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Global shipping and logistics chains reshaped as China’s Belt and Road dreams take off

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is changing the paradigm for global logistics chain, with huge ramifications for shipping, says Andre Wheeler. A view of the Piraeus Container Terminal, near Athens, Greece on Sep 20, 2017, a key port in China's Belt and Road ambitions. (Photo: REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis) image: By Andre Wheeler 02 Dec 2018 01:28PM (Updated: 02 Dec 2018 01:30PM) SINGAPORE: Tectonic shifts are underway in the shipping sector as trade logistics and supply chains are being disrupted, not by technology but the awakening of a long-asleep dragon. The subject of this grand reshaping of global trade links is trade between China and Europe, valued at about US$600 billion in 2017 and expected to double by 2025.  By value, 70 per cent of all cargo of this trade has been transported by ocean, including 15 million barrels a day of the global daily oil production.

Pakistani Forces attacked in Mand, BLF claims responsibility

December 1, 2018 From News disk of *(The Balochistan Post)* brought to you by *(Current Balochistan)* Pakistani forces were attacked in Mand area if Balochistan on Saturday According to details received by The Balochistan Post, Pakistani paramilitary forces, Frontier Corps(FC) was attacked earlier today in Mand area of district Kech. “Forces vehicle was targeted with an IED which resulted in killing one and injuring 4 more FC personnel”, official sources confirmed. According to sources, the deceased and injured have been moved to Turbat by helicopter. Whereas the Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) a Baloch militant group has claimed the responsibility of the attack. BLF spokesperson, Gohram Baloch claimed that 5 forces personnel were killed 6 others were injured in the attack. Kech is a volatile district of Balochistan where skirmishes between Pakistani forces and Baloch militants are a common occurrence. Military operations in the area are also routine in which hundreds of en

Belt and Road Initiative spurs Sri Lanka’s growth

SL, one of the first to join BRI 2 December, 2018 BY VISHWA AUWARDS Chinese Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan addressing the gathering . Pix: Courtesy BCIS Sri Lanka is one of the first countries to join with the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) said the Chinese Ambassador in Sri Lanka, Cheng Xueyuan. He reiterated that the economic partnership between the two countries, Sri Lanka and China, has supported Sri Lanka’s development and brought many benefits to both countries. He was addressing an international seminar on the BRI’s progress during the past five years, held recently at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH), Colombo. “The Norocholai Power Plant Project carried out under the BRI initiative provides 40 % of the National power supply of Sri Lanka. The Colombo International Container Terminal project under the initiative has become the fastest growing container terminal in Asia while the Moragahakanda project is the biggest water reservoir in Sri Lanka, ins

Another student goes missing

1 Dec 2018 From News disk of *(The Balochistan Post)* brought to you by *(Current Balochistan)* Student goes missing on his way to home after being picked up allegedly by Pakistani forces. According to TBP correspondent, another student has gone missing, which seems in the continuation of an apparent crackdown on Baloch students allegedly by Pakistani forces. Dolat Baloch S/O Wahid Bakhsh, a student of a high-school in Quetta, was forcibly taken away by security forces’ personnel when he was travelling from capital city Quetta to Gowarkop town of Kech district, the family said. Dolat Baloch was taken off the mini-passenger-bus on a security check post in Balgatar town of Turbat district on Saturday. : Crackdown on Baloch students, several disappeared Balochistan is plagued by the enforced disappearances of Baloch youth and activists. However, recent instances of ‘women and children abductions’ have also been reported.

Panjgur: Several arrested during a funeral

December 1, 2018 From News disk of *(The Balochistan Post)* brought to you by *(Current Balochistan)* Forces stormed a funeral and took away 7 men in Panjgur district of Balochistan on Friday According to details received by The Balochistan Post, forces raided a funeral ceremony on Friday in Parom area of Panjgur. According to locals, Pakistani forces raided while people were gathered for a funeral of two persons who got killed in a combat a day earlier. ‘Forces arrested seven persons and moved them to undisclosed locations’, local sources told TBP. Abductees have been identified as, Abdul Gaffar s/o Mohammed Yaqub, Sarvar s/o Sanjar, Ali Akber s/o Dad Bakhash, Lal Jan s/o Ghulam Mohammed, Shah Dost s/o Murad and Muslim s/o Mannan.

No love for the Baloch

Abbas Nasir December 01, 2018 The writer is a former editor of Dawn. BALOCHISTAN was again brought into sharp focus late last week as the attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi was claimed by the banned Baloch Liberation Army or BLA. The attack in which the three gunmen armed with AK-47s, hand grenades and C4 explosives, two policemen and two civilian visa applicants were killed came a couple of days after the 11th death anniversary of BLA founder Balaach Marri. After last August’s suicide attack on a bus carrying Chinese workers near Dalbandin in Balochistan, which fortunately saw no fatalities, the Karachi attack was the second occasion on which the BLA equipped its members to carry out suicide attacks. Where the state’s response needed to be multipronged, it has tragically been unidimensional with a strong reliance on force. The security forces and guards employed by the Chinese consulate followed their drill effectively and stopped the attackers before they could ent

Chinese consulate attack: Balochistan grouses cannot be forever ignored

By IANS | Dec 01, 2018, 12.13 PM IST With around 46 per cent of the country's total area, Balochistan is Pakistan's largest province, but has the smallest population, representing around five per cent of the country's total. The November 23 attack on the Chinese consulate in  Karachi  by Baloch separatists brought into global view, once more, the Baloch trauma. The  Balochistan Liberation Army , which claimed responsibility for the attack, had warned the Chinese authorities against "exploitation of Balochistan's mineral wealth and occupation of the Baloch territory". ADVERTISEMENT Regrettable as violence in any form is, this incident is an unfortunate reminder that Baloch complaints cannot forever be ignored. In fact, the constant refrain through Pakistan's 70-year history is this:  Balochistan  appears to be on the boil again. Baloch resentment goes back to the very beginning when, with the initial encouragement of Pakistan founder Mohammed Ali Jinn

CPEC framework of regional connectivity, to have impact on all countries: Dr. Shahid

December 1, 2018 Observer Report Colombo High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat has said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a framework of regional connectivity and will not only benefit China and Pakistan but will have positive impact on Iran, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, India, Central Asian Republics and the region. He stated this while delivering a lecture on “ China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC): A New Vision for Regional and Global Connectivity and Economic Cooperation” in a distinguished event on the invitation by the Association of Retired Flag Rank Officers (ARFRO), Sri Lanka, held at Naval Headquarters. The event was attended by Commander of Sri Lanka Army, Lt. Gen. N.U.M.M.W. Senanayake, Commander of Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe, students of Defence Command and Staff College and KDU, senior retired officers of Sri Lankan Armed Forces and officials of the High Commission of Pakistan. Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashm

Balochistan reviews progress on CPEC

By  Mohammad Zafar Published: December 1, 2018 QUETTA  :  Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan has said the provincial government was still ‘blind’ to what exactly exists in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), slamming previous regimes over lack of interest in gaining mega objectives from multi billion dollars project. This came during a high-level meeting chaired by the CM, where he reviewed the progress of development projects under CPEC in Balochistan on Friday. CPEC Projects Incharge in Balochistan Hafiz Jamali briefed regarding on-going CPEC related development projects in the province. Expressing concerns over the slow progress of CPEC development projects in “least developed province”, the provincial government vowed to expedite development projects in Balochistan to provide speedy relief to the people. “ Chinese government has pledged to develop Gwadar port, energy, transport, infrastructure, Gwadar Airport, Pak-China Friendship Hospital and Gwadar Master Plan

Over 300 policemen deployed along border with Balochistan after Chinese consulate attack

Imran AyubUpdated November 30, 2018 63 posts have been set up in Jacobabad, Kashmore and Qambar. — AFP/File KARACHI: Sindh has deployed more than 300 police personnel along its border with Balochistan after investigators found that the suspects involved in last week’s foiled attack on the Chinese consulate here had come from the neighbouring province, a senior official said on Thursday. The move, he said, was a follow-up to the decision taken at a meeting presided over by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and attended by Chinese Consul General Wang Yu, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Ali Shah, Inspector General Dr Kaleem Imam and other senior officials of the provincial government. He agreed that the available resources and manpower of the Sindh police did not allow the law enforcement agency to properly man all the 63 Balochistan border posts and it was inciden ts like the consulate attack which pushed the authorities towards adopting temporary measures. “ A total of 323 policemen have