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Shyam Saran: ‘China’s reaction was so vitriolic because it did not expect India to confront it at Doklam’ Former Foreign Secretary and strategic affairs expert Shyam Saran explained to readers of The Indian Express the ways in which China thinks, its motivations, and the changing contours of its ties with Pakistan. By:  Express News Service  |Updated: September 29, 2017 8:45 am Shyam Saran, former Foreign Secretary, with The Indian Express Consulting Editor Jyoti Malhotra. (Express Photo: Nirmal Harindran) RELATED NEWS Shyam Saran is one of India’s most celebrated diplomats and foreign policy experts. He was Foreign Secretary from July 2004 to September 2006, when he played a key role in negotiating the India-US civil nuclear deal, and subsequently went on to serve as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Nuclear Affairs and Climate Change, and the Chairman of the National Security Advisory Board. He spoke with Jyoti Malhotra in

Australia: Labor 'open-minded' on China's Silk Road plan Updated: 9:08 am, Friday, 29 September 2017 Labor has flagged an 'open mind' policy on Australia's involvement in China's ambitious Si... h Labor is keeping the door open on signing up for China's ambitious new Silk Road plan. One Belt One Road is the superpower's vast infrastructure blueprint to boost trade and cut transit times by forging a connection via the ancient Silk Road land route and sea routes with Eurasia, Africa, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Sixty-eight countries have signed up for the scheme including New Zealand but Australia is holding out, mostly over national security concerns. In a speech to the Asia Society in Sydney on Friday, Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen will flag support for potential Australian involvement. Recommended POLITICSBritain will honour commitments to the EU BUSINESSASX enticing more companies t

Pakistan is incomplete without Balochistan: COAS By GEO NEWS   Thursday Sep 28, 2017     ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa said that Pakistan is incomplete without Balochistan and the country can not progress without peace and stability in the province, according to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The army chief made the remark while interacting with the youth of province.   A group of 173 students and faculty members of various educational institutions of Balochistan met the COAS at Inter-Services Public Relations Directorate on Thursday.  COAS termed the youth as Pakistan's most precious asset and urged them to contribute to national integration and progress by performing a positive role.  General Bajwa also advised the students to never get misguided by anti-state propaganda being engineered by certain anti-state elements from abroad with the support of hostile foreign agencies. He also advised the youth

‘Gwadar port to receive first major cargo shipment on Oct 18’ By  Our Correspondent Published: September 29, 2017 21SHARES   SHARE   TWEET A general view of the Pakistani coastal town of Gwadar on the Arabian Sea in this March 19, 2007. PHOTO: REUTERS KARACHI :  Multi-billion dollar projects of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in Gwadar are moving towards completion at a rapid pace, Minister of State for Ports and Shipping Chaudhry Iqbal Jafri said on Thursday. The road from Gwadar port to Coastal Highway will be completed within one year while master plan of the zone is to be completed in December, he said while talking to the media. Govt taking steps to promote industries in Balochistan “Gwadar airport’s runway, the largest in Pakistan, will also be completed within a year while Gwadar Port is expected to receive its first major cargo ship on October 18,” the minister claimed. He said that a planned business centre to facilitate for

PAKISTAN ECONOMIC CORRIDOR WILL WORSEN TENSIONS IN SOUTHERN ASIA DANIEL MARKEY SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 For special access to experts and other members of the national security community, check out the new  War on the Rocks  membership . Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Editor’s Note: This is the ninth installment of “ Southern (Dis)Comfort ,” a new series from War on the Rocks and the  Stimson Center . The series seeks to unpack the dynamics of intensifying competition — military, economic, diplomatic — in Southern Asia, principally between China, India, Pakistan, and the United States. Catch up on  the rest of the series .  Last May, Chinese President Xi Jinping described the  Belt and Road Initiative  as the “ project of the century .” Premier Li Keqiang has identified the  China-Pakistan Economic Corridor  (CPEC) as the initiative’s “ flagship project .” Marked by the fanfare of high-flying rhetoric and backed by billions of dollars

Pakistani Millitary using educational institutions

State’s policy of utilising Baluchistan’s educational institutions for military purpose is against the international principles: BSO-Azad Baluch Students Organization-Azad (BSO-A) condemned the siege and military operations in Kolowah which are continued for more than one month. Since August 22, Pakistan army seized nearly two dozen middle, high and primary schools in the central areas of Awaran and Kech, said BSO-Azad central spokesperson. The entire area of Kolowah is under the military siege. The entry and the exit points along with the telecommunication system of Kolowah are completely banned by the Pakistan Army. The state policy of utilizing educational institution of Baluchistan for military purpose has resulted in the ouster of hundreds of Baluch youth out of school. BSO-Azad spokesperson said that Pakistan, despite being the member-country of United States, is violating the international principles, but, on the other hand, no one in any corner of the world is raising voice

DC Conference: “Scales of Injustice"

📌DC Conference: “Scales of Injustice: The Geopolitics of Business, State-Sponsored Extremism and the Absence of Democracy in Balochistan” 📌5 October 2017 | 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm 📌The Hill Center, John Philip Sousa Hall | 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003 ✔ Registrations for the event on Eventbrite. The event will be streamed live from UNPO's Facebook. On 5 October 2017 at 2:00 pm the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) in collaboration with the World Baloch Organisation (WBO) will organise a conference entitled “Scales of Injustice: The Geopolitics of Business, State-Sponsored Extremism and the Absence of Democracy in Balochistan”. The event will provide a platform for a critical discussion on the human rights situation in both the Iranian and Pakistani part of Balochistan and the geopolitical and economic interests at stake in the region. Despite having ratified some of the most important human rights treaties, Pakistan and the Islamic Republic

CHINA: Geo-economics behind OBOR

Report Download 📌 Recommedation OBOR makes clear that China’s political and security engagement in the 21st century is disguised in economic terms. It is therefore recommended for the intelligence services to use their networks to engage in the continuous monitoring of the extent to which the OBOR rollout affects a country’s social fabric, creates potential financial vulnerabilities and raises the risk of civil unrest and conflict. Doing so will enhance our early phase of understanding the extent to which OBOR related investments heighten a country’s susceptibility to societal unrest. 📌 Recommedation Raise public awareness on the new Silk Road Within Europe itself it is important that the degree of public awareness concerning OBOR is greatly enhanced, especially concerning the conditions under which investments are made and loans issued, and which consequences these carry. The EU should take the lead in ensuring that there is a public information campaign on OBOR and that

September 28 Martyrs Day of kallag ko balochistan

China’s One Belt One Road Initiative - A push for influence or debt? Published on Wednesday, 27 September 2017 13:54Category:  Interviews Written by  Małgosia Krakowska     An interview with Sijbren de Jong, a strategic analyst at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. Interviewer: Małgosia Krakowska   MAŁGOSIA KRAKOWSKA : When the Chinese president announced the One Belt One Road Initiative (OBOR), it was hailed as the “project of the century”. A report that you co-authored for the Hague Centre on Strategic Studies sheds much less optimism. What raises your concerns?   SIJBREN DE JONG: The answer is hidden in the modus operandi of the project. “The One Belt” refers to the land, economic belt, while the “One Road” refers to the maritime corridor. Under the scheme, Chinese financial institutions issue loans to countries in which the proposed OBOR related infrastructure will be constructed. Countries with a poor trade balance, for ex

Thailand can be smart-city flagship for Belt and Road: Thailand can be smart-city flagship for Belt and Road: The Nation columnists PUBLISHED 37 MIN AGO FACEBOOK2 TWITTER WHATSAPP EMAIL Feng Da Hsuan, Liang Hai Ming BANGKOK (THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - At a recent Asean and China mayoral conference held in Nanning, Guangxi province, one of us (LHM) presented the concept of smart cities and its importance for Asean. It generated much interest from the audience, among which was former Thai deputy prime minister Korn Dabbaransi. Korn noted the significance of smart-city thinking for Thailand's burgeoning urban areas, such as Chiang Mai. The UN projects that by 2050, the world's urban population will reach an astounding 5.3 billion, or 70 per cent of the global population. It is now obvious that making cities "smart" and eco-friendly is no longer a luxury but a necessity. A smart city is one that

China’s mega fortress in Djibouti could be model for its bases in Pakistan COLONEL VINAYAK BHAT ( RETD )  27 September, 2017     China's military base in Djibouti | Screengrab: CCTV It is called a ‘logistics base’ but the 200-acre facility built by China can accommodate a brigade and has unprecedented security arrangements The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China has opened its first overseas base at Djibouti in the strategically located Horn of Africa. China began negotiations with Djibouti in early 2015 that culminated into a 50-year lease for what is being termed as a logistical support base. The work on the 200-acre facility started in March 2016, along with the construction of Doraleh Multipurpose Port by China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) and is still continuing at a very fast pace. The Chinese have always claimed that Djibouti is simply a logistics base that will resupply naval vessels taking part in peacekeeping and humanitarian missions unt

Achakzai stresses economic uplift The Newspaper's Staff Correspondent September 28, 2017 QUETTA: Consolidation of democratic process in the country has contributed positively towards peace and socio-economic development in the province. Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai expressed these views during a meeting on Wednesday with the president of Foreign Affairs Committee of Belgian Parliament, Dirk Van der Maelen. According to a statement, Mr Achakzai is currently on a tour of four European countries. Reports issued here said that Mr Achakzai briefed Mr Dirk about the ongoing development process and restoration of law and order along with reduction in terrorism incidents in the province. The government unveiled Balochistan Education Sector Plan 2013-18 along with passing a Compulsory Education Act in 2014, Governor Achakzai informed the meeting. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD Balochistan was preparing to become the hub of economic activit

China Pak Investment Corporation announces plans for £111m gated community build in Pakistan China Pak Investment Corporation announces plans for £111m gated community build in Pakistan        0 Get the latest local news straight to your inbox every day Sign up Private investment  house  China Pak Investment Corporation has announced its acquisition of the 3.6 million square foot International Port City project in the city of Gwadar, Pakistan. The investment company will be developing the first of it’s kind $150 million (£111m) gated master community tailor-made for the expected 500,000 incoming Chinese professionals expected in Gwadar by 2022. The project which is expected to be renamed China Pak Hills hails an exciting new phase in the development of the port of Gwadar, the ‘Gateway City’ to the $62 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the largest unilateral foreign direct investment from one nation into another. Hao-Y

Chinese team evaluates future power needs of Gwadar Port September 28, 2017 QUETTA  - A Chinese delegation on Tuesday visited Quetta Electric Supply Company (QESCO) headquarters in connection with Gwadar Master Plan to evaluate future power requirements of Gwadar.  The delegation was headed by FHDI Project Director Mr Meng Quanquan. Meng was accompanied by Ling Jianping, a marketing manager while high officials’ of the National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK) and officers from provincial Energy Department were also in attendance.  The Qesco chief (Transmission and Grid System) Sajad Ahmed Sethi, chief engineer development Chaudhry Muhammad Siddique, chief engineer planning Adnan Riaz Meer, Director General and other officers were also present.  Briefing the Chinese delegation regarding Qesco services, chief engineer planning Adnan Riaz Meer said the company had services of 7000 employees and six operation circles which were discharg