the indiscriminate firing by the terrorists. Reuters later reported that the attack was carried out by the terrorists from ISKP,backed by I

Extending CPEC

UMER KHAN NEVER in Pakistan’s history has a project been peddled to the people as a game changer the way that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has been. The government is enthusiastic about the $60 billion worth of concrete carpeted highways, energy projects and special economic zones. Early harvest projects worth $19bn have been completed, and CPEC is now in its second phase, in which most of the projects will be based on a public-private partnership model. For now, the projects in its first phase have failed to usher in the level of prosperity that was promised to the people. Therefore, it is imperative to ensure that CPEC projects are optimally utilised and, thus, there is a case to be made for enlarging its scope to neighbouring countries, particularly Afghanistan. Pakistan and China have already invested huge capital on building the road infrastructure for CPEC. According to estimates, $11bn will be spent on the construction of roads and highways. However, Pakistan will not be