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Securing K-P’s rights’: Jirga rejects Khattak’s claims on CPEC By  Our Correspondent Published: May 1, 2017 PESHAWAR :  A day after the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak claimed that an investment roadshow in China was successful in bringing investment and jobs to the province, a jirga called on Sunday rejected the claim. ‘Pakistan not producing goods China needs’ The Pakhtunkhwa Ulasi Tehrik (PUT) said that no rights of locals had been secured under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as they announced to mobilise the public at the district level over issues arising from the corridor and to tell them about the exploitation of K-P’s resources. The jirga, held at the University Town Hall had primarily been called to discuss issues faced by the province, especially K-P’s share in CPEC and the situation arising after the lynching of Mashal Khan at the Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan. “We have not won our share in CPEC as c

India Outsmarts China on OBOR April 30, 2017 DayAfter Nepal scale down joint military exercise with China, ask for New Delhi help in local body polls and Sri Lanka handing over Hambantota Port to India has hit Beijing’s $62 bn investment By Shankar Kumar When Nepal’s President Bidya Devi Bhandari came to India on a five-day visit, she didn’t know that her country’s northern neighbour, China was watching her first ever foreign trip very keenly. Bidya Devi Bhandari is a constitutional head of Nepal who has no decision making power, yet Beijing seemed to be wary of her visit because she wore on her sleeve a very high national symbol  and it is that of President. As per media reports, when Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal alias ‘Prachanda’ recently made a  visit to China, his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping turned out to be one which led Prachanda come out with no fond memories. It is said that he was asked to implement all a

China’s One-Belt-One-Road initiative is not just about economics April 25, 2017   By:  Sanjaya Baru Britain used to be called a nation of shopkeepers. China can be called a nation of contractors. Having built its way up to become a $10-trillion economy, China is saddled with over-construction at home and is looking for new construction opportunities worldwide. The One-Belt-One-Road (Obor) initiative is partly driven by the need to sustain investment, even as domestic consumption and world trade are unable to sustain growth. This much is obvious. But this is not the full story. China’s long-distance construction activity, both across China itself (from the east coast to Xinjiang and Tibet) and across Eurasia, has been driven as much by these economic calculations as it has been by geopolitical ones. Ther e is no other part of Obor that is manifestly geopolitical in its scope than the $46-billion China-Pakistan Economic Cor

Nepal set to sign agreement with China to be part of 'One Belt One Road Conference' By PTI | Updated: Apr 28, 2017, 09.11 PM IST The One Belt One Road Conference (OBOR) will kick start on May 14, when Nepal conducts the first phase of its local elections. KATHMANDU:  Nepal  is set to sign an agreement with  China  to be part of the 'One Belt One Road Conference', a pet initiative of Chinese President  Xi Jinping , officials said today.  Nepal is sending a high-level delegation to China to attend the 'One Belt One Road Conference' (OBOR) which will be held on May 14.  Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara will lead the delegation which includes Physical Infrastructure Minister Ramesh Lekhak and Communications Minister Surendra Karki.  The  One Belt One Road  Conference (OBOR) will kick start on May 14, when Nepal conducts the first phase of its local elections.  "The Ne

CPEC to help join Pakistan developed countries: Murtaza Havelian Acting National Assembly Speaker Murtaza Abbassi on Sunday said Pakistan would soon join the developed countries due to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which would bring an economic revolution in the country. The CPEC would start a new era of friendship in the region as neighbouring countries, including enemies, had desired to become part of it, he added. Murtaza Abbasi was addressing public gatherings here at Nowshera and Phullanwali villages after inaugurating Sui gas supply projects. He said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had made Pakistan an atomic power due to which enemies could not cast an evil eye on it. He said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government had adopted prudent policies due to which the menace of terrorism had almost been defeated and the country was again put on the path to development and prosperity. Foreign investors were showing interest to exp

Free Balochistan Movement to protest against Pakistani nukes, China-Pak nexus ANI | London [UK] Apr 30, 2017 05:22 PM IST The Free Balochistan Movement (FBM) has announced to organise simultaneous protests in many cities of the world on May 28 to protest against Pakistan's nuclear weapons and China-Pakistan nexus in Balochistan. The FBM, a pro-freedom party headed by Hyrbyair Marri, said in a statement to the media that Pakistan tested its dirty nuke in Balochistan's Chaghai hills on May 28, 1998 contaminating the Baloch land forever. The people of the region continue to suffer from different diseases as a result of the tests. Since the blast in 1998, international experts have not been allowed to visit the region to examine the effects of the radioactivity in the area. According to the FBM statement, " Not only Pakistan's nuclear weapons pose a threat to Baloch, Pashtun , and Sindhis, but Pakist

The Central Station Of The New Silk Road Has Emerged

APR 29, 2017 @ 02:28 PM512  Wade Shepard  ,    CONTRIBUTOR I travel to emerging markets around Asia and report on what I find.   Wade Shepard Khorgos Gateway has recently developed into a consolidation hub. Khorgos Gateway , a major new dry port that’s rising up from the desert in Kazakhstan’s eastern borderlands, has just taken the next step in the process of developing into the great crossroads of nations that it has been posited to become — a central station along a new Silk Road. Fueled by the  rapidly emerging China-Europe rail network , the Khorgos dream is grandiose but its origins are rooted in pragmatism. The width of train tracks are different in China than in the post-Soviet realm, so trains need to stop and relay their cargo at the border. This simple logistical event is what gave rise to what is rapidly becoming an entirely new, multifaceted economic ecosystem in what was nothing but sand dunes just five years before on the Kazakh / China border

Pak's 'dream' of building CPEC will never come true: Senior Gilgit leader

ANI 29 April 2017 Brussels [Belgium], April 29 (ANI): With the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) progressing at full steam, senior leader from Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Abdul Hamid Khan has asserted that the "dream" of the Pakistan Army and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of building the CPEC would never come true. "If you think by arresting 10-15 people, you will be able to suppress our movement against CPEC, it is your dream. If Pakistan thinks that the Army and the ISI will crush people and make CPEC a reality by occupying Gilgit-Baltistan, it is nothing but day-dreaming," Khan said. " People are aware that Gilgit-Baltistan is disputed. The world knows that atrocities are committed on us. By arresting 15-20 people, you are thinking that the CPEC will be built and you will get 42 billion in your pockets, then forget it," he added. The strategic significance of the region under the CPEC, in terms of trade and investment, has

China-Europe freight train brings UK-made products to China

https :// 29th April 2017   Mo By Huang Peizhao, Li Yingqi and Zhao Cheng first freight train from the UK to Chinawhich filled with UK-made products will arrive in Yiwu, East China’s Zhejiang Province on Saturday, after finishing its 12,000-kilometer journey. Analysts said that the train has not only injected vitality into China’s trade with the UK and Europe, but also revealed the glimmer of the“Belt and Road” initiative.   The train, filled with 32 containers of products, left theLondon Gateway terminal of Dubai Ports World (DP World) on April 10. The London-Yiwu line recreates the ancient “Silk Road” trade route that once connected Europe to China.     “People came all the way to the gateway to witness the historic moment. The cold weather and strong wind did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the public,” Nelson, a security guard at the port, described the moment when the train set off fr

First Britain-China direct freight train arrives back in China X The first freight train to run from Britain to China arrived in the city of Yiwu in eastern China on Saturday, completing its 12,000-km (7,456-mile) journey. The train was greeted by traders and shipping company officials when it arrived at Yiwu West station after departing London on April 10 carrying items such as vitamins, baby products and pharmaceuticals. ADVERTISEMENT The first freight train from China arrived in Britain in January. Operated by Yiwu Timex Industrial Investment, the Yiwu-London freight service makes London the 15th European city to have a direct rail link with China after the 2013 unveiling of the "One Belt, One Road" initiative by Chinese President Xi Jinping. "This freight train is a reflection of the achievements of trade," Yiwu Timex Chairman Timmy Feng told Reuters Television. After leaving London the bright red train passed through seven countries -- France, Belgium, Germany, Pol

Balochistan-- A silent war zone: Pakistan's brutality exposed in a video LIVE   |    Apr 29, 2017 | 13:17 IST | SOURCE : Times Now In an exclusive footage accessed by TIMES NOW, brutal attacks carried out by the Pakistani government on Baloch citizens have been exposed.  The video shows how Pakistan is carrying out attacks on Baloch citizens and the Provincial government led by a key aide of Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sarfaraz Bugti, which formed a parallel forces under the banner of “death squads” to carry out attacks on Balochistan. In the video, the death squad is seen killing a Baloch activist and all this is allegedly supervised by his close aide. A report published by Baloch Human Rights Organisation reports about the attacks carried out in military operations and incidents carried out by the Pakistani forces.  In February, the forces have reportedly abducted 200 people from the region, killed 42 and 15 were injured during m

If there's a referendum in Balochistan, people will vote for India, says top Gilgit Baltistan leader The statement comes as Pakistan deploys additional security in the region fearing violent protest by the people of Balochistan over the project.  By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 17:0 New Delhi: The people of Gilgit-Baltistan will vote for India if there is a referendum because Indians never occupied that land, a top Baloch leader said on Saturday, as tensions rise between the locals and the government over the proposed China-backed CPEC project. The statement comes as Pakistan deploys additional security in the region fearing violent protest by the people of Balochistan over the project. The Pakistani authorities have already made a number of arrests against those opposing the CPEC project, which Islamabad claims would bring huge employment as well as rapid development to the region. The China-Pakistan Ec

CPEC: View from across the border Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri  April 30, 2017 Leave a comment It is time for India to overcome the hurdles posed by its difficult history with Pakistan and China by being part of CPEC and BRI In South Asia, we have three histories. One that is told and taught in Pakistan, the other that is told and taught in India (or for that matter Bangladesh vis-à-vis Pakistan) and third which is the real history that is people’s history neither told here nor there. It is not only about history; one can say the same about three sets and heroes, two geographies and two maps etc. A latest addition in this list is China’s Belt Road Initiative (BRI), of which China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is an important part. While many in Pakistan look at BRI’s potential of infrastructural and economic integration as an unprecedented opportunity for regional transformation, many in India are sceptic about Chinese agenda of transcontinental and transoce

China can help Myanmar with its problems By Zhou Shixin Source:Global Times Published: 2017/4/27 23:38:41 Illustration: Peter C. Espina/GT Despite significant political changes in Myanmar in recent years, leaders from the country and from China have maintained a high level of mutual trust, as reflected by frequent visits and the consensus reached on a number of issues.  In August 2016, Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi paid an official visit to China. In April this year, Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw visited China, and the two sides issued a joint press communiqué saying that the two countries will continue to make the best use of their cooperation mechanism and will strengthen cooperation featuring mutual benefits in various areas. This indicates that the Sino-Myanmar relationship has entered a more stable and mature stage. As one of the key partners in Myanmar's foreign relations, China is the country's largest tr

Will China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ Initiative Deliver?

KATHMANDU, April 28 (Xinhua) -- Experts on Friday stressed on strong partnership between China and South Asia under the framework of China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative so as to achieve regional economic integration, prosperity, stability and create a win-win situation. They made the remarks during a one-day seminar entitled "One Belt, One Road and South Asia" organized here by the China Study Centre. Addressing the program, Bangladeshi expert Humayun Kabir said China and South Asian countries can find a common ground to collaborate under the Belt and Road Initiative. "This is the era of mutual interdependence between various countries of the world. I believe that cooperation between China and South Asian region under the framework will help achieve regional economic integration, prosperity and stability by creating a win-win situation," he said. Former Nepali Foreign Secretary Madhuraman Acharya said "The concept of the Belt and Road Initiative has br

China-Pak corridor: Chinese scholar says stop project to sort out differences with India India has repeatedly opposed the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on the ground that parts of the project passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The corridor runs from Kashgar in China to Gwadar port (in picture above ) in Pakistan. (REUTERS file photo) Updated: Apr 29, 2017 14:53 IST By Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times, Beijing Beijing should take into account regional concerns in implementing transnational projects such as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a top Communist party scholar has said, adding that such projects could be temporarily stopped to sort out differences. The  Kashgar to Gwadar CPEC  is one of the flagship projects under President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). India has repeatedly raised concerns over the project with China as part of it are planned in Pakistan-occupied

Oil, Rice, Chabahar: India-Iran trade issues demystified Iran’s Consul General discusses India-Iran relations post-nuclear deal Sneha Gilada Economically tied with high volume trade in crude oil and politically tied with similar interests for stability in the Middle East, especially Afghanistan, India and Iran have traversed a long and tumultuous journey to maintain a healthy trade relationship. In an interview with Hon. Consul General,  Hassan Nourian ( HN ) , Consulate General of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hyderabad;  The Dollar Business ( TDB )  explores current issues in the India-Iran bilateral relationship. Speaking about diverse areas from the ambiguity in payment settlement mechanisms to problems in basmati rice exports, the diplomat lucidly explains the dynamics in India-Iran relations. India-Iran payments settlement issues To ensure smooth trade relations between India and Iran regardless of a series of international and Ame

Iran offers India to run phase one of Chabahar Port By  Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury , ET Bureau | Apr 29, 2017, 07.18 AM IST NEW DELHI:  India 's presence in the strategically located Iranian port of Chabahar — Delhi's primary gateway to landlocked  Afghanistan  — is all set to get a big boost.  Tehran has recently proposed to Delhi to manage phase one of the port built by  Iran  even as the two sides are still negotiating terms and conditions of Delhi's role in expanding phase two of the port where the Modi government wants to invest Rs 150 crore, or $235 million. ET has learnt that Tehran has offered Delhi management rights for two years for phase one of the port and such rights could be renewed by another decade.  But port management proposal is not just only development regarding Chabahar Port, there will be hectic activities with a trilateral meeting being planned between Iran-India-Afghanis

India pushes ahead with new terminals at Iran's Chabahar port - minister Singapore (Platts)--25 Apr 2017 307 am EDT/707 GMT India is fast-tracking its plans to complete two new terminals at Iran's Chabahar port with the tendering process already underway, India's transport minister said Monday. Under a memorandum signed by India and Iran last May, India is equipping and will operate two berths at Chabahar, investing $85.21 million upfront and $22.95 million annually under a 10-year lease. Located in the Shahid Beheshti part of the port, one berth will be 640 meters length for container vessels and the other will be 600 meters for multipurpose vessels. " The agreement for Chabahar port is finalized and a global port company formed. We are going for the tender process and work is moving very fast," India's Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari said on the sidelines of an event in Singapore. "

Focus Pakistan’ in Switzerland during first week of July 2017. CPEC to spur industrial, commercial growth: SBC      Opportunities in Economic Corridor highlighted for foreign investment Staff Reporter Karachi Recognizing the importance of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) for the economic and social development of Pakistan and the region, the Consulate General of Switzerland in Karachi and the Swiss Business Council of Pakistan (SBC) organized an interactive session to discuss “Opportunities for Foreign Investors in CPEC”. Welcoming the guests present among which were several diplomats, Chief Executive Officers of various multinationals including Swiss companies, leading Pakistani businessmen, and media representatives, the Consul General – Philippe Crevoisier mentioned that the Embassy of Switzerland arranged a similar event last month in Islamabad. Crevoisier was of the opinion that many foreign investors initially considered that CPEC is mainly a China-Pakistan ve