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Beijing gearing up to meddle in Kashmir through CPEC, says Chinese media Beijing invested in CPEC with an eventual aim to interfere in Kashmir dispute under the guise of protecting its investments, the Global Times has said. The national flags of China and India at Vijay Chowk on Rajpath. The Chinese state media has indicated that China appears not to “interfere” in the internal affairs of other countries but its investments, for example in the CPEC, gives Beijing the perfect cover to launch its diplomatic game. (HT File Photo) Updated: May 02, 2017 10:53 IST By Sutirtho Patranobis, Beijing, Hindustan Times It is finally out in the open.  The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)  will be Beijing’s road to Kashmir, Chinese media has said, proving true India’s fear of China meddling in the dispute. Beijing invested in the CPEC  despite India’s concerns with an eventual aim to interfere in Kashmir dispute un

We don't need what Pakistan produces: China envoy Saibal Dasgupta | TNN | Updated: May 1, 2017, 10.09PM IST   HIGHLIGHTS Chinese buying of Pakistan-made goods fell sharply in the first half of 2016-17 to $770 million against $1.02 billion a year agoChinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong said that Pakistan is not producing the goods that are needed in China BEIJING: In a rare show of candour, a Chinese envoy has said that China has little interest in importing goods produced in Pakistan. It would be ready to import only after Chinese factories are established in Pakistan, and they begin manufacturing, the envoy said. Explaining the reason behind the China-Pakistan trade imbalance, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan  Sun  Weidong said that Pakistan is not producing the goods that are needed in China. But the situation will change when Chinese companies start producing such products in Pakistan, he

KP Energy Dept completes feasibility study of mega projects for CPEC      Peshawar The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Power and Energy Department has completed feasibility studies of five mega projects with a capacity of 1123 megawatt to help supplement the Federal Government efforts to address the problem of energy shortfall. Officials in Department of Power and Energy KP told that seven hydro power projects with a total capacity of 1978MW have been presented in the Road Show held on April 17-19 in China for inclusion in China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) have been signed with different Chinese companies to full tap KP’s energy potential. The official said at least $6,919 million would be required for successful completion of these seven projects that would be constructed in Chitral under CPEC. The projects proposed for CPEC include Mujigram-Shoghor Hydro Power Project (HPP) Chitral of 64MW capacity with a required investment of $1

Pakistan, China close to adopting long-term plan for CPEC Mehtab Haider May 2, 2017 ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China are close to adopting the ‘long-term plan’ for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which would set the future direction for the multi-billion dollar project, a senior Chinese diplomat and a Pakistani official said at a seminar. The two governments could consider signing the plan on the sidelines of ‘Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation’, which China is hosting later this month from May 14-15 in Beijing. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would lead Pakistani delegation to the Forum. Nawaz Sharif’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping is planned for May 13. Speaking at a round table conference on ‘OBOR and CPEC from the Prism of China-Pakistan Bilateral Relations’ organised by Strategic Vision Institute (SVI), Political and Press Counselor at the Chinese Embassy Jian Han said: “CPEC Long Term Plan ( LTP ) would be f

Malnutrition in Balochistan   By:    DailyTimes   02-May-17 A call for the imposition of nutrition emergency in Balochistan by Provincial Health Minister Mir Rehmat Baloch reveals a grim picture of the living conditions of the population especially mothers and children. Nutrition is one of the most neglected aspects in Pakistan. Over the decades, the successive governments have paid scant attention to the issue, resulting in the current alarming statistics. Reportedly, 16.2 percent of children are victims of malnutrition, 52 percent suffer from stunting and 40 percent are underweight in Balochistan. Poor spending on healthcare, weak institutions, erratic funding by donors and a culture negligence are cited as the main reasons for the existing situation. Unfortunately the ordinary citizens of Pakistan have been left at the mercy of a dysfunctional health system, negligible health facilities and often vacuous and unskilled practices of

Tarekh Fatha an ISI agent F rom govt on plea against TV programme hosted by alleged ISI agent Tarek Fatah By   JKR Staff   May 1, 2017 The Delhi High Court today sought the government’s response on a plea to immediately halt all future episodes of a TV series ‘Fatah Ka Fatwa’, alleging that it promoted enmity between communities. A bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra said that the parties involved should ensure that an affidavit is filed on their behalf within four weeks. It asked the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to state whether there was any substance in the allegation made by the petitioner and fixed the matter for further hearing on September 19. Earlier it had issued notice to a television channel, which was airing the programme, seeking its response. The court issued the direction during the hearing of a public interest litigation by Uttar Pradesh resident Hifzur

We must now break Pakistan into four: Subramanian Swamy In a ceasefire violation, the Pakistan Army today opened rocket and mortar firing on two forward posts along the Line of Control. Pakistan's Border Action Team (BAT) attacked an Indian joint patrol team and mutilated two of its soldiers.   Reacting to the incident, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy called Pakistan a "rogue state."   " I'm not surprised. This is not new. They've done it in the past. They did it in Kargil . It's a rogue state. It's not a civilized country. And it's a mistake to have created this country at all. And therefore now, having broken it into two, we must now break it into four . Because there, the civilian society there is totally captive. It's the savages of ISIS and Taliban who're running the show, " he said

Malnutrition in balochistan children is cause for serious concern

Malnutrition in balochistan children is cause for serious concern . Just consider these numbers from Occupied Pakistan Iran Demographic and Health Survey: 45% of children under age five show evidence of chronic malnutrition or stunting 30% Healthcare professionals associated with medical aid charity, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), find that lack of breastfeeding is one of the prime causes for this high level of malnutrition. These observations are based on the NGO's work dealing with malnutrition in Balochistan. In 2008, MSF began working in the eastern districts of Jaffarbad and Naseerabad in Balochistan, supporting primarily nutrition programmes for children under five years in the District Headquarter Hospital in Dera Murad Jamali, with a network of ATFC mobile clinics and outreach sites. Each day can be a struggle at these clinics. Recently, a woman named Farzana raced against time as she rushed to the hospital with her 14-days-old daughter, Razia. The newborn was unde

Is China Pivoting Toward the Middle East? May 1, 2017Mirek DusekHead of Middle East and North Africa, Member of the Executive Committee Undo at World Economic ForumMaroun KairouzCommunity Lead, Regional Strategies, MENA at World Economic Forum Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) invites Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (L) to view an honor guard during a welcoming ceremony inside the Great Hall of the People on March 16, 2017 in Beijing, China. Photo: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images SHARE THIS ARTICLE     At this year’s  World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos , Chinese President Xi Jinping declared his intention to host the second  Belt and Road Summit  for international cooperation, to which most countries from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have been invited. This follows China’s first  Arab Policy Paper , outlining the government’s vision for an enhanced relationship with the countries of the Middle East. The document in

Linking Afghanistan to China's Belt and Road Linking Kabul to both the China-Pakistan Energy Corridor and OBOR could go a long way in bringing the region together. By Ahmad Bilal Khalil April 24, 2017 From the first day, Kabul pragmatically wished to be a part of two Chinese regional projects — the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative and the China-Pakistan Energy Corridor (CPEC). Firstly and historically, Afghanistan considered itself as a “transshipment point of commerce,” where “half of the old world’s roads lead to  Bagram  [Near Kabul],” as prominent historians Louis Dupree and Arnold Toynbee put it. Basically, the foundation of the Silk Road was laid when the prominent and most adventurous of ambassadors Zhang Qian visited Balkh, a northern Afghan province, to get help from Yue-Chi (The Kushans) against the Huing-Yu tribes in China. Although he wasn’t able to get Yue-Chi’s support, in returning to China he advised the Hun Emperor of starting tra

China's one belt, one road initiative; Strengthening economic linkages for mutual benefit By  Sumathy Permal  - May 1, 2017 @ 10:44am CHINA has committed itself to a long-term strategy to grow its influence in the Asia-Pacific region and rise as a major power. An important plank in this policy is her Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (MSR), otherwise known as the Belt Road Initiative (BRI), or One Belt, One Road (OBOR). The BRI is China’s response to the need for more and improved infrastructure, such as transport routes connecting major sea ports in the Southeast Asia region, and towards creating an efficient network of land and air passages in Asia, Europe and Africa. OBOR will be implemented through “joint consultation” with partners and will focus on projects that are implementable within the short to medium term. China will be leveraging existing multilateral cooperation mechanisms to implement BRI. Among the mechanisms ar

Looking at CPEC costs amid hype AFSHAN SUBOHI UPDATED  Enthused officials jetting in and out of CPEC-related meetings were too focused on details to care much for the bigger picture. Despite the frantic activity, Islamabad had yet to determine the expected cost and benefit, expressed in monetary terms, of the mega project. The relevant officers, however, claimed they have a fair idea of the CPEC’s impact on the job market. Based on the profile of workforce engaged on projects in progress, officials insist that over 80pc direct new jobs will be filled by locals in the initial years. However, if the multiplier effect over the next 10 years is taken into account the ratio would be no less than 1: 150: for each Chinese national inducted in a job, 150 Pakistanis will be employed. Many jet-lagged officials, shuttling between Beijing and Islamabad, were not perfectly comfortable with questions raised over transparency and the perception that Pakistan m

China Focus: What to expect from Belt and Road Forum (Xinhua) Updated:2017-05-01 15:40:32 BEIJING, May 1 -- The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation scheduled for mid-May is a high-profile international meeting on the Belt and Road Initiative, a China-proposed trade and infrastructure plan connecting Asia with Europe and Africa. China will use the forum to build a more open and efficient international cooperation platform and a closer, stronger partnership network as well as to push for a more just, reasonable and balanced international governance system. Here is what you need to know about the initiative and the upcoming forum. -- NEW VISION The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, which takes the theme "strengthening international cooperation and co-building the 'Belt and Road' for win-win development," will be held from May 14 to 15 in Beijing. President Xi Jinpi

Financing Pakistan Railways Pakistan is by no means the only developing country where the IFIs are losing business By:    Safiya Aftab 01-May-17 The Minister for Planning just announced that Pakistan has refused a loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the Karachi-Peshawar Railway line which is estimated to cost $8 billion. The ADB was to provide $3.5 billion of the total amount. Now, China will fund the entire foreign component of the project. Single sourcing makes things easier for the Pakistani government, particularly when the funds are coming from a development partner who will not involve the borrower in endless complex procedures and regulatory requirements. However, China’s insistence on being the sole financier here is intriguing. Particularly when China is an important member of the ADB, and the Bank has recently made the rather strategic move of sending a Chinese national to Pakistan as the Country Director. One re