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CPEC related modern technology to help alleviate energy issues: President      Islamabad President Mamnoon Hussain Saturday said the use of modern technology in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) related energy projects would alleviate the energy crisis in Pakistan and play a key role in it’s long-term growth. The president was talking to Dr. Wan Gang, Chinese minister for science and technology who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain, Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong and senior officials were also present in the meeting, according to a press release. The president said the bilateral cooperation in the field of science and technology was progressing well and hoped that the decisions taken during this visit, would further enhance the cooperation in this important area. “We are also interested in benefitting from China’s ambitious China-South Asian Countries Science and Technology Partnership Prog

CPEC: Clearing controversy July 09, 2017 Since its announcement in April 2015, the $54. 5 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has helped South Asia’s second-largest economy achieve consecutive 4 percent-plus annual GDP growth rate year-on-year, expand its State Bank-held foreign exchange reserves from $11. 61 billion in March 2015 to $16. 37 billion in June 2017, and is expected to create 2. 32 million jobs in Pakistan by the end of 2018. However, as Chinese Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into Pakistan rose 3. 4 times in two years while U. S. FDI into Islamabad fell 500 percent, the project has also attracted a growing amount of noise. Some critics, most notably Dr. C. Christine Fair in an article published on the website of Foreign Policy on July 3rd, have gone so far as to suggest that CPEC has left a surging nation in “unserviceable debt”, and that its ultimate aim is to set up a Chinese naval base off the coast of Gw

LCCI demands local reps in CPEC

LAHORE: The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Saturday called for increasing role of local manufacturers in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project to give much-needed boost to the local industries. LCCI President Abdul Basit and Vice President Muhammad Nasir Hameed Khan, in a statement, said whole benefits and control to foreign companies would be a sheer injustice to local industries that are already working in challenging conditions. They said local manufacturers should not be ignored at any cost, while granting incentives to the Chinese companies. Equal opportunities to the local manufacturers would help industrial expansion in the country. Meanwhile, a Chinese delegation of Shandong visited LCCI and had a detailed discussion with the chamber’s office bearers on bilateral trade and investment.  Basit said Lahore has a special significance as being the hub of business activities in Punjab. “Both public and private sector organisations are striving hard t

Baloch activists hold anti-CPEC protest during G-20 Summit in Hamburg Hamburg [Germany], July 8 : As world leaders gathered for the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, activists from the Baloch Republican Party (BRP) held a protest against the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a multi-billion dollar project passing through the Balochistan province Hamburg  [ Germany ], July 8 : As world leaders gathered for the  G-20  Summit in Hamburg, Germany, activists from the Baloch  Republican Party  (BRP) held a protest against the  China   pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a multi-billion dollar project passing through the Balochistan province. The protestors blamed China for helping Pakistan in committing war crimes and genocide in Balochistan. They also blamed the  Pakistan Army for carrying out military operations, enforced disappearances, extrajudicial executions and killings in the region. BRP Germany  vice-president  Adil Baloch  said

Massive embarrassment for #China at #G20Summit #BREAKING: Massive embarrassment for #China at #G20Summit as Baloch activists protest against China's support to te…

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NTDC MD fired for ‘delay’ in CPEC projects LAHORE -  The federal government has removed National Transmission and Dispatch Company ( NTDC ) Managing Director Dr Fiaz Ahmad Chaudhry for failing to complete projects related to CPEC on time. The NTDC Board of Directors, while adopting procedure under Companies Act 2017 under sections 190(1) and 190(2), unanimously decided to remove Dr Fiaz . The Board of Directors has also appointed Zafar Abbas as the new MD of the company. He was working earlier as the director of the NTDC , sources told The Nation. According to them, Dr Fiaz was appointed by the NTDCL BoD with the concurrence of the government on June 30 last year. He is an electrical engineer with over 31 years of experience in the power sector in national and international utility/consulting industry including Wapda, SCECO-East and Acres International/Hatch Ltd. The BOD noticed that interconnections of main projects of CPEC like 500 kV Port

CPEC TO PROMOTE PAK-CHINA COOPERATION IN REALM OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY: RANA TANVEER He was speaking at a meeting of Pak-China Science and Technology committee in Islamabad on Saturday.        File photo 10:56 AM, 8 Jul, 2017 Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain says multibillion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project will help further promote cooperation between the two countries in the realm of science and technology.     He was speaking at a meeting of Pak-China Science and Technology committee in Islamabad on Saturday. The Minister said both Pakistan and China enjoy excellent relations. He expressed the confidence that CPEC will further augment these relations and create job opportunities in different sectors.      Rana Tanveer Hussain said the government has enhanced budget for research activities as part of efforts to promote science and technology in the country. The Minister said the development of local ind

Chinese engineer working on CPEC project dies in accident By  Zubair Ayub Published: July 8, 2017 PHOTO: AFP ABBOTABAD :  A Chinese engineer died on Saturday while working on the Abbottabad-Motorway at Section-2 in CPEC Project. Thirty-five-year-old Fung fell down a hole dug for the pillars of a small bridge. He suffered injuries because of the iron bars inside the hole. He was immediately shifted to DHQ Hospital in critical condition and later on succumbed to his injuries. ADVERTISEMENT Ad Two Chinese nationals abducted from Quetta Confirming the Chinese engineer’s death, DPO Abbottabad Ashfaq Anwar said it was ‘purely an accident’, however, police are conducting an inquiry as well. Fung was shifted to Dobather camp after an autopsy. His body will be sent to China amid tight security later in the evening

Pak reaffirms commitment to successful implementation of CPEC 24      Beijing Pakistan will continue to work with China for greater prosperity of the region and to meet common challenges through enhanced connectivity, Pakistan Ambassador to China Masood Khalid said on Friday. Speaking at the 23rd Lanzhou Trade Fair in China’s Gansu province, he said Pakistan is fully committed to successful implementation of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is the flagship project of One Belt and One Road initiative. Terming Pakistan and China all weather strategic cooperative partners, he said Pakistan supports President Xi Jinping’s vision of Belt and Road which is a model of inter-regional and intra-regional integration and connectivity based on the concept of mutual prosperity, respect and win-win cooperation entailing massive economic dividends. The ambassador said Pakistan believes in cooperative and collective approaches to peace, stability and developmen

Iran fires three rockets into Panjgoor July 08, 2017, 12:50 pm Iranian border guards have fired three rockets today into Balochistan. Reports from the area said the rockets were fired into Panjgoor district of Balochistan, which landed in Proome area. However, no casualty was reported in the rocket attack. Area people said that loud explosions rocked the entire area when the rocket landed and exploded. Recent attacks by Iranian guards in Pakistani territory and the kidnapping of Iranian guards in February this year have undermined relations between the two neighbours. Earlier in the month of June, Pakistani air force fighter jet had shot down an unmanned  Iranian drone  in Balochistan. The unmanned aircraft was shot deep inside Pakistani airspace.  Whereas, in May, five  mortar shells  were fired from Iran that landed in Balochistan’s Chaghai area. Iran, in recent months, has expressed concern over militants operating along the Pakista

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Pakistan and Terrorism: China-Pakistan Economic Corridor as Critical Juncture? SIEGFRIED O. WOLF , MAY 11 2016, 865 VIEWS Image by the US Institute of Peace Regionalism in South Asia has entailed the search for collective efforts to overcome mostly weak, congeneric economies, political fragmentation, socio-religious cleavages and the consequent deep-rooted conflicts between different states, especially between Pakistan and India. In order to enhance regional cooperation, for quite some time, the  idea  of Economic Corridor (EC)  has become not only a trend in foreign policy strategies but also a buzzword in plans for stimulating economic growth as well as deeper  integration of Asia’s sub-regions . This has especially been the case within South East Asia, spearheaded by the  Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) initiative . In South Asia, it is a more recent phenomenon that the establishment of economic corridors has gained prominence. One of the  most ad

CPEC COULD TURN PAKISTAN INTO CHINA’S ‘CLIENT STATE’ INTERVIEW WITH DR. SIEGFRIED O. WOLF: ECONOMIC CORRIDOR – BY  SADF , 15 NOVEMBER, 2016 Pakistani Prime Minister Sharif has hailed the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as a harbinger of change for the region. But analyst  Siegfried O. Wolf  tells DW the project comes with a big price for Islamabad. On Sunday, November 13, Pakistan’s top civilian and military leaders inaugurated a new international route which connects the country’s renovated southwestern Gwadar port to the Chinese city of Kashgar as part of a joint multi-billion-dollar project, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The first convoy of Chinese trucks carrying goods for sale abroad arrived in the South Asian country on Saturday, and the Pakistani authorities saw them off on Sunday. Last year, China announced CPEC worth $46 billion (41 billion euros). With the project, Beijing aims to expand