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CHANGE IS COMING: China Is Accelerating Its Plan For A Military Base In Pakistan LAWRENCE SELLIN Retired Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve 1:23 AM 03/03/2018 On January 1, 2018, The Daily Caller published  information  — later confirmed in two separate reports,  here  and  here  — about a plan for a Chinese military base on the Jiwani peninsula in Pakistan, near Gwadar, a sea port critical to the success of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). According to  noted national security correspondent Bill Gertz: “Plans for the base were advanced during a visit to Jiwani on Dec. 18 by a group of 16 Chinese People’s Liberation Army officers who met with about 10 Pakistani military officers.” “The Chinese also asked the Pakistanis to undertake a major upgrade of Jiwani airport so the facility will be able to handle large Chinese military aircraft. Work on the airport improvements is expected to begin in July.” Sources now say the plan has been acce

Xi's Consolidation of Power Will Ultimately Weaken China OPINION: Xi's Consolidation of Power Will Ultimately Weaken China Photo credit: AP/達志影像 Tristan Kenderdine Tristan Kenderdine is Research Director at Future Risk and lecturer in Public Administration at Dalian Maritime University.   Why you need to know Xi's move to abolish two-term limits on the presidency signals the end of the Reform Era and a deepening of Party reform of the State that will ultimately lead to a weaker China. Listen  powerd by  Cyberon    It has been a frantic week in Chinese politics. Not only was it revealed that Xi Jinping is proposing to  remove two-term presidential limits , but he also  brought forward  the Third Plenary Session from the second half of 2018 to February, before the  Two Sessions  this month. For all the concerns about Xi consolidating power, the President of the People’s Republic of China is essentially a meaningless title – a point missed by most in the media this week.

Xi’s ‘Putinization’ of China is a massive wake-up for America Asia ,  Foreign and Defense Policy Xi Jinping’s recent bid to become president of China and party secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for as long as he wishes should come as no surprise. Indeed, this was the next logical move for the Chinese strongman who has spent the last six year purging enemies, accumulating political power and recentralizing economic and national security policymaking. Xi is an ardent admirer of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and is emulating many of  Putin’s political and national security strategies. Besides a lust for power, why the perceived need for more centralized power? Contrary to the Western consensus, Xi inherited a China that was in serious trouble. The economy was starting to feel the pinch of a debt-fueled massive fiscal stimulus enacted during the global financial crisis of 2008. As a result, Xi entered into leadership as China was beset by d

US Carrier Group Headed to S. China Sea Waters Claimed by China March 02, 2018 11:24 AM Ralph Jennings FILE - The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson transits the Philippine Sea, April 23, 2017. Share TAIPEI —  A U.S. aircraft carrier group is preparing to sail through the contested South China Sea later this month, and observers expect an angry Beijing to register its opposition and quicken its militarization of small islands in the region. The group of ships led by the  USS Carl Vinson  aircraft carrier and guided missile destroyer  USS Michael Murphy  is plying the South China Sea after a mid-February port call in Manila where some of the 5,500 crew members offered humanitarian aid, the U.S. Navy said in a statement. A U.S. Navy statement says the group came for, “promoting freedom of the seas and enhancing regional security,” as well as working with allies in the region. That’s not the message likely to be received by Beijing, which regards about

Kuwait eyes cut of China's trillion-dollar Silk Road project Oscar Rousseau Saturday، 3 March 2018 China and Kuwait are “eager to collaborate” on construction projects as the former pumps billions of dollars into its Belt and Road initiative. China wants to work with Kuwait on infrastructure projects, including the construction of Al-Harir City and the development of five uninhabited islands off Kuwait's eastern coast. Both countries expressed a desire to work together on construction, energy, infrastructure, and mass communication projects after a meeting in Beijing on 1 March. No formal agreement were struck. But the fact that both countries expressed an interest in closer collaboration could be significant; it may herald the start of a rise in Chinese-backed investment into Kuwait projects, including construction. READ:  Can 'New Kuwait' plan overcome market challenges? One project in Kuwait attra

Pakistan’s Gwadar Port Project: Shielding Facts – Oped Pakistan's Gwadar Port. Photo by Paranda , Wikipedia Commons. 1   Opinion    March 16, 2013   Umm-e-Habiba    0 Comments By  Umm-e-Habiba The Gwadar port is one of the major sea ports in the western Indian Ocean region. It lies in the south-western coast of Pakistan and is only 180 nautical milesi from the Strait of Hormuz, the global energy conduit. Gwadar accordingly serves as a gateway to the Strait which hosts oil worth 17 millionii barrels per day for the international markets. The port’s strategic value is further magnified as it lies at the confluence of three geopolitically significant regions of the world, i.e., Central Asia, Middle East and South Asia. It is, nonetheless, unfortunate that a project of such tremendous national significance could not lift from the ground beyond the initial phase and despite passage of more than a decade. The statement of Minister of Port and Shi

Major terrorist activity averted in Balochistan National 13 HOURS AGO BY INP Share this on WhatsApp QUETTA :  Balochistan Frontier Corps (FC) on Friday arrested six suspected terrorists during intelligence-based operations (IBO) on suspected terrorists’ hideouts in Karbala, Pishin area of Balochistan. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), a huge cache of arms and ammunition, including 500 kilograms of explosives, suicide jackets, prepared IEDs, sub-machine guns, mines, and communication equipment were recovered during the raids. The raids were conducted as part of the ongoing Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad across the country. Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad is an operation conducted by the Pakistani military in support of local law enforcement agencies to de-weaponise and eliminate the hidden terrorist sleeper cells across Pakistan. The operation is aimed at eliminating the threat of terrorism and consolidating the gains of Ope

Expert terms CPEC regional game-changer March 03, 2018 BAHAWALPUR-The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a game changer for the progress and prosperity of the region, said Dr Ijaz Shafi Gillani, the chairman of Gallup Pakistan, during a seminar.  The  CPEC  is flagship venture of the greater One Built One Road Project of China having 2,238 subprojects costing 1,485 billion US dollars, he detailed during the seminar titled "CPEC Opportunities and Challenges" at the Islamia University of Bahawalpur.  Dr Gillani said that  CPEC  would connect China with Europe, Africa and Middle East through Pakistan. The project includes 60 subprojects worth 50 billion US dollars. It has three components, road network costing 11 billion US dollar, energy projects of 30 billion dollars and Railway project worth 12 billion US dollars, he said. In fact,  CPEC will be a millstone brining social and economic harmony among developed and under developed wo

CPEC Cultural Caravan held to strengthen China-Pakistan people-to-people contact Munir Ahmed @EmmayeSyed MARCH 3, 2018 Launched in November 2017 by the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA), the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Cultural Caravan culminated a grand showcasing of the outcome of the mega project from 25-26 February in Islamabad, on Wednesday in Lahore and on Friday in Karachi. The concept behind the CPEC Cultural Caravan was to engage a diverse group of artists from all strands of art and culture to embark upon a journey along the Silk Route to document and reflect upon the cultural diversity of the region. The cultural excursion was composed of diverse groups of Pakistani and Chinese artists, musicians, dancers, photographers, anthropologists, writers and filmmakers. This caravan, with its enthusiastic group of explorers, traveled from Xi’an (China) to Gwadar (Pakistan), documenting and reflecting upon the land, life and peop

How to Respond to Beijing’s Growing Influence Abroad The events of the past month suggest several ways to counter antidemocratic pressure from China’s government. By Sarah Cook February 27, 2018   As the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) grows more aggressive in its efforts to spread censorship, propaganda, and other features of its authoritarian system to foreign lands, it is easy to be disheartened — particularly when so many companies and political leaders have capitulated to the pressure from Beijing. But further from the headlines, individuals and organizations are exploring more principled responses to this genuine threat to global freedom and democracy. Indeed, the past month alone has featured numerous impressive examples of approaches that could also prove successful in the future. The recent cases of pushback can be divided into four general types. Enjoying this article?  Click here to subscribe for full access. Just $5 a month. 🔴 Investi

Chinese agents are undermining Australia's sovereignty, Clive Hamilton's controversial new book claims By  Dylan Welch PostedThu 22 Feb 2018 at 6:26am, updatedThu 22 Feb 2018 at 3:52pm PHOTOHuang Xiangmo (R) donated $1.8m to build a research institute headed by Bob Carr. Thousands of agents of the Chinese state have integrated themselves into Australian public life — from the high spheres of politics, academia and business all the way down to suburban churches and local writers' groups — according to a controversial book to be published on Monday. The book, Silent Invasion: How China Is Turning Australia into a Puppet State, is written by Clive Hamilton, professor of public ethics at Charles Sturt University. In it, he alleges that a systematic Chinese government campaign of espionage and influence peddling is leading to "the erosion of Australian sovereignty". That erosion is caused, in part, by a recent wave of Chinese migration to Australia including "billiona

Chinese meddling vastly greater threat than Russian interference, author says In "Silent Invasion: How China Is Turning Australia into a Puppet State," well-known ethics professor ethics professor Clive Hamilton alleges a campaign of espionage and influence by China that is attempting to undermine the U.S.-Australian alliance. COURTESY OF PIXABAY               By  SETH ROBSON  | STARS AND STRIPESPublished: March 1, 2018 Chinese meddling in the Pacific that includes efforts to influence Americans is a vastly greater threat than Russian interference, says the author of a new book on communist infiltration in Australia. “Silent Invasion: How China Is Turning Australia into a Puppet State,” by Clive Hamilton, a well-known ethics professor at Charles Sturt University in Canberra, was released on Monday. It alleges a campaign of espionage and influence by China that is attempting to undermine the U.S.-Australian alliance. “Compared to t

The Xi Silk Road is here to stay Xi's extended tenure could embody the guarantee China needs to continue its anti-corruption purge and guide the ongoing economic reorientation By  PEPE ESCOBAR MARCH 2, 2018 4:47 AM (UTC+8) 53 7 It took only two sentences for Xinhua to make the historical announcement; the Central Committee of the CCCP “proposed to remove the expression that ‘the president and vice-president of the People’s Republic of China shall serve no more than two consecutive terms’ from the country’s constitution.” That will be all but confirmed at the end of the annual National People’s Congress session starting next week in Beijing. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox A Made in the West geopolitical storm duly ensued; forceful condemnations of the “regime” and its “authoritarian revival,” across-the-spectrum demonization of the “dictator for life” and “the new Mao.” It’s as if the New Emperor was about to concoct the

wadar in Pak is strategic venture: Manish Tewari March 2, 2018UPDATED 13:00 IST By Lalit K Jha Washington, Mar 2 (PTI) The development of Chabahar port in Iran is a commercial enterprise, whereas that of Gwadar port in Pakistan by China is a strategic venture with long term implications on the region, former union minister Manish Tewari has said. The strategic Gwadar Port in Balochistan province is being built by China under a multi-billion economic corridor. The Chabahar port in Iran is being considered by India, Iran and Afghanistan as a gateway to major opportunities for trade with central Asian countries. " One thing which needs to be very clearly understood is that Chabahar port is a commercial enterprise and Gwadar port is a strategic military enterprise. There is a distinction between as to why two projects have been conceived," Tewari said yesterday while addressing an event organised by the South As

Balochistan has prepared reforms roadmap, implementation remains a challenge Arsalan Haider MARCH 2, 2018 LAHORE:  The education sector in Balochistan has been focused on planning of reforms without much attention to implementation, notes Alif Ailan, an education advocacy initiative, in its ‘Five Years of Education Reforms in Balochistan: Wins, Losses and Challenges for 2018-2023 report. The report highlighted that though Balochistan was far behind other provinces in policies, infrastructure, and other educational issues five years ago, the province had made some improvements during this time. The report highlighted out of school children, school infrastructure, poor retention rates, low rate of girls enrolment, outdated secondary and intermediate boards, and teaching standards as some of the key challenges faced by the education sector of the province. Between 2010-11 and 2017-18, Balochistan increased its education budget substantially, nearly tripl