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Increasing U.S.-ROK-ASEAN Cooperation South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (C) links hands with ASEAN foreign ministers and their representatives as they take part in the ASEAN-Republic of Korea (ROK) Ministerial Meeting in Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay city.Reuters/Noel Celis/Pool Blog Post by  Scott A. Snyder  and  Sungtae "Jacky" Park January 9, 2018       Since its establishment in 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has fostered unprecedented levels of regional economic, political, and security cooperation. Yet despite these accomplishments, effective regionalism in Southeast Asia faces constraints. The process of regional integration is limited by the emphasis on economic cooperation rather than on forming effective mechanisms to resolve crisis spots such as the South China Sea. In a new CFR discussion paper,  Developing U.S.-ROK- ASEAN Cooperation , Binh Thai Lai, deputy consul-general of

US accuses Beijing of ‘provocative militarisation’ of South China Sea US State Department adviser says China is pushing around smaller states with rival claims and limiting navigation in international waters Kinling Lo UPDATED : Tuesday, 9 Jan 2018, 10:13PM  97 The United States has accused China of “provocative militarisation” of disputed areas in the  South China Sea  and will continue sending vessels to the region to carry out freedom-of-navigation patrols, according to a top US adviser on Asia policy. Brian Hook, a senior adviser to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, said on Tuesday that the issue of the South China Sea was raised at all diplomatic and security dialogues between China and the US. Some analysts have suggested that the US administration’s attention towards the issue has been deflected by the North Korean nuclear weapons crisis. Hook’s remarks came as China continues building work in the disputed waters, including

China says Gwadar naval base report is speculation Atul Aneja JANUARY 09, 2018 15:11 IST UPDATED: JANUARY 09, 2018 15:15 IST Foreign Ministry spokesperson asks ‘outside world’ not to make too much guesses in this regard China on Tuesday counselled the “outside world” not to speculate on Beijing’s reported intent to open a naval base in Gwadar, the starting point of the China  Pakistan  Economic Corridor (CPEC). “I am not aware of what you mentioned,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said, when asked to comment on reports that  China  would establish a naval base in Gwadar, to supplement its already existing Indian Ocean facility at Djibouti. “As you know the building of CPEC is an important part of the Belt and Road initiative, and China and Pakistan are also making efforts to build the CPEC, which is in the common interest of the countries along the route,” Mr. Lu observed. He added: “So, I don’t

Petrochemicals and CPEC  BR RESEARCH   JAN 9TH, 2018   0  VIEWS: 225 The investment starved chemical sector received a boost when Engro Polymer announced its investment plans to the tune of Rs10 billion. The purpose of the investment is expansion of production of PVC, for which Engro Polymer is a market leader. The impetus of the investment is quiet clear given that the company posted its highest ever sales for the nine month period ending September 30, 2017. World demand for PVC is primarily determined by construction activities. Globally, the production capacity for PVC is about 62 million tons in 2016, up from 8 million tons in 2012 showing the rising use of PVC. The most important applications for PVC are pipes and fittings that consume about 43 percent of PVC production. Other major PVC applications are profiles and tubes, rigid film and sheet, and cables all of which are used in construction. Since construction activity is histor

CPEC’s Long-term Plan matches seven pillars of Vision 2025: Iqbal By  APP Published: January 9, 2018 Federal Minster for Interior and Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal. PHOTO: FILE PHOTO BEIJING :  Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, who also holds the Planning, Development and Reform portfolio, has emphasised that the Long-term Plan of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is completely in line with the seven pillars of Vision 2025, which is based on economic principles of inclusive and sustainable development. “ CPEC will greatly speed up industrialisation and urbanisation in Pakistan and help it grow into a highly inclusive, globally competitive and prosperous country capable of providing high-quality life to its citizens,” Iqbal said in an interview published in  Beijing Review  on Tuesday. The seven salient features of the Long-term Plan are connectivity, energy, trade and industrial parks, agricultu

Chinese Deputy Chief of Mission, Rehman Malik discuss CPEC projects   PARVEZ JABRI   JAN 9TH, 2018   0  VIEWS: 24 ISLAMABAD: Deputy Chief of Mission of China in Pakistan Lijian Zhao Tuesday discussed bilateral relations, matters of mutual interests and projects related to China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) with former Interior Minister A Rehman Malik. Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Interior Rehman Malik told Zhao that both Pakistan and China were agreed to continue to work together for the development and progress of the two nations and regional peace, said a press release. Senator A. Rehman Malik said that he and every Pakistani were proud of Sino-Pak friendship as China had always extended timely support to Pakistan in every difficult time. China and Pakistan have been together fighting against terrorists who are common enemy of Pakistan and China. ADVERTISEMENT Ad Senator A. Rehman Malik expressed his concerns on the

In likely new military base in Pakistan, China’s Great Game move The question now is whether New Delhi should put all its eggs into the US basket to combat China and Pakistan. Written by  Jyoti Malhotra  |Updated: January 10, 2018 8:21 am The speed with which China is implementing its grand Belt and Road vision makes it likely that India will find it difficult to catch up. In a corner of Gwadar Bay, 34 km from the Iran-Pakistan border, is the small town of Jiwani. According to legend,  Queen Victoria  had expressed a desire to watch the sunset from this edge of the British Empire — the Pakistan Coast Guards still maintain a “Victoria Hut” in Jiwani. The town on Pakistan’s Makran coast finally looks set for its date with history. China plans to build its second military base overseas — after Djibouti at the mouth of the Red Sea — in Jiwani. Only 90 km to the east is the Gwadar deep sea port, a culmination point of the ambitious Chi

CPEC, a game changer for Pakistan, but disastrous for Gilgit-Baltistan By ANI | Jan 09, 2018, 03.32 PM IST GILGIT-BALTISTAN [PAKISTAN]: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor ( CPEC ), a multi-billion dollar infrastructure and development-related project, has generated euphoria in  Pakistan , but in  Gilgit-Baltistan , a disputed region, local residents have environmental, demographic and sectarian concerns. According to a report published by Germany's Deutsche Welle broadcasting web site, local activists fear these projects would not only trigger an ecological disaster, a demographic shift and encourage land grabbing, but also threaten their unique culture. " The  Chinese  are known for implementing development projects without caring much about environmental issues," Farman Ali, a political activist from Uppe

America- India nexus and CPEC rica-india-nexus-cpec Naveed Aman Khan Trump’s enunciated Pak- Afghan policy and  strategy was really a  disguised declaration of  American  hybrid war on CPEC.America is not just going to wage proxy on this gigantic project via an intensification of  war on Afghanistan, as that’s in and of itself insufficient for accomplishing American grand strategic objectives against CPEC. It’s indeed to the American interests that it wipes out the Taliban presence along Pak- Afghan border and replaces it with Indian RAW- backed terrorist groups such as ISIS, but the trouble that this would cause for Pakistan would not be enough to influence, disrupt and ultimately capture control of CPEC. What’s needed is a comprehensive strategy which applies all elements of American power including  diplomatic, economic, and media ones. America has shown its hand and indicated that it is once again reviving old and discredited trope that Pakistan is a State sponsor of terrorism an

China denies plans to develop military base in Balochistan, Pakistan Updated Jan 09, 2018 | 16:20 IST | PTI Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang dismissed speculation reports that suspected China was planning to build a second military base in Balochistan province of Pakistan as “unnecessary”. Photo Courtesy:  BCCL China and Pakistan have the ability to build a joint naval and air facility, but will only do so as a defensive against American strategy. Beijing:  China on Tuesday denied "unnecessary" speculation reports that conjectured it was planning to build a military base at Jiwani in Pakistan's Balochistan province close to the strategic Chabahar port, which is being jointly developed by India, Iran and Afghanistan. ‘Silk Road’ is not exclusively Chinese: French President Macron According to reports, Pakistan may allow China to build the military base in Jiwani whic

Saudi prince arrives in Balochistan to hunt houbara bustard ANI | Updated: Jan 08, 2018 18:41IST Quetta (Balochistan) [Pakistan], Jan 8 (ANI): The governor of Tabuk province of Saudi Arabia Prince Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud had reportedly arrived in the Dalbandin area of Balochistan's Chaghi district in Pakistan for hunting an endangered bird specie. The Tabuk governor, who is also a part of the ruling Al Saud royal family, reportedly arrived on Sunday in his special flight at the Dalbandin airport. He was received by the Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Admiral Nawaf Ahmad Al-Maliki, tribal elder Haji Ali Muhammad Notezai, Chagai district Council's Chairman Dawood Khan Notezai, Deputy Commissioner Shihak Baloch and other senior officials, amid tight security arrangements. Pakistani Defence Minister Khurram Dastagir Khan and Adviser to the Balochistan chief minister on forest and wildlife Obaidullah Babit were also sc

Six, including four security personnel, martyred in Quetta suicide bombing By GEO NEWS   Wednesday Jan 10, 2018   QUETTA: At least six persons, including four Balochistan Constabulary personnel, were martyred and 17 others injured on Tuesday in a suicide bombing near the Balochistan Assembly building in Quetta, police said. The attacker blew himself up close to a police truck near GPO Chowk on Zarghoon Road, located in the provincial capital's high-security Red Zone just 300 metres from the provincial assembly building. Images from the location following the explosion Senior police officer Abdul Razzaq Cheema confirmed the deaths of the four police personnel who belonged to the Balochistan Constabulary force. Officials said that at least seven other policemen were also injured in the attack. The personnel were returning after completion of routine duty when the bomber detonated his explosives near their vehicle. The blast also damaged a nearby public bus.

ISI guy who poses as university head in Balochistan needs armored jeep, tenders invited   mustikhan    Uncategorized  January 9, 2018 1 Minute An alleged agent of the Inter Services Intelligence who is posing as vice chancellor of a university in Balochistan has sought tenders for a bullet proof armored jeep. The BUITEMS, acronym for Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences, which calls itself a public research university in Quetta, capital of Balochistan, is headed by vice chancellor Farooq Bazai. Bazai now needs the fully loaded, duty paid imported jeep for “safety and security.” Tenders for the purchase have been posted in Pakistan newspapers. Tender invited for vice chancellor Farooq Bazai’s bullet-proof armored jeep by the BUITEMS. Last date to submit the tender is January 24. Bazai has been on the vice chancellor’s post for more than eleven years now, even though the maximum tenure for that positio

Help Hazaras, top court urges Balochistan govt By  Hasnaat Malik Published: January 9, 2018 Members of a Hazara community light candles for peace against sectarian attacks in Quetta February 15, 2014. PHOTO: REUTERS ISLAMABAD :  The Supreme Court has urged the Balochistan government to address the hardships facing the Hazara community as it disposed of a suo motu case regarding the terrorist attack in Quetta last year wherein more than 60 lawyers had been killed. Heading a three-member bench, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa said it the duty of the state to provide security to the Hazaras as they are equal citizens of Pakistani. He added that one SC judge traced the culprits in Quetta bomb blast, but the court cannot provide judges for the probe of such incidents as ‘it is the duty of police to conduct investigations’. Justice Dost Muhammad Khan said that Hazaras are being targeted in a well-planned manner. He lamented that the provincial governme

'There is no no-go area in Balochistan; the state has established its writ and it will consolidate it further' - Sarfraz Ahmad Bugti  06 Jan - 12 Jan, 2018  Mariam Khan  FRONT SEAT 'What is in my heart is on my lips', the man sitting in front of me tells me as the sun sets on a mid-December Sunday and eagles fly past the Frere Hall as we could see from our vantage point.  Sarfraz Ahmad Bugti , Home  Minister Balochistan  is a sportsman who hunts in his leisure time and wants to spend every single free moment of his life hunting. But the job he does keeps him occupied '24 hours' a day. He feels elated to have been 'chosen by God, to work for His people and pray that I do not disappoint them and always stand up to the expectations they have from me'. A Manchester United fan, he remembers the subjects he hated the most as a student -– Mathematics and Chemistry.  Excerpts: You have studied at Lawrence College. How were you as