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13th Annual Silk Road Conference 2017

MENU AND WIDGETS 13th Annual Silk Road Conference 2017 April  28,  2017   2017 SILK ROAD CONFERENCE An opportunity to learn about new Business Opportunities Illinois Institute of Technology  Kent College of Law Auditorium Chicago 565 W. Adams Street, Chicago, IL       ORGANIZED BY:  Central Asian Productivity  Research Center SPONSOR:  Global Programs College of Business Northern Illinois University  CO-SPONSORS:             CME Group            Whiteside County Economic Development  Department            Silk Way Airlines            Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA)           U.S.-Kazakhstan Business Association            SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS:           American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce            College of Business, Hacettepe University, Ankara           Consulate General of the  Republic of Turkey           Illinois SBDC International Trade Center, Chicago           Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago           Illinois Scienc

The American mercenary behind Blackwater is helping China establish the new Silk Road Chris Horton   April 18, 2017 The next frontier. (By David and Jessie [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons) For years, China has groomed landlocked Yunnan province in its southwest to be the country’s strategic bridgehead into Southeast Asia, building highways and rail lines to its borders with Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar to one day weave them into a regional, and eventually, transcontinental transport network. As China pushes ahead with president Xi Jinping’s ambitious $1 trillion  One Belt, One Road  (OBOR) initiative—which reimagines a historic trade network as an overland Silk Road Economic “Belt” and a Maritime Silk “Road”—protecting Chinese business executives and other personnel and their rapidly growing investments in the region is more important than ever. Enter Erik Prince. China’s OBOR initiative seeks to create a cont

New Silk Road: China will gather its friends and allies X By Ben Blanchard | BEIJING China will gather its friends and allies together for its biggest diplomatic event of the year in May, a summit on its New Silk Road plan, with most Asian leaders due to attend but only one from a G7 nation, the Italian prime minister. President Xi Jinping has championed what China formally calls the "One Belt, One Road" or OBOR, initiative to build a new Silk Road linking Asia, Africa and Europe, a landmark program to invest billions of dollars in infrastructure projects including railways, ports and power grids. China has dedicated $40 billion to a Silk Road Fund and the idea was the driving force behind the establishment of the $50 billion China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced on Tuesday a list of those attending the conference, including some of China's most reliable allies - Russian President Vladimir Putin, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawa

Few major Western leaders to attend Chinese summit By Associated Press09:34 BST 18 Apr 2017, updated 13:14 BST 18 Apr 2017 BEIJING (AP) - Leaders of 28 countries are set to attend a Chinese summit next month showcasing President Xi Jinping's signature foreign policy initiative, but few will hail from major Western countries. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Tuesday that Vladimir Putin of Russia, Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Spain's Mariano Rajoy are among those slated to appear next month in Beijing to discuss Xi's "One Belt, One Road" program to stitch together the Eurasian continent with infrastructure investment. The May 14-15 summit is seen as a measure of China's international prestige at a time when Xi has positioned China as a rising outward-looking regional power, and as questions have arisen over President Donald Trump's commitment to maintaining the United States' tradition

CPEC not aid, but investment in Pakistan: Bijarani Karachi 8 HOURS AGO BY APP KARACHI: Sindh Planning and Development Minister Mir Hazar Bijarani has said that the multi-billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project is not an economic aid, but a long-term investment in Pakistan. Under the CPEC, China would invest $62 billion for the development of infrastructure and energy, he said in his speech at the inauguration ceremony of three-day international conference on CPEC at Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Convention centre, University of Sindh Jamshoro, said an official statement issued here. He stressed that the CPEC is a game changer not only for Pakistan but for the entire region. The project will usher in a new era of development and progress in Pakistan, he added. The minister said that this multi-billion dollars project will bring an economic boom in the shape of trade and investment. The CPEC will create job opportunities for the

CPEC to boost trade, industrial growth in Pakistan April 18, 2017      Seminar on ‘One Belt, One Road’ project Zubair Qureshi Under the visionary leadership of President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang, China has come up with “One Belt, One Road (OBOR) or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)” connecting three continents of the world through six mega economic routes along with revival of old Maritime Silk Route. This was highlighted during a seminar on the Belt & Road Initiative by the Center for Global & Strategic Studies (CGSS) here on Monday. The panelists discussed progress on the project and evaluated the opportunities arising from the OBOR for the local community. Deputy Head of Mission Peoples Republic of China Mr. Zhao Lijian was the chief guest on the occasion. The speakers’ panel included Ambassador Akram Zaki, Dr. Akram Sheikh, Brig (R) Akhtar Nawaz Janjua and Amer Hashmi. The agenda of this seminar was to discuss the six trade corridors pla

Kashmir, China and Pakistan: What India must do to avert a three-way disaster Modi cannot allow the theatres of conflict to simmer simultaneously. POLITICS  |  5-minute read |    17-04-2017 RAJEEV SHARMA   @ kishkindha        A disturbing pattern is emerging on the Indian strategic and security front — a restive Kashmir, a poke-you-in-the-eye Pakistan and a seething China that has, only last week, warned India of “consequences” over the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh. The three theatres have seen flashpoints off and on in the past and there is nothing unusual about it. However, what is different is that this time they are experiencing flashpoints at the same time. That’s why it is but disturbing. One cannot recall when was the last time when all the three theatres had become a melting pot for India simultaneously. This kind of situation hadn’t arisen even during the Kargil war 18 years ago as China chose to stay aloof. India’s relations with its nuclear-arme

Why It’s A Big Deal For The U.K. To Join Pakistan And China’s CPEC By  Polina Tikhonova  on April 18, 2017 4:45 am in  Politics   Britain and several other EU countries are keen to join the multi-billion dollar  China-Pakistan Economic Corridor  (CPEC). At least 52 countries around the world want to join CPEC amid China increasing its investment to $62 billion from $55 billion. Pakistan has welcomed the U.K.’s desire to join CPEC, and now other nations in the EU and Central Asia also expressing interest in joining the game-changer project. British Minister of State for International Trade Greg Hands said earlier this month that the U.K., “a country of global influence,” wants to be “an important partner” for China and Pakistan to help the two allied nations build closer ties with the U.K. and the rest of Europe and Asia. Hands also pledged that his country would boost trade with both Beijing and Islamabad and stressed that Britain is willing to “capitalize on the new opportunities in the region.” The China-Pakistan Eco

CPEC an economic Project, ‘no direct link’ with Kashmir issue: China tells India         India has reservations over China’s One Belt One Road Project as the China Pakistan Economic Corridor is part of it and passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). (Reuters file photo) Updated: Apr 18, 2017 12:41 IST By PTI, Beijing China on Tuesday sought to allay India’s concerns over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, saying it has “no direct link” with the Kashmir issue and New Delhi was welcome to participate in the ‘One Belt One Road’ project. Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi, at press conference on the One belt One Road (OBOR) summit to be held here from May 14-15, said, “Although (an) Indian leader will not be here but India will have a representative” at the OBOR summit. “We welcome (the) Indian representative, members of the Indian business community and financial community to take part in the discussions