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Facing a trade war and bumps along the belt and road, China may have to revisit the cost of its grand plan

Facing a trade war and bumps along the belt and road, China may have to revisit the cost of its grand plan Anu Anwar says China’s ambitious international infrastructure investment plan goes beyond funding roads and railways by transforming the global geopolitical landscape, but as it faces resistance, its true costs are becoming evident Anu Anwar UPDATED : Monday, 10 Sep 2018, 6:24AM  12 This autumn marks the fifth anniversary of the launch of the  Belt and Road Initiative . Five years on, the jury is still out on the plan’s nature and actual outcomes, but Beijing’s promises of investments in infrastructure projects across Eurasia and beyond have undoubtedly managed to capture the world’s attention. The plan’s true objectives and multilayered ambitions have been analysed from a wide range of perspectives, but there is an emerging awareness that its impact is already being felt far beyond the realm of infrastructure construction. What is clear is the initiative’s importance to th

Pakistan plans to review or renegotiate agreements reached under China’s Belt and Road Initiative,

Financial Times Pakistan plans to review or renegotiate agreements reached under China’s Belt and Road Initiative, joining a growing list of countries questioning the terms of their involvement in Beijing’s showpiece infrastructure investment plan. Pakistani ministers and advisers say the country’s new government will review BRI investments and renegotiate a trade agreement signed more than a decade ago that it says unfairly benefits Chinese companies. The projects concerned are part of the $62bn China-Pakistan Economic Corridor plan — by far the largest and most ambitious part of the BRI, which seeks to connect Asia and Europe along the ancient silk road. They include a huge expansion of the Gwadar port on Pakistan’s south coast, as well as road and rail links and $30bn worth of power plants. “ The previous government did a bad job negotiating with China on CPEC — they didn’t do their homework correctly and didn’t negotiate correctly so they gave away a lot ,” Abdul Razak Dawood, the

Balochistan: Soldier martyred in Awaran operation: ISPR Updated September 09, 2018 One soldier was martyred and another injured while security forces conducted an intelligence-based operation (IBO) against the Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) in Jhao near Balochistan's Awaran area, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a press release on Sunday. "Four terrorists were killed while a cache of arms and ammunition was also recovered," the ISPR said. The 24-year-old martyred soldier, Ramz Ali, belonged to Khairpur Miras. According to the ISPR, the suspected terrorists had been involved in the ambush of a military convoy earlier this year in Mashkai. Five soldiers had been martyred in the ambush. The IBO was carried out as part of Operation Raddul Fasaad, which the army launched in February 2017 in the aftermath of a fresh resurgence in terror attacks in Pakistan.

“Story of the Baluch” – Zand-Moqaddam’s 7-Volume Book on Baluchi Tribes

Donya-e-Eqtesad Publications, based in Tehran, is going to release a 7-volume anthropological work on Baluch tribes in southeastern Iran, written by researcher, anthropologist and author Mahmoud Zand-Moqaddam. Titled “ Story of the Baluch ,” the work will be released next week. It is the outcome of 50 years of research of the Baluchis living in Sistan and Baluchestan, according to the public relations of Donya-e Eqtesad Publications. Zand-Moqaddam’s study of the Baluchis started in 1963 when the Statistics Center of Iran sent him to the southeast region on a mission to prepare a report on the livelihood of Baluch households. The mission led to Zand-Moqaddam getting closely involved in the lives of the famous Baluch tribes. Later he undertook his own research on the people and kept traveling to and across the region at his own expense.The 7-volume work covers various aspects in the lives of the Baluchis, including culture, tradition, rituals, beliefs, livelihood, habits, history and