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China and Russia’s Joint Sea 2017 Baltic Naval Exercise Highlight a New Normal in Europe By:  Magnus Nordenman July 5, 2017 3:18 PM • Updated: July 5, 2017 4:21 PM Russian and Chinese troops shake hands during Exercise Joint-Sea 2015. Sputnik Photo China and Russia planned exercise in the Baltic Sea is raising eyebrows in northern Europe, NATO headquarters and Washington. Dubbed Joint Sea 2017, the China-Russia maritime exercise in late July will see the introduction of a People’s Liberation Army Navy destroyer, frigate, and a support ship into the Baltic Sea. The PLAN flotilla will join Russia’s Baltic Sea fleet off St. Petersburg for joint drills. Joint Sea 2017 follows on the heels of the latest iteration of BALTOPs, a U.S. Navy Europe-led annual exercise that in mid-June brought together some fifty ships and fifty aircraft — including a B-52 and a B-1 — from the U.S., Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and other allied navies. The two-we

‘Industrial progress under CPEC not to harm local industries National July 5, 2017 ’ ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal said that industrialisation under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would not be done at the expense of local industries. “The industrial development under CPEC will not harm local industries and interests of local business community would be safeguarded,” Federal Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal said while chairing a meeting alongside Chairman Board of Investment, Dr. Miftah Ismail to review the development of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) under CPEC here on Tuesday.  The meeting was attended by senior officials from Board of Investment and provincial governments. He instructed authorities that local business community should be engaged in consultative process and every care must be taken to protect local businesses and indigenous industries. “Chinese investment will augment our industrial capacit

Pakistan: CPEC And The Burden Of Inoperable Debt ON JULY 5, 2017 SOURCE LINK  Share  Tweet In recent months, the Chinese-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has left Pakistanis emboldened, Indians angry, and U.S. analysts worried. Ostensibly, CPEC will connect Pakistan to China’s western Xinjiang province through the development of vast new transportation and energy infrastructure. The project is part of China’s much-hyped Belt and Road Initiative, a grand, increasingly vague geopolitical plan bridging Eurasia that China’s powerful President Xi Jinping has promoted heavily. Pakistani and Chinese officials boast that CPEC will help address Pakistan’s electricity generation problem, bolster its road and rail networks, and shore up the economy through the construction of special economic zones. But these benefits are highly unlikely to materialize. The project is more inclined to leave Pakistan burdened with unserviceable debt while further exposing the fissures i

Chinese experts to visit SEZs of CPEC in Pakistan «Back ANI | Islamabad [Pakistan] Jul 05, 2017 01:28 PM IST A team of Chinese experts will arrive in Pakistan in a few days to shape up their country's investment plans for Special Economic Zones (SEZs) of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). A preparatory meeting chaired by Pakistan's Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Tuesday reviewed the availability of land and infrastructure and the investment plans for the SEZs of the CPEC. The meeting was attended by representatives from PoK (Pakistan occupied Kashmir), Gilgit-Baltistan, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Board of Investment Chairman Miftah Ismail. Citing sources, the Dawn reported that the minister was not impressed with the presentations made by the provincial governments to attract Chinese investment. Iqbal asked the representatives to come up with detailed

CPEC: Tale of Loss, Gain and Headache July 05 15:412017 👤by Northeast Today  0 Comments June Edition, International, Ronit Hazarika Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari on May 22, 2013, sent out an invite to the various Pakistani leaders for a lunch, which was hosted in honour of the visiting Chinese premier Li Keqiang. It was here, where Zardari and Keqiang proposed for a special economic belt in Pakistan for the transfer of maritime trade from Pakistan’s coast and a supporting economic ecosystem, and sought cooperation from all sides. Thus, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor or CPEC was born. An economic plan of this size and scale was unprecedented, save perhaps the Marshall Plan post World War II, in modern history. On August 2013, a Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) was set up and a three-pronged plan was formed. First, the Gwadar region of Balochistan would host the first and largest industrial park to support the trade from Gwadar Port, a

SEZs vital part of CPEC Economy Watch 7      Salim Ahmed Lahore A consultative session on “Special EconomicZones under CPEC” was held here at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry on Wednesday. The consultative Session was jointly organized by the LCCI and Board of Investment (BOI). Federal Secretary, Ministry of Planning, Development & Reforms Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui, the LCCI President Abdul Basit, Vice President Muhmmad Nasir Hameed Khan, Project Director CPEC, Planning Commission Hassan Daud Butt, Fareena Mazhar, Zuhfran Qasim, Ali Abbas, Amer Saleemi, Shahid Hassan Sheikh, Almas Hyder, Moazzam Rasheed and Muhammad Nawaz spoke on the occasion. The experts said that China-Pak EconomicCorridor (CPEC) is an economic revolution and China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative covers countries and regions with a population of over 4 billion. Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a mega game changing project of

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From Chinese Missile Shelters To US Warships, The South China Sea Conflict Is Heating Up  05/07/2017 8:41 AM IST |  Updated  12 hours ago The Conversation Global Experts in academia providing analysis for the public. Alessandro Uras ,  University of Cagliari This article, originally published on June 14 2017 with the headline "Dispute over warship in the South China Sea is a return to 'business as usual' for US and China" has been updated to reflect the latest developments in the South China Sea. The volatile politics of the South China Sea continue to make waves. China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines and Taiwan have been fighting over this azure stretch of the Pacific  for more than a century , but tensions have increased markedly in recent years as China, claiming the South China Sea as its own, has built on some 250 islands there. Now the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI), a US think tank, has warned that

Spooked by Malabar naval exercise by India-US-Japan, China sends surveillance ship to keep a watch India FP Staff Jul, 05 2017 17:49:58 IST The 21st edition of the Malabar naval exercise will kick off in the Bay of Bengal from 10 July, and the navies of India, Japan and the US are deploying their largest warships, much to the chagrin of China. The exercise, which began in 1992 as a bilateral exercise involving the US and Indian navies, now also involves the Japanese. It alternates between the Pacific and the Indian oceans, and after it took place off the Philippine Sea last year, is back to the Bay of Bengal for 2017. Washington describes the exercise as a "series of complex, high-end war-fighting exercises conducted to advance multi-national maritime relationships and mutual security issues". Representational image. Reuters However, having three major navies in its backyard has China worried. Beijing has sent a surveillance s

Rs2.763 billion allocated for two new universities in Balochistan ISLAMABAD: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) with the approval of Planning Commission has been allocated Rs2.763billion for establishment of two university colleges in Balochistan. An official of the HEC here Tuesday told APP that these two university colleges were one each in Zhob and Dera Murad Jamali.The University College Zhob would be a constituent college of Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences (BUITEMS), Quetta and will offer four-year degree programmes in Business Administration, Economics, Computer Sciences and Information Technology. Balochistan Government has allotted a piece of land measuring100 acres for the College and the Federal Government will construct infrastructure at a cost of Rs1.260 billion.The second University College will be established in Dera Murad Jamali and would be a constituent college of Lasbela