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It’s Not China, It’s You, India Seems to Tell Spurned Aussies By  Root  on June 6, 2017 China’s growing assertiveness and economic heft across Asia, combined with a newly reticent United States, is making countries in the region wonder if and when they’ll have to choose sides between Washington and Beijing. That’s exactly what  appeared  to happen last week, after India rejected Australia’s request to send warships to participate in big naval exercises in the Bay of Bengal. News reports painted the rejection as a way for India to appease China, or at least avoid needlessly provoking Beijing. But former naval officers and analysts say the rejection more likely reflects New Delhi’s worries that Australia may not be an entirely reliable security partner. “When it comes to formulation of a collective response to China, including in terms of ‘moderating’ Beijing’s assertive behavior, Australia does not pa

Finlandization : Phillipine bowing to China Carpio warns PH vs bowing to China   Philippine Daily Inquirer  / 12:09 AM June 06, 2017 Antonio Carpio            EDWIN BACASMAS The Philippines could see its own “ Finlandization ” if it does not assert its sovereignty and stand up to China in the territorial dispute in the South China Sea, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio warned on Monday. “Unless we do something, we will be like Finland, a nominally independent country. We will have our own political system but when it comes to foreign affairs, we follow the foreign policies of China. That is what Finlandization means, ” Carpio said at the Meet Inquirer Multimedia forum. “ Finlandization ” is the neutralization of a small and vulnerable country in foreign policy   to avoid being taken over by a bigger and more powerful neighbor. READ: IN THE KNOW: Finlandization The term was coined during the Cold War when the Soviet Union ren

China’s Belt and Road Initiative: rearranging global shipping? in  International Shipping News 06/06/2017 Interest in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, now the preferred name for the One Belt, One Road scheme introduced by President Xi Jinping over three years ago, has intensified. An international gathering in Beijing last month sharpened the focus. This grand concept has two components, both of which are potentially of great significance for the global shipping industry. The Silk Road Economic Belt of land routes, and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road of sea routes have been proposed as programmes to link China with Asian, Middle East, African and European countries more efficiently. While the Maritime Silk Road naturally seems of most direct interest for international shipping, the Belt also has huge implications for shipping activities. Infrastructure building or upgrading in numerous countries on these routes, facilitating trade movements and st

China Demands James Mattis Stop ‘Irresponsible’ Remarks About South China Sea AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite by  FRANCES MARTEL 5 Jun 2017 44 The Chinese Foreign Ministry has expressed its “firm opposition” to “irresponsible remarks” by Secretary of Defense James Mattis , who demanded at a security conference in Singapore this weekend that China cease its mission to colonize the entire South China Sea. Mattis called upon China to stop “militarizing artificial islands and enforcing excessive maritime claims.” China claims most of the South China Sea, disregarding the territorial sovereignty of Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, and Taiwan. The Chinese government has invested heavily in building artificial islands in the region in the past decade, equipping them with military surveillance units, surface-to-air missiles, and other weapons. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying published a response to Mattis’s statements on

The Dragon In The Indian Ocean Is Shaping Local Geopolitics; Does India Have A Counter? Harsh V Pant - Jun 05, 2017, 2:47 pm SNAPSHOT The challenge emerging from China’s naval rise means that India needs to find ways to mitigate that threat with some urgency. After commissioning its first aircraft carrier, a refitted Soviet-era vessel called the Liaoning, in 2012, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) launched its second aircraft carrier, the Shandong or CV-001A, last month. This first 70,000-tonne indigenously produced aircraft carrier of China is likely to be operational by 2020. The elaborate ceremony put on by the PLAN was to signal its arrival in the wider world as a serious naval power. And the world, of course, was watching, especially China’s neighbours who are already feeling the brunt of Chinese maritime expansionism. There is nothing out of the ordinary in what China is doing. As a rising power, its military advancement is to be expec

Japan Pushed World Leaders to Warn China Over Maritime Expansion June 05, 2017 3:02 AM Ralph Jennings FILE - In this April 21, 2017, photo, an airstrip and buildings on China's man-made Subi Reef in the Spratly chain of islands in the South China Sea are seen from a Philippine Air Force C-130. Share See comments TAIPEI —  On paper, all of the world’s seven richest nations warned last month against militarization of the contested South China Sea, where Beijing is building up small islets for combat aircraft and radar systems. But analysts believe it was Japan that pushed the Group of Seven nations for the warning as it vies with China for political influence around Asia. Japan is concerned “I think in recent times Japan has been trying to make use of various regional and international forums to, for lack of a better word, publicize China’s military expansion and its associated activities,” said Collin Koh, maritime security research

PTI in Balochistan While the educated middle-class forms the rank and file of most political parties in Balochistan, traditional elites have historically had a disproportionate presence at the top leadership positions   06-Jun-17by  Rafiullah Kakar Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) recent gathering in Quetta city has generated a debate about the party’s prospects in Balochistan. Before assessing PTI’s chances, it is imperative to understand the contemporary political landscape in Balochistan.Three types of political parties populate political stage in the restive province: religious parties, state wide parties and ethno-nationalist parties. The most influential religious party in Balochistan is the JUI-F. The party draws its support mainly from lower social classes and the non-professional middle class. The former category primarily includes a tiny but loyal group of students and teachers of madaris and primary school teachers in rural ar

CPEC early harvest projects create over 30,000 jobs ISLAMABAD - China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) early harvest projects have created direct employment for over 30,000 Pakistani engineers and workers, official data revealed. According to the planning commission data available with The Nation, 🔷out of the total 38,000 jobs, under early harvest projects of the CPEC, around 8,000 or less than 25 percent were consumed by Chinese workers. ✔Energy projects , under the CPEC portfolio, are the major employment contributor where 16,000 Pakistanis were hired as labourer and engineers, the data said. The Port Qasim Coal Power project is on the top of the list which created job opportunities for 5,000 Pakistanis. The Sahiwal Coal Power Plant projec t and Zonergy Solar Power project stand second with 3,000 jobs for the natives. Meanwhile, official sources said that between 300 and 500 engineers were working on energy projects which would

Baloch Fighters attacked FC convoy in Mustung

Baloch sarmachar attacked FC convoy in Mustung Balochistan .

Baloch Genocide Briefing: May 2017

🔴 BNM monthly report by Sanger news on 5th Jun 2017:  * 57 military operations carried out by the barbarism army in occupied Balochistan during May 2017 * 114 persons abducted and disappeared. * Dozens of houses looted. * More than 50 houses burnt * 30 dead bodies found * 13 persons have been martyred * 17 movement could not focused * 23 persons released from millitary  torture cells *details are in urdu as under :* بی این ایم کی ماہانہ رپورٹ:57 فوجی آپریشن،114 لاپتہ،30 لاشیں،50 سے زائد گھر نذر آتش Jun 5, 2017, 3:16 pm کوئٹہ (سنگر نیوز)بلوچ نیشنل موؤمنٹ کے مرکزی سیکریٹری اطلاعات دلمراد بلوچ نے مئی کے مہینے کی مقبوضہ بلوچستان میں ریاستی سرپرستی میں انسانی حقوق کی گھمبیر تاصورتحال اورجاری ریاستی بربریت ،جبری گمشدگیوں ،آپریشنزو مسخ لاشوں کی برآمدگی کی تفصیلی رپورٹ میڈیا کوجاری کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ مئی کے مہینے میں پاکستانی فوج،ایف سی اور دیگرملٹری بشمول خفیہ اداروں نے 57 آپریشن کر کے 114.افراد کو حراست بعد لاپتہ کیا،جبکہ دوران آپریشن درجنوں گھروں میں لوٹ مار کے ساتھ50 سے زائد گھ