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The Belt and Road Initiative: Responding to Beijing’s Ambitious Endeavor

Kawashima Shin  [Profile] Politics [2018.06.13] China’s Belt and Road Initiative aims to promote infrastructure development over a broad area encompassing Eurasia and parts of Africa and the Pacific. It is a major element of President Xi Jinping’s drive to increase China’s international influence. How should Japan and the rest of the international community respond to this ambitious undertaking? An Initiative Serving both International and Domestic Objectives China’s Belt and Road Initiative is said to have been originally proposed in a speech delivered by President Xi Jinping during a visit to Kazakhstan in 2013. It was based on a number of regional diplomatic undertakings that Beijing had been promoting since the administration of his predecessor, Hu Jintao. These efforts had produced results including the formation of cooperative frameworks with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, and a group of 16 countries in Cent

A  Loquacious Era

By:  Syed Aurang Zaib                                                   Balochistan has got a very different political social and economic standing as compared to other provinces. It has remained a finer field for “Nationalist, Democrats, and religious fundamentalists” who always have had very crunchy slogans to humiliate people. Each of them, whether he is leftist or rightest, enjoyed the resources for own good. Same is the case with the recent era which just has come to end. Therefore, the last five years saw no political progress, change in political behavior or any trend of development. Both PML (N) and Pashtoonkhwa Mili Awami Party (PMAP) ruled the province with all their old and out-dated debates of constitutional enlargement, provincial rights and democracy. PMAP, the native party of the province, was seen more critical even offensive in pre-election eras and it was expected by the common man that it is going to bring the stars but the expectation counted a blow when things we

Who’s ruling Balochistan?

It is high time the people of Balochistan get to decide who should govern Momin Manzoor Balochistan is the largest province in the country, but has the smallest population. This region is said to have a minimal role in mainstream politics, however, this notion could soon be changing. Since the toppling of the Pakistan Muslim League — Noon (PML-N) government in Balochistan, Balochistan’s position seems to have changed. What happened in Balochistan is not a coincidence. The party is suffering from some political leg pulling — and this was only possible in Balochistan because of certain conditions. Politics in Balochistan is prone to fluctuations. Party leaders can exit their party to enter another in a matter of minutes. Sardar Doda (father of Sana Zehri and Israr Zehri) aptly highlighted the problem when he said, “we do not change parties, but governments by becoming a part of them.” Political control in Balochistan is kept by a very small pond of fish. A handful of political tyco

SupChina: China Affairs by Jeremy Goldkorn

China’s security picture, from North Korea to the South China Sea TOP STORIES GIF by Lucas Niewenhuis.  View pronunciation video from Jia . Read this  in your browser , see our  newsletter archives , or view our  Access archives for members . Dear reader, If you’re not an  Access member  or went off the grid over the last few days, the main China news came out of Vietnam, where protesters  took to the streets  to oppose draft legislation creating special economic zones, which critics say will leave Vietnam vulnerable to exploitation from Chinese companies. Today, we have five stories at the top for you, with the first being about Chinese and other reactions to the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore. It’s not a real Chinese curse, but we certainly are living in interesting times. —Jeremy Goldkorn, Editor-in-Chief 1. China gets what it has been ‘striving for all along’ Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last 24 hours, you know that U.S. President Donald Trump met N


China-Australia relations Australia 'flirting with danger' in debate over China, race commissioner warns  / Guardian “Australia’s race discrimination commissioner says we are ‘flirting with danger’ in the debate over Chinese influence in our democracy, warning that antagonism towards state-sponsored interference could spill over ‘into a general suspicion of Chinese-Australians.’” Chinese investors grow wary of Australia as tensions rise  / Bloomberg (paywall) “While that’s part of a global trend after China tightened foreign investment rules and clamped down on capital outflows, the decline also reflects mounting political tensions. ” China and Congo China Inc. takes another bite of Congo's copper mining riches  / Bloomberg (paywall) “China is making another big bet on copper in the Democratic Republic of Congo, deepening its presence in a country that’s proved very difficult for Western business. ” Trade war twists Chemours ex-worker pleads guilty in China trade

#Reviewing South Asia in 2020: What a 2002 Book About South Asia Can Teach Us Today

Ben Lamont   South Asia in 2020: Future Strategic Balances and Alliances . Michael R. Chambers, ed. Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, 2002. For all the attention paid to predicting the future, surprisingly little is paid to past predictions. This is a missed opportunity. Assessing past forecasts can yield insights and improve current thinking about the future.  South Asia in 2020: Future Strategic Balances and Alliances  is a great example of a collection of forecasts worth reviewing. An edited volume published in November 2002, the essays of  South Asia in 2020  sought to anticipate how the strategic dynamics of the region would look in 2020. Most of the forecasts look impressively prescient today. Broadly speaking, the authors’ consensus predictions about strategic dynamics have played out as anticipated; Pakistan and China have become closer, and so too have India and the United States. The forecasts that were most inaccurate seem to have stemmed from the propensity of U

Free Balochistan Movement to organise protest and sit-in vigils on 26 June

LONDON:  The Free Balochistan Movement has announced to organise awareness campaigns, protests and sit-in vigils on 26 June – International Day in support of Victims of Torture – in different countries. The FBM in its statement to media said that ‘occupying Pakistani’ force have intensified their offensives against civilians populations in Balochistan and they have disappeared thousands of innocent Baloch including women, children and elderly people since the beginning of the current phase of the Baloch freedom struggle. ‘Pakistani forces have destroyed the houses of hundreds of innocent Baloch in the name of so-called China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) only to appease China and pave way for Chinese exploitative designs in Balochistan. The Baloch population near CPEC route have been forced to migrate from their native towns and villages to become IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) in Sindh and other areas of Balochistan,’ the FBM said read. The Free Balochistan Movement said

Current Balochistan: Conflict Updates from ground

12/6/2018 KECH :- ▶From Kolwa Kad Hotel unidentified Death body was founded, which was shifted to Hospital. 12/6/2018:- MASTUNG :- ▶In Kali Noza Kank unkown armed man opened fire on a shop due to which a man namely Meer Hazar Purkhani got killed. 12/6/2018:- KECH :- ▶Today Baloch freedom fighters attached on army convey in kad hotel, Kolwa, with automatic weapons and rockets, where occupying army faced heavy losses 12/6/2018: AWARAN ▶On 29th of may 2018 barbaric army abducted Uzoor baksh S/o Hammal R/o Durrasky, Today on 12th of june he was released and reached his home.