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China’s Belt and Road difficulties are proliferating across the world

Infrastructure project managers have been wrongfooted by local controversies Financial Times The Ituango dam in Colombia. The project was given the go-ahead despite warnings of potential landslides. This year a landslide forced the evacuation of 26,000 people © AFP     July 9, 2018 1:58 pm by  James Kynge The projects are half a world apart — in Malaysia and Colombia — but their miscarriages are linked by an association with China and the controversies stirred by Beijing’s opaque approach to development finance. In Malaysia, about $23bn in China-linked infrastructure undertakings were  suspended  this month as Kuala Lumpur ramped up its investigation into corruption surrounding 1MDB, a scandal-ridden state investment fund. In Colombia, a huge hydroelectric dam partly  financed  by Chinese state funds is in danger of collapse, forcing  evacuations  downstream. The worst of it — for Beijing — is that these are by no means isolated incidents. The instances of Chinese infrastructu

We will not let Gwadar become another Dera Bugti: Bhootani

If the people of Gwadar give us a chance, we will turn Gwadar into a modern city, former BA speaker says. PHOTO: FILE QUETTA:  Former Balochistan Assembly speaker Aslam Bhootani has said if demanding rights from the state tantamount to treason, we accept such allegations because we believe that the people of Gwadar have the first right on its resources. He shared these views while talking to journalists at the Pasni Press Club where National Party’s spokesperson Jan Muhammad Buledi also shared his views. Former BA speaker vows to overcome Gwadar water shortage Bhootani said, “People of Gwadar have expectations from the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, but unfortunately they are deprived of even drinking water. They are the first beneficiaries of the resources of Gwadar.” Bhootani vowed not to let Gwadar become another Dera Bugti. He said, “Gwadar is a deep port city where many international powers are willing to disrupt the process of development work because China’s mega inve

CPEC: Pakistan’s ‘Chinanization’ or Colonization?

Adnan Qaiser Adnan Qaiser | It is said that in 1960 when Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong sent off General Gengbiao, his second ambassador to Pakistan, he  advised  him: “Look after Pakistan; it is China’s window to the West.” Thus, the fact that Pakistan was a catalyst in connecting China with the United States in 1971 – when the former U.S. secretary of state, Henry Kissinger, paid two  crucial visits  to China to establish bilateral relations during the height of Cold War and to isolate the Soviet Union – comes as no surprise. Pakistan’s centrality to China’s transition from a regional to a global power remains an established fact. It even draws comparisons to the significance of Israel to U.S. strategic interests in the Middle East and beyond – Chinese General Xiong Guangkai once famously quipped, “Pakistan is China’s Israel.” Pakistan, however, refuses to be self-reliant. Having remained dependent upon the United States – defining its geostrategic importance through a ‘transaction

Overselling of CPEC diverts attention from other sectors

By  Shakeel Ahmad Ramay Overselling and generating high hopes are now creating real challenges for the country and the economic corridor. PHOTO:FILE ISLAMABAD:  Since the signing of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) agreement in 2015, an intensifying race for taking credit for the gigantic project has been going on. All political parties including the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and other actors of the state are part of this race. No one is ready to analyse the programme from China’s perspective. Although some analysts bring the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) under discussion, talk about actual planning behind the concept is missing at large. Lack of clarity on CPEC, BRI and the Chinese design and model of development have greatly restricted debate on the programme. CPEC starts bearing fruit for people The PML-N government extensively used CPEC as a major idea, brainchild and achievement of its ten

India Changing Attitude Toward China, Stops to Look Back at US - Analyst

OPINION India is trying to independently build a partnership with China at sea, despite being an advocate of the US Indo-Pacific strategy. In the coming months, India plans to conduct intensive diplomatic talks with China and Russia. Sputnik spoke with experts Andrei Volodin and Su Hao about this development. Judging by reports in the Indian media, it was India that initiated a dialogue with China on maritime affairs. The mechanism for talks on this issue was launched back in 2016, but the first meeting apparently did not produce the expected results. Indian website Firstpost said the upcoming talks with  China  are of the utmost importance, amid recent bilateral dialogues with Indonesia and France.  Discussions involving maritime matters between India and China take on a special significance, first of all, due to the fact that they will take place in the background of the formation of the US Indo-Pacific strategy. The  United States  invited India, Australia and Japan to particip

NZ has signalled a new, tougher stance on China. How will Beijing respond?

David Capie for The Spinoff The Government's Strategic Defence Policy Statement, launched on Friday by Defence Minister Ron Mark, signals a new view of New Zealand's security challenges. It sounds a more worried tone about the security picture in the Asia-Pacific and beyond. Perhaps most notably it breaks new ground with its frank language about China's actions in the South China Sea and how it characterises the rising power's wider ambitions. The statement describes three major challenges putting pressure on the "rules-based order" that has served New Zealand well over the last seven decades. These are shifts in the balance of power and the emergence of "spheres of influence"; challenges to open societies such as the rise of populism and illiberalism; and what it calls "complex disruptors" including the proliferation of new technologies, extremist ideologies, climate change and transnational crime. As these pressures grow and interact,

To Keep an Eye on India and CPEC, China Launches Two Satellites For All-Weather Ally Pakistan

To Keep an Eye on India and CPEC, China Launches Two Satellites For All-Weather Ally Pakistan By News Desk Email Edited by  Abhinav Gupta New Delhi, July 9:  China on Monday launched two remote sensing satellites for its all-weather ally Pakistan, which other than monitoring the progress of the strategic $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), will also keep an eye on India. The launch of the two satellites marks yet another space cooperation between China and Pakistan since the launch of PAKSAT-1R, a communication satellite, in August 2011. The satellites — PRSS-1 and PakTES-1A — were launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China at 11:56 am using a Long March-2C rocket, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The PRSS-1 is China’s first optical remote sensing satellite sold to Pakistan. It is the 17th satellite developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) for an overseas buyer, it said. A scientific experiment satellit

Pakistan launches remote sensing satellite in China

APP  |  Naveed Siddiqui The PRSS-1 launches in China. ─ Photo courtesy FO The Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite-1 (PRSS-1) was launched by Pakistan on Monday morning from China's Jiuquan Satellite Centre, the Foreign Office (FO) said in a press release. The PRSS-1 is the first optical remote sensing satellite sold to Pakistan by China, and the 17th satellite developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) for an overseas buyer, according to  APP . Th e 1,200 kg satellite PRSS-1 will operate at an altitude of 640 kilometres and will enable Pakistan to meet its imagery requirements in the areas of land mapping, agriculture classification and assessment, urban and rural planning, environmental monitoring, natural disaster management and water resource management for socio-economic development, the FO said. The satellite launches in China. ─ Photo courtesy FO The PRSS-1 will also be used for to provide remote sensing information  for the Belt and Road region . Anot

Current Balochistan: Conflict updates from the Ground

9/July/2018 AWARAN Today occupying army started a military operation in perrrandar ,a area of district awaran ,Where she abducted more than 20 baloch Civilians  ,Including Ellahi Baksh S/O wahid ,Rahim S/O Dilmurad, Abul ali ,S/O Meer mohammd , Abdul salam S/O Meer mohammd , Noora S/O Meer mohamd , Seeri, S/O Yarwan, Jangan S/O seeri, Abdul wahid S/O Ibrahim , Basheer, S/O Imda ,ayaz,S/O Noora , Sheer mohmd S/O Ghulam mohamdd And many others. 9/July/2018 MAND Today in Mand bellow baloch freedom Fighters attacked on military camp of pakistani army with rockets and automatic weapons, Losses might occured. 9/July/2018 BALOCHISTAN Today pakistani Army started a military operation in Different Places of balochistan ,including, perranda ,Gowarkup ,and mand,Where she annoyed and abducted Children and young ones. 9/July/2018 KECH Previous days unknown man apprehended Ellahi baksh From Hoshab,According to updates Today he was released and reached his home 9/July/2018 AWARAN P

Increase in attacks on Pakistani security forces and election candidates in Balochistan

A dramatic increase has been observed in attacks on Pakistani security forces and election candidates in Balochistan . Scores of attacks have been carried out by armed persons against Pakistani security forces in different areas of Balochistan in last few months. Election candidates have also been targeted through out Balochistan. According to details received by The Balochistan Post, at least 4 attacks were reported only yesterday from different areas of Balochistan. Turbat Attack: The most prominent was an attack on a Pakistani military training camp in Aabsir, Turbat. Armed men fired several rockets on the training camp, which reportedly resulted in causalities. The responsibility for the attack was later claimed by Baloch Liberation Army (BLA). Jeehand Baloch, the spokesman of the organisation, claimed two Pakistani personnel were killed, whereas, several others were injured in the attack. He said the camp was being used by Pakistani forces to train Islamic extremists and th

Where the Chinese go, Alipay and WeChat Pay go

Of late there has been much talk of the Digital Silk Road, starting in March 2015 when the Chinese Government issued a  white paper  on the subject. I recommend anyone interested in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to read the white paper as it provides some insight into the vision—yes vision—China has for supporting the physical infrastructure with the appropriate digital infrastructure. In particular, I like the parts which seem to emphasize the proven fact that digital infrastructure really only exists to improve human interaction and cooperation. In the white paper, there is significant discussion of what has been translated in English to “people-to-people bond”.   For example, an excerpt: “People-to-people bond provides the public support for implementing the Initiative. We should carry forward the spirit of friendly cooperation of the Silk Road by promoting extensive cultural and academic exchanges, personnel exchanges and cooperation, media cooperation, youth and women exc