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CPEC and the Power Game Between India, Pakistan, the US and Afghanistan CPEC and the Power Game Between India, Pakistan, the US and Afghanistan PIVOT TO ASIA 16:04 20.04.2018(updated 17:34 20.04.2018)Get short URL John Harrison 2 33 For the purpose of avoiding a possible sea blockade during a US-China conflict, as well as to develop China’s western regions, China is keen to develop an overland route to the Arabian Sea through Pakistan (CPEC). How developed is this route, and what are the wider geopolitical issues? 00:57 / 23:48 Jeff Schubert , an Australian visiting professor at Moscow's Higher School of Economics joins the program. Jeff starts off the program by describing what CPEC is: "It's a program to develop Pakistan's infrastructure facilities and give China, particular China's western provinces, Xinjiang in particular, access to the Arabian Sea or more broadly the Indian Ocean." Jeff sees CPEC as being not only for exports out 

PASDEC signs MoU with Balochistan for uplift of marble, granite mining By  Web Desk   On  Apr 20, 2018 ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Stone Development Company (PASDEC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of Balochistan for the overall development of marble and granite mining and processing sector of the province. On behalf of PASDEC, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Zahid Maqsood Sheikh signed the MoU while Secretary Industries and Commerce Aziz Ahmed Tarar signed the MoU on behalf of the government of Balochistan. The MoU entails collaboration for the development of marble and granite sector of Balochistan through improvement in existing industry practices in the province. Under the agreement, PASDEC shall assist Balochistan in developing marble cities, training and development programs and machinery pool at district Khuzdar to facilitate in upgradation in mining techniques, provision of state of the art mining equipment and skill developme

A two-way street: why China is not just a student departure lounge anymore A two-way street: why China is not just a student departure lounge anymore Posted on  Apr 20, 2018  by  Chris Parr Posted in  Analysis , under  Asia . Tagged with  China ,  Student mobility . Bookmark the  permalink . Mainland China has long been known as something of a student departure lounge. Between 1978 and 2016, it is estimated that more than 4.5 million Chinese studied outside their home country, to the huge cultural and financial benefit of the universities in the US, the UK, Australia, Canada and beyond. China is seeing significant bilateral student traffic. Photo: Reisefreheit_eu/Pixabay Share this: About Chris Parr Chris Parr is a freelance education journalist based in London. He was formally a reporter and digital editor at Times Higher Education, and writes regularly for a range of national education titles. It is well on course to meet its self-imposed target of hosting 500,00

‘Price’ of Chinese investments Lt Gen Bhopinder Singh (retd) The Chinese onslaught is relentless with its multi-named infrastructural initiative (One-Belt-One-Road) that is unparalleled in its scale, temerity of ambition and its ability to ensnare the participating countries within its ambit. Posted at: Apr 21, 2018, 12:47 AM Last updated: Apr 21, 2018, 12:47 AM (IST) CHINA STANDING TALL IN EAST: 91 per cent of Pakistan’s Gwadar port revenue is accruing to the Chinese. Lt Gen Bhopinder Singh (retd) The  self-inflicted retreat of the US footprint from the global stage is matched with the commensurate increase in the Chinese presence, impact and strategic-hold. Armed with what Henry Kissinger calls an 'subtle sense of the intangible', the Chinese are making huge investments, from $60 billion committed for the African countries, $140 billion in loan commitments to Latin America, $60 billion for just Pakistan under th

EU suspects tax fraud at China's new gateway to Europe EU suspects tax fraud at China's new gateway to Europe Friday, April 20, 2018 12:17 p.m. CDT  FILE PHOTO: A view of the Piraeus Container Terminal, near Athens, Greece, September 20, 2017. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis/File photo By Angus Berwick and Renee Maltezou MADRID/ATHENS (Reuters) - European Union and Italian authorities are investigating suspected wide-scale tax fraud by Chinese criminal gangs importing goods via Greece's largest port of Piraeus, a trade gateway between China and Europe, officials said. "The VAT is completely evaded, with enormous damage to the national tax authorities and to the community," Fabio Botto, of the Italian Central Anti-fraud Office's special investigative unit, said in an interview. He said the suspected scam at Piraeus, part of China's vast Belt and Road infrastructure project, had cost Italy tens of millions of euros

France's Poorest Region Looks to China, Not Macron, for Help France's Poorest Region Looks to China, Not Macron, for Help   Helene Fouquet 20 April 2018, 5:54 PM20 April 2018, 4:30 AM SHARE (Bloomberg) -- In the northern French  Hauts-de-France  region, a traditional stronghold of the protectionist, anti-immigrant National Front, constituents are banking on Beijing rather than Paris to turn around the area’s economic malaise. At the helm of the push is Xavier Bertrand, 53, the president of the province -- home to 6 million people and the nation’s highest unemployment and poverty rates. It’s where the port of Dunkirk faces the U.K. and the European A1 trade thoroughfare from Paris passes by. Bertrand recently returned from a trip to China, where he met with potential investors in his bid to remake Hauts-de-France into a logistics and technology hub. The move to boost the economy of the province comes as France and the Europea

China’s construction giant CCECC inks MoU with Empire Properties to build Gwadar’s first luxury Golf Community, China Pak Golf Estates China’s construction giant CCECC inks MoU with Empire Properties to build Gwadar’s first luxury Golf Community, China Pak Golf Estates By   DND  - April 20, 2018 ISLAMABAD: Empire Properties, Pakistan registered trustees of leading International Developers CPIC, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) as the prospective contractor for the construction of China Pak Golf Estates, Gwadar’s first luxury, gated Golf Community. The $265 Million development is a milestone in the development of Gwadar and will deliver the emerging port city’s most premier residential and lifestyle destination. China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Ltd. (CCECC) is a Chinese State owned Construction Company and was established in June 1979 under parent company China Railway C

Is PTM an ‘engineered protest’?

by Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur on  20 Apr 20181 Comment A statement from the Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa said on April 12 that “engineered protests” would not be allowed to reverse the gains of counterterrorism operations and cautioned the nation against forgetting the sacrifices of “real heroes”. He, without naming the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM), blamed it as something which was not indigenous but was being supported and guided by the usual suspects they have been accusing of guiding and supporting the Baloch (and the Bengalis in the past) for protesting against the injustices and the state terror being perpetrated against them.   The Baloch have been always labelled as agents of India and Afghanistan, though the injustices that they protest against are perpetrated by those who label them such. Oddly, often times these crimes of disappearances and mutilated bodies of Baloch people have been imputed against India and others.   Interestingly, on 19 December, 201

Can a small German city reinvent itself as a gateway between Europe and Asia? Can a small German city reinvent itself as a gateway between Europe and Asia? Date:  April 15, 2018 Author: 0 Duisburg is the largest inland port in the world you have never heard of. However, on Chinese maps, the medium-sized German city of 500,000 has rapidly grown in significance since 2013. After all, it is Duisburg, not Berlin, that is arguably the most important European node of the rail networks that make up Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). But what exactly makes Duisburg so special in the eyes of Chinese policymakers and led them to choose the city as a key hub of their trillion-dollar initiative? The one-word answer: logistics. Historically, it is the River Rhine that provided for the Duisburg’s economy and transport; enabling the city to be part of the ‘ Amber Road’ , a trading route which connected the Mediterranean, North Sea and Baltic Se

Belt and Road Initiative: One Vision of Justice Belt and Road Initiative: One Vision of Justice BY MARK BEER, OBE  in   OPINIONS   on  20 APRIL 2018 In 2017, the United Arab Emirates and Kazakhstan celebrated 25 years of friendship and diplomacy. The UAE is Kazakhstan’s largest Arab trade partner, with close to $643 million in bilateral trade recorded in 2017. Over the last decade, the UAE has made substantial investments, exceeding $2 billion in a wide array of economic sectors in Kazakhstan, financing projects in strategic areas, such as oil and gas and food security. Photo credit: With the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev visiting the UAE in January and March 2018, ties between the two countries were further reinforced through the signing of agreements and memorandums of understanding, to boost joint partnership and cooperation across various sectors. An agreement on reciprocal encouragement and protection of investments

EU should look at China with 'fair and open mind': Chinese envoy EU should look at China with 'fair and open mind': Chinese envoy 2018-04-20 10:12 Xinhua  Editor: Gu Liping The European Union (EU) should look at China with a fair and open mind, instead of through the lens of ideology, Chinese ambassador to the bloc has said. Ambassador Zhang Ming, head of the Chinese Mission to the EU, rammed home this message Wednesday at the meeting of the Delegation for Relations with China of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. "We need to have greater mutual trust. China always supports the European integration process, and supports a united, stable and prosperous EU in playing a bigger role in global affairs," he said in a speech to the delegation members. Casting light on why China didn't go for the western-style political system after 40 years of reform and opening-up -- a question puzzled "some European friends", Zhang said: "China has a five-thousand-year his

Shell to invest £13m in fuel stations in Pakistan Around 100 fuel stations are to be set up by 2020 By Priyanka Shrestha Thursday 19 April 2018 Image: Supannee_Hickman/Shutterstock Oil and gas giant  Shell  plans to set up around 100 new  fuel stations  in  Pakistan . That represents an investment of up to £13 million by 2020, according to the Department for International Trade. The fuel stations will be set up under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a bilateral project to improve infrastructure within the latter country for better trade with  China . The UK is Pakistan’s biggest trade partner in the EU, with bilateral trade increasing 8% between 2015 and 2016. UK Trade Minister Greg Hands welcomed the investment and reiterated the nation’s ambition to continue its trade terms with Pakistan, supporting economic development, after it leaves the EU