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The freezing silk route

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 at ,  Opinion Yamal is exactly at the  opposite end of Eurasian  land mass to the Middle  East, where the gas king  Qatar is located Pic By BLOOMBERG You may dislike being in an area, where freezing temperature lingers for most of the year. But if you want to make your natural gas liquid (as in LNG), the below-zero weather is your friend.  Thing is, you have to cool the gas to turn it into liquid. So you save a lot of money, extracting your gas and basing your factory in a place like Yamal, extreme north of Russia, on the shores of Arctic Ocean. Last week, the Vladimir Rusanov, a 172,000-cu-m LNG carrier, brought the maiden shipment of Yamal gas to Jiangsu province in China. It’s an historic event. Russia has always excelled in pipeline mode of gas transportation, lagging behind the LNG crowd. Now it is joining that crowd, already producing as much LNG as Indonesia does. But the start of Asian shipments can make Russia a No 4 global exporter, after the

Driving the industrialization of Africa with the Belt and Road Initiative

Editor's note : The article first appeared on China Plus on July 24. It reflects the author's opinion, and not necessarily the views of CGTN. China's President Xi Jinping arrived in Pretoria on Monday on a state visit to South Africa, after concluding state visits to Senegal and Rwanda. He is due to visit Mauritius before returning to China. One of the things that these countries have in common is their participation in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Although their national conditions and levels of economic development may vary, the people of China and Africa are like-minded when it comes to their determination to follow the road towards development and prosperity. Five years ago when Xi visited Africa for the first time, he put forward the policy of "sincerity, real results, affinity, and good faith".  By this, he meant treating African friends with sincerity, strengthening cooperation, and candidly solving shared problems. In the five years that followe

China’s Top Three Belt and Road Initiatives

  24 Jul 2018 08.45am The One Belt One Road Initiative (BRI) is the single biggest infrastructure redevelopment project in history, and no other state-sponsored enterprise is currently provoking more discussion, dread or excitement. Upon completion, it should comprise 55% of the world’s GDP, 70% of the world’s population and 75% of the world’s energy reserves and stretch from the South China Sea to the Baltic. As far as historical parallels go, there isn’t one. The only scheme remotely comparable was the US Marshall Plan, a project to rebuild Europe after WWII, which the BRI dwarfs. In today’s money, the Marshall Plan cost $110 billion, the price China will pay to link the world’s supply chains is $900 billion. The BRI is providing some of the world’s underdeveloped areas much need investment. Here are three ports that will determine the success of the project.   Singapore Trade between China and Singapore (pictured) accounts for 13% of the world's total   China has


Source: Xi in Africa Chinese President Xi Jinping promises to import more goods from South Africa  / SCMP “[South African President Cyril] Ramaphosa said also that China would invest US$14.7 billion in South Africa, though did not release any details of the deals.” Where does Africa fit in Xi Jinping's worldview?  / China in Africa Podcast The scholar Elizabeth Economy is interviewed by Eric Olander and Cobus van Staden. Xi Jinping is visiting Africa this week. Here’s why China is such a popular development partner.  / Washington Post By Deborah Bräutigam, one of the most prominent scholars of China-Africa relations. Tibetan repression Tibetan schoolchildren banned from religious activities, Chinese newspaper says  / AP via SCMP “Global Times quoted an education official in the regional capital of Lhasa as saying that pupils were required to sign an agreement to ‘not take part in any form of religious activity” during the [summer] break.” Taiwan Taipei accuse

China's Belt and Road stirs up local anxieties

A Chinese national flag is affixed to a buffer stop on a railway at a freight yard in the Kazakh border town of Khorgos.   © Reuters BEYOND THE SILK ROAD Loans and investments ignore profits and blur economics and security Nikkei staff writers July 24, 2018 15:55 JST KHORGOS, Kazakhstan -- In late June, workers were busy transhipping freight from the Xinjiang region in northwest China at a Kazakhstan national railway station in the border town of Khorgos. Three cranes were operating nonstop, moving containers onto Kazakh freight cars. A buffer stop on a track bore a Chinese national flag, as if to emphasize Kazakhstan's close ties with its big neighbor to the southeast. In fluent Chinese, a Kazakh railway worker with chiseled features who appeared to be in his 30s explained that the cargoes had arrived from Lianyungang in China Jiangsu Province, and were sent onward to Uzbekistan in the southwest. Some trains took them northward to Europe, he said. The amount of imported

China adds security component to Belt and Road initiative

File photo of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photograph: (Reuters) Delhi, India Jul 24, 2018, 09.58 AM (IST) James M Dorsey China appears to be shifting gears in its multi-billion dollar Belt and Road initiative. Long projected as driven by economics and the benefit of infrastructure linkages, China appears to be increasingly adding a security component to the initiative against the backdrop of President Xi Jinping positioning of his country as a superpower rather than a developing nation. The emergence of a security component is not only highlighted by the establishment last year of China’s first foreign military base in Djibouti, but also in its stepped-up security cooperation with Afghanistan and other Central Asian nations that border on its north-western province of Xinjiang. China’s security focus is driven by concerns about national and religious aspirations in Xinjiang of Uyghurs, an ethnic Turkic Muslim group that has long looked westward toward Central Asia and Turkey

Pakistan election raises fears of 'creeping coup'

BBC By M Ilyas KhanBBC News, Islamabad 23 July 2018 Image copyrightAFP A day before Pakistan's 11th national election, the country's dream of undiluted democracy appears to be receding - again. In its 70-year history, Pakistan has alternated between quasi-democracy and pure military rule. In the process it has become embroiled in international conflicts and morphed into a home base for Islamist militancy. Over the past decade, Pakistanis have witnessed democracy at its most undiluted thus far, but it's now under threat from what some say appears to be a "democratic coup" of sorts. And just as in the past, the country's powerful military establishment remains the chief suspect behind the fresh round of political manipulation. In the past, the military used to either stage a direct coup or use special powers to sack an elected government and then manipulate elections to ensure it wasn't re-elected. ADVERTISEMENT In 2008, those special powers were

Bangladesh-China silk road exhibition kicks off in Dhaka

A visitor touches a hat at the exhibition portraying the history and culture of the ancient Silk Road in Zainul Gallery of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University (DU) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on July 22, 2018. (Xinhua) DHAKA, July 23 (Xinhua) -- An exhibition portraying the history and culture of "Silk Road" opened on Sunday at the Zainul Gallery of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Bangladesh's leading Dhaka University (DU) in capital Dhaka. The nine-day exhibition features dozens of striking photographs and dresses that take visitors to the golden eras of the Silk Road that served as a trade route bringing together civilizations since ancient times. The exhibition was organized by the Yunnan University, Dhaka University, Bangladesh-China Center for Arts and Cultural Exchange, Confucius Institute at Dhaka University and the Faculty of Fine Arts, Dhaka University in collaboration with Overseas Chinese Association in Bangladesh and Institute of Modern Language, Universit

Current Balochistan: Conflict Updates from the Ground

Source : Baloch Social Media Groups 22/July/2018 HUB Securtiy forces took fown 7 Baloch civilian from bus and abducted them , while they are traveling from tump to Karachi , 7 of them were residents of Tump ,kech .. Namely Majeed S/O Kadir baksh , Aziz S/ O Taj moahmmd , Jabir S/O Ellahi baksh , Shoaib S/O peer mohamdd , Sajid S/O Nazeer ,qadeer S/O Mossa and Zahid S/O Karim Baksh. 21/July/2018 AWARAN According to updates Last Night baloch freedom fighter Continously fired on military checkpost in jahoo ,Awaran. 21/July/2018 KECH According to updates Last Night baloch freedom fighter attacked  on military camp in Cheri balgatar ,kech with rockets and Automatic weapons. 22/July/2018 BALOCHISTAN According to an update pakistani forces Occupied More than 50 schools in different places of Balochistan For upcoming Elections . Where army will Force civilians to Vote. 22/July/2018 BALOCHISTAN Today Baloch freedom fighters attacked on military check posts and Military camps in