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CHINA:  Party Watch Weekly Report

 Party Watch Weekly Report 2|4 10.27.2018-11.2.2018 By David Gitter, Julia Bowie, Nathanael Callan, Brock Erdahl, Ann Listerud, and San Highlights A Politburo meeting this week discussed China’s current economic situation in the face of pressure on trade from the US. The following Politburo collective study session discussed the development of artificial intelligence as an “important strategic tool” for China to win in global competition (see Senior Leaders section) . People’s Daily  ran an article to correct mistaken interpretations of Xinjiang history (see Propaganda section).United Front bodies oversaw several major events this week, including the All-China Women’s Federation’s National Women’s Congress, a symposium on private enterprise, the World Buddhist Forum, and a meeting of the new leadership of the All China Federation of Trade Unions (see United Front Work section). Senior Leaders Xi Jinping Presides Over Politburo Meeting Xinhua   10.31  Xi Jinping presided over

hat Malaysia and Pakistan could teach both China and the US about the Belt and Road Initiative

James Schwemlein says despite the differences in the two economies, Malaysia and Pakistan are both rethinking their involvement in China’s infrastructure planThe vulnerabilities in belt and road projects due to lack of transparency and local participation present opportunities for the US, he says James SchwemleinUPDATED : Saturday, 3 Nov 2018, 3:43AM  8 China’s Belt and Road Initiative has been described by President Xi Jinping as the “project of the century.” But with resistance growing, the vulnerabilities of China’s ascent are beginning to reveal opportunities for the United States to offer desirable alternatives. As belt and road investments have rolled out across the world, they have been dogged by allegations of corruption and enabled by China’s willingness to seemingly ignore poor governance in its partners. This dynamic is unsustainable. Malaysia and Pakistan, two of the largest beneficiaries of Chinese investment in recent years, are the latest to demonstrate concerns w

VBMP hunger strike camp completes 3382 days

November 5, 2018 From news desk of *(The Balochistan Post)* brought to you by *(Current Balochistan)* A delegation of Balochistan National Party (BNP), visited VBMP (Voice for Baloch Missing Persons) camp in Quetta on Sunday on the 3382nd day of the camp. BNP’s leader, Naseer Ahmed Gichki while talking to the families of missing persons said “if someone has committed any crime then they should be brought to the court of the the law. Enforced disappearances are against the state’s constitution”. While talking to Seema Baloch, sister of missing Shabir Baloch, Naseer Gichki condemned the enforced disappearance of Shabir Baloch, who’s the central information secretary of BSO-A and has been missing for two years. Baloch Human Rights Organization’s (BHRO) vice chairperson Tayaba Baloch and political activist Hooran Baloch also visited the VBMP camp on Sunday. According to Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), the campaign group by families of victims, more than 40,000 Baloch men,

Imran Khan returns with no economic aid, China puts onus on Pakistan: What newspapers noted from joint statement

Imran Khan returns with no economic aid, China puts onus on Pakistan: What newspapers noted from joint statement World   FP Staff Nov 05, 2018 15:20:52 IST Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan is in China as the guest of honour at the China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, and naturally, India is keeping a close watch on the developments, especially ones related to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). This is Imran’s maiden visit to China since being elected to the office of the Prime Minister of Pakistan. On Sunday, the two countries  released a joint statement , which the media houses of both China and Pakistan scrutinised. Economic aid from China Sponsored by MGID Forget About Money Problems With This Simple Method In Pakistan, newspapers paid particular attention to the lack of mention of economic aid from China to help Pakistan recover from the financial crisis it is in. The country has been mulling over seeking a bailout package from the Internat

China gave foreign countries and journalists seminars on how to restrict online speech and unflattering news reports

ALEXANDRA MA NOV 4, 2018, 06.02 PM Reuters/Jason LeeChina has been teaching its economic partners how to clamp down on online speech and how to write positive stories about it. China has been hosting seminars for foreign countries and journalists on how to clamp down on online speech and writing positive news about China's economic policies, Freedom House reported. They include courses on President Xi Jinping's views on patriotism and tours of companies that monitor negative public opinion in the country. Many of them catered to countries that are part of China's Belt and Road Initiative, a massive infrastructure project that aims to link 70 countries around the world. Those courses appeared to work on some of the countries, who issued laws clamping down on online speech after attending the seminars. China has a long record of muzzling free speech in the country. It wields a lot of soft power over its economic allies, largely because of its financial investments around t

Victoria’s BRI deal with the Chinese government stays secret

Trade Minister Simon Birmingham has welcomed the deal between China and Victoria. Picture Kym Smith JOHN FERGUSON 12:00AM NOVEMBER 5, 2018 29 The Victorian government will keep secret the detail of its memorandum of understanding with Beijing for China’s Belt and Road Initiative. The Andrews government yesterday said it would not be making public the terms of its agreement with China, announced last month, that make it the first state to sign up to the program. It comes as federal Trade Minister Simon Birmingham welcomed the deal between China and Victoria, although he has not seen the detail of the agreement. An Andrews government spokesman said the contents of the deal with China were not for public consumption. “The Victorian government consulted with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade during the MOU’s drafting process and DFAT have been provided with a copy,” he said. The deal, in which Victoria will become the first state or territory to sign on, has given the s

Rivals China, India cautiously watch Sri Lankan crisis

In this Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, photo, Sri Lankans spend their evening outside the Chinese funded sea reclamation project in Colombo, Sri Lanka. China and India are closely watching the constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka, the latest venue for their struggle for geopolitical supremacy in South Asia. (Eranga Jayawardena/Associated Press) By Emily Schmall | AP November 5 at 12:04 AM COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — China and India are closely watching the constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka, which has been a battleground in their struggle for geopolitical supremacy in South Asia. Chinese and Indian diplomats have been careful not to overtly take sides in the political turmoil, which has seen President Maithripala Sirisena oust Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, replace him with former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa, and suspend Parliament. Wickremesinghe, meanwhile, has holed up at the prime minister’s residence and insisted he is Sri Lanka’s rightful leader. The caution exercised by the Asian

The Baloch Cultural Heritage

Author: Janmahmad 4Nov 2018 From news desk of *(The Balochistan Post)* brought to you by *(Current Balochistan)* Part – 3 No nation or tribe is pure racially. There always exist the chances of blood amalgamation at the various stages of human history. Human groups came together in marriage alliances and kinship. Therefore, it is difficult to say that a particular tribe is invariably related to a certain race or racially pure. For instance, all people in the Panjab do not inherit a singular history. Many outsiders have settled in the area like Gojars. Gojars are living in Balochistan and Iran as well. In Iran they are called Qachars, implying after the word ‘Gochars’, the cattle breeders. Qachars had the previous kingship in Iran which was overthrown by Raza Khan. The author has touched briefly the archaeological discoveries to assert the proposition that the Baloch have been influenced by many prospering cultures in Balochistan before their settlement. It is fairly evident that t

Pakistan-China Film Collaboration Growing After Silk Road Film Festival

  Sadia Abbas   (@SadiaAbbas25)   1 hour ago  Mon 05th November 2018 | 02:26 PM With Pakistan's first participation in the Silk Road International Film Festival held in the Chinese city of Qingdao, the collaboration between the two countries is growing in film production. BEIJING, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News, app - 5th Nov, 2018 ) :With  Pakistan 's first participation in the  Silk Road  International  Film  Festival held in the  Chinese  city of  Qingdao , the collaboration between the two countries is growing in  film  production. The upcoming  movie  to be jointly produced by  Pakistan  with its time-tested friend  China will focus on international trade cooperation under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor ( CPEC ), of the Belt and  Road  Initiative (BRI The  movie  "The Journey, is  all  the more relevant since  CPEC  has brought Pakistanis and  Chinese  closer than ever before, according to  China, a  media  website on Monday. Announcing the plans

Chile's Foreign Minister: Belt and Road Initiative a milestone in Chile-China relations

  By Roee Ruttenberg Chile's foreign minister Roberto Ampuero has arrived in Shanghai for the first China International Import Expo (CIIE), just days after his South American nation became the latest country to sign on to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).  On Sunday, Ampuero told CGTN his government is looking for a very close relationship with China. "This is a very important step, another step in the relations of both countries. The initiative opens for both countries a new frame of cooperation. And we are looking forward to improve these relations, especially working on infrastructure," he noted. "But we consider the relations between China and Chile not only as commercial for trade relations, we are working with China together in having integral relations, also in terms of culture, and tourism, and science and technology.  All this, I think, will be made easier thanks to the framework of the initiative of the Belt and Road."  The two countries are m

The costs and benefits of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

By  Lauren Johnston  | 5th November 2018 | @LaJohnstonBoshi Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a news conference at the Belt and Road Forum, at the International Conference Center in Yanqi Lake, north of Beijing, on May 15, 2017. Source: Jason Lee/AFP IN two steps in 2013, first in Kazakhstan and then in Indonesia, Chinese President Xi Jinping launched what is now known as the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ (BRI). Among confusion as to the dynamic form and intent of the BRI, and the fundamental priority within China of maintaining growth and delivering moderate prosperity to all Chinese citizens, the big question for many is what, economically, is in it for China? December 2018 marks four decades since Deng Xiaoping launched the ‘reform and opening’ era. That era instigated China’s shift to becoming the world’s second-largest economy and helped some 800 million people escape poverty. It was a process characterised by the incremental transfer of informal rural labour into pri