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China is not the model OPINIONS By  Juan Pablo Through a combination of its own merits, the mistakes of others and a global crisis that has thrown the world off balance, China has become the big winner of globalisation. Over the last decade, whilst many countries battled with the effects of the recession and others suffered irretrievable losses, China managed to weather the crisis better than any of the world’s great powers. Its image and, above all, its political and economic role on the international stage have since been significantly bolstered. With the crisis, China’s internationalisation went beyond guaranteeing its supply of raw materials from Africa and Latin America. Its presence is now global and far-reaching. Its trade with the rest of the world has seen an eightfold increase since it joined the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 2001. It has accessed Western markets ahead of forecast, buying strategic assets and the technology i

10 Astonishing Facts from China’s Silent Army

By  JUAN PABLO CARDENAL AND HERIBERTO ARAUJO March 2, 2013 Dover Detail from “ China’s Silent Army “ EDITOR'S NOTE: China’s Silent Army  is the first book to examine the unprecedented growth of China’s economic investment in the developing world, its impact at the local level, and a rare hands-on picture of the role of ordinary Chinese in the juggernaut that is China, Inc. Here, authors Juan Pablo Cardenal and Heriberto Araujo share with Signature ten incredible facts from their eye-opening work. 1. China is the most populated country in the world (over 1.3 billion people), the second largest economy after the United States, and the biggest exporter on the planet. China's Silent Army by Juan Pablo Cardenal and Heriberto Araújo 2. China has one of the largest emigrant populations in history, with around thirty-five million citizens of Chinese ethnicity scattered across the planet. 3. China is the major foreign contributor to the reconstruction of Angola, a countr

Real development does not violate human rights IAP’s A Community Action Guide This edition published 2013 International Accountability Project This action guide is for communities and their allies who are working for development that honors human dignity and the earth. All over Asia, governments and companies are building huge, destructive projects that they say are for “development”. But communities often experience that these projects—such as dams, mines, and power plants—cause terrible harm to the environment, forcibly displace communities, impoverish families, and threaten many people’s human rights. More and more, communities are mobilizing to stop these destructive projects and are raising their voices to say: Real development does not violate human rights. In Asia, some of these destructive projects are funded and supported by an institution called the Asian Development Bank. One goal of this guide is to help communities understand the Asian Development Ba

Czech President Milos Zeman will be the only EU head of state to attend the summit on a new Silk Road ČTK |  2 MAY 2017 Prague, April 28 (CTK) - Czech President Milos Zeman will be the only EU head of state to attend the summit on a new Silk Road to be held in Beijing in May during his third visit to China, daily Lidove noviny (LN) wrote on Friday. Zeman will leave for China in two weeks. LN writes that dozens of heads of state from Asia, along with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Swiss President Doris Leuthard will take part in the economic conference, which is the Chinese answer to globalisation. Five EU countries will send their prime ministers to Beijing and Britain will be represented by Finance Minister Philip Hammond. The other EU countries will not go to China at all or they will only send a ministerial delegation there, which Germany is to do. Zeman's spokesman Jiri Ovcacek says Zeman's solo participation in the Chinese summit is a great chance for the Czech Republic

Asean reporters beef up on Silk Road progress May 03, 2017 01:00 By Vientiane Times  Asia News Network Asean reporters are now better placed to gather important information about the Maritime Silk Road in China next year after taking part in the “Jointly Building 21st Century Maritime Silk Road” programme in Hunan and Jiangxi provinces, China, from April 17-27.  After sharing in the event last month, editors and journalists |will now have the opportunity |to visit the Silk Road project in China. This year’s information-sharing initiative was attended by media personnel from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, along with officials from the Asean-China Centre and State Council Information Office of China. A team from the Vientiane Times and Lao National Television also travelled to the Silk Road project in Hunan and Jiangxi provinces. The project is organised by the Asean-China Centre and State Counc

China's Silk Road push in Thailand may founder on Mekong River row

‹ 9/9 Thailand's Professor Niwat Roykaew, Chairman of Rak Chiang Khong Conservation Group, poses during an interview with Reuters, by the Mekong Rive... REUTERS/JORGE SILVA+ 1/9 A Chinese boat, with a team of geologists, surveys the Mekong River at border between Laos and Thailand April 23, 2017. Picture taken April 23, 2017. REUTERS/JORGE SILVA 2/9 A boat navigates along the rapids, at the Mekong River, at the border between Laos and Thailand April 23, 2017. Picture taken April 23, 2017. REUTERS/JORGE SILVA 3/9 A sticker is seen at the Thailand side of the Mekong River, at the border between Laos and Thailand April 23, 2017. Picture taken April 23, 2017. REUTERS/JORGE SILVA 4/9 A Chinese boat with a team of geologists surveys the Mekong River, at the border between Laos and Thailand April 23, 2017. Picture taken April 23, 2017. REUTERS/JORGE SILVA 5/9 A Chinese team of geologists surveys the Mekong River banks, at the Laos side, at the border between Laos a

Balochistan doesn’t see NFC award in near future SALEEM SHAHID QUETTA: A senior economist and representative of the Balochistan government in the National Finance Commission (NFC) has said he does not see the 9th NFC Award materialising in the near future as provinces are reluctant to contribute seven per cent National Security Fund that the federal government is demanding. Speaking at the third consultative session on the NFC Award that was held on Tuesday at Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences (BUITEMS), Quetta, he said this demand of the federal government was the main obstacle in the progress of talks on the NFC. Dr Kaiser Bengali encouraged the discussion of new ideas and strategies and proposed that distribution mechanisms such as the inverse of the area under cultivation could be considered as criteria for determining the horizontal distribution of finances between the provinces. Jahangir Kh

Balochistan: Abducted Baloch football player killed in fake encounter

about 15 hours ago QUETTA: A bullet-riddled and mutilated dead body was found dumped in Kallag Kulanch area of district Gwadar Balochistan on 30th April 2017. The dead body was later identified as that of Habibullah a Baloch footballer and resident of Ward no: 6 area of Pasni district Gwadar. The Pakistan FC (Frontier Corps) and intelligence agencies raided the Baloch football player house on  April 8, 2014 , only a few days before his wedding and abducted him. In past three years, he has not been produced to a court of law neither was his family informed about his whereabouts and wellbeing. On April 30, 2017, the mutilated and bullet wounded body of Habibullah was found being clear marks of gruesome torture. The Pakistani security forces, as usual, claimed to have killed a ‘militant’ during a gun battle between security forces and ‘miscreants’. However, the Baloch pro-freedom and human rights activists say that Pakistan has a  track record  the previously abducted Baloch in c

CPEC also holds prospects for Europe: Sarfraz Bugti Islamababd China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has emerged as a game changer for the Balochistan as the project would bring immense economic opportunities for the province as well as the neighbouring countries of Pakistan, Balochistan’s Minister for Home and Tribal affairs, Sarfraz Ahmed Bugti has said. According to a message received here Tuesday from Brussels, he was addressing the Pakistani diaspora at the Embassy of Pakistan on the very first day of the four-day visit along with nine-member high level delegation from Balochistan led by Minister for Irrigation and Energy Nawabzada Changez Khan Marri. Sarfraz Bugti said being the starting point for One Belt One Road project, CPEC also holds prospects for the European countries. He informed the audience about improvement in law and order in the province and the positive developments in the economic, social and political sectors of the province, reckoning tha

Subramanian Swamy lists out three-fold strategy to break Pakistan New Delhi [India], May 2:  Listing out his strategy to respond to Pakistan over its brutal Krishna Ghati attack, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday called on the Centre to break the backbone of Pakistan’s economy by removing the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) clause of trade. Swamy opined that the things which benefit Pakistan like the 🔴 Most Favoured Nation (MFN) clause of trade which enables Islamabad to enter the Indian boundary without a permit, should be removed. “We have to be careful that they do not feel that we have no response. So, we should divide our strategy into three parts. One is immediate action, second is medium-term and third is long-term,” Swamy told the media. ALSO READ:  Pak barbarity: Arun Jaitley briefs PM Modi In the medium-term, Swamy suggested that India should target those 42 camps, one of them in which Jamaa

Blast injures 3 FC officials in Balochistan May 02, 2017, 3:56 pm KECH: At least three Frontier Constabulary (FC) personnel have been injured as a result of bomb blast, during search operation in different areas of Kech, Balochistan. Sources said that the blast took place when FC carried out search operation against militants and criminals in different areas of Kech. The injured personnel were rushed to nearby local hospital for first aid, where they were stated to be in stable condition

Keywords to Understand China: The Belt and Road Initiative

I Font size: Editor's Note: Keywords to Understand China: the Belt and Road Initiative is a selection of "China Keywords" entries included in an eponymous multilingual platform to help readers better understand China's B&R Initiative. It is one of the major projects implemented by the China International Publishing Group and the China Academy of Translation. The Belt and Road Initiative The Belt and Road Initiative – China's proposal to build a Silk Road Economic Belt and a 21st Century Maritime Silk Road in cooperation with related countries – was unveiled by Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visits to Central and Southeast Asia in September and October 2013. The initiative focuses on promoting policy coordination, connectivity of infrastructure and facilities, unimpeded trade, financial integration, and strengthened people-to-people ties through a consultative process and j

China’s two prong strategy for Gilgit-Baltistan By  Northlines  - May 2, 2017      CPEC - A potential threat to turn Gilgit-Baltistan a battleground By R C Ganjoo China has entered in Gilgit-Balistan (GB), under the illegal occupation of Pakistan, with a well conceived two-prong plan to keep its military presence in Pakistan to counter US existence there, under the garb of strategic China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) worth of $ 46 billion dollars project. In similar fashion, as US military presence is in Pakistan, China too wanted its military existence to counter effectively the Muslim separatists, operating from the tribal areas of Pakistan for almost a decade carrying out cross-border activities in trouble-torn Xinjiang, an autonomous region in China.  Beijing is  setting up its Military Bases either in FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) or the Northern Areas (Gilgit-Baltistan). In exchange of this strategic plan Pakistan  wanted China to  B

Shahrukh Khan Blocks Baloch Activist For Asking to Lend Support On Baluchistan Issue?

May 2 2017 Earlier today, one of the prime flag bearers of in India, Shah Rukh Khan, showed his tolerance. A prominent Baloch leader, Dr Mahmud Baloch who has been posting a lot of stuff on Balochistan tried to retweet a post by his favorite actor ShahRukh Khan but was shocked to find out he was blocked by one of India’s most popular Bollywood actor. In a conversation with SatyaVijayi, Dr Baluch said that the reason for blocking him were his tweets to Shahrukh Khan asking for his support on the Balochistan issue. Here are a few tweets he sent: You're a Muslim and why do not respond, I know you Garit my We the people of Balochistan Muslims I hope you Tweet about Baluchistan Pakistan terrorist army killed the children Balochistan kill children Syria ‫

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa anticipates resumption of industrial activities Munawar Hasan May 2, 2017 PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is on track to become one of the top investment hubs in the heart of Asia right on the confluence of China, south, west and central Asian regions, an official of the province said. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Pervez Khan Khattak said the government concentrated on ending corruption and red-tapism from the province, in addition to introducing trade-friendly policies and simplifying the processes for business and industrial activities. “Now, we have showcased vast networks of economic zones that are being developed on the western route of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC),” Khattak said, on the sidelines of a Conference on CPEC Economic & Employment Opportunities in KP, which was organised by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Economic Zones Development and Management Company (KPEZDMC). A good number of businessmen, inclu

Is China-US-Australia relationship facing a strategic transition? By Xue Er Source:Global Times Published: 2017/5/2 0:03:39 1 According to The Australian, US Vice President Mike Pence, during a private meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently, said Australia is the only country which has "a formal alliance with the US as well as a strategic relationship with China," thus, it could play a "unique and critical" role on a global scale. As it is the first time the US made such remarks regarding the China-US-Australia relationship, it triggered heated discussions in Australia.  Australia has long been put in an awkward position between China and the US. It has vast territory and abundant resources, but a small population. Its military power is weak and it is heavily dependent on its alliance with the US for national security, which makes the US-Australia alliance the foundation for its foreign policy. Meanwhile, China is the biggest trading partner of Australia