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Australia Positioning to Help US Check China’s Maritime Expansion September 22, 2017 4:42 AM Ralph Jennings FILE - U.S. Navy Adm. Harry Harris, left, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command and Australian Navy Vice Adm. David Johnston take part in a ceremony marking the start of Talisman Saber 2017, a biennial joint military exercise between the United States and Austra Share See comments TAIPEI, TAIWAN —  Australia, concerned about its vast regional trade network, is joining Japan, India and the United States in countering Chinese expansion in Asia’s biggest maritime dispute. Six Australian warships were moving toward the South China Sea this week, with no publicized destination, for military exercises. Australian media has called the mission their country’s largest in 30 years. “There is certainly a view in some quarters in Australia that one of Australia’s contributions to diplomacy and international affairs in Asia is as a security player,” said Jeffrey Wil

China’s Belt and Road: Where Does the Arctic Angle Stand? Beijing has had an active few months of Arctic diplomacy. By Heidar Gudjonsson and Egill Thor Nielsson September 22, 2017               Now, a few months after we wrote about  China’s Belt and Road entering the Arctic , there have been certain developments that merit a follow-up. The most significant development from a long-term perspective is the release of a policy document in June, titled “ Vision for Maritime Cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative ” by China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) aiming “to synchronize development plans and promote joint actions among countries along the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.” The paper highlights “ 3 sea routes planned for Belt & Road Initiative ,” with the Arctic Ocean named in the same instance as such globally critical trade routes as the Suez Canal and the Pacific Oce

itigroup targets Belt and Road to boost China revenue Matthew Miller A man walks past a branch of Citibank in Beijing, China, April 18, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon BEIJING (Reuters) - Citigroup Inc ( C.N ) expects to boost its revenue growth in China by tapping into opportunities presented by Beijing’s Belt & Road initiative, the bank’s China chief said. The New York-based lender is one of a handful of global banks promoting its cross-border capabilities to capitalize on President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road initiative. ADVERTISEMENT The initiative, unveiled in 2013, aims to bolster China’s global leadership ambitions by building infrastructure and trade links between Asia, Africa, Europe and beyond. “We’re seeing more and more multinational customers benefiting from Belt and Road, mostly through supplying into the Belt and Road projects, particularly companies in the industrial sector,” Christine Lam,

The Guangdong 21st Century Maritime Silk Road International Expo Aims to be a Major International Exhibition and Trade Fair Inclusiveness and Openness: The Guangdong 21st Century Maritime Silk Road International Expo Aims to be a Major International Exhibition and Trade Fair English  NEWS PROVIDED BY The Organizing Committee of Guangdong 21st Century Maritime Silk Road International Expo Sep 22, 2017, 09:37 ET DONGGUAN, China, Sept. 22, 2017/PRNewswire/ -- The Guangdong 21st Century Maritime Silk Road International Expo 2017 kicked off in Dongguan on September 21. On the same day it was announced that the planned "Guangdong Maritime Silk Road Cross-Border Exhibition and Trade Center" would be built in Dongguan. It is envisioned as a platform for the "Guangdong Maritime Silk Road Trade Center and Global Supply Chain" and would be built and shared collectively. At the opening cere

Short Balochi film ‘Zaraab’ portrays the plight of Gwadar residents The mega project of Gwadar is progressing amidst a lot of noise and fanfare but the other side of the picture reveals that there are very few opportunities for the young generation 23-Sep-17by  Balach Qadir The government has declared the Gwadar port project as a game changer for the region but the question remains whether it’s really possible to achieve without changing the living conditions of Gwadarites? After the announcement of China Pakistan Economic Corridor, the national media has not discussed the issues of Gwadar and its citizens enough. The mega project of Gwadar is progressing amidst a lot of noise and fanfare but the other side of the picture reveals that there are very few opportunities for the young generation of the city. Jaan Click Media Bahrain and Balm Films Production have chosen the theme of unemployment and poverty and growing frustration of p

Ghazan is responsible for murders of thousands: Balochistan home minister September 22, 2017 By: Samaa Web Desk NEWS DESK: Ghazan Marri, son of late Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri, decided to return to the country after 18 years in self-imposed exile, only to get arrested in Quetta along with five of his comrades. Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti said that his remand will be obtained from the court. He said that Ghazan is responsible for the murders of thousands of people. Ghazan has earlier served as the home minister of Balochistan. Ghazan's brother, Harbyar Marri, is the founding head of Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), which supports a separatist movement in Balochistan and allegedly carries out sabotage activities in the province. Watch here:  

CPEC criticised as it doesn't benefit Balochistan: Husain Haqqani THE NEWS SCROLL22 SEPTEMBER 2017  Last Updated at 3:46 AM Geneva [Switzerland] Sept. 23 : Former Ambassador of Pakistan to United States Husain Haqqani has said that the China should not take criticism on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as an attack on itself, but rather it is the way the package has been designed, which is being criticized which does not benefit the people of Balochistan. Responding to a Chinese diplomat at an event on Friday, Haqqani said that the CPEC is intended to benefit all of Pakistan, but it is not China's business to focus on that, but it is Pakistan's business and Pakistan has numerous internal problems. "I would say as the Pakistani on the panel that our Chinese friends should not take criticism of CPEC as an attack on china or its intentions. It is the criticism of the way that the package has been designed that it does

JI urges exiled Baloch leaders for democratic ways Karachi 12 HOURS AGO BY  PAKISTANTODAY   QUETTA: Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Liaqat Baloch has exhorted the Baloch leaders staying outside Pakistan to return to the country and fight for their rights through political and democratic ways. Addressing a press conference at the JI provincial office in Quetta during his two-day visit there, he claimed there was India’s hand behind the anti-Pakistan and pro-independent Balochistan posters which sprang up in Switzerland. He welcomed the decision of the Pushto Academy in Quetta to hold an international Pushto conference at in the provincial capital and the Pashtoon cultural Day on Sept 23. The JI central leader called upon the federal government to appoint an independent enquiry commission for a probe into the appointments made in Balochistan on the basis of false domicile. He also called for the implementation of provincial quota in t

Saudi Arabia to join CPEC soon: envoy By Asim Yasin , Tahir Khalil   Friday Sep 22, 2017   Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan Nawaf Saeed Ahmed Al-Malkiy ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan Nawaf Saeed Ahmed Al-Malkiy has said that his country will soon join the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and make investment at Gwadar Port to play a role in the progress and prosperity of Pakistan. In a panel interview to The News/Jang, ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan spoke on the issue of brotherly relations, strategic and bilateral trade relations between the two countries and said that solid steps were being taken for enhancement of trade between the two brotherly countries. He said in the recent visit of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to Saudi Arabia where he held meeting with the crown prince of Saudi Arabia and it was agreed in the meeting that new avenues be explored for enhancing the trade volume between the tw

BNM to Organise protest in Australia against Pakistan