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Pak, lucrative destination for foreign investors: BoI in France Pak, lucrative destination for foreign investors: BoI March 29, 2018 Investment Forum successfully concluded in ParisObserver Report Paris Naeem Y. Zamindar, Minister of State and Chairman Board of Investment Pakistan led a 17-member Pakistani business delegation to the Pakistan Investment Forum held in Paris on Wednesday. The Forum jointly organized by Pakistan Board of Investment, Embassy of Pakistan to France and Mouvement des Entreprises de France (MEDEF) was chaired by Chairman BoI and Mr. Thierry Pflimlin, President Pakistan-France Business Council. Presentation were made by the representatives of Punjab & KP Investment Boards about business and investment opportunities in their provinces. A large number of major French companies including Renault, Total, Suez, GE, Gemalto, Vinci, Credit Agricole, Surys and Engie attended the event. While addressing the opening session of the Forum, Chairman

Twitterati reminds Shahid Afridi of Balochistan, trolls him over Kashmir Twitterati reminds Shahid Afridi of Balochistan, trolls him over Kashmir File photo (PTI) By Zee Media Bureau | Updated: Apr 03, 2018, 17:16 PM IST New Delhi: Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi was trolled massively by Indians for  raking up the 'Kashmir issue'  on Monday. The player took to Twitter and posted, "Appalling and worrisome situation ongoing in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. Innocents being shot down by oppressive regime to clamp voice of self -determination and independence. Wonder where are the UN and other international bodies and why aren't they making efforts to stop this bloodshed?" Slamming him, while some Twitterati reminded Afridi that Kashmir was an integral part of India, others reminded him of the situation in Balochistan. Earlier also, Afridi had raised the 'issue of Kashmir' during the World Twenty20 match agains

Over to Maldives Over to Maldives MANOJ JOSHI Whether Male likes it or not, India’s proximity is a fact Pakistan's Chief of Army calling on President Abdulla Yameen Source: Maldivian President's office ABDULLA YAMEEN GENERAL JAVED BAJWA MALDIVES The visit of Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa to the Maldives could not have been particularly comfortable for India. Bajwa became the first foreign dignitary to visit Maldives following the imposition of the 45-day Emergency which was lifted 22 March. The statements attributed to General Bajwa and President Abdulla Yameen were not out of the ordinary, what is significant, however, is the visit itself. It is a sign of closer coordination between Chinese and Pakistani policy in South-west Asia and the western Indian Ocean region. It may be recalled that in December 2017, President Yameen visited China shortly after the Parliament approved an FTA with Beijing. Maldives became the second Sou

India’s approaches to the South China Sea India’s approaches to the South China Sea Balancing priorities and prioritising balance ULISES GRANADOS 3 APRIL 2018 India must play a careful game as it balances its security, economic development and relationship with China, writes Ulises Granados. During the last four years, India has advanced its Act East Policy, an upgraded version of the 1990s  Look East Policy . The new approach now encompasses a more robust political and security engagement with Asia, an area spanning from the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) to Southeast Asia and the Pacific Ocean. As its economic and geopolitical importance has grown, India’s pursuit of economic security has moved beyond the country’s immediate geographic realm (the subcontinent and the IOR). New Delhi is now increasingly fostering economic, political and diplomatic bonds with selected East Asian states and the US. India today is less constrained by its traditional non-aligned pr

Restart The TPP With China In Exchange For "U.S. Belt, U.S. Road" Restart The TPP With China In Exchange For "U.S. Belt, U.S. Road" Steve Forbes  ,   FORBES STAFF  “With all thy getting, get understanding."   Agree with it or not, below is a creative idea by William A. Mundell for trying to forge a constructive relationship with China, whereby China would help pay for U.S. infrastructure projects. Bill Mundell is producer of the upcoming documentary  Better Angels . THE TARGETING  of more than $30 billion in additional Chinese imports for tariffs, coming on the heels of punitive tariffs on solar panel imports and new duties on steel and aluminum imports—tariffs that are increasingly targeted toward China--confirms the Trump Administration’s intention to bypass the WTO’s dispute settlement body and rely solely on U.S. law regarding its ongoing trade brawl with China. It’s a high-stakes game of chicken from which both

India will seek deeper economic ties with ASEAN

*India will seek deeper economic ties with ASEAN * Oxford Analytica Tuesday, March 27, 2018 For Delhi, closer links with South-east Asia help to develop India’s north-east and counter Beijing’s regional influence  Source: Thomson Reuters Datastream, Oxford Analytica Outlook Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi since 2014 has spoken of transitioning from a ‘Look East’ to an ‘Act East’ policy, pledging greater engagement with South-east Asia. Delhi’s initiative is about palliating separatist feeling in India’s restive north-east and pushing back on China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Enhanced physical connectivity with Myanmar and Thailand should boost economic prospects in the north-east. It may also help India reduce dependence on the strategically sensitive Siliguri Corridor and respond to Chinese infrastructural investments in South-east Asia. India and ASEAN will seek to boost bilateral trade, but protectionist demands may keep India out of RCEP. Impacts India will push to