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Belt and Road Initiative gives hope for better development By Timur Shaimergenov | 00:01 UTC+8 July 11, 2017 Timur Shaimergenov GLOBAL governance is an extremely wide and complicated conception. That’s why I have decided to focus on the “One Belt, One Road (OBOR)” initiative (Editor’s note: Now referred to as Belt and Road Initiative) as a new model of global governance, which combines the issues of future energy and sustainable infrastructure. It is symbolic that four years ago President Xi Jinping announced the “Silk Road Economic Belt” as part of OBOR at Nazarbayev University. Today the Belt and Road Initiative is recognized as a promising platform of international cooperation and coordination, shaping the future in a new way. OBOR is a multiple initiative and it’s not only about infrastructure, despite the fact that you hear a lot about its infrastructural dimension. OBOR is targeted for inter-connecti

What’s China Want In The South China Sea? These Chinese Naval Officers May Have The Answer What’s China Want In The South China Sea? These Chinese Naval Officers May Have The Answer RYAN PICKRELL China/Asia Pacific Reporter 11:31 AM 07/10/2017 China is pursuing regional dominance, and the South China Sea is a key battleground in that struggle, according to three mid-level Chinese naval officers. Lt. Commander Jin Jing, a researcher at the Naval Research Institute, and Commanders Xu Hui and Wang Ning, political officers for the South Sea Fleet of the People’s Liberation Army Navy, offered insight into China’s strategic intentions for the South China Sea in an issue of  Naval Studies , a Chinese military periodical for international distribution. Japan’s Kyodo News  reported  on the the article earlier this year, but the report was short on meaningful information. The Chinese article was recently tracked down and  analyzed  by Ryan Martinson, an as

With Eye on China, India, US and Japan Conduct Naval Drills July 10, 2017 7:48 AM Anjana Pasricha The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd arrives off the coast of India in preparation for Malabar 2017, a series of exercises between the Indian Navy, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force and U.S. Navy. Share See comments In a signal of deepening military cooperation between India, the United States and Japan, the three countries have deployed some of their largest warships and submarines in the Indian Ocean for an annual naval exercise that is conducted with an eye on China. The naval drills have expanded in the last two years amid growing concerns over Chinese maritime assertiveness not just in South China Sea, but also in the Indian Ocean. The Malabar exercises are the most visible symbol of New Delhi’s strengthening security ties with the United States, which were reaffirmed last month by Indian Prime Minister Nare

‘Progress has begun with CPEC’ LAHORE: Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique has said that new era of development has begun with the start of new initiatives taken under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).  According to a press release, the minister said officials of China’s National Development & Reform Commission (NDRC) are visiting Pakistan during the next few days and would be welcomed by the railway officials.  Addressing senior officials of Pakistan Railways here Monday, Saad Rafique said during the visits of NDRC officials new projects, including up-gradation of tracks would also be discussed. The minister lauded steps taken during the PML-N government tenure in revamping the railways. Different development projects were also discussed during the meeting.  risk allowance: Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) has approved payment of risk allowance for its sewer men here Monday. Officials said the decision was taken i

Chinese delegation due Monday to review CPEC projects      Islamabad A high level Chinese delegation will arrive here on a four-day visit to Pakistan late Monday night to discuss industrial cooperation, impl ementation of Gwadar projects, and Pakistan Railways’ up-gradation of Main Line-1 under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The delegation will comprise senior officials from National Development and Reform Commission, and National Railway Administration, Chinese investors, and representatives of China EXIM Bank and China Development Bank, a press release issued here Sunday said. The delegation will meet Pakistan’s officials and experts from different fields to discussprogress on the CPEC projects. The Chinese officials will hold meetings with officials from the Board of Investment, federal ministries and provincial governments to  discuss establishment of CPEC’s special economic zones (SZEs), policy and incentive package for investors  and to fi

Qilla Abdullah DPO martyred in Chaman 'suicide attack' By Noor Zaman Achakzai Monday Jul 10, 2017 CHAMAN: SSP Sajid Khan Mohmand was martyred in a terrorist attack after his convoy was targeted with an explosive device on Boghra Road of the city on Monday. Around a dozen police personnel and civilians were also injured in the attack, police officials said, adding that the deceased and injured were shifted to the Civil Hospital where an emergency has been declared. Three cops are among the injured where as three critically injured persons have been sent to Quetta for further treatment.  Deputy Commissioner Qaiser Khan said that a suicide bomber, riding on a motorcycle, attacked the SSP's convoy.  Security was tightened around the city following the incident, and security officials cordoned off the site of the blast and began investigating. Gunfire was also heard in the area following the blast, according to initial reports. The blast occurred in a congested are

DPO Killa Abdullah martyred in Chaman blast AP  |  |  Syed Ali Shah Updated July 10, 2017 DPO Killa Abdullah Sajid Mohmand. ─ DawnNews District Police Officer (DPO) Killa Abdullah Sajid Mohmand, his guard and a civilian lost their lives in a blast near Boghra Road in Balochistan's Chaman area on Monday morning, police said. Police Spokesman Shazada Farhat said at least 11 other people ─ including police officials and passers-by ─ were injured in the blast which struck a vehicle carrying the police chief and two of his guards in the main bazaar. Footage of the blast site. ─ DawnNews DPO Sajid Mohmand, who was critically wounded in the blast, succumbed to his injuries shortly after the blast. Although initial reports suggested the blast was caused by an Improvised Explosive Device, police sources later said it was a suicide attack targeting the vehicle,  DawnNews  reported. Farhat said police found a badly destroyed motorcycle at site of the blast and are trying to determin

Provocative Article in Chinese media

Amid unwanted/unfavourable developments at the India-Bhutan-China border, the Global Times has published a highly provocative article by Long Xingchun.  It  warns India, albeit indirectly, of a possible Chinese interference in the state of Jammu and Kashmir on Pakistan's request.  It falsely claims that people of North-East do not identify closely with Indian state and also refers to the presence of insurgents groups in those areas.  It also claims that India is incapable of taking up infrastructure projects in its North-East region. For details, see:  

Speed Bumps on the Silk Road Summer 2017 China has unveiled a “win-win” policy paper to guide its approach to the Middle East. Its $1 trillion One Belt One Road infrastructure initiative will extend all the way to North Africa. But can trade buy Beijing political clout in the region? By  Rebecca Liao Chinese President Xi Jinping and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdelaziz Al-Saud at G20 summit, Hangzhou, Sept. 4, 2016.  Ma Zhancheng / Xinhua / ZUMA China released its first-ever Arab Policy Paper in 2016, detailing the official government approach to the Middle East. “Friendship between China and Arab states dates back to ancient times,” the paper begins. It speaks about the land and maritime Silk Roads linking Imperial China and the nations to its west. Quickly, the paper pivots from the distant past to the immediate present, invoking Beijing’s foreign policy mantra: “Learning from each other, mutual benefit, and win-win

One Debt, One Road – The Silk Road to Debt Trap By: Sridhar R Updated: Mon, Jul 10, 2017, 12:37 [IST] China. What immediately comes to our mind are those grand shows they put up on world stage. But, as they always say, devil is in the detail. That is, GDP growth of China has been relatively high compared to other countries, over past two decades. This may sound very good at the gist of it. Until you do a health checkup on the quality of GDP Growth. The growth on numbers, which is not necessarily good growth. For example: GDP numbers go up, basis what you manufacture. But, whether it is consumed or not matters a lot - for health of a Nation. Investing cash surplus generated out of trade deficit with foreign nations. Well, it is not necessarily an investment. It is just a foolish method to control cash surplus by making more cash! Insane! Let me explain. Take for instance the following pointers: There are close to 13 Million flats unsold per

Hayderabad to Karachi Long March in progress on July 10, 2017 Bolan Time ( Hyderabad  ) : A long March walk for Missing Sindhi Political and Human Rights activists is underway in Pakistan Province Sindh . A long March of Sindh Human Rights Organization (SHRO ) for Missing Sindhi political and Human Rights activists was started on 5th July 2017 from Hyderabad Press club to Karachi Press club in progress. More then 30th people including family membres of Missing Sindhi Politcal workers have started from Hyderabad press club July first week towards Karachi Press club. Talking to One international Sindhi Radio of london, the organizer of long March said ” Although due to weather we are facing so much difficulties in our journey but our feelings are very high , we are sure when our Long March will reach Karachi the Pakistan Supreme Court and other organizations include Departments will take serious notice for our Beloved missing Persons” Representative of S