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The Growing Institutionalization of China’s Polar Silk Road

Image Credit:  Wikimedia Commons/ Timo Palo China is building an increasingly mature platform to support its scientific and commercial interests in the Arctic. By Trym Aleksander Eiterjord October 07, 2018               Members of the Polar Navigation and Equipment Committee, a technical organization set up under the China Institution of Navigation (CIN),  convened for a joint general assembly and a forum on polar navigation and infrastructure on September 26 — just after the polar research vessel  Xue Long 1  had anchored at its homeport of Shanghai, marking the completion of China’s ninth Arctic expedition. The assembly resulted in the election of Liu Shanlin, the party secretary of the Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC) as the committee’s first chairman. Cai Meijiang, vice manager of the China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) subsidiary COSCO Shipping Specialized Carriers, was elected to be the deputy chairman. The current captain of the  Xue Long 1  research icebrea

Cash-strapped Balochistan asks Centre for assistance

Saleem Shahid October 06, 2018 QUETTA: Balochistan Finance Minister Mir Arif Jan Muhammad Hasni has said that the province is facing a severe financial crisis, and warned that it will deteriorate if immediate measures are not taken by Islamabad to bail the province out. Speaking at a press conference on Friday afternoon with Minister for Information Mir Zahoor Ahmed Buledi and Finance Secretary Noorul Amin Mengal, Mr Hasni said that the province has a deficit of Rs75 billion in the current budget. The Balochistan government is set to take up the matter with the prime minister who is due to visit Quetta on Saturday. Mr Hasni blamed the previous governments for financial mismanagement and bad governance for the crisis. Province faces a deficit of Rs75 billion in the current budget He said that the previous government passed a Rs352bn budget for the financial year 2018-19, which is the highest in the history of Balochistan, allocating Rs88bn for the annual Public Sector Developme

Two women among four gunned down for 'honour' in Balochistan

By  Our Correspondent Published: October 5, 2018 No arrest was reported in any of the four murder cases. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE QUETTA:  Two women were among four people gunned down in the name of honour in different areas of Balochistan on Friday. The incidents reportedly took place in Jhal Magsi and Jaffarabad districts. Levies officials said that a man, identified as Samar, shot dead his sister, Nasima Bibi and her alleged paramour Wasim with the help of his accomplices in village Nandani Magsi. The suspect managed to escape from the scene after the killing. The law enforcement agency handed over the bodies of the victims to the bereaved families. Man kills sister, cousin for ‘honour’ in Swabi Separately, a man, identified as Bilawal, killed his wife Padmi Bibi in  goth  (village) Nasir Ahmed Rind near Usta Muhammad, Jaffarabad. In Rabi Canal area of the same district, armed men killed one person late at night. The deceased was identified as Fida Hussain Lehri. No arrest was

Policing in Balochistan - an account

   Akhlaq Ullah Tarar October 06, 2018 Policing in Balochistan has seen many moons; various experiments have shaped up the present structure. A chronological study reveals the journey of evolution. During the colonial era (year 1883), the British Chief Commissioner of Balochistan Sir Robert Sandeman, introduced a system of governance for Balochistan after meticulously studying the underlying peculiarities. He conceived the idea of Levies, which would be recruited with the approval of local sardars and yet remain under the control of state's representative - Deputy Commissioner - so as to ensure peace, stability and dispensation of justice. Levies were created to control crime and maintain law and order. He was of the opinion that for turbulent areas, which are difficult to manage and are marred with fierce enmities and endless feuds, only appeasement and pacification can work where they would co-opt and work with the local sardars. Therefore, classification of 'A' and &

Gwadar free zone attracts investment worth $474 million

NNI OCTOBER 6, 2018 Chairman, Gwadar Port Authority (GPA), Dostain Khan Jamaldini has informed that at least 30 companies in different businesses such as hotel, bank, logistics and fish processing have entered the free economic zone with direct investment of about $ 474 million with expectations of generating $790 million after full operation. “ The first phase of Gwadar’s free zone has already been inaugurated,” he said in an interview with China Global Television Network (CGTN) on Friday. While commenting on the progress and achievements of the project, over the years, he said that Gwadar port connectivity, Gwadar port collection area, production area are now almost ready,and weekly we are receiving a ship from COSCO, again a Chinese company, one of the largest in the world, it is calling on Gwadar port regularly. “And we are hopeful that with the start of industrial production in the free zone, the frequency of the ships will increase,” he added. Dostain Jamaldini said tha

Murad vows to expedite CPEC projects, zero tolerance for ROW violators

                   FAWAD MAQSOOD  OCT 5TH, 2018   0 ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Communications Murad Saeed Friday directed authorities concerned to expedite construction work on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and other projects without any compromise on efficiency and quality standards of the project. The state minister during his visit to Hakla-D I Khan section of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) junction and Hassanabdal-Hazara Motorway E-35 received briefing on the progress of construction work of the projects. Murad vowed to complete the ongoing projects particularly CPEC schemes on priority basis and said zero tolerance would be bore against encroachers on the motorways and highways. The minster during his visit also observed anti-encroachment operation on Tarnol Motorway N-5 and Cut Vegetation Works operation. He also interacted with the victims of the encroachments and ensured prompt redressal of their grievances. The anti-encroachment operation agains

Dynamics of Saudi inclusion in CPEC

COMMENTARY / INSIGHT China and Pakistan invited several other countries to participate in CPEC. But traditional mistrust, lack of mutual confidence and other causes kept them from taking benefit of the corridor. Dr Khalil-ur-Rahman Shaikh OCTOBER 6, 2018 China Pakistan Economic Corridor was incepted in 2013 but materialized in 2015, when formal agreements were signed between Pakistan and China. No doubt, China and Pakistan invited all the countries to participate in the corridor. But traditional mistrust, lack of mutual confidence and other causes kept the countries away from taking benefit of the corridor. The development of Chabahar Portin Iran by India was considered as a parallel arrangement to contain the growing scope of Gwadar in the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. The United States and other countries directly or indirectly opposed the concept of the corridor. Japan made a positive gesture by conveying that it was not against the corridor but desired transparency in its

Chinese head of Interpol disappears In 2016, Mèng Hóngweǐ 孟宏伟 was appointed president of Interpol, the organization that facilitates international police cooperation. He holds the position concurrently with his role as vice minister of China’s Ministry of Public Security. Meng’s selection was controversial, with  critics worrying that he would abuse his position  to arrest Chinese dissidents and refugees abroad. Interpol issues “ Red Notices ,” a type of international arrest warrant that  Russia  and  China  sometimes use to target political opponents. Now Meng is in trouble himself:  French police have opened an investigation after his wife reported him missing. He was on a trip back to China when he disappeared. "Interpol is aware  of media reports in connection with the alleged disappearance of Interpol President Meng Hongwei. This is a matter for the relevant authorities in both France and China. Interpol's General Secretariat headquarters will not comment further." That’s all Interpol

French investigate after Interpol chief Meng Hongwei goes missing

Wife says she has not heard from her husband since he returned to China last week French police have opened an investigation after the wife of the president of Interpol, Meng Hongwei, said she had not heard from her husband since he travelled home to his native  China  last week. French police sources and justice officials said Meng’s wife, who lives with him and their children in Lyon, south-east  France , where the global organisation for police cooperation is based, reported him missing on Friday. Advertisement Interpol said it was aware of the reports but it was “a matter for the relevant authorities in France and China”, adding that the day-to-day running of the organisation was the responsibility of its secretary general, Jürgen Stock, rather than the president, who chairs its executive committee. Meng was last seen leaving for China from Interpol’s headquarters on 29 September, a judicial source close to the investigation Agence-France Presse. “He did not disappear in Fra

Distrust of China Sparks Philippines, US to Step up Joint Military Exercises

October 05, 2018 3:34 AM Ralph Jennings FILE - Philippine and U.S. Marines storm a beach as part of an amphibious landing exercise, May 9, 2018, during a two-week joint U.S.-Philippines exercise facing the South China Sea in the Philippines. Share See comments TAIPEI, TAIWAN —  The Philippines will increase the number of joint military exercises with the United States next year to rebuild ties with an old, widely trusted ally in case China threatens Manila’s sensitive maritime claims, despite a growing Beijing-Manila friendship. Washington and Manila have agreed to hold 281 exercises in 2019, up from 261 this year, the Armed Forces of the Philippines website said in a statement Oct. 1. Both sides “look forward to ongoing, close cooperation” in counterterrorism, maritime security, humanitarian aid and disaster relief, the statement says. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte addresses police officers to mark the 117th Philippine National Police Service anniversary at Camp Cra

Industrial espionage

Written by  Klaus Dodds Published in  Geopolitical Hotspot Klaus Dodds explores corporate espionage in the US and the danger of alienating legitimate Chinese and Chinese-American researchers For some retired spies in the United States, a new career working in the corporate world awaits where their field intelligence skills can be put to work. Former CIA employees have discovered that they don’t have to stop being spies as domestic US companies are eager to acquire insights into what their potential competitors are engaged in. It is not uncommon to read that private detectives and ex-spies will purchase, clandestinely, the rubbish of other firms and trade support groups. Or speak discreetly to employees in the hope of learning commercially sensitive information. Indeed, many ex-spies run private ‘corporate intelligence’ firms. All of which is important to bear in mind, the next time you hear a US president railing against foreign industrial espionage. Donald Trump is angry with

Can Silk Road HE partnerships fill ‘vacuum’ left by US?

Yojana Sharma 04 October 2018 Issue No:523 All reader responses posted on this site are those of the reader ONLY and NOT those of University World News or Higher Education Web Publishing, their associated trademarks, websites and services. University World News or Higher Education Web Publishing does not necessarily endorse, support, sanction, encourage, verify or agree with any comments, opinions or statements or other content provided by readers. Major changes in the global order will have implications for higher education partnerships in Europe and China, with China’s massive New Silk Road Initiative playing a role that could even see China emerging as a global higher education leader, according to an international academic experts meeting in Oxford this week.  Though the global picture is still evolving, China’s leadership and financing of its New Silk Road or One Belt One Road (OBOR) project is already changing economic and trade relations in Asia and Africa, and could also al