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China’s hypocritical stance on maritime militarization

  By  XUAN LOC DOAN JUNE 4, 2018 : A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson last Thursday accused the United States of “staging a farce of a thief crying ‘stop thief.'” The allegation was made by  Hua Chunying  when she was asked to comment on Washington’s recent strong criticisms of Beijing’s militarization of the South China Sea. Last August, the country’s main media outlets, including  Xinhua , its official news agency, leveled the same accusation at Vietnam, its southern communist neighbor and a key South China Sea claimant state, when the latter urged its fellow Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) members to raise China’s land reclamations and military activities in the hotly disputed waters. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Based on China’s actions in the area, including massive reclamation and a military build-up that incomparably exceeded those undertaken by Vietnam in terms of scale, speed and ambition, as well as inter

China swiftly seals its supremacy in the South China Sea

A Chinese navy fleet including the aircraft carrier Liaoning, submarines, vessels and fighter jets take part in a review in the South China Sea on April 12. PAUL MALEY The Australian 12:00AM June 4, 2018 On a clear blue day two weeks ago a long-range bomber with a wingspan the size of a swimming pool landed on a tiny island 400km south of China. The four-man crew of China’s H-6K strategic bomber didn’t stay long on Woody Island, the largest island in the ­disputed Paracels archipelago. Thirty-eight seconds of carefully edited footage posted to the  People’s Daily  Twitter account showed the H-6K gently touching down before lifting off again into the blue void above the South China Sea. Disputed claims in the South China Sea. Weeks earlier Beijing had ­secretly deployed a battery of anti-ship missiles to the Spratly Islands, a dusting of atolls 500km to the south of Woody Island and, like the Paracels, claimed by China. Like the H-6K, the YJ-12B cruise missile is all about reach.

Ambassador expects China-Russia economic, trade cooperation to flourish

MOSCOW, June 4 (Xinhua) -- Economic and trade cooperation between China and Russia will continue to prosper under the leadership of the countries' presidents, Chinese Ambassador to Russia Li Hui told Xinhua in a recent interview. At the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin will pay a state visit to China this week and attend the 18th meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). According to China's Ministry of Commerce, China-Russia trade increased nearly 30 percent year-on-year to 31.2 billion U.S. dollars in the first four months of the year, while bilateral trade will possibly exceed 100 billion dollars in 2018. Companies of the two countries are jointly developing a wide-body long-haul airliner, producing liquefied natural gas at the Yamal project, and cooperating in nuclear power, aviation, infrastructure, digital economy and the Arctic shipping route. "Economic and trade cooperati

Asfandyar wants Pakhtun-dominated areas in Balochistan included in KP

CHARSADDA: Awami National Party (ANP) head Asfandyar Wali Khan vowed on Sunday to include the Pakhtun-dominated areas of Balochistan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to continue the journey of unity of the Pakhtuns, which has been started with the merger of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) with the province. "The merger of Fata with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was a dream of our elders. Inclusion of Pakhtun-dominated areas of Balochistan into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will help Pakhtuns become a big power," he said. The ANP chief was talking to a delegation of the Fata Youth Jirga, which was led by its chief, Inayatullah Khan. Asfandyar Wali Khan praised the Jirga for the efforts for the merger of Fata with KP. "Had this Jirga not been there, we would have not succeeded in achieving the merger goal," he added. The ANP chief said that the 18th Constitutional Amendment gave a proper name to this province and the federating units achieved powers. "This amendment should be prote

Counterpoint Kashmir: CPEC & more

CPEC is developing fast against the backdrop of Kashmir-centred turmoil.  Kavya Dubey |  3 Jun 2018 10:21 PM China, yet again, refused to make any specific comment about Pakistan's Gilgit-Baltistan Order and reiterated that the matter is a bilateral one between India and Pakistan. This is a small diplomatic wonder considering that China ceded Jammu and Kashmir's Trans-Karakoram Tract from Pakistan in 1963 and exercises sovereignty over it. Pakistan's move to exercise administrative control in Gilgit-Baltistan beyond Kashmir is understood to be for the purpose of establishing greater authority in the disputed region for better and unhindered execution of the USD 30 million China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. It is for business that territorial disputes are once again raked up. The history of how Gilgit and Baltistan fell in the hands of Pakistan is an interesting one. Read This - US sanction could boomerang Distinct from PoK (what is called Azad Kashmir on th

CPEC: the governance challenges ahead — I

In order to ward off security threats to CPEC, there ought to be a legal framework in place, which serves as a point of reference for conflict and dispute resolutions Dr Ejaz Hussain In 2013, China and Pakistan signed a Memorandum of Understanding that served as the cornerstone of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Two years later, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Pakistan and formalised CPEC allocations at $46 billion. By the end of 2017, the total loans and investment under CPEC crossed $80 billion. To consolidate CPEC and bilateral economic cooperation, the Chinese and Pakistani governments concluded, at the sixth Joint Cooperation Council held in 2016 that they would set up Special Economic Zones. Initially, the total number of the zones varied from forty-six to over a hundred. However, later on, the Pakistani authorities, in particular the Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform and the Board of Investment, reduced the number to nine. Gwadar, the most cruci

Dr M jolts China’s Belt-Road plan

Sunday, 3 Jun 2018 by  ho wah foon THE unexpected cancellation of the planned Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad last week has jolted China’s plan to view Malaysia as a strategic centre under its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) for Asean. Kuala Lumpur’s expressed intention to renegotiate with Beijing the China-financed RM55bil East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), which is being constructed by a Chinese company, has also caused discomfort among investors. It is learnt that many Chinese potential investors are monitoring developments in Kuala Lumpur under the new Government of Pakatan Harapan, which took over the Federal Government after the May 9 general election. “In an investment forum last week, Chinese investors with plans to set up service and manufacturing firms here said they were not sure what to do after the news on HSR and ECRL,” says Lee Heng Guie, a senior economist formerly with CIMB Group. image:

China's New Silk Road faces resistance from India, partners

The highly ambitious Belt and Road Initiative promises to fortify China as an economic superpower. But negotiations around the Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar Economic Corridor are proving contentious. China's Belt and Road Initiative, also known as the New Silk Road project, has been featured prominently in the media ever since  President Xi Jinping  initiated the program in 2013. China has been touting the BRI as the 21st century's biggest project. By 2020, China plans to have invested €500 billion ($580 billion) into it. POLITICS | 27.04.2018 What ails India-China relations? Judging by some ecstatic media reports, one might assume that thousands of cargo trains are already barreling from China to Europe, and that millions of containers are being handled at ports along the New Silk Road. In reality, however, the BRI faces some severe and partially self-inflicted problems — as the Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar Economic Corridor demonstrates.    The BCIM is o

China trade pact talks with Sri Lanka hit major hurdles

Reuters Talks between China and Sri Lanka for a free-trade agreement have hit major hurdles, mainly because Beijing will not agree to Colombo’s demand for a review of the deal after 10 years, Sri Lanka’s top negotiator said. China has invested billions of dollars building ports and roads and power stations in the Indian Ocean island nation just off the southern toe of India as part of its Belt and Road Initiative to increase its trade and other connections across Asia and beyond. But concerns have grown in recent months that such investments can drive the country of 21 million people deeper into debt and undermine its sovereignty, prompting greater scrutiny of deals with China. China’s exports to Sri Lanka dwarf the trade that goes in the other direction, leaving Colombo with a big deficit with Beijing. Sri Lanka gives green light for Chinese LNG plant near Hambantota port Sri Lanka’s chief trade negotiator K.J. Weerasinghe said this week that Colombo was insisting on a right to

Current Balochistan: Conflict updates from ground

03/6/2018 GWADAR :- ▶ Pakistani military forces conducted a military operation in Pishukan, Gunz & Robar, violent military personnels tortured women & children,looted houses & abducted 3 civilians from them one was Identified as Abid S/o Mohmad Umar, & pakistani forces Build a check'post in  Gunz Shudha Grils School. 03/ 6 /2018 KECH :- ▶Last night Baloch Freedom fighters attacked pakistani military forces camp in Hoshab Tal, with rockets & heavy weaponry due to which heavy losses occurred occupying state forces. 03/6/2018 MAND :- ▶Last night around 2Am in Gayab Bazar, pakistani military forces raided houses of civilians & abducted 2 Baloch civilians namely Faisal S/o Murad Mohmad & Malik S/o Mussa. 03/6/2018 MAND :- ▶Today early morning at Rekh Bazar, Dascheen Jangal & Goburd Jangal, Pakistani invader army conducted a milatary operation, targeted women and children and tortured them, raided houses, after searching, looted valuable thi

General elections of Pakistan, where Baloch nationalists stand?

Niaz Zehri The general elections in Pakistan are going to be held on August 25, 2018. Pakistan’s major Political parties have already begun their election campaigns in Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Islamabad.  On the other hand, the atmosphere in Balochistan is relatively calmer and the people are indifferent towards these elections. Baloch nationalist parties, who seek freedom for Balochistan, have once again boycotted these elections. The largest pro-freedom party of Balochistan the Baloch National Movement (BNM) and the largest student organisation Baloch students Organisation – Azad (BSO-Azad) have categorically rejected Pakistan’s so called general elections. The reason and logic behind this strong decision is that, in Pakistan there is no democracy, all powers are held by the GHQ, political parties are not free to campaign and advocate for their rights, elections have been always influenced by the powerful army, whereas voters are not free to vote by their own choice. Pakistani