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US Congressman urges VOA to start Balochi service Press Trust of India | Washington Jul 15, 2016 10:42 AM IST An influential American Congressman has asked the overseer of the Voice of America to initiate native-language broadcasting to the Baloch people living in Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. "The Baloch people occupy homelands that stretch across the borders of the three countries and their secular, tolerant and liberal tradition is now in danger of being deprived of access to independent media," said Congressman Dana Rohrabacher. In a letter to John Lansing, chief executive officer of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, Rohrabacher said, "[N]ative language broadcasting could help to provide Baloch with non-biased news and liberal and democratic values. It would also help to preserve Baloch people language and its secular culture." The three dominant states are attempting to creat

VOA Balochi Service

Indonesia shrugs off China's protest over North Natuna Sea's name Marguerite Afra Sapiie The Jakarta Post Jakarta | Tue, July 18, 2017 | 06:11 pm Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti paddles on a board at the Padamarang tourist destination in Kolaka regency, Southeast Sulawesi, on March 21. ( Sultan)             Indonesian Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has given China the cold shoulder over its protest against Indonesia’s move to rename the South China Sea (SCS) waters that lie within Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) north of Natuna Islands the “North Natuna Sea.” The minister, who is has made a name for herself by blowing up foreign-owned fishing vessels caught poaching in Natuna waters, was surprised by the remarks from Beijing, which asserted the renaming “makes no sense at all.” “ The North Natuna Sea falls within our territory, not within the So

Indonesia’s new North Natuna Sea: What’s in a name? INDONESIA SOUTH CHINA SEA An outer island of the Natuna Islands, August 2016 (Photo: Getty Images/Ulet Ifansasti) BY   Aaron L Connelly COMMENTS   19 July 2017 11:32 On Friday, Indonesian officials announced that they had renamed the waters northeast of the Natuna Islands, at the far southern end of the South China Sea, the 'North Natuna Sea'. Indonesian officials were quick to emphasise that they were not renaming the entire South China Sea, only the part that falls under their claimed exclusive economic zone. That exclusive economic zone (EEZ), however, overlaps with China’s infamous nine-dash line. As the map below indicates, there have been a number of incidents in recent years in which Indonesian fisheries enforcement or navy vessels have sought to arrest Chinese trawlers in the area of the overlap. In each of these incidents, Chinese Coast Guard vessels intervened in or pr

Five things Duterte should do in the West Philippine Sea Published  July 19, 2017 10:23am By  RICHARD JAVAD HEYDARIAN “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting,” wrote Sun Tzu, China’s legendary strategic thinker, in  The Art of War . This is perhaps among his most memorable lines, which is of paramount importance for those who are concerned with our options in the West Philippine Sea. It is particularly relevant in light of the (misguided and false) debate on whether we face either a suicidal war or peace (or accommodation) on Chinese terms. For those who are deeply familiar with China’s maritime strategy and the maritime disputes in the region, it is crystal clear that Beijing seeks domination short of conflict. Instead, China prefers non-kinetic approaches, which don’t involve direct exchange of bullets and missiles, but instead rely on the  "three warfare" strategies : psychological

Indonesia’s Updated Map Does Not Recognise China’s Nine-dash Line Claim Wednesday, 19 July 2017 | 07:19 WIB      Indonesian President Joko Widodo on a visit to the Natunas. Photo: Indonesian President Office JAKARTA , NETRALNEWS.COM -  Relations between Jakarta and Beijing, which are not always smooth sailing, took a new twist last Friday when Indonesia unrolled a map depicting an expansion to its maritime territory with the naming of the waters off its northern perimeter North Natuna Sea. Although it lies in Indonesia's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), the waters north of the Natuna Islands bordering the South China Sea have no name and are often designated, albeit loosely, as part of the latter. The move comes as Jakarta continues to woo investors, particularly from China and Japan, to participate in its infrastructure works. President Joko Widodo has, since his term started in October 2014, looked to infrastructure d

Repaving the ancient road Mamun Rashid Published at 06:22 PM July 18, 2017 Connectivity without limitsBIGSTOCK What does Bangladesh stand to gain from OBOR and BCIM ? There seems to be a lot of discussion happening around One Belt One Road, popularly known as China’s belt and road initiative: OBOR. Lots of global corporate and financial institutions are seriously following the developments around this, and are gunning to make the best out of it. There are also discussions and rising apprehension regarding the future of the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar connectivity drive, known as BCIM. While BCIM is more of a regional initiative, the Belt and Road initiative is a global connectivity program focused on infrastructure development across East and Central Asia, the sub-continent, Africa, and Europe. It, in fact, goes beyond roads and ports, to include airports, power plants, pipelines, waste and water management facilities, and

16+1 mechanism achieves fruitful results under Belt & Road Initiative: senior CPC official Source: Xinhua |  2017-07-18 22:55:08 | Editor: An   Liu Yunshan , a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, addresses the 2017 China Investment Forum in Prague, the Czech Republic, July 18, 2017. ( Xinhua /Pang Xinglei ) PRAGUE, July 18 (Xinhua) -- Visiting senior Communist Party of China (CPC) official Liu Yunshan said here Tuesday that the 16+1 cooperation mechanism has achieved fruitful results under the Belt and Road Initiative. Addressing the 2017 China Investment Forum held in Prague, Liu said 16+1 mechanism has promoted connectivity in policy, infrastructure, trade, financing and people-to-people exchanges between China and 16 Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries. The China-CEE 16+1 mechanism is a platform created in April 2012 by China and 16 CEE countries. Liu, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the C

The best investment opportunities for Italian companies in China are in hi-tech by Andrea Carli For Italian companies that want to invest in China, the most interesting opportunities are in products with high technology content, the annual report by the CeSIF study center for enterprise of the Italy-China foundation showed. Beijing’s objective is to increase the added value of production and remove the “low quality, low price” image that distinguishes “Made in China” manufacturing. From 1996 to today, spending in China on research and development has grown by more than 38 times, with an average annual rate of growth of more than 20%. In 2016, China was the second biggest global investor in research and development (about $224 billion, equivalent to 2.08% of gross domestic product) and according to the OECD it will overtake the United States by 2019. This opens up some opportunities for Italia

Silk Way: In China, high security for off-road race Urumqi - Dozens of police officers wearing bulletproof vests and toting assault rifles guard the camp of an international off-road race across China's troubled far-western region of Xinjiang. The show of strength at the mobile camp that follows the Silk Way Rally highlights China's concerns about security in Xinjiang, a vast region that has been hit by violence in recent years. The Silk Way Rally, which held its first race in 2009, aims to rival the famed Dakar Rally which has run every January since 1979. The 10,000-kilometre (6,200-mile) race began in Moscow on July 7 and crossed Kazakhstan before entering Xinjiang. The event will end on July 22 in the imperial Chinese city of Xi'an in the northern province of Shaanxi. The partially desert territory of Xinjiang is home to China's Muslim Uighur ethnic minority, which accuses the government of cultural and religious repression

Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2017 to discuss Belt and Road Initiative Xinhua | Updated: 2017-07-19 10:00 COLOMBO — The Sri Lanka Economic Summit to be held later this month will discuss how Sri Lanka can tap opportunities out of the Belt and Road Initiative, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce said in a statement on Tuesday. Proposed by China in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, aiming at building a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along the ancient trade routes of Silk Road. The session titled "Belt and Road Initiative - Transformative Opportunity for Sri Lanka" will talk on the potential investment opportunities for Sri Lanka from the Belt and Road Initiative. The Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2017 will be held in the capital Colombo on July 25 and 26 with the sole aim of discussing ways to strengthen the island's economy. The two-day annual summit, organ

Kazakhstan bets big on Chinas Silk Road The Bayterek tower monument, center, stands flanked by skyscrapers in Astana, Kazakhstan. Every global bond investor believes KZ is the best of the 'Stans and has a lot to gain from China's new One Belt One Road development project cutting through Eurasia. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg The jury is still out about China’s One Belt One Road development project. But  Kazakhstan isn ’t too  worried . If there is one country in Eurasia, if not the world, that is more gung-ho about the new Silk Road to Europe, it’s  these guys . Should the government play its hand right, and with very little opposition to President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s reform agenda, there is no indication that it won’t – eventually -- Kazakhstan (KZ) will graduate from a “frontier market” designation on the MSCI global fund indexes to become the first emerging market in the ex-Soviet ‘St

Sikkim and the Silk Road: Is China making a move on India?    by Joanna Eva , July 18, 2017 Indian-Chinese relations over the expansion of the Belt and Road initiative have been tense from the start, as China expands its soft power and builds closer ties with India’s neighbours on all sides under so-called “win-win partnerships”. The current confrontation between India and China in the border region of Sikkim should be seen as an outlet for this tension, and Chinese motivations must be closely watched: China/Indian rebalancing in the region continues, and this incident may be a glimpse of things to come.   Chinese army officers on the Chinese side of the international border at Nathula Pass in Sikkim. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan)   The Bhutan-China-India trijunction has been the site of a standoff between China and India for close to three weeks now, after Indian troops prevented Chinese troops from building a road on the narrow plateau of  D

‘Silk Road’ for Chinese Trade Could Open Through Balkan Rivers By   Tasos Kokkinidis  - Jul 18, 2017 Greece and Serbia are discussing an ambitious project that if implemented will change the transport landscape throughout southeastern and central Europe. The project that is also under discussion in  China  will create a waterway linking the Mediterranean Sea via the  Axios River  in Thessaloniki, to the Danube and the existing river transport network in Europe and the Black Sea. The project is enormous, says a report in Kathimerini, but as it serves the interests of an economic giant like China, it is doable. In recent years, talks about the project have been held at a top level between Belgrade, Skopje, Athens and Beijing. The topic was brought about at the  recent meeting between Alexis Tsipras and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic , in Thessaloniki. It involves the creation of a vertical waterway from the Thessaloniki port via

Catalogue of attacks shadows China’s CPEC hopes in Pakistan China's Silk Road ambitions in the country are being tested by the deteriorating security situation in Baluchistan and Sindh provinces By  F.M. SHAKIL JULY 18, 2017 3:46 PM (UTC+8) 79 7 As the security situation in Baluchistan deteriorates fast, agencies remain in the dark with regard to who has been targeting police officials and law enforcers in the province. The worsening law and order situation is a serious challenge to the safety of Chinese personnel working on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects. With a view to averting any incident, the Gwadar seaport – a lynchpin of CPEC – has been given top security cover by Pakistan’s military establishment. Army units and paramilitary forces patrol the area round-the-clock in order to protect Chinese engineers and contractors. THE DAILYBrief Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Such extraordinary measures, failed, howe

Balochistan pays compensation money to heirs of nine workers from Sindh Hanif Samoon  |  Muhammad Hashim Khan Bhurgari July 19, 2017 BADIN: The Balochistan government has provided compensation money (Rs9 million) to the heirs of nine workers belonging to Sindh who were killed in different militants’ attacks in Balochistan. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Badin Dr Nawaz Bhoot on Tuesday handed over two cheques for Rs1 million each to the heirs of two workers who were killed in an attack in Balochistan in May this year. Muhammad Ayub and Sawan worked on a project in Balochistan when they were killed in the attack responsibility of which was claimed by the banned Baloch Liberation Front. The Balochistan government announced compensation for the families of the slain workers after the attack. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD Seven of these men were among 20 labourers killed in an attack in Turbat on April 11, 2015 Ayub’s wife Subhan Khatoon and Saw

Balochistan government fails to provide information of over 1,500 Govt schools in Balochistan QUETTA : The Balochistan government and United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) jointly conducted a survey with regard to the verification of schools, during May 2016 to May 2017, to trace out ghost schools across the province. Over 1,500 schools out of total 10,788 could not be found, officials in education department told source. However, Balochistan Education Minister Rahim Ziaratwal put the figure of ghost schools at 1,400. “We could not identify 1,400 schools during the verification process,” the minister said. In Balochistan, the number of government-run primary, middle and high schools are above 13,000. Last year, the government launched a verification process of schools throughout the province. The verification process was conducted through Education Management and Information System (EMIS). Ziaratwal said that they had ordere

CPEC: A Corridor of Opportunities      Twenty-first century economies are increasingly interlinked and there exists an ongoing shift in global economic activity from developed to developing countries. These linkages need to be strengthened by facilitating economic clusters around important transport corridors that link global production networks, otherwise called “economic corridors” – one of the important means to facilitate economic activity and trade. In 2013, China’s President, Xi Jinping, proposed establishment of economic corridors linking China with Central Asia, West Asia and parts of South Asia called the “One Belt One Road (OBOR)” initiative. Under OBOR, CPEC is part of the larger umbrella and aims at providing a new corridor of trade for Chinaand Pakistan and is expected to benefit the whole of South Asian region. CPEC, a $51 billion project, is an economic corridor comprising a set of projects in energy, road, railway and fibre optics and will open doo