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FOR INDIA, CPEC IS A CORRIDOR TO NOWHERE Thursday, 29 December 2016 |  Claude Arpi  | in  Edit One fails to understand why Beijing is so adamant to not re-open the Himalayan land ports between India and Tibet, while at the same time, it is ‘inviting' New Delhi to join the CPEC bandwagon The Indian media always gets excited when there is a possibility of a thaw with Pakistan. One can’t do anything about it; it is too deeply engrained in the Indian psyche to dream of a rapprochement between the two neighbours.  The latest occasion was when Pakistan’s Southern Command Commander Lt Gen Amir Riaz remarked that India should join the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and enjoy its benefits. Riaz said, “New Delhi should ‘shun enmity’ with Islamabad and jointly reap the benefit of the multi-billion dollar project.” The CPEC is a Chinese ‘dream’; when he visited Islamabad in April 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged $46 billion

US, Japan and India apprehensive of CPEC Challenges confronting CPEC   M ZIAUDDIN   NOV 9TH , 2016    ARTICLE There are many angles to China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). It has been rightly called a game changer for Pakistan. In China, it is perhaps understood as a game changer for that country. And when completed it would most likely serve as a game changer for world trade. Three countries - the US, Japan and India - however, seem too apprehensive as they see the project taking shape. The US is looking at the CPEC as an early sign of the beginning of the end of its global hegemony on the economic front. Japan is worried that with the completion of CPEC any competitive edge that it currently has in world markets over China would simply disappear as while the physical distance between China and its markets would shorten by as much as 9,000km, its cost of producing exportable surpluses would as a consequence come down steeply. India, on the other hand, is worried abou

India’s Dilemma about CPEC?

Responding to a query in the Lok Sabha in December 2014, Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj noted: “Government has seen reports with regard to China and Pakistan being involved in infrastructure building activities in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK), including construction of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Government has conveyed its concerns to China about their activities in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, and asked them to cease such activities.” India ’s High Commissioner to Pakistan, noted: “India has no worry over the construction of Pakistan-China Economic Corridor as an economically strong Pakistan would bring stability in the region.” The statements are contradictory. India has as yet not articulated a clear response to the project. India’s dilemma is due to the following reasons: The origin of the CPEC could be traced to the Border Agreement of 1963, considered a milestone in China-Pakistan relations. The agreement ceded the 5000 plus square mile Trans Karakoram

BIMSTEC At 20: Prospects For Maritime Security Governance – Analysis Map of countries belonging to the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation ( BIMSTEC ). Source: Wikipedia Commons. BY  RSIS  FEBRUARY 8, 2017 The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) celebrates its 20th anniversary in June. BIMSTEC needs to engage in maritime security cooperation to meet the challenges of a changing strategic landscape. By Rajni Gamage* BIMSTEC, the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation, celebrates its 20th anniversary in June this year. It is well-positioned to engage in maritime security cooperation to face the challenges of a changing strategic and economic landscape. Although BIMSTEC was initially established to tackle sub-regional economic and social development issues, its potential for sub-regional security cooperation has c

‘FPCCI apprehensions on CPEC unfounded’

I By  Mian Saifur Rehman February 12, 2017 Print :  Top Story Pakistani authorities in-charge of monitoring, operation and management of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor have declared that the reservations expressed by FPCCI on CPEC are unfounded and without substance.  Talking to The News on the condition of anonymity, the sources within the CPEC structure have expressed surprise over the apprehensions expressed in a December 2016 report of FPCC&I that , ,🔷 Chinese will buy complete land mass of Gwadar and that the 🔷 Chinese population will outnumber the locals whereas the 🔷  province of Balochistan may have a Chinese CM with 🔷  local industry being negatively impacted . In this report, apprehension had been expressed that by the year 2048, with the Chinese investment in Pakistan, as a part of CPEC, entering the final stages,🎈 these four negative effects would take place.  🎈 Calling all

Nuclearisation of Indian Ocean threat to regional peace | Aziz says security vital for sea trade | Marine environment essential part of global life support system February 12, 2017 KARACHI - The nuclearisation and militarisation of Indian Ocean poses a grave threat to the regional peace and security, Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said on Saturday. Speaking as chief guest at the inaugural session of a three-day International Maritime Conference, he said 30 countries are connected through this ocean, which provides connectivity to the Middle East, Africa and Australia with Europe. Aziz said that 40 percent of the world trade passes through the India Ocean and Pakistan has enhanced strategic stakes in peaceful navigation of cargoes in this ocean because of development of Gwadar Port and launch of CPEC [China-Pakistan Economic Corridor]. He emphasised the need for turning the Indian Ocean into a zone of peace and prosperity to be

CPEC: Remembering Calvin Remembering Calvin By  Shahzad Tahir February 12, 2017 Print :  Opinion It was a cold November night. I was trying to light up the negligible traces of gas blooping after a two-second pause, when my Chinese classmate Calvin Yang called. Our Grade V exams were just two weeks away and Calvin suggested that collaboration would prove mutually beneficial. Calvin was a guest in my country and, above all, my friend, whom I could not refuse. A Pakistani would not give up on a friend in a time of need. I dedicated the whole week to helping him. My command over the English language allowed me to help Calvin expand his vocabulary, make appropriate use of punctuation and improve his sentence structure. This resulted in a little help from Calvin in my weak area: mathematics. When our class rankings were published, Calvin’s 1st position, as compared with my 5th position, was a reminder of my inability to focus on this subject. Deja vu

Rana educates people about CPEC February 12, 2017 LAHORE - Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan has said that strategic location has made Pakistan the most important country in the South Asia. Addressing maritime awareness seminar at Aiwan-e-Iqbal yesterday, he said that seaports and mountains have tremendous economic potential. The Punjab government and Pakistan Marine Academy jointly arranged the event. The minister said that CPEC enhanced naval importance of the country thus there is dire need develop best human resource through Pakistan Marine Academy to reap these benefits and act as leader of Ummah. CPEC will benefit not only Pakistan but also Central Asia and other countries, he said. He purposed introducing oceanography as a subject in syllabus. Commodore Akabr Naqi said that merchant navy was backbone of Pakistan economy as 90 percent energy and trade related activities carried through sea routes. The Alumni of Pakistan Ma

No talks now, peace with Pakistan at time, place of our choosing: Government

No talks now, peace with Pakistan at time, place of our choosing: Government *By: Sushant Singh* *NEW DELHI:* Categorically ruling out resumption of peace talks with Islamabad despite a more peaceful Line of Control (LoC) and improving situation in Kashmir, a top government official said India would “seek peace with Pakistan at a time and place of its own choosing”. New Delhi also feels that last month’s house arrest of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed is due to a combination of factors, most of them internal to Pakistan. “There are no back-channel talks with Pakistan currently on, nor do we have any intent to resume talks now. The process will not start till we are sure that we will gain something as a country. We desire peace but it will be on our own terms. Peace with Pakistan will be at the time and place of our choosing,” the top government source told The Sunday Express. He highlighted the cessation of ceasefire violations at the LoC since new Pakistan army chief, Gener

First Sino-Pak Ethnomedicine Research Centre inaugurated February 11, 2017 KARACHI - Speakers at a ceremony here on Friday suggested that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) should be developed with the primary focus on high-tech manufacturing with a number of industrial clusters along its path. They were speaking at the inauguration of the first Sino-Pakistan Ethnomedicine Research Centre at the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), Karachi University. They said the centre was a joint effort to serve people of the two countries. They said that Chinese and Unani were the ancient medicine systems of holistic and natural healing.  Chinese Consul General Wang Yu and Vice Chancellor of University of Karachi Prof Dr Muhammad Ajmal Khan inaugurated the research centre and delivered lectures. Prof Dr Yuhui Qin, president of the Hunan University of Chinese Medicine (HUCM), China; former federal minister for science a

Multi-navy exercise sinks Indian propaganda February 11, 2017 ISLAMABAD - India’s propaganda about Pakistan’s isolation at the international level demonstrably failed as all three super powers – the United States, Russia and China - joined a multinational naval exercise that kicked off in Karachi on Friday. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his cabinet members had claimed after the Uri attack – which left 10 Indian soldiers dead last September– that they would isolate Pakistan globally. Subsequently, New Delhi launched a propaganda campaign against Pakistan accusing it of supporting extremists and allegedly exporting terrorism. India especially marked the United States and Russia to achieve its goals against Pakistan. India also attempted to target Pakistan-China ties. However, Russia has continued to move towards better ties with Pakistan. New US President Donald Trump also disappointed India by vowing to work with Pakistan. Moreo

Navy capable of dealing with all challenges, says Naval Chief By  Web Desk February 11, 2017 Latest :  National KARACHI : The Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Zakaullah on Saturday said that Pakistan Navy is fully capable of dealing with all kinds of challenges. The Naval Chief was addressing the inaugural session of 7th International Maritime Conference. In his opening remarks, he welcomed all guests and participants and highlighted the significant role being played by Pakistan Navy in sustenance of peace and stability in the Indian Ocean Region. He said that operationalization of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Gwadar Port would lead to an exponential increase in maritime activities off our coast. Consequently responsibilities of Pakistan Navy for maintaining secure maritime environment will also increase manifold. Chief of Naval Staff said that Pakistan Navy is cooperating with navies of other countries for the protection o

CPEC and International Maritime Conference KARACHI (Sputnik) — The International Maritime Conference is one of the main events of the Multinational Naval Exercise AMAN-2017, which is currently taking place near Pakistan's port city of Karachi in the Arabian Sea. "The 7th International Maritime conference comes with an opportune time when China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Gwadar Port have been recently operationalized, as a result of which maritime activities in the region are set to increase manifold," Zakaullah said. He underlined that CPEC, which is a part of China's One Belt One Road (OBOR) project, is a defining development which has the potential to play a trend setting role in the region maritime landscape. "CPEC and Gwadar Port have emerged as potential stimuli for socio-cultural integration and politico-economic development, providing much desired connectivity and excess for the entire region," he said

Pakistan receives funding from China for rapid transit project my ml My 2017-02-08 15:22  Editor: Li Yan A branch of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. (Photo/Xinhua) China's largest commercial bank announced on Tuesday it provided short-term financing of 1.36 billion Indian rupees ($20 million) for a rapid transit line project in Pakistan last month. The 26-kilometer Orange Line project currently under construction in Lahore, the second largest city and a major industrial hub of Pakistan, is being built according to Chinese standards and will use metro vehicles and electromechanical systems made in China. It is the first large rail transit project launched under the bilateral economic corridor between China and Pakistan as part of the Belt and Road Initiative, which aims to promote connectivity amongst Asian, European and African continents and their adjacent seas. As the only Chinese commercial bank in Pakistan, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd

Focus Of Balochistan: BEF efforts for reducing illiteracy By  Our Correspondent Published: February 11, 2017 0SHARES   SHARE   TWEET QUETTA :  Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai underscored the need to focus on primary education at the 26th board of directors’ meeting of the Balochistan Educational Foundation (BEF) on Friday. During the conference financial and administrative matters of Balochistan Educational Foundation (BEF) were discussed and important decisions were taken. Balochistan’s governor said that it was important to equip the children of the remote districts of Balochistan with education and stressed the BEF authorities to make maximum efforts for reducing illiteracy in the province. Published in The Express Tribune, February 11 th , 2017