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Asian ports: Pitfalls of China's one belt, one road initiative Herr Herrner WORLD NEWS /27 FEB 2017 James M. Dorsey Asian Ports: Pitfalls of China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative Troubled ports in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, envisioned as part of China’s string of pearls linking the Eurasian heartland to the Middle Kingdom, exemplify political pitfalls that threaten Beijing’s ambitious One Belt, One Road project. Political violence over the past decade has stopped Pakistan’s Gwadar port from emerging as a major trans-shipment hub in Chinese trade and energy supplies while turmoil in Sri Lanka threatens to dissuade Chinese investors from sinking billions into the country’s struggling Hambantota port and planned economic hub. The problems of the two ports serve as pointers to simmering discontent and potential resistance to China’s ploy for dominance through cross-continental infrastructure linkage across a swath of land that is restive and ripe for

In Gwadar: China to build automobile city By  APP Published: February 28, 2017 ISLAMABAD :  Chinese investors are contemplating to build a chemical and automobile city in Gwadar under the umbrella of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Gwadar to re-acquire status of winter capital According to a private news channel, sources linked to CPEC project stated that the Chinese authorities have already initiated paperwork on said projects, which reflects their seriousness. Analysts have advised owners of local automobile industry to start joint ventures with Chinese as this would help in transfer of technology as well as boost the local industry. Earlier, China announced to set up a steel factory under CPEC apart from various other projects. China is developing the Gwadar port as a strategic and commercial hub under its ‘One-Belt One-Road’ initiative that promises shared regional prosperity. CPEC is one of many arteries of the ‘One-Belt One-Roa

AJK Industrial Zone & Hydel Projects approved under CPEC By  News Desk  - February 27, 2017  President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan has stated that the industrial zone in Bhimber district and hydel power projects have been approved in AJK under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC )and the projects are likely to bring development in the area. He said that CPEC will bring economic revolution not only in Pakistan but AJK as well. He further stated that under the vision of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, AJK government is constantly striving to promote good governance, economic stability and independence of Kashmir from India. Masood Khan said AJK government is in joint efforts with the Pakistani government to develop education, infrastructure, health and tourism sectors, adding that measures are being taken to promote tourism sector as Kashmir has an abundance of natural beauty. He further added that se

CPEC vital for country’s prosperity’ ‘   By:  Staff Repor   28-Feb-17   KARACHI :  Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the projects launched under CPEC are the most important in terms of prosperity of the country, particularly of Sindh, where projects and the crew are being provided appropriate security. He said this while presiding over a meeting on Security of CPEC projects launched in Sindh. The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon, Major General Abid Rafiq head of Special Security Division (SSD) created for security of CPEC related projects and the crew working there, IG AD Khowaja, Secretary Home Shahid Parvaiz Qazi, Lt Col Nisar Ahmed, Lt Col Fawad and others. The chief minister said that presently 13 CPEC related projects have either been started or being taken up. "All these projects have national importance, therefore Sindh government has created a separate police force for their security,

Chinese investors coming up with investment in Karachi: Governor Sindh Posted on  February 27, 2017  by  nasir.wakeel  in  Latest ,  National —Photo INP KARACHI : In the wake of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), quite a number of Chinese are coming up with investment in the province especially in the city of Karachi. This was stated by the Governor of Sindh, Muhammad Zubair, here on Monday. He was talking to the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Karachi, Wang Yu. Zubair further stated that the close friendly ties between our two countries, also guarantee prosperity and lasting peace in the region. They have embark upon the goal of economic and financial stability as well. He said that Pakistan and China are determined to complete the CPEC projects within the stipulated time frame. The Governor was of the view that after the restoration of law and order, Sindh especially the city of Karachi become very conducive for investment and

Enormous investment coming our way By  Hafsa Khaled Published: February 27, 2017 The writer is a research analyst and freelance contributor The last decades of militancy and security threats being faced by Pakistan have shied away the foreign investors. Many Western countries have been reluctant to invest in Pakistan for the same reason despite the fact that Pakistan was the only country fighting terrorism which has become a global threat. Quite recently the scenario changed when China invested a huge amount of $57 billion in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) under the “One Belt, One Road” project. Other than that, many Chinese companies are in talks to snap up more businesses and land in Pakistan which shows a deepening of ties between Beijing and Islamabad. Many Chinese companies are looking for investing in the cement, steel, energy and textile sectors which are the backbone of Pakistan’s $270 billion economy. The Chinese initiative

POLAND KEEN TO TAKE PART IN CPEC PROJECTS: ENVOY Ambassador of Poland to Pakistan, Piotr A. Opalinski speaks at a function in Islamabad. File Photo 08:22 AM, 28 Feb, 2017   0 Ambassador of Poland to Pakistan, Piotr A. Opalinski has said that Polish companies are taking keen interest to take part in the gigantic China Pakistan Economic Corridor projects. Speaking at a function in Islamabad, he said there are vast possibilities of progress for Pakistan under the CPEC. The ambassador said Polish companies are also working in Pakistan to promote the energy sector

Balochistan is under the occupation of Pakistan and Iran: Hyrbyair Marri Submit the press release File Photo: Activists of Free Balochistan Movement protesting against Chinese involvement in Balochistan. The message of Hyrbyair Marri, leader of the Free Balochistan Movement, was read by his representative in the British Parliament on 23 February 2017. His message addressed regional concerns, geopolitics, national question of Balochistan, Pakistani terrorism, Iranian terrorism and Chinese role in Balochistan. Free Balochistan Movement is a political movement against the colonisation of Balochistan by Pakistan and Iran. London, United Kingdom –  The message of Hyrbyair Marri, leader of the Free Balochistan Movement, was read in a seminar by his representative on 23 February 2017. The seminar titled ‘History of Balochistan revisited’ was held in the British Parliament and was organised by the Democracy Forum. Hyrbyair Marri’s message read that ‘t

Sindh to seek Balochistan help against Daesh By  Webmaster  - February 28, 2017 Salahuddin Haider Karachi The Sindh government has decided to seek the help of Balochistan in hunting, arresting or killing Daesh and other groups of terrorists which are hiding in the south-western province of the country. A team of senior police officers from Sindh plans to leave for neighbouring province to make a formal request and working out a plan to uncover the Daesh and other terrorists group hiding there. Their number is estimated at over 4000 , said a senior police officer. Farari camps have been operating in Balochistan since long, and reportedly have the blessings of important political segments of the society there. Recently, the Khan of Kalat, who is in London since long, sought separation of his province from Pakistan and even did not hesitate to look for India’s help. The Sindh police believe that Daesh which was involved in the suicide blast at the Sehwan S