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China to build maritime institute in Gwadar February 15, 2018 ISLAMABAD - The  maritime  department on Wednesday revealed that  China would  build  Pak-China Technical and Vocational Training  Institute  at port city to fulfill the required technical and skilled manpower of  maritime  for the deep-sea port. "The  institute  will help fulfilling  maritime technical and skilled manpower requirements of the port after the development of industrial projects including the Gwadar Port Free Zone, Export Processing Zone and other industrial and port-related projects," an official in the Ministry of  Maritime Affairs said. The provincial government has allocated land for the project which is scheduled to be completed in a period of 3 years. He added that the local people are main stakeholders of Port City of Gwadar and their participation in operation and management of the deep-sea port, participation in industrial and commercial businesses, and

Rio's elite samba school presents Silk Road theme at carnival Spotlight: Rio's elite samba school presents Silk Road theme at carnival Source: Xinhua |  2018-02-14 15:51:59 | by Xinhua writers Zhao Yan and Chen Weihua RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- This year's Rio de Janeiro Carnival celebrations paid special homage to China, as award-winning samba school Imperio Serrano presented "The Empire of Samba on the China Route." The traditional parade of top samba schools concluded early Tuesday after two nights of spectacular shows and floats paraded by a wildly cheering audience of 60,000 at Rio's iconic square Sambadrome. Warriors in red garb armed with bamboo spears performed a type of Kung Fu dance with a carefully choreographed martial arts-style routine, mounted on an allegorical float resembling an ancient Chinese pagoda which announced "China has arrived." Subsequent floats featured Chinese cultural icons, such as a golden dragon, a Buddha s

China: We are a 'Near-Arctic State' and we want a 'Polar Silk Road' China's new Arctic Policy was outlined by its first official white paper, released on Jan. 26.China, which self-identified as a "Near-Arctic State," sought to establish exactly how it believes the region should be governed and utilized.That's raised fears about a Chinese takeover of the region, but experts cautioned that a geopolitical standoff over the Arctic isn't necessarily coming. Andrew Wong Published 3 Hours VCG | Getty Images Hu Kaihong, a spokesman of State Council Information Office, shows China's new Arctic Policy at a news conference on January 26, 2018 in Beijing, China. China  announced its official Arctic policy to the world late last month, promoting Beijing's ambitions for the region and  raising fears  about  a Chinese takeover  of the polar zone. But while the world's second-largest economy, which self-identified as

China’s new Silk Road conundrum By Jonathan HillmanFebruary 14 at 3:49 PM The Khunjerab Pass sits along the border of Pakistan and China’s Xinjiang region, where strategic Belt and Road construction is underway. June 29, 2015. (Mian Khursheed/For The Washington Post) Jonathan E. Hillman is a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he directs the Reconnecting Asia Project. TASHKURGAN, China — An idea as big as China’s “Belt and Road” is bound to have contradictions. As Chinese President Xi Jinping’s signature foreign policy vision, it is massive in all dimensions, aiming to bind Beijing with the rest of the world through more than  $1 trillion  of new infrastructure, scores of trade agreements and countless other connections. But there is a fundamental tension between the connectivity China says it seeks and the control it is unwilling to give up. Even as China claims to be championing globalization and broadening t

Passage to the Gulf Agreements with Oman must be a beginning. India needs to open up its long-ossified military diplomacy. By:  Editorial  |Published: February 15, 2018 12:31 am PM Narendra Modi in Oman. (File) The most remarkable thing about the new agreements with Oman on military access to the Duqm port and logistical cooperation, announced during Prime Minister  Narendra Modi ’s visit to Muscat, is that they took so long. The Gulf kingdoms have always been interested in strong security partnerships with India. It was Delhi, however, that thumbed its nose. Through the 19th and the first half of the 20th centuries, the undivided Subcontinent under the Raj was the principal security provider for Oman and other sheikhdoms in the south eastern coast of the Arabian peninsula. After Independence, non-aligned India began to dissociate itself from such a role. When the British decided to w

India Gains Access to Oman's Duqm Port, Putting the Indian Ocean Geopolitical Contest in the Spotlight Duqm adds an important node to a growing network of facilities in the Indian Ocean held by actors with interests in preserving the status quo. By  Ankit Panda February 14, 2018 As a result of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent trip to Oman — part of a broader Middle Eastern tour — New Delhi and Muscat finalized an agreement that will see India gain access to the strategically located port of Duqm, on Oman’s southern coast. The port sits on the northwestern edge of the Indian Ocean and also provides easy access onward into the Red Sea through the Gulf of Aden. Per initial reports, the contours of the Indo-Omani agreement over Duqm are generous for New Delhi. The Indian Navy will be able to use the port for logistics and support, allowing it to sustain long-term operations in the western Indian Ocean, a hotspot for piracy in the area.  Acco

Chinese groups due next month to review CPEC projects February 15, 2018 ISLAMABAD  -  Three  Chinese  experts groups are arriving Pakistan in March for preparation and early kick off of CPEC Industrial Zones,  review  energy project progress and explore the way forward in oil and gas sector.  The experts groups, working under Joint Working Groups, that are arriving in March includes industrial experts, experts of energy group and sub-group on oil & gas sector, official source told The Nation here Wednesday.  The source said that the energy experts will  review  the progress on the CPEC energy projects and will also discuss the inclusion of new hydropower projects in the CPEC portfolio. The hydro projects located in AJK, GB and KP will be the main focus of the experts' interaction, the source added.  Regarding the industrial expert group the source said that their main focus will be the industrial cooperation particularly in the Special Eco

CM discusses progress on CPEC, Pak-China relations with Consul General CPEC   POLITICS & POLICY   IMADUDDIN   FEB 15TH, 2018   0  VIEWS: 44 LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday visited the Chinese Consulate and met with Chinese Consul General Mr. Long Dingbin. During the meeting, different matters of mutual interest including Pak-China relations and progress on CPEC related projects came under discussion. The Chief Minister congratulated the Chinese Consul General on the start of new Chinese Year. He also extended congratulations to Chinese President Xi Jingping, Prime Minister, the leadership of Communist Party of China as well as the Chinese people. On the occasion, the Chinese Consul General said that Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif had set a record by completing different projects with unprecedented speed. Shehbaz Sharif had played a marvelous role for his country with his vision and hard work, he s

Pakistan's Skilled Youth To Be Employed In CPEC Projects: Chinese Envoy Yao Jing   Fakhir Rizvi   11 hours ago  Wed 14th February 2018 | 10:39 PM Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing Wednesday said Chinese companies engaged in China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project would keep a constant liaison with NAVTTC so that thousands of trained youth could be employed in various projects ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 14th Feb, 2018 ): Chinese Ambassador to  Pakistan  Yao Jing Wednesday said  Chinese  companies engaged in  China Pakistan Economic Corridor  ( CPEC ) project would keep a constant liaison with NAVTTC so that thousands of trained youth could be employed in various projects. He expressed these views during a meeting with Executive Director National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema here, said a press release. The meeting continued for more than an hour in which technical  education  and training

After Chahbahar, India Ties with Oman for Duqm Port to Counter Gwadar ETDesk in  Featured Middle East South Asia On February 14, 2018 An important strategic location, the Duqm Port in Oman, saw the presence of the US in 2013-2014. Soon after, the UK too made a move to make its presence felt in the Duqm Port. In August 2016, the Duqm Port saw a massive investment worth USD 350 million by the Chinese in CTOZD project.  India has over the last one year started making a slow but steady progress towards making its mark in the Gulf region. India’s strategic reach towards the west and the position in the Indian Ocean region will also gain a massive advantage following an agreement to give access to the Indian Navy in the Duqm port in Oman. In January this year, India also signed an agreement with Seychelles for building ‘military infrastructure’ in the island of Assumption. India has a similar agreement with Mauritius for the Agalega Island. Asian News at EurAsian Times:  After the South China Sea

Balochistan CM vows not to let injustice befall Hindus By  Our Correspondent Published: February 14, 2018 Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo. PHOTO: FILE QUETTA :  Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo has said that the provincial government will not let any injustice befall minorities as they have always rendered their services for the development and prosperity of the province. The chief minister expressed these views during a meeting with a delegation of Hindu Panchayat on Tuesday. Provincial Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti, Education Minister Tahir Mehmood Khan and former MPA Basant Lal Gulshan attended the meeting. “ Since decades, Balochistan has been a home to people of all religions living in a brotherly environment ,” said Bizenjo. “Minorities have always played an important role in the development and prosperity of Balochistan.” He said minorities have more respect in our tribal culture, but the deterioratin

When world will pay attention to Baloch plight

A note from anonymous Right now Baloch have zero nuisance value. Once the Baloch put their house in order and do their homework, news media and think tanks will run after Baloch people. India  can help in this regard but it is not doing anything. Are Baloch a threat to China? No. A threat to US? No. Iran or Afghanistan or even Pakistan? No. Only when at least one country feels threatened by Baloch will international NGOs, think-tanks and media pay attention to Baloch plight .

Sardars and Nawabs, have adopted a hybrid identity

At least since the 1920s, with the emergence of some elements of nationalist awareness, the tribal structures and values faced with new challenges. Giving priority to national loyalty could undermine tribal loyalty, and this was an alarming threat for the power of the sardars. Choosing the nationalist label, tactically or strategically, in any form, at least could serve nawabs and sardars, to minimize the damaging effects of so much division and suspicion. For many decades, rarely a sardar, in Baluchistan, has refrained from being called or calling him a nationalist. As result, a section of sardars and nawabs, have adopted a hybrid identity , combining nationalism and tribalism. Download 〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰〰 The current situation in Pakistani Baluchistan, in which inter and intra-tribal feuds and rivalries, amalgamated with nationalist insurgencies occur, has to some extent Deep roots in the social and political structures inherited from the British direct rule in this area. This hi

China Securing resources in Pakistan

Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, a unique relic of Maoist resettlement policies, is at the crux of Beijing’s plans to invest $55bn in agriculture, energy and infrastructure in Pakistan, according to plans leaked by the Dawn newspaper this week. XPCC, known in Chinese as the bingtuan, was set up after the Korean war to move demobilised Chinese soldiers to the Central Asian frontier, where they would “settle the wilderness” and control ethnically distinct borderlands. Soon after, the settlements morphed into gulags for opponents and sent-down youth during the cultural revolution in the 1960s. Dismantled after that tumultuous decade, XPCC was soon re-established as the fall of the Soviet Union and the large-scale exploitation of oil and gas reserves increased the energy and security importance of Xinjiang — literally, the “new frontier”. Almost 70 years after its founding, XPCC controls much of the autonomous region’s water resources. It operates vast cotton, tomato and fru

Four FC personnel killed in targeted attack in Quetta By  Muhammad Zafar  /  Reuters Published: February 14, 2018 Frontier Corps in Balochistan PHOTO: EXPRESS QUETTA  :  At least four Frontier Corps (FC) personnel were martyred on Wednesday in a targeted firing incident in Quetta. “The Frontier Corps troopers were patrolling the residential neighborhood of Langoabad on motorcycles when they were fired on by gunmen also riding bikes,” Naseebullah Khan, Senior Superintendent of Police for Quetta told  Reuters .  “The four men were shot in the head.” Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack. Governor Balochistan Mohammad Khan Achakzai condemns the attack Condemning the targeted incident, Governor Balochistan Mohammad Achakzai expressed condolences to the bereaved families. He urged the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) arrest the culprits at the earliest. Five security personnel martyred in Turbat gun attack On January 15, f

Trump moves to place Pakistan on watchdog Financial Action Task Force's (FATF's) terror-financing watchlist Trump moves to place Pakistan on watchdog Financial Action Task Force's ( FATF's ) terror-financing watchlist Team Republic | 14-02-2018 12:21 am      Hack: The US has moved to place Pakistan on intergovernmental organisation Financial Action Task Force's (FATF's) terror-financing watch list In a dramatic development that highlights the global crackdown on the unbridled terrorism being exported by Pakistan, the US has moved to place India's western neighbour on the Financial Action Task Force's (FATF's) terrorist-financing watch list. The FATF is an intergovernmental organisation founded in 1989 to develop policies to combat money laundering. Headquartered in Paris, it consists of 37 members, including India and not including Pakistan. Following its plenary in Bueno