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Soft power expansion via CPEC By  Webmaster  - January 5, 2017      S Qamar Afzal Rizvi ECONOMIC power puts outside people into contact with transnational culture via trade. This very ideology remains the driving force behind Pakistan and China’s philosophy of expanding soft power in the region via CPEC. China’s President Xi Jinping had realized this, and he had accordingly pledged to raise China’s soft power by developing China into a socialist cultural superpower. Similarly, Pakistan also realized the exigency of developing its soft power vis-à-vis hard power image by pragmatically rebalancing its national security policy from excessive militarist paradigm to human security-cum-development paradigm. From Beijing’s perspective, economic development is always a gateway to regional peace. To overstate the case, the Chinese Government views development as a prerequisite for peace. Even in ancient times, those travelling along the Silk Road had to be contende

Power generation under CPEC to be rescheduled ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China have slashed down projected power generation estimates from 10,000 MW to around 5,000 MW till 2018 under early harvest programme of CPEC because of delays in few projects including Rahimyar Khan and Muzzafargarh coal fired projects as well as couple of projects located in Sindh.   However, both sides agreed that some alternate hydropower projects on Indus River including Bhasha Dam would be considered for adjustments to make them part of CPEC framework, Federal Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal said on Wednesday. The Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) under $50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) agreed upon the principle of keeping the total capacity unchanged and reiterated for any future adjustments with mutual agreement and joint study by the experts. “The additional inclusion of more projects such as modernisation of railways, roads and rail based

CPEC in 2016 January 5, 2017 Reema Shaukat AMID all controversies and debates on CPEC, this game changer project underwent major developments in year 2016, thus giving a befitting reply to the opponents and adversaries of Pakistan and CPEC venture. Year 2016 brought noteworthy evolvement in CPEC where people witnessed Pak-China friendship prospering and prompt expansion work being done under CPEC. Chinese ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong reiterated on many occasions that 16 early harvest projects, including several power stations, highways and projects related to Gwadar Port, are under construction and tens of thousands of new jobs have been created for local people. China has gradually emerged as Pakistan’s major trading partner both in domain of exports and imports. Today, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has become talk of the globe. CPEC, an essential component of One Belt, One Road proposed by China, is termed as a “Game Changer” for Pakistan.

Russia can be a welcoming presence at CPEC By Li Xing Source:Global Times Published: 2017/1/5 12:18:39 The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), as a flagship project of the One Belt and One Road (OBOR) initiative, has drawn a great deal of investments. Apart from the fact that Pakistan has approved a Russian request for using the Gwadar Port, located in Balochistan province, for its exports, media reports were swirling that Russia planned to merge the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) with the CPEC. Although the Russian embassy in Islamabad later denied the reports, concerns and speculations have been lingering among some observers. As far as I am concerned, it isn't something terrible if Moscow joins the CPEC. Instead, it will be an opportunity for China, Russia and Pakistan to enhance cooperation.  First, China's OBOR is essentially appealing to principles of joint development through consultations to meet the interests of all and build a community of shar

Pak PM wants Indus projects included in CPEC KHALEEQ KIANI   ISLAMABAD: Satisfied with the outcome of meetings of the joint coordination committee (JCC) on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which were held late last month in China, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed the officials concerned to include in the CPEC the non-controversial hydroelectric projects proposed to be set up on the Indus . Mr Sharif would soon invite top leaders from the four provinces to brief them about the way forward on the CPEC projects, Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal said at a press conference on Wednesday that followed a meeting at which the prime minister reviewed the progress made at the JCC meetings. Separately, the Prime Minister’s Office said that during the JCC meetings the Chinese authorities had agreed to consider for inclusion in the CPEC the schemes termed the “Indus Cascade projects”. No controversial hydel scheme to be considered Mr Iq

FC IG lauds tribes’ role in peace revival in Balochistan January 04, 2017 QUETTA -  Inspector General Frontier Corps Balochistan Major General Nadeem Ahmed Anjum on Tuesday reiterated that those sitting abroad could not win this war by creating law and order situation in Balochistan through subversive activities. The IG FC Balochistan was talking to tribal elites and officers of Kacchi, Nasirabad, Jaffarabad, Jhal Magsi, Lehri and Soobat Poor at Sibi Scouts headquarters. The ceremony was also attended by former prime minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali , Mir Hazar Khan Khoso , Nawab Ghuos Bakhsh Barozai , MNA Mir Dostein Domki , MNA Nawabzada Khalid Khan Magsi , MPA Sardar Sarfraz Khan Domki , Brig Amjad Sati, Brig Shahid Nawaz, Commandant Sibi Scouts Col Zulfiqar Bajwa , Lt-Col Abdul Rab Bhatti and other public representatives . Addressing the ceremony, IG FC asked youth to hold pen instead of gun, if they wanted Balochistan to shi

‘Violence-related fatalities in Balochistan, Punjab increased in 2016’ ISLAMABAD: Balochistan and Punjab saw a marginal increase in violence in 2016, with Balochistan seeing an almost 10pc rise in fatalities caused by violence since 2015, and Punjab seeing the highest number of fatalities in the province in four years, the Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) has found. Fatalities in Balochistan rose from 719 in 2015 to 798 in 2016, while Punjab lost 424 people to violence last year. Both provinces were the targets of suicide attacks that increased the casualty count. The findings are among others in the annual CRSS security report which was released on Tuesday. The report also said that the overall situation in the country has improved, and Pakistan may see prominent success with regards to curbing violence this years, as things have improved not only h