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What's CPEC, and How Does the Future of the Multipolar World Depend on It? COLUMNISTS 19:51 24.04.2017(updated 19:54 24.04.2017)Get short URL Andrew Korybko 6 2105197 Andrew just returned from Pakistan's National Defence University where he was lecturing on the geostrategic significance of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, and he's eager to share his insight with Sputnik's readers. © PHOTO: PIXABAY As Battle of Words Rages, Threat of Nuclear ‘Accident’ on the Rise The world order is going through profound changes in transitioning from the Western-controlled unipolar system to the non-Western model of multipolarity, and the ongoing multifaceted friction between the opposing forces sums up the nature of the New Cold War. The US and its allies are struggling to retain their erstwhile dominance over global affairs, while Russia, China, and their respective partners are working hard to achieve peaceful breakthroughs in undermining their rivals' contro

Balochistan finance adviser resigns QUETTA: The Baloch­is­tan Chief Minister’s Adviser on Financial Affairs Sardar Muhammad Aslam Bizenjo resigned from his office on Monday, alleging that some high-ups of the Planning and Development Depart­ment were unnecessarily interfering in the work of his department. “I have submitted my resignation to Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri,” Sardar Bizenjo of the National Party said, adding that he had taken the decision in view of wrongdoings of the Planning and Development Department. He told reporters that the finance department was already facing a serious situation because of a scandal in which the National Accountability Bureau had seized a huge amount of money from the residence of a former finance secretary. He said that after the mega financial scandal unfolded in the finance department, Chief Minister Zehri had kept the portfolio with himself till last year, but later he handed over the office of the

My Family was always​ on the forefront of Baloch National Sovereignty Jumma Marri Lalkhan was my great great grandfather, who was first among the Marri who charged the British in May and August 1840 the British detachments were wiped out by the Marris in Battles of Sartaaf and Nafusk respectively... His both arms were badly wound in first battle with the British in May 1840 at Sartaaf in Marri hills but he survived to fight again at August 1840 again heavily defeating the British. Again in 1859 and 1862 Lalkhan's younger brother LalBeag joint the Marris who fought decisive battles at Mawand and defeated the joint forces of Mir Khudadad Khan of Kalat and British. Towards end of WWI the British anxious for expendable cannon fodder asked  Marri tribes for recruits but the Marris refused and that resulted in Battles at Gumbaz in 1917 and Harab in 1918 my grandfather Gula Kahn who lead the Marris against the British though Marris suffered heavy

New Delhi must avoid turning Sino-Indian ties into confrontation By Long Xingchun Source:Global Times Published: 2017/4/24 20:18:39 Illustration: Liu Rui/GT China's  Ministry of Civil Affairs  announced earlier this month that it has standardized the names of six places in South Tibet. "The competent authorities in charge of managing China's geographical names were exercising their lawful rights in publicly releasing these names in accordance with Regulations on the Management of Geographical Names and relevant regulations of the State Council. It is legitimate and appropriate," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said. However, Indian media outlets believe the move is China's revenge against the 14th Dalai Lama's visit to the disputed region on the China-India border. The standardization of names demonstrates China is less likely to make concessions in border negotiations with India. Border disputes are core conflicts between Beijing and New Delhi. The 1962 Sin

China's global economic diplomacy on the rise, even if it has not yet arrived

Commentary: The One Belt, One Road initiative and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) are seen as examples of China's global economic ambitions, but they should not be seen as a challenge to the current global economic system. By Bo Zhiyue 24 Apr 2017 07:30AM(Updated: 24 Apr 2017 07:55AM) SINGAPORE: Officially credited to Chinese President Xi Jinping, the One Belt, One Road initiative can be traced to Bo Xilai, the former minister of commerce and former party secretary of Chongqing who is now serving life imprisonment at Qincheng Prison. To many observers, the initiative is widely seen as President Xi's signature project. In his speech delivered at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan on Sep 7, 2013, President Xi had proposed to build a “Silk Road Economic Belt” with Central Asian countries. He had also suggested that countries in the region strengthen their policy communication; improve road connectivity so as to form a transportation network that connects Ea

CPEC portfolio keeps increasing, but does it really add value? By  Faran Mahmood Published: April 24, 2017 Prime Minister Nawaz Sahrif and Chinese President Xi Jinping. PHOTO: REUTERS ISLAMABAD :  It was January 2017 and a big day for China as the island nation Sri Lanka handed over the Hambantota deep sea port as well as 15,000 acres of its rich agricultural land to establish a new Chinese-operated industrial zone – in exchange of writing-off its $1.1 billion debt. Sri Lanka’s premier called it a “once in a lifetime opportunity” but there were scores of Buddhist Monks protesting against conversion of their land into a Chinese Colony. ‘CPEC to transform Pakistan into regional hub of socio-economic activities’ In Myanmar , anti-Chinese sentiments are growing as the Chinese-financed landmark $3.6 billion Myitsone Dam project would cause permanent harm to the dynamic of river settlements – destroying fishery stocks and displacing thousands of villagers.

BOMB KILLS FOUR SOLDIERS IN BALOCHISTAN  APR 24 2017    BY AFP File Photo. Asif Hassan— AFP THREE OTHERS WOUNDED IN IED ATTACK TARGETING FRONTIER CORPS VEHICLE NEAR TURBAT An improvised explosive device hit a Frontier Corps vehicle on Sunday in the restive province of Balochistan, killing four soldiers and wounding three others, the military said. Pakistan has been battling insurgency in mineral-rich Balochistan since 2004, with hundreds of soldiers and militants killed in the fighting. The IED hit the FC vehicle during a routine patrol by the paramilitary force near the town of Turbat. “At least four FC soldiers embraced shahadat while another three sustained injuries,” the military said in a statement. Balochistan is the largest of Pakistan’s four provinces, but its roughly seven million inhabitants have long complained they do not receive a fair share of its gas and mineral wealth. Around 500 Baloch rebel militants on Friday surrendered to the g