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China’s belt and road diplomacy Posted 5 hours ago by Uche Atuma Category : Opinion By CHARLES ONUNAIJU THE Belt and Road strategy as a Chinese initiative was originally espoused as the “Silk Road Economic Belt”, during a lecture delivered at a University in Kazakhstan by President Xi Jinping in 2013. Later in an address to the Indonesian parliament, President Xi outlined the “21st Century Maritime Silk Road”, both an overland and maritime route to build global connectivity through the construction of infrastructure networks like railways, airways, ports, and harbors  that would facilitate people-to-people contacts, deepen market integration and facilitate trade. The “Silk Road” of the economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime, was designed as a new international cooperation and development strategy in the spirit of its ancient predecessor, where for over 2000 years ago, ancient people trekked across the vast steppes and deserts, opened the t

Pakistan Navy Fleet Tanker provides drinking water to Gwadar

19 Staff Reporter Islamabad The Prevalent scarcity of water in Balochistan due scanty water resources and marginal rains is affecting the common man to such a level that the situation needs to be addressed. Being aware of the situation, Pakistan Navy utilizing its resources promptly dispatched its Fleet Tanker PNS NASR to Gwadar with 1200 tons of fresh/drinking water. The Ship reached yesterday at Gwadar port and distribution of water to area residents has been made in coordination with local District Administration. The fresh water supply by Pakistan Navy is paying the dividends and the situation in Gwadar City has improved. Commander West Navy, Commodore Ovais Hyder Zaidi is presently supervising the said relief efforts on behalf of Pakistan Navy. It may be mentioned that Pakistan Navy, having its operational bases and adequate presence at coastal belt, is actively pursuing various development projects especially at Gwadar and Ormara. Pakistan Navy would continue to provide all ou

Pakistan’s cutting edge in China’s ‘new world order’ Kamran Rehmat Thursday، 25 May 2017 12:17 AM The other week, China sent out the strongest message yet of its ambition to carve out what has the makings of a ‘new world order’ — something that had until now been considered the sole preserve of the United States, especially since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. With the unfancied Donald Trump winning the election on the pivot of “Making America Great Again” — designed around an inward policy — and one that is cast in a protectionist mould, a confident China finds itself free to pursue an economic zeitgeist that has the potential to turn it into the world’s leading power. In this larger scheme of things, it finds heavyweight Russia on its side quite simply because their strategic interests converge. The One Belt, One Road — or OBOR, to be more succinct — saw heads of state and government from 29 countries, representatives from more than 40

CPEC is a sea change: It transforms the matrix of opportunities and threats in India’s neighbourhood May 25, 2017, 2:00 AM IST  Swagato Ganguly  in      President Donald Trump’s “America first” policies have led to America contemplating (mostly) its own navel, while the domestic politics of Great Britain – that former empire builder – seems to be about how to make itself irrelevant in the world. Into that breach has stepped President Xi Jinping with visions of making China great, and to that end he has been promoting his signature ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ (BRI) with missionary zeal. Xi declared the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to be BRI’s flagship, thereby hotting up Kiplingian ‘great games’ in India’s neighbourhood. Some enthusiastic commentators have compared BRI to America’s Marshall Plan to resuscitate postwar Europe. This is wildly optimistic. Illustration: Chad Crowe When the Marshall Plan was l

CPEC: Why Pakistan will not gain much from this OBOR project in its present form By:  FE Online  | New Delhi | Updated: May 25, 2017 11:13 AM The report said CPEC, which will traverse through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) may create "geopolitical tension" in the region. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is the flagship project of China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) initiative, has been projected as a game-changer for Pakistan’s economy. It is expected that the $50 billion project would not just help raise Pakistan’s economic output but also transform the country, which is at present infamous for its terror credentials. However, a report has revealed that Pakistan may not gain much from CPEC in its present form. The report by UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), prepared on the request of China, has made some disturbing predictions for Pakistan. Such as: The report said CP

Border clashes have seen forcing Pakistan to boost defence spending By Bloomberg | Updated: May 25, 2017, 07.49 AM IST Pakistan’s relations with its neighbours have drastically deteriorated this year. By Kamran Haider and Ismail Dilawar   Pakistan’s powerful military will probably push for an increase in defence spending ahead of Friday’s national  budget  as border clashes with neighbouring  India  and Afghanistan mount.  Pakistan’s relations with its neighbours have drastically deteriorated this year. On Tuesday, India’s military said it hit army posts in the Pakistan-controlled part of Kashmir that it said were providing cover for insurgents planning attacks, a claim that Pakistan’s forces denied.  The nuclear-armed nation has also repeatedly closed its border with Afghanistan following a spate of bombings in February, which Pakistan’s military blamed on insurgents operating inside its neighbour, and after cross

Dr. Malik Forced DELTA Center Turbat To Close Down?

By News editor - May 23, 201701807     DELTA Center Turbat is famous among the people for spreading education among the students of the region and it comes under discussion most often for many different reasons. Sometimes the people sing the praises of it as its students and alumni pass Competitive Exams and secure top positions in different universities of Pakistan. Recently it received nonstop praises on social media from a large number of people belonging to different walks of life as twelve alumni of its successfully cleared PCS written test. However, the news took the people by surprise when DELTA administration announced to close down the educational activities of its institution due to financial crisis and non-availability of building. The building of the institution is situated on Commissionary Road Turbat since 2003. The reason for popularity of this institution is not only teaching English language and grammar, but it attracted the young generation because it preached a

Gwadar will be the economic funnel for the region The Pakistan port, operated by China, will also benefit countries in Central Asia and the Middle East as it helps unhindered flow of energy and goods By Sajjad Ashraf, Special to Gulf News 16:43 May 24, 2017 Pakistan’s deep-sea port Gwadar, which the Chinese built and are now operating under a 40-year agreement, remains a subject of considerable interest for much of the world. The port, 605km east of the world’s biggest energy choke point — Straits of Hormuz, has a much bigger strategic dimension than earlier imagined. Nearly 20 per cent of the world’s traded oil and 77 per cent headed towards Asia-Pacific pass through the Straits everyday. Pakistan’s former president General Pervez Musharraf had described Gwadar as the “economic funnel for the whole region”. Gwadar shortens China’s route to the world by thousands of kilometres. Gwadar’s importance increased manifold following Chin

CHINA’S NEW SILK ROAD MEETING ‘SUCCESSFUL’: SINGAPORE’S DEPUTY PM BY  TEO CHEE HEAN 24 MAY 2017 A week after the Singaporean PM’s absence from the Belt and Road Forum stirred debate regarding China-Singapore ties, his deputy Teo Chee Hean says the countries’ common interests outweigh ‘occasional differences’  6 Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Photo: AFP I first visited China in 1984 and have had the opportunity to observe China’s transformation over many trips, interactions and exchanges. Most recently, over the past three months, I co-chaired two of our three main bilateral mechanisms with senior Chinese leaders. The 13th Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation in Beijing, which I co-chaired with Politburo Standing Committee member and Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli; and just last week, we welcomed Politburo member and Central Organisation Department Minister Zhao Leji for the 6

China stresses role of Belt and Road Initiative in UN 2030 Agenda Source: Xinhua |  2017-05-24 17:22:27 | Editor: Mengjie UNITED NATIONS, May 23 (Xinhua) -- China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative contributes to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, said Liu Jieyi, China's permanent representative to the United Nations, at the UN Economic and Social Council forum on financing for development Tuesday. "Four years on, the Belt and Road Initiative abides by the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, strongly promote infrastructure development and connectivity, the alignment of development strategies among countries and enhance coordinated development," Liu said. The Chinese envoy said the initiative has gained support from more than 100 countries and international organizations. So far, China has signed cooperation agreements with over 40 countries and international organizations, and established industrial c

US revives two key infrastructure projects in Asia: Five things to know By:  Express Web Desk  | Washington |Published On: May 24, 2017 5:45 Pm US President Donald Trump (File Photo) In what could counter China’s ambitious One Belt One Road project, the US has moved to revive two large-scale infrastructure projects in South Asia and Southeast Asia, and India could play a key role in the plans. The Donald Trump administration has sought to revive the New Silk Road initiative. The plan was announced in July 2011 by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Chennai. It has also sought to revive the Indo-Pacific Economic Corridor that connects South Asia and South East Asia. 1. The Trump administration in its maiden budget briefly outlined the plans on Tuesday. The budget indicated that NSR will likely be a public-private partnership project. India could also be a key player in that initiative. 2. James McBride of the Council on Foreig

US to revive Asian infra projects to counter China 24 May 2017 | By  Gaurav Jeyaraman   | PC:  The Trump administration has revived 2 infrastructure projects in Asia, providing brief details in their maiden annual budget. The New Silk Road initiative, announced when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State and the Indo-Pacific Economic Corridor have both been resuscitated. India will play a key role in both. The projects are seen as a means to counter Chinese influence through the OBOR. Context: How the US is countering OBOR? 24 May 2017: US to revive Asian infra projects to counter China OBOR: What is OBOR? China announced the One Belt One Road initiative as a means to improve trade connections between Asia and Europe. The ambitious project envisages creation of several trade corridors on land and across the sea, to ultimately link the trade between South Asia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. India is opposed to one of the pro

US revives New Silk Road with India playing big part: Is this a snub to China and CPEC? The US has brought back the New Silk Road and the Indo-Pacific Economic Corridor, both of which could challenge China's bid for regional supremacy. Read to know more. Arkadev Ghoshal   May 24, 2017 21:28 IST [Representational image]Flickr Southern and South-Eastern Asia is now broadly divided into two sections, with India and its allies on one side and Pakistan, China and their allies on the other. This has become all the more apparent in recent times due to China's  persistent denial of India's appeals for a seat in the Nuclear Suppliers' Group ( NSG ) , and the  developments surrounding the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) . Now, it seems that India has a new and much stronger ally in the United States, with the Donald Trump administration reviving the New Silk Road project, in which India is slated to play a major part. It would give India a much big

For all the chest-thumping, India cannot win a war against Pakistan Raghu Raman   May 24, 2017 Who is mightier? (AP Photo/Vincent Thian) In the 1983 film  WarGames , a nuclear war simulation is accidentally started by a supercomputer designed to take over in the event of the Cold War spiralling out of control. After evaluating all the possibilities, the computer declares that “war is a strange game, in which the only winning move—is not to play.” That advice is possibly truest for India right now. For all the xenophobic war mongering touted in every medium, India cannot “win” a war against Pakistan and the sooner we appreciate this politico-military reality, the more coherent and serious we will sound to our adversaries and the world community. The demands for a “once and for all” resolution of Kashmir/Pakistan emanating from several quarters, which surprisingly includes some veterans—equating India’s non-retaliation with impotence—perhaps don’t factor the l

CPEC may create more India-Pakistan tension: UN report DAWN.COM  |  THE NEWSPAPER'S  REPORTER ISLAMABAD: The India-Pakistan dispute over Kashmir is a matter of concern, according to a United Nations (UN) report, claiming that the  China-Pakistan Economic Corridor  (CPEC) might create geopolitical tensions with India and ignite political instability. The report released by the  UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific ( Escap )  on Tuesday feared that Afghanistan’s political instability could limit the potential benefits of transit corridors to population centres near Kabul or Kandahar. The report, ‘The Belt and Road Initiative and the Role of Escap' was prepared at China’s request and covers the six economic corridors spanning Asia, Europe and Africa under the umbrella of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). CPEC holds the promise of closer trade, investment and energy cooperation between the two countries, as it creates alternative maritime trade routes for China a

Good read: BALOCHISTAN From:  Indian Express  By: Published at:  August 25, 2016 UpVote   DownVote Prime Minister Narendra Modi ’s Independence Day speech from the Red Fort mentioning Balochistan has set in motion a debate on motives, linkages with Jammu & Kashmir and whether India can stay the course. However, the moot point being missed is the legal status of Balochistan. The whole issue hinges on whether or not Kalat (as Balochistan was then called) was an Indian princely state or an independent non-Indian state under British rule. If it is the latter, then clearly what the Baloch nationalists say about Pakistan’s illegal occupation has merit. The British came into contact with Kalat in 1839 seeking passage and provisions during the disastrous first Afghan war. The British signed treaties with the Khan of Kalat in 1839, 1841, 1854, 1862 and 1876. While each treaty eroded the Khan’s sphere of action and the territories of the Khanate ,