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EVENT: CHINA'S BELT-ROAD INITIATIVE: REGIONAL RESPONSES AND IMPLICATIONS 6 MAR 2018 16:00 - 17:30 BACK TO RESULTS INTRODUCTION This is a public lecture in the framework of the Asia Current Affairs Forum ( ACAF ) organised by Leiden University. For further information and registration click  here . China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has received a great deal of attention since it was first announced in a speech by President Xi Jinping in autumn 2013. With projects totaling as much as $900 billion, covering 60 countries, 4 billion people and approximately one-third of global GDP, China’s BRI has the potential to radically transform the East Asian region. For the most part, discussions about the BRI have concentrated on China’s intentions and ability to follow through on its rhetoric. A broader discussion of what the BRI means for the East Asian region and beyond needs to take place. This forum examines what the various responses to the BRI have been and

Is it Time for another Betrayal? – Zaheer Askani March 1, 2018 Is it Time for another Betrayal? Author: Zaheer Askani Be it by hook or crook; Manipulation, ultra nationalism, bribes or brute force, the sardars (Tribal Chiefs) of Balochistan have been controlling the Baloch society in some way or the other throughout history. The sardars have always struggled, at times for Pakistan against the Baloch people and then on occasions when pissed by the central government on the sides of common Baloch against Pakistan. In no instance had they been driven by ideology but by ego and presumed war profiteer mentality . A few days ago, the Baloch news networks quoted the spokesman of Balochistan Republican Army, as announcing an agreement reached between Baloch Republican Army (BRA), United Baloch Army (UBA) and Lashkar-e- Balochistan for unity. Here it is worth mentioning that the presumed leaders of all these three organizations i.e Bramdagh , Mehran and Javed li

Wooing CPEC investment: Peshawar mayor plans to hire Chinese language instructors By  Our Correspondent Published: March 1, 2018 SHARE   TWEET Bus stands to be moved to the outskirts, cameras to be installed in matric exam halls PHOTO: ONLINE PESHAWAR :  As work progresses on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and influence of China expands, the Mayor of Peshawar has decided to promote the Chinese language in the provincial capital. The mayor believes that the language classes will help youngsters better communicate with Chinese investors who are eyeing the region. In this regard, the district government has decided to hire Chinese language instructors to teach locals how to understand and even speak Chinese. Peshawar Mayor Asim Khan, while speaking to the media in a ‘Meet the Press’ event at the Peshawar press club on Wednesday said that they were also working on shifting bus stands to the outskirts of the provincial capital. CPEC

CPEC conference : Openness, inclusiveness define project’s spirit By  Our Correspondent Published: March 1, 2018 SBBWU and Center of Excellence for CPEC sign deal PHOTO: AFP PESHAWAR :  The spirit under which the multi-billion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was being built was openness and inclusiveness. This was stated by China Institute of International Studies Vice President Dr Rong Ying as a three-day international conference on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), opportunities and challenges kicked off at the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University (SWBBU) in Peshawar on Wednesday. As many as 60 presenters from Pakistan, China and UK are expected to participate in the conference. Dr Ying said that the project was aimed at creating lasting peace in the region by building lasting future. He hoped that CPEC would give greater impetus to regional connectivity and shape regional integration. SBBWU Vice Chancellor Profes

Pakistan’s economic woes five-month ahead of elections: Global Times   RECORDER REPORT    MAR 1ST, 2018    BEIJING Pakistan's economic woes have worsened five months before national polls, according to a report by Bloomberg. China will likely be willing to offer more assistance to help its neighbour improve economic conditions, but the question is how to find an effective way, reports Global Times on Wednesday. Pakistan's trade deficits are hitting records while its foreign exchange reserves continue to fall, Bloomberg reported. Pakistan's economy is facing chronic problems for many reasons, but the fact that Pakistan's GDP grew 5.3 percent in fiscal 2017 - the fastest pace in a decade - can't be ignored. Quoting official sources, the report says, the two countries will move ahead with the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which has become a driving force for Pakistan's economic growth. The question is how its investment-driven growth can be transformed into internal mome

Chinese prisoners working on CPEC projects: MNA A Reporter February 27, 2018 ISLAMABAD: Rumours that Chinese prisoners are working on development projects in Pakistan came up at a meeting of a parliamentary committee on Monday. Member National Assembly (MNA) Nawab Mohammad Yousuf Talpur of the PPP asked about steps taken to provide security to the Chinese nationals and to Pakistanis by China. He said a large number of Chinese prisoners were working on development projects of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). “I have learnt that prisoners have been brought from Chinese jails and they are constructing roads. They can be involved in crimes so there should be proper security arrangements,” he said. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD However, the Ministry of Interior showed ignorance about the presence of Chinese prisoners in Pakistan. Special Secretary Interior Rizwan Malik told the meeting that Chinese workers were being given a three-layer security. “There is a separate security for Chines