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OBOR & India: Is China serious?

Asian Age May 22, 2017, 12:47 am IST Columnist  |  Abhijit Bhattacharyya Opinion  ,  Oped Sovereignty to them meant “sovereignty for their own self and own state”, and the rest did not matter. As much as we may hate, curse or criticise our former colonial masters, the Western imperial powers who once ruled over our land and much of our continent, at one level some among us also — usually covertly — admire them, look up to them and often wish we could be more like them. Why? Because they showed us the way, laid down the precedents on how to get their own way, profit at the expense of others, and exercise dominance over all those weaker than themselves. The Western imperialists may have long gone, but they left worthy successors in place, who imbibe their sprit, imitate their actions, implement their thoughts and beliefs and try replicate their economics and commercial models for profit. They have closely studied the paths taken by the departed Western masters and are now busy try

OBOR : Required constitutional and international structures and change The implementation of OBOR requires a legal and constitutional structure that is suited to the complex and un-precedented issues that arise in such a cross-border and international undertaking. One set of questions concerns the constitutional and international structures and changes that may be necessary to facilitate the success of the initiative. ✔Are the constitutional orders of the many nations involved suited to the level of international cooperation required by the initiative? ✔Do those constitutional orders share the common aims and objectives necessary for the initiative? ✔How do international standards affect the constitutional orders and traditions of participating states? ✔These are examples of the many interesting and complex issues for research and discussion.

PM Modi in Russia: How fastracking North-South corridor will help India counter Chinese OBOR

INSTC is a 7200-km-long proposed multi-modal (ship, rail and road) transportation system connecting Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf to the Caspian Sea via Iran to Russia and North Europe. By:  FE Online  June 1, 2017  5:34 PM    PM Narendra Modi pays homage to World War II victims at the Piskarovskoye Cemetery in St. Petersburg, Russia on Thursday. (Twitter/NarendraModi) Prime Minister  Narendra Modi  is visiting Russia at a time when Delhi-Moscow relationship appears to have taken a dip. Modi faces two-pronged challenge. First, to strengthen the confidence India and Russia have enjoyed as strategic partners for decades. Second, take measures to bring Moscow out of the worrisome China-Pakistan-Russia triangle, more so after the start of Beijing’s imperialistic ‘One Belt, One Road (OBOR) project. While reports say that the highlight of Modi’s Russia visit would be the signing of an agreement to build the last two units of the Kundankulam nuclear power plant with Moscow’s help, there

MAKING SENSE OF OBOR RESPONSE COLUMNISTS Tuesday, 30 May 2017 |  Deepak Sinha  | in  Oped Analysts may be right to suggest that India cornered itself by not attending the OBOR meet. But it national identity considerations are important. Sometimes, one has to suffer to uphold prestige There is more than a little irony to the fact that it has taken just about a 100 days for the institutions of democracy, that were built over approximately 250 years ago, to start showing signs of serious wear and tear. All of this, thanks to the shenanigans of Donald Trump, the US President. An alleged megalomaniac and congenital liar, as per a  Washington Post  report, he has misrepresented the truth or lied 589 times, and has little respect for due process and rule of law. He has been called worse. Well-known American documentary filmmaker, Michael Moore, famously referred to Trump on his website as “wretched, ignorant, dangerous part-time clown and

Russia Never Viewed AIIB as Alternative for IMF, World Bank – First Deputy PM 19:59 01.06.2017Get short URL  0  12231 Russia has never considered AIIB as a substitute for the World Bank or the IMF, Russia's First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said. © AFP 2017/ FRED DUFOUR ST. PETERSBURG (Sputnik) — Russia has never considered  Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank ( AIIB )  as a substitute for the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Russia's First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on Thursday. "Russia has never seen AIIB as an alternative for the World Bank and the IMF. We do not think so," Shuvalov said, adding that the AIIB is an important institution and its development will be a great success for the world financial system. Shuvalov explained that Russia is participating in the AIIB and plans close cooperation with China on the One Belt, One Road Initiative. "Presiden

ICST urges increase in fund allocations for CPEC in budget Islamabad: The Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders (ICST) on Thursday said CPEC is one of the biggest achievements of the government and allocation of Rs180 billion in the federal budget should be revised upward so that the project could be completed without any delay. Emerging challenges and conspiracies of the enemy countries to destabilised Pakistan and derail China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) demand hefty increase in the defence budget which has been increased by only seven percent, it said. Gwadar will see completion of 31 projects in this year therefore government should take all necessary precautions to make it a success, said ICST Patron Shahid Rasheed Butt.In a statement issued here today, he said that July-April imports have touched mark of $37.8 dollars in which the machinery imported for economic corridor holds good share which is encouraging. He said that all the ef

OBOR initiative Fri June 2, 2017  |  Updated 08:42 AM IST   Posted on 2/06/2017 by  Dailyexcelsior Rattan Saldi The large participation in the May 14-15 Beijing summit on One Belt One Road, OBOR, indicates the desire for good infrastructure at home and for greater access to markets abroad.   A flagship project of OBOR initiative is China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that passes through the Pakistan occupied Kashmir, POK which, India says, is its integral part. China is also working to extend the Pakistan corridor to Afghanistan and beyond. Protagonists of the CPEC claim that the Corridor would bring economic prosperity to the region but critics aver that it would mainly benefit Beijing firstly by helping it transport Gulf crude to mainland China at much less cost and secondly by giving it  access to coal, natural gas, oil and mineral resources of Balochistan and PoK. The CEPC project details are still shrouded in a mystery wrapped in Dragon ware

From CPEC to OBOR The only “well begun, half done” story that the Chinese Government could speak of in favor of OBOR was the preliminary success of CPEC in Pakistan. It is an ambitious stance, but one with considerable credibility. June 02, 2017 On May 12, 2017, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along with heads of 27 states reached Beijing to attend the World Forum on One Belt One Road Initiative. China is implementing its vision of leading global trade and the underlying argument is prosperity through connectivity and cooperation. The OBOR initiative, as the name indicates, is still in the phases of being rolled out. The only “well begun, half done” story that the Chinese Government could speak of in favor of OBOR was the preliminary success of CPEC in Pakistan. It is an ambitious stance, but one with considerable credibility. CPEC is a display of commitment by President Jinping. That is why presence of Pakistan was so critical to the s

Balochistan is no Bangladesh Sushant Sareen Sushant Sareen is Consultant, Pakistan Project, at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. January 19, 2010 The separatist sentiment sweeping through the province of Balochistan has led many in Pakistan to draw parallels with the situation that prevailed in East Pakistan and which ultimately culminated in the formation of an independent state, Bangladesh. But such parallels, while they sensationalize the issue of Balochistan and help to draw attention to it, tend to gloss over some very critical differences between the situation that existed in the erstwhile East Pakistan and what obtains in today’s Balochistan. More than the similarities, which are many, between East Pakistan of yore and Balochistan of today, it is the differences that stand in the way of Balochistan becoming another Bangladesh. Like in East Pakistan, the alienation of the people in the Baloch populated are

Pakistan Army Conducts Ruthless Operation In Different areas of Mastung and Kalat

Balochistan, 1 June 2017: A fresh military offensive has been reported by locals from different areas of Kalat and Mastung districts of Balochistan. According to local witnesses for the last two days Pakistan army has been conducting an offensive in Johan, Narmuk, Kabo, Dilband, Thalkhavi, Dashthdi, Sarshaar, Esplinji, Koh-a-Sia, Koh-a-Maraan and other mountainous region of Kalat and Mastung. Today Pakistani arms forces have commenced indiscriminate shelling of the rural villages in the region because of it countless homes were destroyed, many persons were killed and injured, including children and women. Continue reading →

BLF pays rich tribute to nation's martyrs, Commander Chakar Josh and Abdul Salam Baloch

(Sangar News) Balochistan Liberation Front spokesman Gwahram Baloch in his statement, paid rich tribute to Commander Chakar Josh and Abdul Salam Baloch. On Sunday, Chakar Josh and Abdul Salam Baloch were on routine patrol in Kaleeru and Krostank areas of Dasht district Kech, Balochistan, when they came face to face with the occupying Pakistani forces and engaged in a fierce battle. Commander Chakar Josh and Abdul Salam embraced martyrdom and inflicted heavy losses to the occupying forces of Pakistan. He added, Chakar Baloch was an educated youth, his sacrifice in the frontline during the war is an inspiration for the young fighters. Commander Chakar  was a nationalist poet, his poetry spread national awareness in every youth and taught us to love our  country and national identity. Chakar joined BLF in 2009, took civic responsibilities and performed valuable services, where he inflicted heavy losses to the occupying forces through his best fighting skills. In 2014 he made the mou

Top Miner Sees ‘Huge Demand’ Boost from China’s New Silk Road by  David Stringer June 1, 2017, 9:13 AM GMT+5:30June 1, 2017, 12:01 PM GMT+5:30 China’s multi-billion dollar  Belt and Road Initiative  can deliver a major boost for commodities and will add about 150 million tons to global steel demand, according to  BHP Billiton Ltd. , the world’s largest miner. The plan to develop infrastructure and rebuild ancient trading routes from China to Europe overland and by sea has seen projects initiated worth about $1.3 trillion,  according  to Melbourne-based BHP, the biggest exporter of coking coal and the third-largest iron ore supplier. Investments worth $313 billion to $502 billion could be funneled to 62 Belt-Road countries over the next five years, Credit Suisse Group AG said last month. “Everywhere where we see the infrastructure being built, on the back of that there will be economic development that will trigger copper demand, wh

Should the West heed China's siren call for 'Globalization 2.0'? June 1, 2017 10:22 am JST Jonathan Hillman Sales pitch at EU-China summit comes amid concerns that China's Belt and Road pitch could fall short of goals © Reuters Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is knocking on Europe's door with a seductive message and a bold sales pitch. The message is one of economic cooperation, and coming in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial visit to Europe, his participation in the EU-China summit on June 1-2 in Brussels could not be better timed. The sales pitch is the Belt and Road Initiative, Beijing's far-reaching vision for new overland and maritime connections. How this pitch is articulated, and whether European leaders are persuaded to support the effort, could help make or break China's bid to lead the next phase of globalization. But what exactly is China's vision for globalization? It is easy t

Nine trauma centres to be set up in Balochistan Muhammad Akbar Notezai Published about 11 hours ago QUETTA: Balochistan Health Minister Rehmat Saleh Baloch on Wednesday said that nine trauma centres were being built on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) route passing through the province. Talking to media persons, the minister said: “Trauma centres are being constructed along the CPEC route in order to provide immediate medical facilities in case of emergency or untoward situation.” He said the health department was taking strict action against fake doctors across the province. “The mafia of phony doctors exists in Balochistan, and action against them is under way,” he said. “We are also doing our best to provide basic health amenities to the people of the province.” ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD Mr Baloch claimed that Hepatitis B and C patients were being given free medicines for the first time in the province, adding that hospitals were