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Manager of China's Biggest Shipbuilder is Under Investigation

CSIC Dalian Shipyard (file image) BY  MAREX  2018-06-17 17:18:32 Sun Bo, the general manager of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, is under investigation by the Communist Party of China's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI). CCDI is the party's highest internal control office, and it serves as China's top anti-corruption agency. In a statement released Saturday via state media, the CCDI said that Sun is under investigation for “suspected serious violation of Party disciplinary rules and law." The allegation is a phrase that CCDI typically uses to refer to cases involving corruption.  Sun, a graduate of Dalian University of Technology, rose through the ranks at CSIC subsidiary Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. before becoming the conglomerate's assistant general manager. He assumed the post of general manager in 2015. Sun is not the first CSIC official to come under scrutiny in recent years. Liu Changhong, CSIC's head of discipline, wa

Belt and Road Interview Series: Gordon Orr

We had the pleasure of interviewing Gordon Orr about his views on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Having set up McKinsey's Beijing office in the early 1990s and led their China practice for many years, Gordon has witnessed first hand the rise of Chinese companies both at home and abroad. In this interview, Gordon provides his take on the BRI, the digital silk road, as well as discussing the opportunities and challenges facing Chinese and foreign countries looking to tap into the BRI. Gordon Orr is a Senior Advisor to McKinsey and a Board Member of Lenovo and Swire Pacific.  In addition, he is an advisor to Oxford University and Harvard Business School in Asia and is a Board Member of the China Britain Business Council. Gordon opened McKinsey’s office in Beijing in the early 1990s and led McKinsey’s Greater China practice for many years.  He led McKinsey Asia from 2009 until 2014 and was on McKinsey’s global board of directors 2003-15 with responsibilities for Asia, Governan

Cultural relics from ancient Silk Road, Renaissance on display in Beijing

An exhibition on the Silk Road and the Renaissance has opened at the National Museum of China in Beijing and will run until August 19. It features over 200 cultural relics from 17 Chinese museums and 21 Italian museums, reflecting the influence of the ancient Silk Road. These include compasses and charts used by Chinese and Italian sailors, porcelain and glassware, as well as Chinese terracotta figurines with Western characteristics. There are also classical art works from both countries, such as "Saint Stephen" by Giotto di Bondone, an important Italian painter during the Proto-Renaissance period, and "Water and Bamboo Dwelling" by Ni Zan, a famous Chinese painter from the 14th century. The exhibition, named "Embracing the Orient and the Occident: When the Silk Road Meets the Renaissance," opened on June 9. Follow on  Twitter  and  Facebook  to join the conversation.

China appears keen to revive the ancient “Southern Silk Road”

China appears keen to revive the ancient “Southern Silk Road” with South Asia for promoting trade and people-to-people exchanges with India and other South Asian countries. Talking to a visiting group of India journalists this week, senior Chinese officials noted that Dali, as the only prefecture of Bai ethnic community in China, has had close and historical links with the people of India because of the silk route. They said China wanted Dali to again become the “bridge head” with India and South Asia. Plans were under discussion to give a concrete shape to the proposal. Historians say the ancient silk route, originating from China’s Chengdu city, ran through Myanmar and then extended to India, Bangladesh and even West Asia. Talking about the tourism potential of Dali, Xi Ling, Director of Dali Tourism, said much of the economy of Dali was centred around tourism and services catered to travellers. Dali, a place of beneficial ecology, could be an attractive destination for Indian

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Stop fearing, start working together: Why India should endorse Belt & Road Initiative

  Yash Johri  in  SinoStrat   |   Prime Minister Modi represented India for the first time as a full member at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), earlier this month. Modi outlined the Indian government’s vision of neighbourhood connectivity and reiterated India’s objections to China’s Belt and Road project. In the conclusive joint statement, which was released as the Qingdao declaration, India was conspicuous by its absence on the list of countries endorsing the China lead Belt and Road Initiative. The Indian government’s re-enforced opposition to the Belt and Road Initiative comes at a period of time when Sino-Indian relations are on the mend following the informal summit at Wuhan between the two leaders. Hence, it is possible that Indian negotiators are holding on to non-endorsement as a negotiating tool, given the numerous other points of an impasse between the elephant and the dragon. If the Indian interests are respected and the post-Wuhan spirit of constructive conv

Event held in Germany to highlight human rights violations in Balochistan

The Balochistan Post An event was held on Saturday in Hengen city of Germany to discuss the ongoing human rights violations in Balochistan. According to details received by The Balochistan Post, the event titled “Human Rights situation in Pakistan: Special focus on Balochistan” was organised by Human Rights Council of Balochistan (HRCB) and local community. Representatives of HRCB, Lateef Johar and Dr. Yousuf Baloch, Social Media activist Waqas Ahmed Goraya, and members of Amnesty International Hengen chapter spoke at the event to highlight the grave human rights violations in Balochistan. A large number of human rights and political activists attended the event. Dr. Yousaf Baloch of HRCB gave a briefing about the current situation of human rights in Balochistan, whereas, Lateef Johar presented a detailed report on the violations of human rights. They urged UN and other international campaign groups to pressurise Pakistan to stop human rights abuses in Balochistan. Activist Waqas