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Taking the measure of China’s Asian Dream Sam Geall 04.08.2017 中文版本     Tom Miller 's new book looks at how President Xi's plan to make China great again is affecting geopolitics across the region Under Xi Jinping, China's doctrine of “hide your influence and bide your time” has given way to a proactive foreign policy (Image:  ADB ) China has expended enormous financial and political capital in recent years on its  B elt and Road Initiative (BRI) ; a strategy to expand its overseas investments and engagement through new financial institutions, infrastructure routes and trading relationships. The scale and ambition of BRI presents a variety of environmental and social risks but also opportunities. Chinese companies have been criticised for exporting polluting industries, such as  coal-fired power , but also praised for hastening the roll-out of low-carbon infrastructure. A new publication from Zed Books,  China’s Asian

‘When it Comes to China, it is Important for India to Pick its Fights Carefully’ BY  SEEMA SIROHI  ON  06/08/2017 •  7 COMMENTS SHARE THIS: WhatsApp Print More Andrew Small, an expert on China and its relations with Pakistan and the US  discusses the wider context to the ongoing standoff at Doklam . File photo of Indian and Chinese soldiers at the border in Arunachal Pradesh. Credit: PTI Andrew Small , a prominent expert on China and its relations with Pakistan, the US and the European Union, has a nuanced and deliberate take on developments inside the Middle Kingdom and its compulsions outside. A senior fellow with the German Marshall Fund, Small wrote what is arguably the first real account of the friendship described as taller than the mountains and deeper than the oceans. His book  The China-Pakistan Axis: Asia’s New Geopolitics  was devoured by senior officials in the subcontinent as soon as it came out. He argued that the all-weather bond between India’s two hostile neighbours grew o

Pakistan, China to set up training institute at Gwadar APP August 20, 2017 ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Ports and Shipping will establish a Pak-China Technical and Vocational Technical Institute (TVTI) at Gwadar under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project to produce skilled manpower for the deep sea port. “ The institute will help fulfill technical and skilled manpower requirements of the port after expansion, industries including Gwadar Port Free Zone, Export Processing Zone and other industrial and port related fields,” official sources in the ministry told APP. The institute comprises a main building, having two blocks, admin block, four workshops, cafeteria, hostels, parking areas, examination block and teachers lodge, they added. IPPR, a Chinese company, has already reviewed design and feasibility of Pak-China TVTI, they said, adding “Feasibility agreement is ready for signing after which Chinese government will allocate grant and sel

Religious seminaries across Balochistan

✔ There are 3,210 madressahs registered in the Balochistan. ✔Balochistan government has launched an accelerated learning pathway (ALP) programme to bring religious seminaries operating in the province into the mainstream. ✔ First phase of the initiative, worldly education is being taught in 90 seminaries,* besides religious education. ✔Over 9,000 students were getting religious and worldly education in these 90 seminaries ✔ 85000 students were studying in 1095 religious seminaries across Balochistan .

How to define socialism

https :// How to define socialism In our contemporary global society, socialism has become a cliché that denotes a vast array of political approaches and ideologies that purportedly defy the political, economic and cultural status quo. It is in vogue to refer to a person as a socialist if he or she has an intellectual bent that advocates vague notions of religious freedom, economic equity, cultural revivalism and political egalitarianism. While it is true that socialist ideals are founded on an alternative political and economic order from capitalism, they do not advocate an interpretive theoretical model that lumps together religion, culture, the economy and politics as mere analytical categories. One must make a clear distinction between socialist idealism as an interpretive scheme with a set of moral narratives of an imagined egalitarian society and scientific socialism as an objective critique of capitalism. Despite all it

BLF killed 10 Jindullah militants in Panjgoor

There is no place for religious extremism in Balochistan, killed 10 Jindullah militants in Panjgoor . BLF (Daily Sangar) Balochistan Liberation Front’s spokesperson Gwahrm Baloch claimed responsibility of the attack on the world terrorist extremist organization Jindalullah, saying that, on Saturday the BLF fighters ambushed a convoy of Jindullah in Parom area of Panjgoor Balochisan. A vehicle and a motorcycle badly damaged and ten Jindullah Militants killed. Jindullah is a religious fundamentalist, receives full support from Pakistani army and its secret agencies. Pakistan army’s convoy aimed to help Jindullah, headed towards Iran border from Parom, Panjgoor but BLF fighters managed to reach a safe place with best guerrilla strategies before the army reached. Gwahram Baloch said that last days same vehicles and persons were seen pursuing Baloch fighters after an attack on Pakistani army in Reshpesh, Parom. These Pakistani army-led people are directly active against the Baloch nation a

Chinese crackdown on overseas spending could hit UK property prices 18 Comments Chinese workers in Beijing CREDIT: MARK SCHIEFELBEIN   Rhiannon Bury   18 AUGUST 2017 • 3:23PM Falling Chinese investment in UK real estate could pose a serious risk to commercial property prices as demand softens, analysts have warned. China’s cabinet on Friday issued guidelines to regulate overseas activity in a change that could signal the end of the country’s frenzied M&A activity in recent years. Beijing will limit deals in property, hotels, entertainment, sports clubs, and the film industry, stepping up its campaign against what the state planner described as the "irrational” acquisitions of foreign assets.   Paid content 1 BHK in Goa just 4 Kms from the Airport.Tata Housing - Rio De Goa Hyundai Elite i20 EMI Starts at ₹ 9,711. Get Complete Details.Carwale Recommended by But some property experts have indicated that this might have an effect on prices f

China must get along with regional powers to make its New Silk Road plan work Raffaello Pantucci writes that Beijing is seeking to increase its presence in regions where it is going to need more friends than enemies, including India Raffaello Pantucci UPDATED : Saturday, 19 Aug 2017, 8:31PM Geopolitics matters. As we move deeper into a multipolar world, the importance of grand strategy will only grow. Relations between states at a strategic, economic and even emotional level will all intertwine to create a complicated web that will require sophisticated diplomacy to navigate. For China this is a particularly important lesson to learn, given its keynote “Belt and Road Initiative” that requires an acquiescent and peaceful world to deliver on its promise of building a web of trade and economic corridors emanating from China and tying the Middle Kingdom to the world. China’s current stand-off with India highlights exactly how geopolitics can disr

End gun culture 18-Aug-17by  DailyTimes Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s proposal to place a ban on automatic weapons in the country was reportedly met with strong opposition, particularly from ministers belonging to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Balochistan, during the federal cabinet meeting. A committee has been formed to deliberate this matter in detail and forge consensus on the way forward. Much has been said and written on the need for de-weaponisation and putting an end to gun culture. But those in power seem unaware of how dangerous private ownership of weapons can be. The argument presented by the ministers who opposed the proposal was that citizens residing in KP and Balochistan need to be armed because of the prevailing security situation in these provinces. This indicates that the public representatives accept the present government’s failure to maintain the law and order situation over the past four years. Public represe

The travails of Gwadar’s fishermen Behram Baloch  |  Muhammad Akbar Notezai UpdatedAugust 15, 2017 9 A GROUP of fishermen at Komari Ward of Mulla Band, where they gather to chat or play ludo.—Photo by writer GWADAR: Situated on the shores of the Arabian Sea, the three-berth deep sea port of Gwadar looks mostly deserted. A small distance away from the empty port, several fishermen are going about their business, their boats tied to the harbour which has been merged with the port. “As you know, we (the fishermen) are [among the] oldest residents of Gwadar; we are the real people of the port town. But despite that, we have been abandoned,” says elderly Khuda Rahim Mallag, who has been fishing in these waters since he was a teenager. Sitting in the midst of around two dozen fishermen in the Komari Ward of Mulla Band, Mallag, now in his eighties, explains: “For over the last few decades, we have been explaining our interminable woes to the fisheries department and the district commis

Govt asked to shift Afghan cargo handling to Gwadar Parvaiz Ishfaq Rana Updated August 19, 2017 GWADAR: The first outbound cargo vessel was leaving the port in November 2016.—Dawn KARACHI: Traders and industrialists have urged the government to shift the handling of Afghan Transit Trade (ATT) from Karachi to Gwadar Port in order to ease cargo-related congestion and ever-growing pressure on the city’s road network. This was stated by All Pakistan Customs Agents’ Association’s Senior Vice Chairman, Arshad Jamal, at a seminar on ‘Tax Reforms and Procedures’, organised by the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), on Friday. This, the association deems, would be a win-win situation for all stakeholders as the ATT cargo will have to travel a shorter distance from Balochistan to Afghan border. It was also suggested that Nato and other transit cargo destined for the Afghanistan should be directed via Gwadar Port. The move will help ease congestion at Karachi port Mr Jama

Qatar and Pakistan exploring new maritime cooperation   19 Aug 2017 - 7:55 (File Photo). Hamad Port. Naseem Zeitoon | Reuters Irfan Bukhari | The Peninsula After launching weekly direct shipping service between Hamad Port and Karachi Port, Qatar and Pakistan are exploring new avenues of maritime cooperation. Vice-Admiral (Retd) Azhar Shamim Anwar, Managing Director of Bahria Foundation Pakistan, has said that Qatar and Pakistan are exploring maritime cooperation and in future ‘fully operational Gwadar Port will take them to new heights’.  “Bahria Foundation also runs a transshipment hub in Karachi and through our transshipment services, we can facilitate Qatar in its trade arrangements with China,” Anwar said while talking to The Peninsula during his visit to Qatar last week.  Terming his visit ‘very useful’ in which he had a meeting with CEO of Mwani, Captain Abdulla Al Khanji, on August 13, Anwar said that Bahria Foundatio

Onus for debts should not be on China, says academic By  Tricia Aquino, News5 | InterAksyon   Published: August 19, 2017, 2:15 PM  ( Updated: August 19, 2017, 2:16 PM ) Chinese Yuan bank notes. REUTERS file photograph Countries such as the Philippines must first consider whether or not it will be able to pay China back for whatever loans it takes out, and not make this China’s issue. Speaking Friday at the Ateneo de Manila University in a forum on China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative that is aimed at renewing the trading routes of the ancient Silk Road, Professor Ruan Zongze of the China Institute of International Studies said the initiative would enhance connectivity between China and the rest of the world through roads, railways, sea routes, airways, and the Internet. “If there’s any kind of debt issue confronting governments, it should be made clear that this debt issue is not China’s issue. It’s your problem. You take full consideration whethe

85,000 enrolled’ in 1,095 seminaries in Balochistan ‘ August 18, 2017 Quetta - Balochistan Rural Support Programme’s (BRSP) Chief Executive Officer Badur Gul Barech said Thursday that literacy ratio in the province was too low as there were 22000 villages in Balochistan and most of these villages were deprived of educational institutions. He said 85000 students were studying in 1095 religious seminaries across Balochistan. The BRSP CEO briefed the participants of the meeting that the moot was organized by BRSP to strengthen links between religious seminaries and schools which was attended by Secretary Education Abdul Fateh Bangar, Dr Attaur Rehman, Maulana Anwarul Haq Haqani, Dr Maulana Abdul Mateen Akhuwandzada. The CEO said that Balochistan government had recently decided in its Apex Committee meeting that all these 1095 religious seminaries will be attached with Education Department to impart them modern knowledge as well. Badur Gul add

Targeted operation ‘to be intensified’ in Balochistan By  Mohammad Zafar Published: August 19, 2017 PHOTO: NNI QUETTA :  Reviewing law and order situation in the wake of recent terror attacks in Balochistan, the province’s apex committee on Friday decided to further intensify efforts to take targeted action against the terrorists and their facilitators including those providing them shelter in the province. The meeting, held at the Chief Minister Secretariat, took place in the backdrop of August 12 suicide attack in Quetta and August 14 blast in Harnai, in which scores of people including 16 security officials were martyred. Presided over by Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri, the meeting was attended by Commander Southern Command Lt-Gen Aamir Riaz, Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti, the chief secretary and other senior civil and military officials. ADVERTISEMENT Ad There was a general agreement among the participants that the terrorists are tryi

PM Abbasi claims law & order better than 2013 in Balochistan ISLAMABAD : Government has been taking measures to ensure peace in Balochistan as today law and order is better then 2013, when the PML-N came into power, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said Saturday. Speaking to the media after chairing a meeting to review law and order situation in the province, the prime minister said terrorism would be defeated and masses would be provided protection. He said development schemes initiated by the former prime minister would be completed in the province. He said that tube-wells would be converted to solar power and this project would be completed in three phases. A new water project would also be launched in the province, Abbasi added. Two social sector schemes had been planed for the province. Gas supply projects would be started in every district headquarter. He went on to say that an elected government was actually an establishment. Th

22 Millitants surrendered from  DAWN Group of Newspapers Published on 18 Aug 2017 — View Original As part of the ongoing political reconciliation in Balochistan, 22 more suspected militants including a commander of the banned organisation Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) surrendered before the security forces on Friday in a ceremony held at Frontier Corps (FC) Madadgar Headquarters in Quetta, the military's media wing reported. According to the statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations, the surrender was a part of the larger political reconciliation process in Balochistan which has led to  many militants surrendering recently. Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti and other civilian and military officials were present on the occasion. The largest province of the country by area is home to a low-level insurgency by ethnic Baloch separatists. Al Qaeda-linked militants also operate in the region. The province

Musharraf is 'butcher of Balochistan'-Baloch activist Sat, 19 Aug 2017-07:46pm , ANI Baloch Republican Party activist Abdul Bugti has branded Pakistan's former military dictator Pervez Musharraf as the ?butcher? of Balochistan, who killed thousands of civilians during his rule including Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti. ?We want to make it clear that Musharraf is not a peace maker or messenger of peace , he is an ex brutal dictator, butcher of Balochistan, who killed thousands of civilians during his military dictatorship including father of nation shaheed Nawas Akbar Khan Bugti, who was assassinated by Pakistan army in military operation on 26 of august, 2006,? Bugti said. He also alleged that Musharraf has no regrets and remorse of what he did to the Baloch people. Bugti said Baloch people staged a protest over extending invite to Musharraf as a speaker at the 'Dialogue for Peace' event organised by Nobel Peace Center in Oslo. He ad

CPEC golden opportunity for regional uplift August 19, 2017 FAISALABAD-China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the golden opportunity for the overall development of the region thus the government should reorganise the agriculture sector to get a major share from $100 billion imports of agriculture produce by China, said the Punjab secretary agriculture. M Mehmood was addressing a launching ceremony of a Study Report on CPEC-Prospects & Challenges for Agriculture. He said that one fourth population of the world lives in China alone and most of their exports will be routed through Pakistan in the coming year after the completion of CPEC. He noted, “The containers full of exportable surplus will be sent to various international markets but on return back, these containers will be empty and we must exploit the opportunity to export our surplus agriculture produce to China.” He said that the per capita income of China is increasing substantial