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Will India’s hedge-and-engage approach against China’s work? It is possible to understand why India did not participate in the Belt and Road forum in May. However, its absence does not necessarily suggest that its relations with China will sour immediately.         Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Astana, Kazakhstan, June 9 (PTI) Updated: Jun 12, 2017 13:28 IST By Kawashima Shin In May 2017, China hosted the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRFIC) in Beijing. Beginning with this forum, the Chinese government appears to be preparing for upcoming high-profile events, including the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s annual meeting in June, the annual strategic talks and a summit meeting with the US in July on the strength of the political achievements made by Xi Jinping both at home and abroad over the past five years, toward

Pentagon says China's PLA expanding its global footprint By ANI | Jun 13, 2017, 09.09 AM IST Facebook Whatsapp Twitter LinkedIn gplus email message aPlus VIEW IN APP WASHINGTON DC: The Pentagon released its annual report to the US Congress entitled Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China 2017 on 6 June. The highlight of this report is that in the Pentagon's view the People Liberation Army ( PLA ) is expanding its global footprint.  China's expanding global economic interests make this inevitable, and it will do so "in countries with which it has a longstanding friendly relationship and similar strategic interests, such as Pakistan, and in which there is a precedent for hosting foreign militaries," the report says.  Indeed, Gwadar in Pakistan is touted by many as the likely location of a second Chinese base after one currently under construct

China's new Silk Road sparks international student’s MBA dream Jacimovic Andjela, a Serbian student from Xi’an Jiaotong University, poses in front of a photo featuring the Chinese words for New Silk RoadCREDIT: YANG YANG / CHINA DAILY 12 JUNE 2017 • 3:45PM Yang Yang Serbian student Jacimovic Andjela has been inspired to study in China after hearing President Xi's proposal for the Belt and Road Initiative. Jacimovic Andjela, a Serbian student studying at Xi’an Jiaotong University, first learnt about China from Chinese companies investing in her home nation, which prompted her to dream of studying in China. “China has been developing so fast the past few years, and there are so many Chinese companies in Serbia. I often heard about China from them and was fascinated about it. I wanted to know how China was able to develop so fast, and so I decided to study for an MBA here,” she said. Jacimovic said she had always dreamt of s

Chinese working on CPEC to be protected: Ahsan June 13, 2017 ISLAMABAD - Federal Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal has yesterday said that Chinese citizens working on CPEC projects are our national guests and Pakistani nation considers their security as a national duty. "Pakistan will leave no stone unturned for protection of workers on CPEC projects", Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reform (PD&R) remarked while presiding a high-level meeting here to review progress on CPEC projects. He said that the year 2017, an important year for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, would enable Pakistan to witness new era of development with completion of CPEC early harvest projects. The meeting was attended by officials of the Federal Ministries, provincial governments and officials from Chinese Embassy. “A number of mega projects in infrastructure and Gwadar are breaking ground this year” Ahsan Iqbal said. Officials from line

Pakistan’s embrace of Russia Pakistan’s position as a country permanently stuck between rocks and hard places was further cemented last week when long-time strategic ally Saudi Arabia took the lead in isolating gas-rich Qatar. As has been argued ad nauseam by every shade of thoughtful Pakistani, maintaining a robust impartiality in the quarrel between the GCC states is absolutely essential. However, if we feel flustered by the challenge of simultaneously maintaining a measure of equilibrium between traditional ally Saudi Arabia, ‘it’s complicated’ status friend UAE, and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) supplier, Qatar, we ain’t seen nothing yet. At Astana, India and Pakistan were welcomed to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). On one hand, this represents a brilliant coup for Pakistan – confirming its indispensable strategic importance to various world capitals, despite the agony that reverberates through South Block – where Indians, both N

India’s China Policy: Face the Dragon with Self-Confidence India should not become a US lackey if Pakistan becomes a Chinese surrogate. (Photo: Rhythum Seth/  The Quint ) OPINION   | 5 min read Subir Bhaumik Yesterday, 4:30 pm      Pakistani political economist S Akbar Zaidi’s damning indictment of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) at a recent public lecture at the Calcutta Research Group (on 9 June) vindicates serious concerns many have about Beijing’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative. Zaidi titled his talk ‘Has China taken over Pakistan?’ and produced details to back his claim. In fact, there is more to the CPEC than the ‘sovereignty issue’ that apparently prompted India to oppose it and avoid participation in the OBOR conference in Beijing in May. Zaidi raised the spectre of Chinese colonisation, pointing to a wide range of issues, ranging from lack of transparency in the cost of projects to manning of surveillance networks in CPEC ‘s

Corridor of economic uncertainty Written by  Christophe Jaffrelot  |Updated: June 13, 2017 4:57 Am China presents the BRI, also known as the One Belt One Road initiative (OBOR), as a connectivity project — hence, the reference to the old Silk Road and a new maritime silk road. Illustration by C R Sasikumar Last week, the Pentagon’s annual report to the Congress forecast that China will build a military base in Pakistan in order to have in the subcontinent facilities akin to what Beijing is developing in Djibouti. These plans are well in tune with the proposals presented last month during the Belt and Road Forum (BARF) in Beijing in the presence of 29 heads of state. India skipped it because a section of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), infringes New Delhi’s sovereignty as it passes through Kashmir. But the CPEC probably affects Pakistan’

Balochistan: All Schools ate turned into Millitary camps

Daughter of A Provincial Minister Promoted From Grade 17 To 19 Overnights

 QUETTA: In an example of nepotism at University of Balochistan (UOB), daughter of a provincial minister was promoted from grade 17 to grade 19 overnights. Bakht Zareen daughter of Abdul Rahim Zairatwal who is provincial minister for Information, Parliamentary affairs and Information technology received the promotion in UOB. Mr. Zairatwal is also parliamentary leader for Pashtunkhaw Milli Awami Party (PKMAP) in Balochistan assembly. According to UOB sources, Miss Zareen was serving as a Museum curator in botany department of UOB with 17 grade pay scale on Ad Hoc basis. Last week, she was regularized and promoted to grade 18 in violation of the rules of UOB. This week, she was promoted to grade 19 and appointed as a regular Assistant Professor in Botany Department. This news was confirmed by an official of UOB who talked to The Balochistan Point on condition of anonymity. Administration of UOB was not available for a comment on this matter. Student organizations have protested se

China will never bow to terrorism Source:Global Times Published: 2017/6/9 5:58:32 According to a Reuters report quoting the Islamic State's Amaq news agency,  ISIS  has killed the two Chinese citizens it kidnapped in Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province on May 24. Chinese Foreign Ministry responded early Friday morning, "We have taken note of relevant reports and we express our grave concern... The Chinese side is working to learn about and verify relevant information through various channels."   The two Chinese citizens, Li Xinheng and Meng Lisi, were Chinese-language teachers at a local private school. Some news sources have reported that they were in a relationship together while other sources have said they were just colleagues. The Chinese Embassy in Pakistan issued an emergency alert when the two were first reported missing. The Pakistan government has also pleaded that it will do all it can to save the two Chinese teachers. Baluchistan p

Concerns that CPEC will result in colonialism in Pakistan by China are not new and still wrong Concerns that CPEC will result in colonialism in Pakistan by China are not new and still wrong By Wang Jiamei Source:Global Times Published: 2017/6/12 22:28:39 0 People often use warnings from history, but those warnings can sometimes be misplaced. The allegation that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) - a flagship project under the  Belt and Road  (B&R) initiative - would be a new form of colonialism seems to be an obvious example of the deceptive use of history. Pakistani political economist S. Akbar Zaidi said in a lecture on Friday that Pakistan will become a colony of China once the CPEC is ready, alleging that "it will enslave Pakistan and undermine its sovereignty," according to a report by The Economic Times on Monday. Zaidi further claimed that during the CPEC process, China's "blueprint will ensure complete control over Pakistan." 🔴 Zaidi is not the first and probably won't be the

Petroleum Ministry proposes Rs 190 million two projects for Balochistan By   DND  - June 12, 2017 ISLAMABAD , Pakistan: Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources has proposed two new projects of worth Rs 190 million for coal exploration and evaluation in different localities of Balochistan besides carrying out a survey for underground water in Quetta. “Out of total Rs 190.033 million estimated cost, an amount of Rs 88.023 million has been proposed for next fiscal year to carry out two new unapproved schemes for coal exploration and evaluation in Nosham and Bahlol Areas of Balochistan, and the underground water survey,” official sources said. Answering a question, they said the ministry would spend Rs 554.291 million under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP 2017-18) to execute four ongoing and two new projects to step up exploration activities of natural resources for achieving self-reliance in the energy sector. An amount of Rs 415.807 ha

Grave concern' over Chinese teachers reportedly killed by ISIS in Pakistan ' Two teachers were kidnapped on May 24 By:  KATIE HUNT Posted:  Jun 09, 2017 12:57 PM CDT Updated:  Jun 09, 2017 11:54 PM CDT (CNN) - China has expressed "grave concern" over reports that ISIS has killed two Chinese teachers kidnapped in Pakistan. The man and woman, said by Chinese media to be a couple, were kidnapped by armed men on May 24 from the city of Quetta, the capital of Pakistan's Balochistan province, on May 24 on their way to teach a Chinese language class, a senior security officer told CNN last month. Amaq, a news agency affiliated with ISIS, said Thursday that Islamic State fighters had killed two Chinese teachers who were being held in the Mastung, Balochistan. The group also released a video, which showed two bodies shot and bleeding on some grassy ground. "China resolutely opposes all forms of kidnapping of civil

China to review stance on Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood? THE ASIAN AGE. |  SRIDHAR KUMARASWAMI Published :  Jun 12, 2017, 12:37 am IST Updated :  Jun 12, 2017, 12:38 am IST India hopes Chinese snub to Pak at Astana may change situation.  Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar (Photo: AFP) New Delhi:  India is now hoping that the Chinese snub to Paki-stan at Astana, Kazakhstan, will lead to a re-think by Beijing on blocking UN sanctions on Pakistan-based terrorist Masood Azhar. This comes after Chinese President Xi Jinping reportedly snubbed Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif by not having a bilateral meeting with him after two Chinese nationals, including a woman, were abducted and killed by extremists in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province. New Delhi is now of the view that Beijing could now do a rethink on its dogged opposition to proposed UN sanctions agai-nst the chief of Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) Masood Azhar in view

ANOTHER SECURITY BLUNDER  JUN 12 2017   Stephane Yas—AFP THE KILLING OF TWO CHINESE NATIONALS IN QUETTA MAY HAVE BEEN AN AVOIDABLE TRAGEDY The Islamic State militant group has claimed the killing of two Chinese nationals, a boy and a girl, after kidnapping them from Quetta on May 24. Announced through Amaq, the militants’ official news agency, the murders raise significant questions about the security situation in restive Balochistan and its neighboring regions. According to Afghan commentators, I.S. in South Asia is primarily based in two districts of Afghanistan as compared to the Taliban, who now control nearly half of the country. The militants have been making inroads into Balochistan province, which has been a ‘no-go’ area for non-Baloch for decades, and has lately become a playground for global and regional forces opposed to Pakistan. I.S.’s recruitment in Pakistan has tended to focus on forming alliances with established militant groups, such

Two Chinese nationals abducted from Balochistan were 'preachers', says interior ministry By  News Desk  /  Reuters Published: June 12, 2017 Interior minister directs to investigate the matter and ensure that no misuse of business visas occur in future ISLAMABAD :  Two Chinese nationals abducted from Balochistan last month were preachers who abused the visa system, the interior ministry said on Monday. The ministry identified the two as Lee Zing Yang, 24, and Meng Li Si, 26. It said the two had entered Pakistan on business visas. But instead of doing business, they had gone to Quetta, where they pretended to learn the Urdu language from a Korean business owner but “were actually engaged in “preaching”. The ministry did not say what kind of preachers they were. The two were abducted by armed men pretending to be police personnel on May 24 in Quetta. Last week, Islamic State’s  Amaq  news agency said its members had killed but officials have not confirmed

China says Xi-Sharif met several times at SCO, but mum over bilateral meeting By PTI | Updated: Jun 12, 2017, 04.31 PM IST Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said that "China and Pakistan enjoy an all-weather strategic partnership". BEIJING: China today rejected as "nonsense" reports about President Xi Jinping not meeting Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Astana following the murder of two Chinese in Balochistan and said the two leaders met several times during the summit.  "I can tell you that during the seventeenth SCO heads of state meeting, President Xi met with Pakistan Prime Minister Sharif several times," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said but did not say whether they had a bilateral meeting.  "Some reports are just nonsense and unwanted. China and Pakistan enjoy an all-weather strategic partnership,"

US should support Baloch cause

For Baloch, success of CPEC is sucide, and a Geostrategic victory for China. China will gain foothold in strategic Gwadar port in Indian Ocean which will have immense value than the energy projects in Pakistan. Regional security challenges will compound further. Only sensible solution is to detach Balochstan within a period of 5 to 10 years. However,  to attain this insurmountable objective all Baloch groups should unite for a collective cause and make a strong case before world. US should play a key role in this regard by Supporting Baloch in UN HRC and  call Baloch leaders for Congressional hearing.  There are many challenges for Baloch leadership to galvanize international support. ✔ Weak and inarticulate leadership that do not talk beyond Human rights violations. They should start articulating and briefing world leaders and think tanks about Geostrategic implications of China in Gwadhar and in particular Indian ocean. The raise of Chinese Maritime Power and implications to regio

VBMP Chairman Nasrullah Baloch abducted from Quetta

(Sangar News)Voice For Baloch Missing Persons Chairman Nasrullah Baloch has been kidnapped from Quetta today. According to the reports he was abducted by unknown armed men from a tailoring shop in Quetta. Nasrullah Baloch and his organization have been actively raising voice for the recovery of Baloch missing persons and for this his organization also long marched from Quetta to Islamabad on foot. Voice For Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) has been on hunger strike for 2698 days in order to raise the voice for Baloch missing persons . Nasrullah Baloch has been on a peaceful struggle for years to recover all the Baloch missing persons. His organization worked in accordance with international laws for justice. New  0  1  0  0  0 - See more at: