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China struggles with Belt and Road pushback

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has suspended or cancelled US$26 billion in Chinese-funded projects since his election victory in May. Photo: Reuters Home   World   International James M. Dorsey Sep 17, 2018 11:47am China, in an implicit recognition that at least some of its Belt and Road-related projects risk trapping target countries in debt or fail to meet their needs, has conceded that adjustments may be necessary. “It’s normal and understandable that development focus can change at different stages in different countries, especially with changes in government. So China can also make some strategic adjustments when cooperating with these countries, but it’s definitely not a reconsideration of the B&R (Belt and Road) initiative,” Wang Jun, deputy director of the Department of Information at the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, told the Chinese Communist Party’s Global Times newspaper. The Chinese concession, initially made public in an August 2

Saudi Arabia ‘joining CPEC to make Gwadar an oil city’

Pakistan by  Usman Arshad  | Published on September 16, 2018 (Edited September 16, 2018) 🔗 LAHORE  – China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is set to get a major push as Saudi Arabia is expected to join the multi-billion-dollar project soon. With the Islamic kingdom joining the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) of the Chinese government, the major stakeholders – Islamabad and Beijing – would speed up the efforts to complete projects as soon as possible. Reports in media suggest Saudia Arabia is going to turn Gawadar into an oil city. Pakistan needs $9 billion to run state affairs and it will overcome its difficulties with the heavy investment coming from China and Saudi Arabia. In September last year, Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf Saeed Ahmed Al-Malky said that Saudi Arabia would “soon” undertake investments at Gwadar Port and join the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The Arab kingdom is one of the many countries who have shown keen interest to participate in the C

Bajwa starts three-day China visit

The Newspaper's Staff Reporter Updated September 17, 2018 ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa arrived in Beijing on Sunday on a three-day official visit. Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) chief Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor through his official Twitter account said that during his stay in China, the army chief would interact with Chinese leaders, including his counterpart. Last week, the Chinese ambassador to Pakistan had called on the army chief to discuss matters of mutual interest and regional security, following a controversial report in a London-based newspaper quoting Adviser to PM Abdul Razzak Dawood seeking one year halt to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects to review its ramifications for Pakistani industrialists. The ambassador had appreciated the conduct of the successful visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to Islamabad and support for CPEC in Pakistan. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD The army chief during the meeting had reitera

FPCCI rebuffs govt’s reservations on CPEC

September 17, 2018 –Chamber president says public statements by top govt officials blaming China for unfair agreements will be damaging for Pakistan ISLAMABAD:  The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) has said China is a close ally and a trusted friend which should not be offended. The FPCCI said that any reservations over the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) can be sorted out through negotiations, as public statements by top government officials blaming China for unfair agreements will be damaging for Pakistan. In a statement issued on Sunday, FPCCI President Ghazanfar Bilour said that the ministers should avoid making irresponsible and negative statements regarding CPEC agreements as it would be detrimental for the relationship with China and will hit our economy. He said that unjustified concerns raised by some ministers led commerce ministry and others to issue clarifications while opposition also criticized the immature move which amounts

Current Balochistan: Conflict updates from the ground

16/9/2018 KECH:- According to latest update Baloch Freedom fighters attacked on convey of 2 vehicles of pakistani military forces with a remote controll bomb in shapuk an area of Kech, attack was carried out while they were going towards Shapuk Dam. For more updates be await. 16/9/2018 KECH:- According to civilians pakistani military forces conducted a military operation in different  areas of Balgetar, violent military personnel tortured women & children & looted houses, for more updates be await. 16/9/2018 MAND:- According to updates Pakistani forces have abducted a civilian namely Javid S/o Shaoo R/o Bagzeh, Mand. According to source, he was traveling while in Apsikhan checkpost pakistani forces stoped him & forcibly abducted him. 16/9/2018 MAND:- According to source today at evening Baloch freedom fighter attacked pakistani military forces check'post located in a mountain in Gawak with  sniper rifle due to which loses might occurred to occupying pakisat

Artist Akram Dost Baloch

ISLAMABAD: Pride of Performance winning artist Akram Dost Baloch was hosted by the Satrang Gallery in a collection of new works titled ‘Identity’ that drew diplomats, art students and critics to the gallery. Mr Baloch, who was present at the exhibition, appreciated the gallery and explained that his recent work “is a contemporary dialogue with my preferred periphery: Balochistan, its people, land and environment”. “The blank-faced people in my paintings and wooden reliefs depict reminiscent of a time when social oppression was the norm and artists craved opportunities to express themselves. My colours are picked directly from the rich palette of the exquisite dresses and rugs of my beloved land.” Mr Baloch’s images depict the untold stories of people who face the harshest socioeconomic conditions the country. The backgrounds are dusky and rustic with hues of orange and brown that are not able to detach from the air of sullenness, even when the landscape is suggestive of streams and

Brushes of the Baloch: It runs in the family

Brushes of the Baloch: It runs in the family Three generations have been actively engaged in arts By  our correspondent Apr.23,2015 ISLAMABAD:  An exhibition titled, “Yak Baloch Kahol e Hashar” by Baloch artist Akram Dost Baloch opens on Thursday at Gallery6. Baloch, born in Nushki in 1958, vibrantly brings out Balochistan’s art and craft which is well-known for its vibrant colours, motifs and designs. “I still can’t get out of these traditional motives, designs, rhythms and colours that are very different, distinct, and indigenous. Natural dyes used in handlooms, well-crafted threadwork, adorning carpets have all been my inspiration. It becomes evident that my artwork is linked deeply to my land, my region, my culture and not just represents a school of thought,” the artist said. The talent for painting has been running in the family through generations. Akram’s uncle Asmatullah also used to paint and even made Mona Lisa wearing a Balochi dress.. Motivated by his carpet weav

The US – India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue has the potential to be a Game-Changer for the Indo-Pacific

EFSAS Commentary The US – India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue has the potential to be a Game-Changer for the Indo-Pacific The first ministerial meeting between the United States and India in the 2+2 format was held on 6 September in New Delhi. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis held wide-ranging talks on a number of strategic issues with their Indian counterparts External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford was also part of the US delegation. He had earlier accompanied Pompeo on a 5-hour visit to Pakistan immediately prior to their arrival in New Delhi. The 2+2 format of engagement had been agreed upon during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with US President Donald Trump last year, and is reflective of the deepening of bilateral ties. Both the US and India only use this format with close allies such as Japan and Australia, with whom the aim is