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China will.suppress Terrorism, diversity a.d democracy A leaked  document  on China’s Silk Road investment plan reveals details on China’s approach to security issues for its investments in Pakistan, including potential Chinese law enforcement and increased Chinese-supplied surveillance equipment to be rolled out in Pakistan one city at a time. The document, a summary of which Pakistan’s Dawn media site published on May 15, details surveillance equipment and possible Chinese enforcement of the law in Pakistan to protect Chinese companies against terrorism. The document poses diversity and multi-party democracy as problems, which raises questions about the extent to which the international community should allow autocratic China’s use of  $1 trillion  in upcoming investment to push its diplomatic and security objectives in economically and politically vulnerable recipient countries. Many of these countries

India rightly boycotted OBOR, must use Balochistan to tackle Pakistan China pressed India to join the One Belt, One Road project knowing fully well it violates Indian sovereignty in PoK . POLITICS  |  5-minute read |    16-05-2017 MINHAZ MERCHANT   @ minhazmerchant As 29 heads of government and diplomats return home from the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) summit in Beijing which concluded on Monday, May 15, two questions arise. One, what next for India which boycotted the summit? Two, how will OBOR change the geopolitical dynamic in the arc that sweeps from China through the Eurasian land mass? × India was right to boycott the OBOR summit. Its key component, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), is patently illegal. It passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) on its way to Xinjiang in northwest China.  PoK is not only illegally occupied by Pakistan; its people live under virtual dictatorship. Unrest is rising. CPEC infrastructure in PoK is incre

CPEC and American interests By  Northlines  - May 16, 2017      Conspiracy theories and the CPEC-I CPEC and American interests Dr Shabir Choudhry      London       14 May 2017   Americans have this ability to smell danger to their national interests in advance; and take appropriate measures to ensure that the danger is kept far away from their borders. They also know how to protect their defence, strategic and economic interests around the world. This is why some people claim, ‘America is a neighbour of every country’.   Gulf of Oman, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean have great significance for America. If they want to save their interests, and interests of the European countries in this region, then they have to formulate appropriate strategies to protect their rights. It is believed that the balance of power may change in the region if all the CPEC related projects are completed, as there are hidden strategic and military aspect to the CPEC.  

CPEC: Where A State Created In The Name Of Islam Hands Itself Over To A Godless Regime Jai Menon - May 16, 2017, 6:18 pm     SNAPSHOT The Pakistani military is handing their country over to China. On 15 May, Pakistani newspaper  Dawn  published details of what it said was the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Master Plan. Whether it is accurate, or authentic, remains open to question, but there have been enough reports in the Pakistani media to suggest a lot of it is indeed accurate. How incredible that Pakistan is in such a state of denial and wretchedness that its military is even considering this “master plan” as a legitimate way forward for the country. Observe the blindness of the "leadership": it is handing the country over to the tender affections of China, which has just put restrictions on the use of the name "Mohammed" on its territory, the prophet of the religion in whose name Pakistan was created; not to mention

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Sri Lanka backs India's concern over Kashmir in China's OBOR project By PTI | May 16, 2017, 10.11 PM IST India skipped the meeting due to its sovereignty concerns over the USD 50 billion CPEC, which goes through Pakistan- occupied Kashmir. BEIJING:  Sri Lanka , which attended the just concluded Belt and Road Forum here, has backed India's concern over the  Kashmir issue, saying it is difficult for New Delhi to accept the USD 50 billion  China-Pakistan Economic Corridor  (CPEC) as it goes through the "heart of Indian interests".  India, which skipped the high-profile meeting, would have joined "very happily" in the One Belt and One Road (OBOR) initiative of  China , said Sarath Amanugama, Sri Lanka's Minister on Special Assignment.  "Unfortunately, the issue is going through the heart of Indian interests. If it is some uncontested region, India would have negotiated its way out. Here esp

Gwadar would become int’l smart port city soon: Ahsan -intl-smart-port-city-soon-ahsan/ Observer Report Beijing Pakistan and China signed various agreements and memorandum of understandings on making Gwadar a world class modern port city and on leveraging special economic zones to capture the window of opportunity for structural transformation in Pakistan. The signing ceremony was held in Ministry of Commerce, People’s Republic of China and was witnessed by the Minister for Planning, Development & Reform Professor Ahsan Iqbal and Chief Minister Balochistan Sanaullah Zahri. Both the side signed contract and implementation minutes of Gwadar Master City Plan. The parties also signed implementation minutes of Gwadar Eastbay Expressway. Professor Ahsan Iqbal, while speaking on the occasion, said that Gwadar, a jewel of Pakistan, is being built at par with port cities like Singapore and Hong Kong. As the gateway to CPEC, it has already started attracting the interest of investors, however, Gwadar woul

CPEC, OBOR is China's land and market grabbing policy: PoK leaders ANI | London [United Kingdom] May 16, 2017 12:48 PM IST Kashmiri leaders living in exile in London have described China's ambitious Belt and Road (OBOR ) initiative of which the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the mainstay, as nothing more than a modern day land and market grabbing initiative. Dr. Shabir Choudhry, a Kashmiri writer and director of Institute of Kashmir Affairs in London, told ANI, "There are reports that land is acquired illegally and without paying any compensation to the local people for the CPEC projects; and this is adding to the resentment of the suffering people." He added, "Sad thing is if people complain or protest against this injustice, they are accused of being anti-Pakistan and agent of India. Some unfortunate people are facing sedition charges." Choudhry further told ANI , "There

China-Pakistan water pincer against India: As part of CPEC, mega-dams are planned in Gilgit-Baltistan By TOI Contributor | Updated: May 16, 2017, 10.55 AM IST As China uses CPEC to turn Pakistan into a colonial outpost, its new dam projects in Gilgit promise to bring the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) under greater pressure. By Brahma Chellaney   China , which is working to re-engineer the trans-boundary flows of rivers originating in Tibet , has taken its dam-building frenzy to Pakistan-occupied  Gilgit-Baltistan , which is part of Jammu & Kashmir.  In a new challenge to India, which claims Gilgit-Baltistan as its own territory , China will fund and build two Indus mega-dams at a total cost of $27 billion, according to a MoU signed in Beijing during PM Nawaz Sharif 's visit. The MoU came the same day India announced its boycott of China's OBOR summit, saying no country “can accept a project that ign

CPEC plan made public: Nawaz Sharif's march towards turning Pakistan into Chinese province begins World Sandipan Sharma May, 16 2017 08:06:38 IST The Chinese are coming to Pakistan just as the British first came to the subcontinent — with plans of colonising the economy, tweaking the culture and turning it into a client-supplier state perennially in its debt. A detailed report by  The Dawn  on the proposed China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), makes Chinese president Xi Jinping resemble Robert Clive out to turn India's western neighbour into a vassal without firing a shot, and, ironically, make it bear most of the cost of the complete and total subjugation. As the newspaper points out in an exclusive report, the flood gates are opening. And, "what comes through once that door has been opened is difficult to forecast." Contrary to popular perception, the proposed CPEC is not just about Chinese access to Pakistan's Gwad