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Pakistan, never-ending turmoil

Wahid Baloch launched Balochistan Research Foundation

Dr.Wahid Baloch launched a Think Tank.   Below are the details found on his website. Balochistan Research Foundation ( BRF )  is a Washington D.C based think tank with aims to educate and effectively communicate and articulate the  Balochistan's case  to the world community, especially to the US law-makers, policy makers and Think tanks. For those who don't know much about  Balochistan , here is brief description to get an idea. Balochistan  (The land of more than 15 millions worldwide Baloch people), is an  illegally occupied  land, currently divided between Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan. http://www.brfonline.org/p/about-brf.html

EVENT: Untold Story: What's Happening in Balochistan

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/untold-story-whats-happening-in-balochistan-tickets-36462458194 by American Friends of Balochistan Inc. Free REGISTER Share this event   DATE AND TIME Fri, August 11, 2017 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT Location   LOCATION George Washington University, Marvin Center Room #302 800 21st St NW Washington, DC 20052 United States View Map Friends Who Are Going   FRIENDS WHO ARE GOING   Connect Event description   DESCRIPTION Washington, D.C. – The Executive Committee of American Friends of Balochistan is pleased to invite you to a presentation "Untold Story: What's Happening in Balochistan" on August 11 at 3 pm at Marvin Center, George Washington University. The talk will be followed by a reception to celebrate the AFB registration as a non-profit. Confirmed speakers are  C. Christine Fair , Associate Professor in the Security Studies Program within Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service;  T. Kumar , Advo

Abu Dhabi , China's next stop

https://www.forbes.com/sites/wadeshepard/2017/08/02/next-up-abu-dhabi-chinas-maritime-silk-road-breaks-into-the-middle-east/?c=0&s=trending#5165d2611365 Ship-to-shore gantry cranes stand on the quayside at Khalifa Port, operated by Abu Dhabi Ports Co. (ADPC). The 417 square-kilometer (161 square mile) development, designed to become a hub for manufacturing, logistics and trade, will account for 15 percent of the emirate's non-oil economy within 20 years. Photographer: Gabriela Maj/Bloomberg The next stop on China’s “21st Century Maritime Silk Road” has been chosen: Abu Dhabi. At the end of last month, China’s Jiangsu province signed a deal with the UAE’s Abu Dhabi Ports to develop a  $300 million manufacturing operation  in the free trade zone of Khalifa Port. The deal will see China getting 2.2 million square meters of space in the FTZ for Chinese companies to do what they do best: make stuff. Five Chinese firms, who engage in a variety of sectors, including clean energy

India Japan join forces to counter China

https://www.forbes.com/sites/wadeshepard/2017/07/31/india-and-japan-join-forces-to-counter-china-and-build-their-own-new-silk-road/?c=0&s=trending#36dfdd8f1365 India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe shake hands in front of a Shinkansen train during their inspection at a bullet train manufacturing plant in Kobe, Hyogo prefecture on November 12, 2016. / JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images As Xi Jinping seeks to exponentially expand China’s economic and political footprint upon the Eurasian and African regions via his signature Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a knee-jerk reaction can be observed from other Asian powers who are initiating and intensifying international development initiatives of their own. India and Japan are at the forefront of this movement, devising a mutual vision which could be labeled the ‘other’ New Silk Road. Just days after Xi Jinping’s epic Belt and Road Forum in May, India’s Prime Minister Modi unveiled a vision to count

CPEC could be an expensive albatross around Pakistani necks

http://www.atimes.com/article/cpec-expensive-albatross-around-pakistani-necks/ There are growing reasons to believe Pakistan's fragile economy may actually be the loser in China's mega-project to reach new markets via Gwadar port By  SALMAN RAFI JULY 31, 2017 11:37 AM (UTC+8) 2,539 50 Will the China-Pakistan-Economic Corridor (CPEC) benefit both countries, or only China? A number of aspects of the project are only beginning to attract scrutiny, and some of them indicate Pakistan may not benefit at all.  A note of caution was registered recently by the International Monetary Fund. The organization  observed in a report  that CPEC projects are expected to generate balance of payment outflows to the tune of US$3.5-4.5 billion for Pakistan by 2024. However, the report also warned that enhancing exports poses a real policy challenge for Pakistan and that failure in the endeavor will considerably diminish CPEC’s benefits. THE DAILYBrief Must-reads from across Asia - directly t

China and India torn between silk roads and cocked guns

http://www.atimes.com/article/china-india-torn-silk-roads-cocked-guns/ The current stand-off at Doklam , or Donglang , is little more than a sideshow in the bigger picture as South Asia's tectonic plates shift in a direction that makes New Delhi's resistance to China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) look increasingly futile By  PEPE ESCOBAR JULY 25, 2017 5:38 PM (UTC+8) 368 34 So, once again it’s down to a face-off in the Himalayas. Beijing builds a road in the disputed territory of Doklam (if you’re Indian) or Donglang (if you’re Chinese), in the tri-junction of Sikkim, Tibet and Bhutan, and all hell breaks loose. Or does it? The Global Times  blames it on an upsurge of Hindu nationalist fervor, but selected Indian officials prefer to privilege ongoing quiet diplomacy. After all, when Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Astana last month, they struck a gentle

CPEC : Master plan for Chinese penetration into Pakistan’s economy'

http://www.newindianexpress.com/ By ANI  |   Published: 02nd August 2017 12:52 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd August 2017 12:52 PM  |   Gwadar port, (inset) map of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor HONG KONG: The over USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project appears as a master plan for deep Chinese penetration into Pakistan’s economy, many businessmen in Pakistan have told the Hong Kong based Asia Times. According to an article published  in the Asia Times, many Pakistanis  have lamented that the CPEC will damage rather than benefit the local economy, especially in the agricultural and industrial sectors.One industrialist was quoted by the Asia Times, as saying that while Chinese manufactured goods are relatively cheap; their export to other countries via the shorter route of Gwadar Port will further reduce import costs in markets that have so far been export destinations for Pakistan.According to the daily, cheaper, made-in-China goods items brought on truck

For Pakistanis, China 'friendship' road runs one way

http://m.timesofindia.com/world/pakistan/for-pakistanis-china-friendship-road-runs-one-way/articleshow/59879629.cms Reuters | Updated: Aug 2, 2017, 08.31PM IST SMS A truck driving along the China-Pakistan Friendship Highway. HIGHLIGHTS For many Pakistani businessmen, the China-Pakistan Friendship Highway is just a one-way street."There is no benefit for Pakistan. It's all about expanding China's growth," said a businessman.While both countries say the project is mutually beneficial, data shows a different story. TASHKURGAN: The  China-Pakistan Friendship Highway  runs over 1,300 kilometres (800 miles) from the far western Chinese city of Kashgar through the world's highest mountain pass and across the border. For China, the two-lane thoroughfare symbolises a blossoming partnership, nourished with tens of billions of dollars of infrastructure investment. But for many Pakistani businessmen living and working on the Chinese side of the border, the road is a o

An assessment of the latest premature end of Nawaz Sharif’s prime ministership

An assessment of the latest premature end of Nawaz Sharif’s prime ministership Dr. Siegfried O. Wolf Download