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CHINA,: POLITICS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS Pakistan-China relations China says plots to disrupt ties with Pakistan will fail  / Reuters “Any conspiracies attempting to incite disharmony or interfere in China-Pakistan relations will not prevail,” State Councillor Wang Yi told Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, without elaborating. Pakistani men demand release of wives in China  / FT (paywall) “About 350 to 400 Uighur women married to Pakistani traders and businessmen have been detained in Chinese camps or forbidden from leaving their hometowns even though they were not accused of any crime, according to their husbands. China confiscated passports across Xinjiang in 2016, and ordered Uighurs living abroad to come back.” “In April, the Gilgit Baltistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, representing a northern Pakistani region that borders Xinjiang, complained to the Chinese ambassador in Islamabad that about 50 Chinese women married to local me

Trade war, day 83: Trump accuses China of election interference If you have not been following our  regular China-U.S. trade war updates  and need a quick review of the current issues in China-U.S. relations, the U.S. Congressional Research Service has a  handy two-page  explainer . Many major issues in China-U.S. relations are connected to one another, but never have they been more often spoken of in the same breath as during the Trump era. President Trump has repeatedly  connected the North Korea crisis with trade , something his predecessors have avoided doing, for example. Today, Trump leveled another charge against China, also connecting it with trade.  CNN reports : “China has been attempting to interfere  in our upcoming 2018 election coming up in November against my administration,” Trump said to the UN Security Council, without providing evidence.“They do not want me or us to win because I am the  first president ever to challenge China on trade ,” Trump then added.A couple of hours later,  Trump tweeted : “China is actual

Commentary on China: Bill Bishops , AXIOS, Bill Bishops It sure feels like things may be starting to spiral out of control on many fronts… The China events I am following today include: Xi's Heilongjiang tour continues, while the full propaganda rollout and the follow-on exhortations to study his comments have not yet begun; A key theme of the tour is that the trade war is forcing China back on the road to self-reliance 自力更生; The State Council released a five-year plan for "rural vitalization"; President Trump is accusing China of meddling in the upcoming US election. In April in comments about the  U.S. smackdown on ZTE  I wrote: While the company may end up crippled, the episode has strategic and propaganda value for Beijing. The timing of the announcement — right before the 2nd anniversary of an important speech on cybersecurity and technology made by Chinese President Xi Jinping — only serves to strengthen the point he's been making about the need to reduce reliance on foreign, and espe

Ghana will lose Atewa forest to China in Sinohydro deal

Kojo Yankah fears Ghana will lose Atewa forest to China in Sinohydro deal Video Archive Founder of the African University College of Communications (AUCC), Kojo Yankah, fears the Sinohydro agreement between Ghana and China may culminate in Ghana losing the entire Atewa forest to China.  The former Minister who served under former President Jerry John Rawlings made this observation when he gave a keynote address at this year’s Institute of Public Relations (IPR) week launch in Accra Tuesday, September 18.  Speaking on the theme “deriving value from values, a test for corporate governance” he expressed worry that Ghana may lose the entire forest to the Chinese.  “It is not just the land, there will be a time when I’m sure there will be police guard in the area, no Ghanaian should enter there because it doesn’t belong to us. It is happening in other African countries, that’s where my concern is”, he said.  Parliament approved a $2 billion Master Project Support Agreement (MPSA) betw

China rejects reports Pak minister discussed Xinjiang Muslims with envoy

Press Release Ambassador Yao Jing had a courtesy call on Dr. Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony of Pakistan on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 and both the sides had a good discussion on China-Pakistan relations including the CPEC cooperation and some specific projects in Pakistan. The Chinese Ambassador appreciated the efforts by the Pakistani Government to promote religious harmony, on which both the two sides had full consensus. The Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) issued a news item about the meeting on the same day and it has covered the meeting accurately. 📌 * Some local and international media, however, gave baseless and distorted reports about the meeting and this Embassy totally rejects them.* The Embassy would like to avail this opportunity to reiterate that the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of China enjoys social stability, sound economic development and harmonious coexistence among ethnic groups. Some measures are taken against separat

Austerity axe falls on CPEC, Gwadar projects

By  Shahbaz Rana Published: September 26, 2018 CPEC route. PHOTO: AFP ISLAMABAD:  The government has formally axed 455 projects from the ongoing Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP), contending that they had been added to the annual development programme on political grounds. The Ministry of Planning and Development on Tuesday presented the revised PSDP 2018-19 in a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Planning – a week after the mini-budget was presented in the National Assembly. The document also reveals that a few projects of the flagship China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Gwadar city have also been dropped from the PSDP. The decision to exclude unapproved projects would reduce the overall financing needs of the PSDP by Rs2 trillion to close at Rs4 trillion. Mayor Rawalpindi invites proposals for development schemes  However, the revised PSDP document also shows some contradictions. As against the finance minister’s announcement that Rs575 billion wil

Intervention by Karima Baloch at UNHRC, item 8 and 9

UNHRC Item 9 Intervention by Karima Baloch Racism has taken the form of cultural discrimination. The idea that people belonging to some cultures are superior to others is the new face of racism. Because the Baloch people are culturally different from the mainstream Pakistan, they are treated with prejudice in every sphere of life. They are considered different and their way of life is regarded as uncivilized and obsolete. When Balochistan was asked to merge with Pakistan in 1947, Baloch leaders had rightfully argued that the Baloch people had never been part of the sub-continent and their language, culture, history and geography differed from that of the sub-continent. Therefore, the Baloch voted against acceding with Pakistan. However, their land was taken over by the Pakistan military with force in March 1948. In the following years, the mainstream Pakistan has found it difficult to understand the Baloch lifestyle. Other Pakistanis consider the Baloch as inferior and unciviliz

TRIVIUM CHINA: The Tip Sheet, know china better

TRIVIUM CHINA DRIVING THE DAY 1. China appeals to the world in the trade war With the trade war deepening, the Chinese government is experimenting with its messaging strategy.  One new-ish message  that was really pushed in the State Council’s white paper on US-China trade (see yesterday’s Tip Sheet) is that the trade war hurts US economic interests. At a press conference on Tuesday , government officials doubled down on that message – even suggesting that US businesses are losing their edge to counterparts from other economies (SCIO). As evidence,  authorities highlighted some data:  In H1 2018, China’s agricultural imports from non-US countries, including Brazil and Australia, increased substantially; growth in US imports was negligible.The US used to be the largest supplier of automobiles to China, but Germany has recently surpassed it.The US could become an important LNG supplier to China, but thanks to trade restrictions, Australia will have the edge. And it didn’t stop wi