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Doklam’s Big Picture: Neither Asia nor the World is China-Centric Doklam’s Big Picture: Neither Asia nor the World is China-Centric Shyam Saran Updated: 29 July, 2017 12:15 PM IST 1.2k Engagement 0        India is in a prolonged standoff with Chinese forces on the Doklam plateau. China may have been caught off guard after Indian armed forces confronted a Chinese road-building team in the Bhutanese territory. Peaceful resolution requires awareness of the context for the unfolding events. China has engaged in incremental nibbling advances in this area with Bhutanese protests followed by solemn commitments not to disturb the status quo. The intrusions continued. This time, the Chinese signalled intention to establish a permanent presence, expecting the Bhutanese to acquiesce while underestimating India’s response. Managing the China challenge requires understanding the history of Chinese civilisation and the worldview of its people formed over 5,000 years of tum

Sri Lanka signs $1.1 billion China port deal amid local, foreign concerns Ranga Sirilal  and  Shihar Aneez FILE PHOTO - A group of Sri Lankan visitors at the deep water shipping port watch Chinese dredging ships work in Hambantota, 240km (149 miles) southeast of Colombo, March 24, 2010.Andrew Caballero-Reynolds COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka signed a long delayed $1.1 billion deal on Saturday to lease its southern Hambantota port to China ignoring an appeal by opposition parties to debate the pact in parliament. The deal was signed between the two state firms -- Sri LankaPorts Authority (SLPA) and China Merchants Port Holdings( 0144.HK ) to handle the commercial operations of the Chinese-built port on a 99-year lease. Chinese firm will hold 70 stake in a joint venture with SLPA to run the port, part of a plan to convert loans worth $6 billion that Sri Lanka owes China into equity. ADVERTISEMENT "We thank China for arranging this investor to save us from the debt trap,&quo

Violence spreads in Balochistan, security concerns over proposed China Pakistan Economic Corridor By ANI  |   Published: 29th July 2017 10:54 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th July 2017 10:54 AM  |   Pakistan's deep-water port Gwadar connects China to the Arabian Sea in the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. (File photo) ISLAMABAD: Recent violence in Balochistan has again fuelled deep concerns about security for projects of the USD 57-billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) according to a report in the New York Times. Earlier this month, four Shias were murdered while travelling from Quetta to Karachi. Armed men riding on two motorcycles attacked their car on a highway close to Quetta in what police suspect was a sectarian attack. Though no group has yet claimed responsibility for the murders this has once again raised question marks about the future of the landmark transport and energy link that is being planned between western China to Pakistan's southern deep-water port of Gwadar. This latest killing would be fourth suc

Pakistan Defiant as US Ponders South Asia Strategy Last Updated: July 28, 2017 7:09 PM Natalie Liu FILE - Municipality workers walk past a billboard showing pictures of Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, with Pakistan's President Mamnoon Hussain, left, and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on display during a two-day visit by the Chinese president to launch an ambitious economic corridor linking Pakistan's port city of Gwadar with western China, in Islamabad, Pakistan, April 20, 2015. Share See comments Days after the Pentagon announced it is withholding $50 million intended for Pakistan as part of its Coalition Support Fund, the South Asian country's ambassador hinted at potential retaliation, possibly coaxing Washington to negotiate access to the country's air corridors, which Islamabad suggests have been taken for granted. Pakistan is ready to cooperate with the United States, Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said, though Washi

Four killed in blast in Balochistan’s Panjgur district By Salman Ashraf   Saturday Jul 29, 2017   QUETTA: At least four people were killed and five injured when an explosion occurred in Panjgur, said levies sources. According to levies officials, the administration has summoned a technical team to determine the nature of the blast.   The explosion took place in Chedgi, an area situated at a distance of 70 kilometres from Panjgur. Chedgi is a sensitive area, situated near the Pakistan-Iran border.  A few days back, an attack took place near the border on Balochistan Health Minister Rahmat Saleh Baloch. According to him, 10 to 12 rockets were fired at his convoy

CPEC: the Baloch Perspective

By Dr. Naseer Dashti CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor) is one segment of the proposed ‘One Belt One Road’ program of the Chinese government aimed at expanding Chinese economic and strategic influence in Asia. It involves a road and rail link from the Baloch town of Gwadar to Western Chinese city of Kashgar. Several special economic zones will be established along the entire length of the Corridor. The Baloch have been expressing their reservations on this project. The majority of them consider this as a corridor of death and destruction for the Baloch as they believe that it will cause drastic socio-cultural, economic and political changes in Balochistan leading to a crisis of existence for the Baloch. CPEC in context The development of Gwadar as a deep sea port was originally envisaged in 1990s. In order to counter the emerging Sindhi nationalist movement, the state establishment in 1980s manufactured a militant political organization, the MQM. This party drew its support f