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Forget Belt and Road, China's Economic Future Is All About Silicon Valley

AsiaGlobal Online By  Salvatore Babones The enshrining of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in China’s constitution in October 2017 ensures that it will guide vast swaths of Chinese foreign policy for decades to come. In essence, BRI connects sunset industries plagued by  overcapacity (steel, construction, heavy engineering) to low- and middle-income countries in Central Asia and Eastern Europe. But while BRI looks west, China’s real growth centers, like Shanghai’s Pudong, Shenzhen’s  Huaqiangbei , and Beijing’s  Zhongguancun , are looking east – to California. To the west, declining industries BRI looks great on a map, but on the ground it is much less impressive. One of BRI’s shining gems is the Khorgos Gateway in Kazakhstan. Though reputed to be the  biggest dry port  in the world, it is essentially just a transshipment facility. It  consists of little more than three 41-ton gantry cranes that are used to bridge the standard-gauge railways of China and the broad-gauge railw

Silk Road Fund announces financial cooperation with Astana

CGTN's Sun Ye Silk Road Fund has made a subscription of common shares in the Astana International Exchange, the fund announced Friday.  The agreement was signed Thursday, witnessed by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev in Beijing, as a range of other cooperation deals were inked between the two countries. Chinese President Xi Jinping met Kazakh Counterpart in Beijing. /CFP Photo  The fund’s move is also the first investment made by the subordinate special fund, China-Kazakhstan Production Capacity Cooperation Fund. The 2 billion US dollars fund was established in 2015 to promote cooperation between China and Kazakhstan. According a press release, the Silk Road Fund also signed a memorandum of understanding Thursday on strategic partnership with Astana International Financial Centre. It says the cooperation will further align China’s Belt and Road Initiative with Kazakhstan's new economic policy Nurly Zhol or the Bright Path, strengthe

China’s project faces web issues in Pok’s Gilgit

By  Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury , ET Bureau  Over 36 trucks carrying goods to and from China are stranded at the Sust Dry Port in Khunjerab Pass due to this ongoing dispute between Pakistani traders and government officials. A newly introduced web-based customs clearance system is proving to be an inconvenience to China-Pakistan trade through the Khunjerab Pass in Gilgit in PoK, an important part of the China-Pakistan-Economic-Corridor ( CPEC ), the flagship project of Beijing's  belt and road initiative . For about a month now, traders in the town of Gilgit (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) have reportedly been refusing to clear their consignments through the web-based one customs (WeBOC) system, saying Internet service in the region is not dependable and that they are not educated enough to learn the WeBOC system. People in the know said traders fear that the new system will render thousands of people jobless. The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), which has introduced We-BOC, however say

Belt and Road encourages private investment in infrastructure

By CGTN’s Mao Dan With opportunities in Belt and Road Initiative, private investments are needed to develop infrastructure projects, representatives at the 9th International Infrastructure Investment and Construction Forum said at the event held in Macao on Thursday and Friday.  Infrastructure needs in the Asia Pacific region will exceed 22.6 trillion US dollars by 2030, or 1.5 trillion US dollars per year, if the region is to maintain growth momentum, according to estimates from the Asian Development Bank.  Najeeb Haider, manager of investment operations department III at AIIB, speaks to CGTN. / CGTN photo Faced with a huge need for capital, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is trying to increase the proportion of private capital in financing large infrastructure projects and taking energy, transportation and sustainable cities as a priority in capital allocation, Najeeb Haider, manager of investment operations department III at AIIB, told CGTN on the sidelines of t

CEEC Tourism Cooperation Conference Shows Belt and Road Growth in Europe

NINGBO, China, June 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Central and Eastern European countries (CEEC) tourism meeting was held at Nanyuan Hotel. More than 500 guests from more than ten CEE countries, including Latvia, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Serbia, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria and Bosnia and Herzegovina, attended the conference. The conference was held in the port city of Ningbo which aims for global development as the starting point of the Maritime Silk Road. International delegates at the conference represented national tourism associations, city mayors' offices, cross-continental financial institutions, as well as embassies and consulates. As Chinese and CEEC tourism opportunities expand, tourism consumption continues to provide a greater need for multi-laterally organized tourism development. For example, in 2017, Ningbo City organized a total of 274,000 tourists to travel to European countries. Chen Zhongchao, deputy mayor of Ningbo City, pointed out in his speech that Ningbo is comm

Ukraine holds roundtable on Belt and Road Initiative

KIEV, June 8 (Xinhua) -- About 30 Ukrainian experts held a roundtable in Kiev on Friday to discuss Ukraine' s role in building the China-proposed modern Silk Road. The roundtable themed "Belt and Road: potential for Ukraine" was organized by the Ukrainian Institute for the Future and the Ukrainian Association of Sinologists. It brought together Ukrainian international relations experts, sinologists, scientists, economists and representatives of business community. At the first part of the event, which was aired live to internet users, eight experts have presented their scientific reports on the Belt and Road to better inform the Ukrainian public about the goals and objectives of the Initiative. Then, all experts present at the event held a professional discussion on China-Ukraine cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative. They also exchanged their views on the projected economic effect from the Initiative for Ukraine. While speaking with Xinhua during the event,

Kazakhstan will benefit enormously from Belt and Road initiative

By  Georgi Gotev  | A Chinese train on the Belt and Road route [Twitter]         Kazakhstan, the most impressive reformer in the Central Asian region, is set to benefit enormously from China’s Belt and Road initiative as an equal partner, Kate Mallinson of Chatham House said at an international conference marking the 20th anniversary of Astana, on 5 June. Kate Mallinson is an associate fellow of the Chatham House Russia and Eurasia Programme. Kazakhstan stands at the crossroads between East and West and between North and South, in an increasingly complex global environment. The country’s successful multi-vector foreign policy is enviable to many. Astana has been going through a sort of golden period, emerging as a neutral platform for the de-escalation and resolution of various conflicts and the country maintains positive relations with key powers including China, Russia, the EU and the US to name a few. Astana will play a pivotal role in transforming this neutral

Siemens seals agreements for Belt and Road Initiative

08 June 2018 Siemens has entered into more than 10 agreements with Chinese partners in support and exploration of opportunities from the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in projects that target the market potentials of countries and regions such as Indonesia, the Philippines, Nigeria, Mozambique as well as South America. At the Belt and Road International Summit held by Siemens, the company signed agreements with a number of leading Chinese enterprises, including China Gezhouba Group Corporation International Engineering Co Ltd, Guangdong Yuedian Group Co Ltd, China National Chemical Engineering Group Corporation Ltd (CNCEC), China Railway Construction Corporation (International) Ltd, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) and China Resources Cement Holdings Ltd. The agreements covered projects for power generation, energy management, building technology and intelligent manufacturing. "As a long-term and well-established partner of China and its industries, w

Nine years of protests and campaign for the missing Zakir Majeed

Today marked the 9 years of Zakir Majeed’s absence among his people, as he was abducted by the personnel of Pakistan’s secret agencies on this day in 2009. Baloch community in Balochistan and Baloch diaspora are recording their protest for the Baloch missing persons and against the abduction of Zakir Majeed — A young student leader. Zakir Majeed Baloch was the Senior Vice Chairman of a student organisation —BSO-Azad—when he was picked up forcibly by the personnel of Pakistani intelligence agencies from Mastung town of Balochistan on 8th June 2009. BSO-Azad has since announced to observe 8th June as the day of all Baloch Missing Persons. According to TBP social media desk, Baloch social media activists are running a campaign using the hashtag #BalochMissingPersonsDay. The hashtag is being used by several rights activists too. Rights organisation accuse Pakistani Army of picking up Baloch activists and subjecting them to severe torture.

Intensification of State-Practiced Enforced Disappearances in Balochistan

Bizen Baluch The Balochistan Post State of Pakistan intensified the implementation and increased the ambit of its policy of enforced disappearances in Balochistan in order to counter the on-going Baloch national liberation movement. Initially, Baloch men and adults who were part of the Baloch movements were abducted — more than 40,000 Baloch missing persons are still illegally detained in state’s secret torture cells — and then more than the dead bodies of 10,000 missing persons were dumped in mutilated condition. But in past few years, the state has further increased the extent of its policy of enforced disappearances in Balochistan by adding Baloch women, children and elders in it; particularly the family members of Baloch pro-freedom political parties and armed organizations are in target. A Baloch family, containing women and infants, from Dasht area of Balochistan were illegally taken in the custody of Paksitan Army in 2016; the family was then released after the use of inhum

Current Balochistan: Conflict updates from ground

9/6/2018:- TUMP :- ▶Yesterday in Malant a area of Tump, Pakistani army rushed in a home, where army abducted khan Mohammad S/o Jan Mohammad, According to civilians Khan Mohammed was guest here, and now civilian are protesting in front of military camp  for his safe release. 09/6/2018 KECH :- ▶From Kalatuk pakistani Army abducted 2 Baloch Civlians, still they have not been Identified. 09/6/2018 TUMP :- ▶ Today at early moring in Cheri Bazar , Gomazi Pakistani military forces conducted a military operation, violent military personals tortured women & Children & looted houses, no news of Abduction Reported yet. 09/6/2018 TUMP :- ▶Today at early morning in Malant a area of Tump, Pakistani military forces conducted a military operation, violent military personals tortured women & Children, looted houses & abducted numbers of Baloch Civilians. 8/6/2018:- AWARAN :- ▶On 29th of April 2018, Ibrar S/O Uzoor Baksh R/O Durrasky was forcefully abducted by Pakistani

Mumbai food: Get a taste of cuisine from Balochistan

By Anju Maskeri Nov 06, 2016, 11:52 IST     Priya Jham was all of 10 when she first tried her hand at preparing the atte ka sheera her mother taught her. “Back then there was no concept of fusion and fancy cuisine. So, the only type of cooking that my mother knew was the traditional Bhagnari, that she picked up while growing up in Karachi,” says Jham, whose parents migrated to Mumbai in 1947, after the Partition. “There would be days when she would head to the market, and I would sneak into the kitchen and start my experiments with dal and aloo fry,” she recalls with a laugh. That was in 1973. Over 40 years have passed now, but her experimental streak is still intact. Even now, when Jham enters the kitchen, it is to experiment with her repertoire of Bhagnari dishes that have been passed down generations and are savoured to this day at her Mahim home. Items like stuffed aloo tikki with poppy seeds, mutton chops in the traditional Bhagnari masala, which is basically double chops o

Hundreds missing, Awaran stays under military siege

Awaran has now remained under military siege for the third consecutive day, tens of houses have been burnt and hundreds including women and children have gone missing, reports coming from the region suggest. According to the details received by The Balochistan Post, Pakistan army continues to ‘wreak havoc’ for the third day in Awaran district of Balochistan, many people have been missing since the commencement of the operation. Earlier reports had claimed that Pakistan army gave an ultimatum to the people of different villages to leave the area within two days. Most of the people of Laindki, Teertij, Nailtaki, Bazdad and Daraski village were shifted to army camps forcefully; others remain internally displaced. On the third day, Pakistani forces lay siege around the Zeelag village of Awaran, and reportedly tens of people have been picked up from the village and shifted to undisclosed areas. Baloch nationalist parties have condemned the actions of Pakistan army, and a Baloch rebel le

8th June, The Day Of Baloch Missing Persons

Shayan Baluch The Balochistan Post Baloch missing person’s case, one of the aggravated problem that has gracelessly failed to yet gain concrete attention nationally and internationally. The plight of missing’s unknown whereabouts under custody of Pakistani military and associated forces has created a concentrated uncertainty among the people whose beloved are still missing. The process of disappearances in Balochistan initiated at the time when exactly the insurgency of the Baloch against Pakistani occupation and brutalities intensified a decade ago. This continuity of the disappearance in this resource-rich land took thousands of innocent civilians and political activists behind the bars as a way to suppress and subjugate the Baloch people. Balochistan after the British Rule, was an independent state being run under the khanate of Kalat supervision along with its princely states, namely Kharan, Lasbella and Makuran. But this couldn’t be digested by the Pakistani rulers and they fi

Japan, China launch maritime-aerial communication mechanism

June 8, 2018 (Mainichi Japan) The Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter carrier Kaga is seen in waters off Yokohama in this March 22, 2017 file photo. (Mainichi) TOKYO -- A Japan-China maritime and aerial communication mechanism aimed at averting unintended clashes between the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) and Chinese military went into operation on June 8. 【Related】Japan, China agree on contact mechanism to avert accidental clashes 【Related】Japan, China to skirt mentioning Senkakus in communication mechanism Expectations are high that the system will contribute to preventing any escalation of tensions by clarifying the rules for communications between the countries' defense authorities. "The mechanism is extremely significant for averting any contingencies," said Joint Staff Chief of Staff Katsutoshi Kawano at a June 7 press conference. A notice was issued on May 29 to inform SDF personnel of the content of an agreement with China on the mechanism. Under the mechanis

India’s role in resisting Chinese maritime hegemony

By  S K CHATTERJI The Sydney Morning Herald ran a fine opinion article,  Great powers stepping up on China , on June 4 regarding the recently concluded  Shangri-La Dialogue  in Singapore. The author, Peter Hartcher, said successive speakers at the forum talked about the rules-based order in the South China Sea, and the further their countries were from the strategically vital waterway, the  louder their condemnation of China tended to be. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also shared his views of the Indo-Pacific: “India’s own engagement in the Indo-Pacific Region – from the shores of Africa to that of the Americas – will be inclusive.” The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox In his assessment, Hartcher said the countries whose territorial sovereignty in the South China Sea was threatened “tiptoed carefully around the subject and had little or nothing to say.” With the South China Sea forming a part of the Indo-Pacific, Modi definitely made his pos

SCO a natural partner to the Belt and Road Initiative

CGTN Gu Liping CGTN photo On September 7, 2013, during a speech made at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan, Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed to build a “Silk Road Economic Belt,” in order to enhance economic and trade cooperation between China and Central Asian countries.  The Silk Road Economic Belt together with the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road were later evolved into the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a bilateral and multilateral cooperative mechanism. While this piece of inland area in Central Asia, where most founding members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) are located, was regarded as one of the birthplaces of this China-proposed initiative. As a regional cooperation mechanism, the SCO not only focuses on cooperation on security but also on economic cooperation and is gradually expanding into people-to-people and cultural exchanges in the future. Most SCO members, observers and dialogue partners are located along the ancient silk road, provi

Now On Netflix: A Love Song To China’s Belt And Road Initiative

"Chalay Thay Saath" is a Pakistani-Chinese love story slated to open in China at the SCO Film Festival in Qingdao next week. EILEEN GUO JUNE 8, 2018 0 In the scenic yet deadly high mountains of Gilgit, Pakistan, a Chinese backpacker and a Pakistani doctor are thrown together during a group-tour road trip and, in short order, improbably but inevitably fall in love. To be together, they must fight past a number of roadblocks, including language barriers, racist stereotypes, familial disapproval, and even a deadly flood that, for a time, erects a physical divide between them. But in the end, love — and Chinese-Pakistani  dosti  (friendship) — prevails. While this may sound like the latest CCP propaganda flick (the rom-com version, perhaps, of  Amazing China ? ),  it is actually the plot behind a Pakistani film,  Chalay Thay Saath , that opened to much fanfare in Pakistan and is now available in the United States on Netflix. Gaping plot holes, melodrama, and all the recog

What to look for when the leaders of China, Russia, Iran and India meet for this year’s Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit

China and Russia’s stance on the Iran nuclear deal will be a top issue at the regional security summit in Qingdao Kinling Lo UPDATED : Friday, 8 Jun 2018, 2:28PM With all eyes on the upcoming US-North Korea leaders’ meeting, the weekend summit of a China-led regional security bloc has gone largely under the international radar. But when the annual Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit gets under way in the Chinese port city of Qingdao on Saturday, the leaders from the eight-member bloc are expected to address the big global issues, from the tensions on the Korean peninsula, to the Iran nuclear deal and US trade policies. Beijing will be looking to press a series of key cross-border matters, particularly the “Belt and Road Initiative”, and greater cooperation to combat the “three evil forces” of terrorism, extremism and separatism, according to state-run Xinhua. Drug trafficking and cybercrime are also on the agenda. ADVERTISEMENT SCROLL TO CONTINUE WITH CONTENT The S

CPEC — a solution to the Kashmir issue?

Pakistan wants to follow the same path as China, and open a dialogue with India in order for CPEC to develop without any problems Nayyar N Khan In December 2017, China offered the Afghan government a chance to become part of their ambitious $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). At the same time, they made it clear that the project was not in any way directed against India and that no third party should be concerned with its progress. This came after India complained that the corridor passes through Gilgit-Baltistan (GB)in Pakistan-administered Kashmir which is a territory claimed by both India and Pakistan. After negotiating a border stand-off at Doklam Plateau (China-Bhutan disputed border) both India and China indicated that they wanted to build peaceful relations by solving their bilateral disputes through diplomacy instead of armed conflicts. Pakistan wants to follow the same path, and open a dialogue with India in order for CPEC to develop without any problems. H