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Pakistan to make CPEC long-term plan public on December 18 Home World news  Pakistan to make CPEC long-term plan public on December 18 China came up with its One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative in 2013. The project comprises a network of railways, roads and pipelines that would connect Pakistan's port city of Gwadar in the province of Balochistan, with the Chinese city of Kashgar in landlocked Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). By:  ANI  | Karachi | Published: December 13, 2017 9:20 AM After a series of allegations and worldwide protests by Pakistanis against the China-Pakistan-Economic-Corridor (CPEC), Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has announced that the long-term plan (LTP) for CPEC will be made public on December 18. (ANI) TOP NEWS After a series of allegations and worldwide protests by Pakistanis against the China-Pakistan-Economic-Corridor (CPEC), Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has announced that the long-term pl

India is buying world's emptiest airport in its battle for territorial dominance with China India Is Buying World's Emptiest Airport In Its Battle For Territorial Dominance With China TARA FRANCIS CHAN DEC 13, 2017, 08.36 AM AP Photo/Sanka GayashanSri Lankan Buddhist monks wait to welcome Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Mattala Rajapaksa International Air Port in Mattala, Sri Lanka, Monday, March 18, 2013. India is buying Sri Lanka's second-largest airport, despite it only handling a dozen passengers a day. China recently took control of a nearby port that opens up significant trade routes, and India is worried about China's growing role in the Indian Ocean. Experts say the $300 million investment by India is an attempt to limit China's ability to operate its port as a naval site. India plans to buy the world's emptiest airport in an effort to limit China's influence in the Indian Ocean.

When China woos, it usually wins Updated: December 12, 2017 21:39 IST | Paran Balakrishnan Many steps ahead And gaining ground swiftly over land and sea | Reuters India has to play its moves smartly, else it will become the last country standing before the flaming Beijing dragon The president of Maldives, Abdulla Yameen, couldn’t have asked for anything more from his Beijing visit that turned into a love-fest. The president of the tiny archipelago, which has 4,39,000 people, got red-carpet treatment from the moment he set foot in China’s capital — including a ceremonial meeting with President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People. A thousand-page free trade agreement signed in China was rubber-stamped through the Maldives parliament soon afterwards. That wasn’t all. China’s already building the 7-km Friendship Bridge from the Maldives capital Male to the nation’s only international airport on nearby Hulhule island.

CPEC: And Untapped Potential of Balochistan Dost Muhammad Barrech Balochistan, the biggest province of Pakistan, has remarkable characteristics on account of its geo-strategic location, natural resources, Gwadar port, being the gateway to South Asia, Central Asia and Middle East. The Chinese Belt and Road Intuitive (BRI) and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will further accelerate the significance of Balochistan. Under current scenario, the word CPEC has no doubt become a buzzword. One can see the word CPEC in print and social media on a daily basis. CPEC, by and large, evokes the economic development in mind of many Pakistanis but many of us are still oblivious of the hidden and untapped potential of Balochistan that can change the destiny of both Pakistan and Balochistan. Balochistan is called as fruit-basket of Pakistan producing 90 percent of cherry, grapes and almond, 60 percent of pomegranate, apricot and peach. Balochistan also produces 34 per cent of

MPAs demand CNICs for 0.6m Balochistan women December 13, 2017 QUETTA -   Balochistan  lawmakers yesterday expressed deep concern over non-issuance of computerised national ID cards to 600,000  women  of the province and feared they would be deprived of their right to vote in the forthcoming general elections. The legislators flayed the National Database & Registration Authority (Nadra) for its failure to take concrete efforts for facilitating  women  to acquire national ID cards. The assembly session began one hour and 20 minutes late with Speaker Raheela Hamid Khan Durrani in the chair. A joint resolution was moved in the house by the lawmakers of Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) Ubaidullah Jan Babat, Nasrullah Zeray, Spozmai Achakzai, Arifa Siddique and Masooma Ayat regarding issuance of national ID cards to the  women  of the province. “As many as 0.6 million  women  of  Balochistan  amongst 12.7 million  women  across the country a

Corruption Drive to Promote 'Clean Corridor' With Pakistan December 12, 2017 FILE: Tourists gather near the China-Pakistan border crossing at the Khunjerab Pass, on the upgraded Karakoram Highway. Share China has stressed the need for Pakistan to guard against “external interferences” and prevent domestic “disturbances” for promoting the construction of massive infrastructure and energy projects under a multi-billion dollar bilateral economic corridor. Visiting Chinese Assistant Minister of International Department Wang Yajun made the remarks on December 11 while briefing a large audience in Islamabad. Under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), more than $62 billion in Chinese investment during the next 15 years will lead to building of a network of roads, rails, communications, special economic zones, and power plants in Pakistan. The corridor aims to provide landlocked western China access to international markets through the southwestern Pakistani Arab

China and India sail into choppy waters in New Great Game ASIA  TIMES ECONOMIC CORRIDORS PART II This shadow play is a heady vortex, churning with power projections, spheres of influence, security and commerce By  PEPE ESCOBAR DECEMBER 12, 2017 7:24 PM (UTC+8) 179 6 Looking out at the port of Chabahar. Photo: Reuters / Raheb Homavandi The New Silk Roads, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), will weave and interconnect six major economic corridors. At 12,000 kilometers, the Eurasia Land Bridge Economic Corridor is a rail network from eastern China to western Europe via Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus. Then there is the China-Mongolia-Russia Economic Corridor, while the China-Central Asia-West Asia Economic Corridor runs from Xinjiang to Istanbul. Nine new road links in the Greater Mekong help make up the China-Indochina Peninsula Economic Corridor. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox The Bangladesh-China-India-Myanma

Pakistan Overwhelmed and China Alarmed over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) World View: Pakistan Overwhelmed and China Alarmed over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI Arif Ali / AFP by  JOHN J. XENAKIS 12 Dec 2017 16 This morning’s key headlines from advertisement Sisense How to Choose the Right Data Visualization The 15 most common data visualizations explained. OPEN LINK China alarmed by consequences of its CPEC investment in Pakistan — terrorism and corruptionChina halts CPEC funds over concerns about corruption in PakistanPakistan alarmed about a Chinese ‘debt trap’ China alarmed by consequences of its CPEC investment in Pakistan — terrorism and corruption The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has almost become an erotic fantasy. It is a $55-60 billion 20-year project that will supposedly build a network of roads, railway

Vision 2025 based on international connectivity, says interior minister Staff Report DECEMBER 13, 2017 KARACHI :  Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that Pakistan’s Vision 2025 is based on international connectivity and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has the potential to change the fate of round three billion people of the region. He said that the CPEC was the game changer for Pakistan. We are now moving very fast and this is the demand of the time as no country can compete if it remains complacent, said Ahsan Iqbal while addressing the participants of the ‘CPEC Business Opportunities Conference and Exhibition’ on Tuesday. “Around $35 billion has been earmarked for energy projects under the CPEC. The change is that earlier we were depending 70 percent on hydel power and then we moved on foreign fuels. Now the Thar coal is generating cheap power,” he added. To promote cooperation in fields of thermal power, hydropower and new energy,

Palm City Gwadar launches event in Karachi   RECORDER REPORT     DEC 12TH, 2017    KARACHI Chohan Developers, a leading property developer, hosted a gala dinner for corporate leaders and professionals at the DHA Golf Club in Karachi master-planned development in Gwadar. The evening unfolded with the leading specially invited guests from the real estate fraternity taking part in the event that highlighted the world-class lifestyle standards introduced by Chohan Developers through its Palm City Gwadar development. Turjman said: Chohan Developers is dedicated to redefining luxury living in Gwadar by introducing its lifestyle wonders. It is strategically designed to be a place where you can have the peace of mind you truly deserve. Setting new construction benchmarks in Gwadar, Palm City Gwadar serves as the best destination to live, work, leisure and shop." Palm City Gwadar comprises residential plots between 5 Marla to 2 Kanal and along with that there is availability of c

Finally, a Book on South Asia’s Most Under-Researched, Under-Reported Conflict By  Daneesh Majid  on  11/12/2017 • Naseer Dashti’s  The Baloch Conlict with Iran and Pakistan: Aspects of a National Liberation Struggle  offers a radically distinct outlook from an ethnic Baloch. The #FreeBalochistan campaign making its presence felt outside SOAS, University of London on November 24. Credit: Daneesh Majid On August 15, 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s  nod  to Pakistan’s festering insurgency revived nascent activism on Balochistan. This included rejuvenated campaigns on the China-Pakistan Economic  Corridor ,  human rights violations/resource exploitation , the  Kulbhushan Jadhav case , and a larger  self-determination movement . The prime minister’s response to  Nawaz Sharif’s Burhan Wani reference at the United Nations  has since jump-started activism even in  Washington D.C.  and  Geneva . Recently, the World Baloch Organization also managed to  irk  the Pakistani H

Pakistan's reconciliation with Balochistan bears fruit Anadolu Agency   Islamabad's renewed policy to restive province showing signs of normalizing region, analysts say 12.12.2017      file photo By Aamir Latif KARACHI , Pakistan The effort to court Baloch separatists has borne fruits in recent months but there is still a long way to go until the decades-long insurgency is ended, local analysts have said. Balochistan -- strategically important because of its copper, zinc and natural gas riches -- has been ravaged by more than six decades of insurgency by separatists who claim the southwestern province was forcibly incorporated into Pakistan in 1947. In recent years, Islamabad has embarked on a strategy of trying to address some of the province’s main grievances. More than 2,000 suspected separatists have surrendered to the security forces in the last two years, with 300 handing themselves in last week under a general amnesty that

Russia urges India to find way to join CPEC Foreign 8 HOURS AGO BY MONITORING REPORT NEW DELHI:  Russia threw its weight behind China’s massive Belt and Road plan to build trade and transport links across Asia and beyond, suggesting to India on Monday that it find a way to work with Beijing on the signature project. India is strongly opposed to an economic corridor that China is building in Pakistan that runs through disputed Kashmir as part of the Belt and Road initiative. India was the only country that stayed away from a May summit hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping to promote the plan to build railways, ports and power grids in a modern-day recreation of the Silk Road. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said New Delhi should not let political problems deter it from joining the project, involving billions of dollars of investment, and benefiting from it. Lavrov was speaking in the Indian capital after a three-way meeting wi

NTDC stops work on CPEC projects after FIR by Sindh govt LAHORE: A spokesman said the NTDC was to withdraw all of workforce working on important transmission lines for CPEC coal-based Port Qasim Project in wake of threats and registration of FIR by the Sindh government. The work will also be suspended on important projects due to the harassment of the NTDC officials by the Sindh Police. According to details of FIR, the spokesman said an FIR on the behalf of the Sindh government had been lodged with the Dhabeji Police Station through the Mirpur Sakro mukhtiarkar (tehsildar) against the installation of towers of 500 kV double circuit quad bundle transmission line from Port Qasim Power Plant, which was energised Nov 2. The recently-completed transmission line will evacuate power from 1320-MW Port Qasim Coal Power Plant and help to eliminate loadshedding from interior Sindh. The spokesman said the Sindh government was fully aware of the installat

Challenges for CPEC in G-B By  Masud Ahmed Khan Published: December 12, 2017 The writer is a retired brigadier and currently commissioner of the Afghan Refugees Organisation, Balochistan Gilgit-Baltistan is bounded in the north by the Wakhan strip in Afghanistan and the Xinjiang province of China and on the south and southeast by the India-Occupied Kashmir and on the west by Chitral in K-P. The location makes G-B strategically important for Pakistan, China, the US and India. G-B is as important as it was in 1880s when the Russians occupied Central Asian states and a Russian officer, Colonel Gromechevsky, visited Hunza and his presence there was taken as the start of the great game. Historically, the Silk Route connected China with Central Asian states and the Mediterranean Sea and there were several routes used from the second century to the fifth century AD. The southern route passed through Hunza then to Hindukush mountains to Afghanistan. In th