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11:05 AM 11/19/2018 | OPINION Lawrence Sellin | Retired Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve During an interview with Fox News, President Trump stated that Pakistan has done little to curtail Islamic extremism — even sheltering al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden — despite accepting billions in aid from the United States. The president implied what many have come to believe: that Pakistan is responsible for prolonging the Afghan war, has nurtured Islamic extremism and, like Iran, has incorporated it as an element of its foreign policy. That terrorist-reinforced foreign policy includes the 2008 attack in Mumbai, India, that killed more than 160 including 6 Americans. It was conducted by the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, a terror gang  enjoying the support  of the Pakistani intelligence agency, the ISI, and al Qaeda. It is widely recognized that Pakistan created, supported and has given safe haven to the Taliban. Less well known is the role played by Pakistanis in the development and planning

Singapore is China’s Top Belt and Road Partner

Who would win the award for China’s top Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) partner to date? Pakistan and Russia would certainly be two candidates. The former is China’s only “all-weather partner” and the recipient of the largest BRI project, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Yet, Pakistan is a volatile partner ; a partner whose relationship with China is forged on a mutual distrust of India as opposed to genuine complementarities, a partner who may yet decide BRI has become too much of an expensive ordeal, a partner who the world looks on with scepticism especially around its reported links to global terrorism. As for the latter, Russia and China do share more complementarities (Russia has plenty of gas, but needs China’s financing to launch the projects) and the two have come closer in the new era of “great power competition” as branded by the US. Yet, whilst brushed under the carpet, tensions between China and Russia still remain, particularly around their competing desires for in

This week’s top BRI news

Source : Belt and Road Advisory Our BRI Briefing summarizes and analyzes key news related to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) over the last week. This week’s top BRI news Xi seeks greater connectivity with HK and Macau: Xi met with top leaders from Hong Kong and Macau on Monday to celebrate 40 years of Reform and Opening. The Greater Bay Area, the connectivity initiative that links HK, Macau and the mainland, was a key focus point of discussions.   China and Singapore upgrade FTA: China and Singapore have upgraded their free-trade agreement. Singapore will now have more access to China’s legal, maritime and construction services sector while China will have more access to Singapore’s air transport, courier and environmental sectors. US and China resume trade talks: China’s Commerce Ministry said that Washington and Beijing have resumed trade talks. Ministry spokesman Gao Feng said that the two sides are “maintaining close contact,” but gave no further details about who is invol

CHINA: Party Watch Weekly Report

2|6 11.10.2018-11.16.2018 By David Gitter, Julia Bowie, Nathanael Callan, Brock Erdahl, Ann Listerud, and Sandy Lu Browser Version Highlights Xi Jinping attended a meeting of the Central Commission for Comprehensively Deepening Reform along with Wang Huning and Han Zheng (see Senior Leaders section).Li Keqiang attended the China-ASEAN Summit, the ASEAN Plus Three Summit, and the 13th East Asia Summit in Singapore (see Senior Leaders section).The State Council Information Office released a white paper on “Cultural Protection and Development in Xinjiang” (see Propaganda Work section).The CCDI announced the repatriation of Zheng Quanguan from the United States for suspected embezzlement and the investigation of Jiangsu Province Vice Governor Miao Ruilin (see Party Discipline section). Senior Leaders Xi Jinping Meets with Hong Kong And Macau People from All Walks of Life to Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Reform and Opening Up Xinhua   11.12  Xi Jinping met with delegations fr

Risks and Opportunities in International Affairs

Chatham House Expert Perspectives 2018 DATE 19 June 2018 AUTHOR Adam Ward (Commissioning Editor)Deputy Director, Chatham House ISBN978 1 78413 285 9 DOWNLOAD PDF 954 KB CONTENTS Governance A More Contested Space? Ruma Mandal |  Risk:  Shifting power and international law After decades of progressive development in international law, increasingly influential voices such as China are challenging the status quo. This has implications for human rights protection and development of the law in emerging areas. International law flourished in the aftermath of the Cold War, broadening in scope, deepening in content and embracing a focus on individuals. While this period furthered many governance projects envisaged in the post-1945 settlement, shifting power and rising nationalism now suggest the arrival of a more difficult phase for international law. 135  In the coming year (and beyond), areas of the law perceived by some as too liberal will be vulnerable to attack, and tensions w

Exploring Public International Law Issues with Chinese Experts — New and Emerging Areas

Exploring Public International Law Issues with Chinese Experts — New and Emerging Areas Harriet Moynihan Associate Fellow, International Law Programme Through dialogue between Chinese public international lawyers and their non-Chinese counterparts, our project on  China and the Future of the International Legal Order  explores Chinese thinking on the content and direction of international law and considers the implications for global governance. Harriet Moynihan captured the  key insights on China's approach to new and emerging areas of international law from our most recent roundtable in Beijing, co-hosted by Chatham House and the China University of Political Science and Law. Drawing on these insights, Harriet has commented on  China's ambitions in the Arctic   and on opportunities for  engaging with China on human rights issues through the Belt and Road Initiative. Roundtable insights Since 2014, when China’s Communist Party announced its intention to strengthen Ch

Sardar Shukat Ali Kashmiri Elected Chairman UKPNP

on November 19, 2018 Bolan   Times  (  LONDON  ) : A very active political party , United Kashmir Peoples National Party ( UKPNP ) elected Sardar Shukat Ali Kashmir as a Party Chairman for next tenure . In recent Press Release from UKPNP mentioned that , UKPNP 6th Central convention was held at District Bagh Pakistani held Jammu and Kashmir on 17 -18 November 2018. According to Press Release , UKPNP workers from different areas of so called Azad Kashmir  and Gilgit Balistan , Hijra, Tarkhal, Khai Gala, Rawalakot, Muzaffarabad, Neelum Valley, Kotli, Mirpur, Bihambar, Athmuqam, Thorar, Banjosa, Nehla Butt, Dahirkot, Punjab Zone and from other regions  in a large number attended  the rally and convention. According to Nasir Aziz Khan, spokesperson, UKPNP ,Elected exiled leader of the UKPNP Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri addressed and paid tribute to Madam  Naila Khaneen. He said that she was a brave courageous, committed and true comrade she never compromised on UKPNP ideology and stru