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Naela Quadri Baloch speaking at UKPNP event

Naela Quadri Baloch speaking at United  Kashmir  People's National Party  UKPNP organised event in Geneva

Beijing Adopts New Tactic for S. China Sea Claims 'Four Sha' island groups replace illegal 9-Dash Line Getty Images        BY:  Bill Gertz   September 21, 2017 5:00 am The Chinese government recently unveiled a new legal tactic to promote Beijing's aggressive claim to own most of the strategic South China Sea. The new narrative that critics are calling "lawfare," or legal warfare, involves a shift from China's so-called "9-Dash Line" ownership covering most of the sea. The new lawfare narrative is called the "Four Sha"—Chinese for sand—and was revealed by Ma Xinmin, deputy director general in the Foreign Ministry's department of treaty and law, during a closed-door meeting with State Department officials last month. China has claimed three of the island chains in the past and recently added a fourth zone in the northern part of the sea called the Pratas Islands near Hong Kong. The other lo

EU worries over Greek asset sales to non-European investors European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s 13 September call for “investment screening” has raised new concerns in Athens as the country battles to meet the demands of its European creditors through the privatisation of state-owned commercial organisations. In a wide ranging speech, Juncker said: “If a foreign state-owned company wants to purchase a European harbour, part of our energy infrastructure or a defense technology firm, this should only happen in transparency, with scrutiny and debate. It is a political responsibility to know what is going on in our own backyard so we can protect our collective security if needed.” Given Greece has sold both its major ports, Piraeus and Thessaloniki, as well as part of its electricity network, to foreign firms and is looking for an investor in the Hellenic Vehicle Industry, Juncker’s remarks resonate strongly in Greece.

US the likely loser of trade war with China By  KEN MOAK SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 1:25 PM (UTC+8) 56 0 As indicated in a  previous article , an all-out trade war between China and the US over North Korea’s nuclear program would trigger a global economic and geopolitical tsunami, possibly sending the US economy into a repeat of the 1930s-era Great Depression while at the same time  raising geopolitical tensions. In spite of President Donald Trump’s boast that the US economy has never been better, its growth rate is expected to fall during the next two years largely because of insufficient domestic demand. This week at the United Nations General Assembly, Trump also  threatened North Korea with total annihilation  if it does not give up its nuclear-weapons program. THE DAILYBrief Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is equally belligerent, threatening to test more missiles in the future. China has responded by saying the two side

Guangdong 21st Century Maritime Silk Road International Expo Attracts Hundreds of Overseas Enterprises Russia - English  ИНФОРМАЦИЯ ПРЕДОСТАВЛЕНА The Organizing Committee of Guangdong 21st Century Maritime Silk Road International Expo 04:20 BST DONGGUAN, China, Sept. 21, 2017/PRNewswire/ -- On September 21, over 1,600 enterprises from 56 countries and regions came with a fascinating mix of products including Russian honey, Polish dairy products, Vietnam coffee and Spanish olive for showcasing at 2017 Guangdong 21st Century Maritime Silk Road International Expo in Dongguan, Guangdong, seeking to promote cultural exchanges and commercial cooperation. The Expo, an important platform for Guangdong to contribute to China's Belt and Road Initiative, has been held for four straight years. According to the organizing committee, this year's Expo is the biggest ever held as it covers an area of 100,000 m2, up from 70,000 m2

Gwadar utilities need a push  BR RESEARCH    SEP 21ST, 2017 10:59   0  VIEWS: 137 The two most serious issues that need to be addressed before Gwadar gets off to a proper start are water and power. When BR Research visited the city earlier this year, there was a visible shortage when it came to the provision of both utilities.  To take care of the city's eventual power needs, an imported coal 300MW is to be set up. Currently, the area gets 70MW via Iran, which is also used for Turbat and Panjgur, whereas Gwadar gets roughly 14MW.  After some hurdles in approval due to disagreements on demand projections, the project was finally given the go-ahead. The LoI was issued to China Communications Construction Company in May this year with an estimated cost of $600 million and a debt to equity ratio of 75:25. According to the project documents in the recently submitted generation license application to NEPRA, the power plant is expected to b

Balochistan’s Home Minister disproves Baloch Students Organization’s propaganda about ‘internet ban’ in province BSO head had alleged internet ban across Balochistan which was negated by the Home Minister Pakistan by  Haider Ali Sindhu  | Published on September 21, 2017 (Edited September 21, 2017)  🔗 Facebook Twitter Reddit QUETTA – Balochistan’s Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti on Wednesday refuted claims made by the chairperson of Baloch Students Organization, Karima Baloch regarding internet ban in the province. Article continues after the advertisement The legislator was moved by the Canada-based head of the organization who in a tweet alleged that the Pakistani civil government had ‘cut off the internet’ in Balochistan. She stated that she was suspicious that there was something that the Pakistani government wanted to conceal from the world. However, her claim was shot down by the minister the same day when he tweeted that, like other

'Free Balochistan' banners in Geneva: Rabbani asks FO to expel Swiss ambassador

http// Free Balochistan banners in Geneva Rabbani asks FO to expel Swiss ambassador September 21, 2017/ 2 Comments ISLAMABAD - Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani Wednesday asked the Foreign Office (FO) to expel the Swiss ambassador from Islamabad for Switzerland exporting terrorism to Pakistan from its soil by allowing the Baloch separatists to display “free Balochistan” banners in Geneva. The chair gave these directives soon after Law Minister Zahid Hamid, on behalf of the foreign minister told the Senate that the Swiss authorities were reluctant to take action against Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), a banned organisation in Pakistan, over displaying of banners in Geneva, in the name of freedom of expression. “So they [Swiss] are doing nothing…what is the government doing?” Rabbani hit at the Swiss government for its inaction. He said that the Foreign Office needed to take some serious steps and c

Only mutual trust, equality can ensure regional security, says Dastgir National 22 HOURS AGO BY STAFF REPORT Share this on WhatsApp Defence minister says US approach to region contains strategic contradictions ‘ Success of CPEC based on national consensus, positive geopolitical relations’ Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir on Wednesday said that in the South Asia security matrix, there was no room for self-proclaimed and artificially boosted states. He was addressing the concluding session of a two-day national conference titled: ‘Changing Security Situation in South Asia and Development of CPEC’, organised by Islamabad Policy Research Institute and the Hanns Seidel Foundation at a local hotel. Regional security in the 21st Century can only be ensured through relationships and collaborations based on mutual trust and equality,” he said. The minister said that the recently announced US policy on South Asia underscored a greater role for In

Long term plans to be finalised in 50th CPEC review meeting ISLAMABAD: The long term Pakistan-China cooperation plan (2015-2030) will be finalised in the 50th China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) 'review meeting' scheduled to be held today (Thursday) under the chair of Ahsan Iqbal, federal minister for planning and interior, a statement said on Wednesday. “The meeting will finalise the long term plan in consultation with federal ministries and provincial governments, while ministry of railways will brief the meeting about the upcoming financing plan for the up-gradation of Mainline-1 (ML-1) from Peshawar to Karachi will be discussed,” the ministry said in the statement.  The ministry added that Pakistan and China were in the process of finalising the financing plan of $8.5 billion for the ML-1, whereas the next joint working group (JWG) meeting was expected to be held probably next month as the financing plan for the track was also

India involved in terror activities on CPEC route: Khurram Dastagir By  News Desk Published: September 20, 2017 PHOTO: PID   Defence Minister Khurram Dastagir Khan has said India is involved in terrorism activities on the route of the multibillion-dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Referring to the arrest of self-confessed Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, Khurram said: “Calling India the region’s ‘only’ peace-maker is wrong. Kulbhushan Jadhav’s arrest is the biggest evidence of New Delhi’s involvement in terror activities in Pakistan,” he said while addressing the CPEC conference held in Islamabad on Wednesday. ADVERTISEMENT “Although every country can benefit from the biggest economic project, India is involved in nothing but carrying out directly or indirectly terrorism activities on the CPEC route, the minister added. ‘India won’t allow IoK to be part of CPEC’ Geographical location and policy of confrontation among countries are c

CPEC: back into spotlight  BR RESEARCH    SEP 21ST, 2017 10:57   0  VIEWS: 216 Just as economic observers were beginning to wonder about the future of CPEC in the wake of growing domestic political infighting, the project is back in the news after a hiatus of at least about two new moons.    In a move to consolidate his power, PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi initially took control of the CPEC portfolio. But in no time came an about-turn and former CPEC czar, Ahsan Iqbal, found himself back in charge of the multi-billion dollar projects. Some observers are suggesting Chinese influence behind putting Ahsan back in charge. By extension, they say China is now influencing Cabinet appointments.  Anyhow, less than a week after the PM handed the P-Block back to Iqbal, who will reportedly hold this portfolio along with the interior ministry, the Islamabad Policy Research Institute organised a timely and suitably-titled conference on 'Changing Security

Amid Beijing's push to CPEC, Bank of China begins operations in Pakistan PTI | Last Updated: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 08:57 PM IST Pakistan's central bank has allowed the government-owned Bank of China to begin operations in the country. Karachi: Pakistan's central bank has allowed the government-owned Bank of China to begin operations in the country, amid Beijing's push to step up investments under the USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. In a notification, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) said on Monday that Bank of China Limited has been declared as a scheduled bank with effect from September 18. The SBP had issued banking licence to Bank of China in May 2017. The Beijing-based bank has complied with important regulatory and operational requirements of the SBP necessary to commence banking business in Pakistan. The bank will initially bring USD 50 million to fulfill the Minimum Capital Requirements, the SBP

Berlin Conference Outcome Report “China's One Belt One Road Initiative

Berlin Conference Outcome Report “China's One Belt One Road Initiative; Its adverse impacts on Balochistan and the region” (Daily Sangar) Baloch National Movement (BNM), organized a one-day conference titled “China's One Belt One Road Initiative; Its adverse impacts on Balochistan and the region”, in the capital city of Germany on 11 August 2017. Noted experts on international affairs and south Asian regional geopolitics from around the world participated in the conference and shared their views on the theme. The event was moderated by Ms. Laurie Deamer, a leading human rights activist from the United States. BNM’s international representative, Mr. Hammal Haider, delivered the opening address and welcomed the guests. The conference was divided into three sessions. In the first session, eminent speakers-- German researcher and security observer Dr. Siegfried O. Wolf, regional security expert from Afghanistan, Mr. Ehsan Monnawar, security analyst from India, Mr. Alok Bansal,

Naela Quadri Baloch in UNHRC Geneva

Sudershan TV aired Prof.Naela Quadri Baloch UN events