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Cambodian unease as Chinese casinos turn seaside paradise into  ‘Macau No 2’ 

Save The New Macau Casino in the downtown area August 2, 2018 in Sihanoukville, Cambodia CREDIT: PAULA BRONSTEIN/ GETTY IMAGES ASIAPAC   Jamie Fullerton , in sihanoukville 11 AUGUST 2018 • 6:56PM Follow  Gamblers chain-smoking and speaking Mandarin are feeding $100 bills into hungry roulette machines at the Holiday Palace Casino Resort. Next to them, dragons and pandas dance to music blaring from giant TV screens. The once-peaceful seaside paradise of Sihanoukville has become one of Asia’s major gambling hubs, thanks to Chinese money flowing into Cambodia. “People call it Macau Number Two,” said Kong Monika, leader of the Khmer Will Party, which opposes the Cambodian prime minister’s pursuit of money from Beijing. “We now go to China without a passport,” he jokes. About 80 casinos have popped up in the city, which has a local population of around 157,000, helping to double the number of Chinese tourists in two years, to 120,000 in 2017. Skyscrapers crowd the skyline next to t

Japan Will Soon Help Vietnam Extract Gas from the South China Sea. How Will China Respond?

August 11, 2018  Topic:  Security  Region:  Asia   Blog Brand:  The Buzz  Tags:  South China Sea Vietnam Japan Gas oil China Idemitsu Kosan and Teikoku Oil signed the agreement with the Vietnamese state-owned oil and gas giant, PetroVietnam, on July 31. They will help develop and sell the gas located in the Sao Vang-Dai Nguyet project. by  Zachary Keck In a move likely to draw the ire of China, two Japanese firms have signed an agreement to help Vietnam develop and sell gas located in the South China Sea. Idemitsu Kosan and Teikoku Oil signed the agreement with the Vietnamese state-owned oil and gas giant, PetroVietnam, on July 31. They will help develop and sell the gas located in the Sao Vang-Dai Nguyet project. “The development of the project is significant since exploration and production activities have slowed down in recent years because of tensions in the South China Sea, the ongoing corruption crackdown and persistently low crude oil prices,” a PetroVietnam  official to

Between heritage and home: Chinese-origin Pakistanis negotiate the recent growth of Sino-Pak ties

Chinese migration to Pakistan has increased with CPEC construction. But there is also a long established ethnic Sino community in the country. by   Alice Ping-hsiu Lin, Published Yesterday · 09:30 pm Aamir Qureshi/AFP It is early evening and Sally’s* beauty parlour in Rawalpindi is teeming with women undergoing their weekly or monthly beauty regimen. Switching between Hakka and Urdu, with occasional interjections in Pothwari, the owner of the salon refers to herself as “local Chinese” or Pakistani-Chinese. These terms point to the profound ambivalence of Chinese ethnic identity shaped by the political, economic and historical contexts of South Asia. Being Chinese is understood on multiple levels in Pakistan. Since the advent of projects introduced by the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in 2013, the visibility of the Chinese in public spaces has not gone unnoticed in the main cities of the country. Migrants, engineers and entrepreneurs arriving from diverse provinces

A Landmark Caspian Agreement -- And What It Resolves

RFEL August 09, 2018 21:39 GMT Bruce Pannier Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov would like to open a pipeline further west still -- to Azerbaijan and Europe. Share81 It has taken more than 20 years. But on August 12, the leaders of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan will meet in the Kazakh port city of Aqtau, reportedly to sign a new convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea. An 18-page draft of the agreement, posted briefly on Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's website in June and obtained by RFE/RL, lists 24 articles, including territorial waters, maritime borders, rules for navigation, fishing rights, environmental matters, and, importantly, use of the sea's resources. The Caspian seabed hides some 50 billion barrels of oil and nearly 9 trillion cubic meters of gas in proven or probable reserves. At current market prices, that is several trillion dollars' worth of energy resources; with further exploration, it could tu

Rehan Baloch with Ustad Aslam Baloch

Ustad Aslam Baloch's farewell to his son Fidayeen Rehan Baloch. #Balochistan

Saudi govt announces 50 scholarships for students of Balochistan

ISLAMABAD: The government of Saudi Arabia has announced 50 scholarships for the poor and underprivileged students from province of Balochistan in undergraduate and graduate programmes at renowned Saudi universities. In this regard, Saudi Ambassador Nawaf Syed Al-Maliki called on Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani at the Parliament House on Friday and briefed him about the scholarships besides exchanging views on matter of mutual interests. He said that the fully funded scholarship would provide students with tuition fee and other necessary expenses besides a stipend to cater for the monthly expenses. Saudi Envoy informed that the number of scholarships would be doubled in the next year to facilitate more students from the province. He also lauded the efforts and contribution of Chairman Senate for the socio-economic prosperity of the people of Balochistan. Matters of mutual interests also came under discussion during the meeting. The Chairman Senate said that both Pakistan

Baloch fighter dares China before blowing himself in a fidayeen attack

Rehan Baloch ANI | Updated: Aug 11, 2018 19:44IST Unknown location in  Balochistan [ Pakistan ], Aug 11 (ANI): Rehan Baloch, a young Baloch fighter and elder son of  Balochistan  Liberation Army's (BLA) senior commander Aslam Baloch has asked China to vacate  Balochistan  and stop plundering their resources. The video statement was recorded by Rehan just before he carried out a suicide attack on a bus carrying Chinese engineers and other employees of Saindak project in Dalbandin city of Chaghi district on Saturday. There are reports of multiple deaths and injuries in the attack. Three Chinese engineers have been reported dead while several of them injured in the attack. "We have told China multiple times to shun plundering Baloch resources and refrain from becoming part of any  Pakistan i designs. We have asked China time and again to take their engineers and workers out of  Balochistan . However, China never paid heed to our justified demands", said Rehan Baloch i

Employees of Saindak Project has been attacked by BLA

A bus carrying employees of Saindak Project has been attacked in Dalbandin on Saturday morning, causing multiple casualties. According to the details received by the Balochistan Post, a suicide attacker has targeted a bus carrying foreign engineers and other employees of Saindak project in Dalbandin city of Chaghi district. There are reports of multiple deaths and injuries in the attack. Many Chinese engineers have also been injured. The bus targeted in the attack was carrying Chinese engineers from Dalbandin airport to Saindak copper project, a joint venture between Pakistan and China to extract gold, copper and silver from an area close to the Iranian border. The suicide attack was carried out 3km west to Dalbandin city, near Degree College. “The attacker, waiting in a small truck along the route, exploded the vehicle when the bus carrying Chinese engineers came close to him,” said Dostain Dashti, a senior police officer in the region. According to initial details, the securit

IMF dismisses talk of denying Pakistan bailout

Loan conditions may be tough this time; official request to the lender may be delayed By  salman siddiqui Aug.11,2018 KARACHI:  The International Monetary Fund (IMF), in a meeting with brokerage houses, has ruled out the possibility that it would deny Pakistan a bailout package under US influence. “ The IMF said it is ready to enter into discussion with Pakistan for a [possible] bailout package,” an economist of a leading securities brokerage house said after attending the meeting with IMF Resident Representative Teresa Daban Sanchez on Friday. Another brokerage house economist said the meeting highlighted the limited voting power of the US (16.7%) for approving or disapproving Pakistan’s potential request to the IMF Executive Board for a new programme. IMF, finance ministry way off on Pakistan’s economic misery Replying to a question, Sanchez said the objective of establishing the IMF was to help nations come out of financial crisis so that the global economy kept on advanc