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The Chinese Century? The Chinese Century? Regardless of how America responds to the Chinese challenge, its policy must be rooted in reality. Hal Brands February 19, 2018 Tweet Share Share March-April 2018 NO ONE can say we didn’t see it coming. Since the end of the Cold War, and even before, it has been obvious that a rapidly rising China could eventually menace America’s position and influence in East Asia—and, perhaps, globally as well. Since the Taiwan Strait Crisis in 1995–96, moreover, there have been accumulating signs that Beijing is not a status quo power, but rather one determined to reshape the East Asian order. For decades, then, there has been no shortage of warnings about the emerging China challenge. As early as 1975, Henry Kissinger predicted, “If they keep developing the way they have, they could be a pretty scary outfit.” In the 1980s, Pentagon analysts worried that the long-run “possibility of Chinese confli

Banana Medical College, Balochistan Ayaz Khan FEBRUARY 19, 2018 Most of you might have come across the term ‘banana’. It is often put before a word to make a compound word which twists the meaning and brings a quite satirical taste in it. The pioneer of the term, as M Akhtar mentions in his book “Civil Society, Secularism and Liberalism”, is American short story writer, O Henry. Henry puts the term ‘banana’ with republic which mirrors a state coupled with institutional failure and infested with political instability and corruption—a state in the hands of a dictator considering himself wise enough to exploit the masses but made a ‘cat’s paw’ himself by the masses he intends to exploit. The collective sense of deceit, as a result, the term implies, brings the state to a grinding halt. The term ‘Banana Republic’ was mentioned by Australian Prime Minister in a radio interview in 1986 where he feared Australia turning into a ‘Banana Republic’. Secondly

NCHD to launch enrollment campaign in Balochistan Islamabad 14 HOURS AGO BY APP   ISLAMABAD :  National Commission for Human Development (NCHD), in collaboration with Balochistan education department, is launching the enrollment campaign called “All Children in School 2018”. NCHD Operation Director Sikandar Shah said that the education enrollment campaign for winter zone of Balochistan will start from March in which around 0.5 million non-going school children would be enrolled and it would continue till April. He said, “We will engage tribal figures, social activists, religious scholars, students, teachers and local representatives in the enrollment campaign to motivate children to join classes.” Shah said that they would be mobilising all the people to make the enrollment campaign successful. He also said that the basic purpose of the enrollment campaign is to minimise the number of out of school children. He added that speci

Why China is keen to discuss CPEC with India Beijing is strenuously pushing the Belt and Road Initiative to dispel doubts being raised over its economic benefits Share Chinese President Xi Jinping during a press briefing in Beijing. (AFP) Updated: Feb 19, 2018 19:33 IST By Jayadeva Ranade Faced with growing doubts about the much-touted economic benefits of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), accentuated by the recent cancellation of two projects by Pakistan and Nepal, its earliest supporters, the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has incorporated the ambitious $1.4 trillion geo-economic BRI into the Party Constitution. Inextricably woven into Chinese President Xi Jinping’s agenda of making China a global power by 2050, the BRI is set to be included in the country’s constitution at the National People’s Congress — China’s version of a parliament — in March 2018. This will assure it of p

Pak-China relations bulwark against hegemonism in region: Rabbani   PARVEZ JABRI   FEB 20TH, 2018   0  VIEWS: 62 ISLAMABAD: Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani Monday said Pakistan-China relations were a bulwark against hegemonism in the region as there had been attempts at regime change and to impose India as the regional policeman by the United States. The ties between the two countries were a demonstration of the “Asian dream”, he said speaking as chief guest at the launch of Chinese language classes and a publication “ CPEC : Facts versus Fiction here. The function was organized by the Pakistan-China Institute in collaboration with the JS Group. He welcomed the launch of the Chinese language classes, which he said, would facilitate business ties between Pakistan and China. Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador of China to Pakistan Yao Jing said the Pakistan-China relations were achieving new heights and the China Pakistan Economic

Report on ‘The Reality of CPEC: Facts VS Fiction’ launched February 19, 2018   By: Samaa Web Desk Published in  Economy ,  Pakistan NEWS DESK: A research report on ‘ The Reality of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project (CPEC): Facts Vs. Fiction’ was launched in Islamabad on Monday, reported  Radio Pakistan . It aims at removing misconceptions about the CPEC project and provides factual insight of the project. Rejecting the impression that Pakistan will not gain any economic benefits from the CPEC, the research report prepared by Pakistan-China Institute, states that the mega-corridor project will change the perception of Pakistan and promote it as an investor-friendly nation. It will also act as an effective counterweight to the Indian pressure. It is a vote of confidence in the future of Pakistan and a way forward for Pakistan’s future prosperity. The report also states that CPEC will benefit all the provinces. Highlighting the energy and road infrastructu

To enhance CPEC communication, Pakistan makes China's Mandarin an official language By Zee Media Bureau | Updated: Feb 20, 2018, 06:35 AM IST India’s two neighbours – Pakistan and China – seem to have just got closer. After getting together on big-bang projects like  China-Pakistan Economic Corridor  (CPEC), the Pakistani Senate has a motion to declare  Mandarin as one of the official languages  of the country. The move is reportedly aimed at helping people connected with CPEC to communicate easily. According to the motion in Pakistan, the step was necessary in view of the country’s ties with China. Pakistan's Ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani tweeted: " In a short span of 70 years, Pakistan has flirted with promoting four languages that were not the mother tongue of many people in the country- English, Urdu, Arabic, and now Chinese — ignoring native languages. Punjabi, which is widely spoken in Punjab province of Pakistan, Pa

A four-nation alliance may be rising to counter China's Belt and Road Yen Nee Lee Published 5 Hours The U.S., Japan, India and Australia could join forces to establish an alternative to China's Belt and Road Initiative, the Australian Financial Review reported.Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull would discuss the plan with President Donald Trump during his visit to the U.S. later this week, according to the report. Four countries — the  U.S. ,  Japan ,  India and  Australia  — could join forces to set up an alternative to  China's  Belt and Road Initiative in an attempt to counter Beijing's growing influence, the  Australian Financial Review reported Sunday. The plan was on the agenda of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's meeting with President  Donald Trump  later this week, according to the report, which cited one unnamed senior U.S. official. The source, however, added that the plan was still "n

Nasheed on Chinese Investments in Maldives

" As of January, obligations to China accounted for "nearly 80%" of the Maldives' foreign debt, according to Nasheed . Much of the money went into infrastructure, including roads, bridges and airports. But these are "vanity projects," according to Nasheed: "roads going to nowhere, airports that [will sit] empty." All the while, the Maldives' debts are accruing interest at high rates, Nasheed said. The country must start making payments on this debt by 2019 or 2020, according to the former leader. If the Maldives falls behind, China will "ask for equity" from the owners of various islands and infrastructure operators, and Beijing will then "get free hold of that land," he said." 📌" Chinese infrastructure projects often serve as the conduit for political and normative influence. Such a pattern has been clear in Southeast Asia where China rewarded Cambodia for blocking an ASEAN joint state-ment on the South China