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Western route not part of CPEC, says BAP leader

The Newspaper's Staff Correspondent UpdatedDecember 07, 2018 BAP founder says Balochistan's people and government have no knowledge of development projects in the province. — File photo QUETTA: Ruling Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) founder Saeed Ahmed Hashmi has said that federal Minister for Planning Khusro Bakhtiar has confirmed that western route is not part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). “The apprehensions of the people and political forces of Balochistan have proved to be true after the federal minister’s statement,” Mr Hashmi said while talking to journalists here on Wednesday. He said if the planning minister’s statement was true then it would be a big injustice with the people of Balochistan. Mr Hashmi criticised the PML-N government for deceiving the people of the province and said that deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif had taken Meh­mo­od Khan Achakzai, Maulana Fazlur Rehman and other leaders to Zhob and told them that he had inaugurated the c

How Russians and Chinese see each other

The Economist A report from the borderlands, where a shared cynicism is binding two countries closer  Print edition | China Dec 6th 2018 The high speed train from Changchun to Vladivostok would be a fine symbol of Sino-Russian friendship, if someone would finish it. The line’s Chinese leg is a modern marvel: a silk-smooth ride through a blur of birch trees and red-roofed farms. Then the line ends at buffers in Hunchun, a border city near Russia. At first Hunchun’s residents are wary of discussing why their home town—a drab but friendly city of fewer than 230,000 people—is the terminus of a high-speed rail line from Changchun, the nearest provincial capital. The line, which cost 42bn yuan ($6bn), opened in 2015. Public records show that the surrounding province, Jilin, invited Russia to help lay the track as far as Vladivostok, the Russian Far East’s largest port. Russian selfishness scotched that plan, Hunchun’s residents mutter. “Russia said, ‘If you want it, you can build it,’”

Surrendered militant goes missing from Gwadar

- December 6, 2018 From News disk of (The Balochistan Post) brought to you by (Current Balochistan) A former affiliate of a militant organization has been abducted from Gwadar city of Balochistan. According to details received by The Balochistan Post, a man has gone missing after he was arrested by security forces. In a raid by Pakistani forces and intelligence agencies on a house in Kalanch area of Gwadar, a man was arrested and moved to an undisclosed location. The person has been identified as Abdul Hakeem s/o Abdul Majeed, a former affiliate of a Baloch militant group, who later surrendered in front of Pakistani forces. It is important to mention that many cases of abduction and killing of surrendered militants by Pakistani intelligence agencies or Baloch militant groups have been reported in Balochistan in last few years

Balochistan: Another student disappeared from Chagai

  December 7, 2018 (From news desk The Balochistan Post) Another student was forcefully disappeared from Chagai district of Balochistan on Wednesday. According to details received by The Balochistan Post, a student has been abducted by Pakistani forces in Dalbandain area of Chagai. Abductee has been identified as, Mohammed Asif s/o Haji Deen Mohammed, resident of Killi Khuda-e-Rahim, Dalbandin. Mohammed Asif is a student of Degree College Quetta in capital city of Balochistan. Earlier this week from Chagai another person was also abducted by forces. On Monday a NGO officer, Hussain Jamaldini was arrested on a checkpoint by Pakistan forces near Girdi Jungle area of Chagai and moved to an undisclosed location whose whereabouts are still unknown. A surge has been witnessed in the abductions of students in Balochistan after an attack on Chinese consulate in Karachi by a Baloch insurgent group. Since then dozens of students have been abducted.

Spying on the Uyghurs “Spying on the Uyghurs: A first-person account from a Han Chinese student” is the title of a  translated essay on the Taiwan Gazette  by a Han Chinese person who studied the Uyghur language in Xinjiang. I chose to major in the Uyghur language largely due to the employment rate in this field. People outside the region may not know, but we have a huge advantage when it comes to post-graduate employment. Big internet technology firms like Tencent and NetEase are actively recruiting students from our program. On Chinese soil, aside from Mandarin-speaking WeChat users, the largest demographic group on WeChat are people who speak the Uyghur language as their mother tongue… However, the Uyghur language major is only open to students who do not speak Uyghur as their first language. All the teachers in our program are Uyghur by ethnicity, but the students are all from other ethnicities. Other than tech companies, the best way out for students in the Uyghur language major is emp

One Huawei scion arrested in Canada, another waltzes in Paris Mèng Wǎnzhōu 孟晚舟, chief financial officer of Huawei, was arrested on Saturday in Vancouver. Some reports say it was at the request of the U.S. Justice Department for alleged violations of Iran sanctions. In April this year, it was  first reported  that the U.S. government was investigating Huawei for sanctions violations. Meng is the daughter of the company’s secretive founder, Rén Zhèngfēi 任正非. She has used the name Cathy Meng in the past, but now uses Sabrina for her English name. In an odd coincidence, another of Ren’s daughters, who goes by the name Annabel Yao, is  featured in today’s South China Morning Post  as the belle of Le Bal des Débutantes in Paris this year. In a piece with more details on both daughters,  Reuters says  Meng, 46, “had been widely tipped to one day take the helm of the tech giant her father founded.” A bail hearing  for Meng been set for Friday,  reports the Vancouver Star . “As there is a publication ban in effect, we cannot provide any f

Delhi conference where Baloch leader Hyrbyair Marri was to speak gets postponed

ANI | New Delhi [India] | Last Updated at December 06 2018 19:30 IST Delhi Study Group has postponed the conference on 'Human Rights in Balochistan' scheduled to be held in  New Delhi  on December 10. New date and venue of the event will be announced soon, said  Vijay Jolly  of Delhi Study Group (DSG) that had invited  Baloch  leader  Hyrbyair  Marri  for the event.  Marri  is a  leader  of Free  Balochistan  Movement and lives in exile in  London.  He was recently named by  Pakistan  for the attack on  Chinese Consulate in Karachi. "The event has been postponed and we will announce the new dates soon. We have invited  Hyrbyair  Marri  and other  Baloch  leaders so that people can listen to the grievances of  Baloch  people," Jolly told ANI. When asked about inviting Marri, Jolly said: "We do not consider him as a terrorist. He is a  Baloch  political activist  and we have invited him so that people get to know the real human rights situation in  Balochistan.

Report: Role of political values in Europe-China relations

The European Union (EU) has committed itself to promoting human rights, democracy and the rule of law. On the eve of the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the Palais Chaillot in Paris, the European Think-tank Network on China (ETNC) has published a new report investigating the role of political values in Europe-China relations.  What role do political values play in Europe-China relations 70 years after the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? China experts from seventeen leading European research institutions - including MERICS - have compared the role political values play in the foreign policies of European states and the EU toward the most powerful autocracy in the world, the People’s Republic of China. In essence, the results display four different patterns of behavior among European countries: vocal and active; active and discreet; passive; and passive and potentially counteractive. MERICS Research Associate Lucrez

Digital Belt and Road enters Phase II

TRIVIUM CHINA The third Digital Belt and Road (DBAR) conference  kicked off yesterday in remote Tengchong, Yunnan.  This marks the end of the plan’s pilot phase and the beginning of concrete implementation. Oh, you’ve never heard of DBAR?  Neither has anyone else. But it’s kind of a big deal.  It’s a sweeping initiative spearheaded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences that complements and supports the “analog” Belt and Road. Nominally, it’s centered around two main tasks: The collection of big earth data (mostly via satellites), which will be used to support the UN’s sustainable development goals for 2030The creation of a big earth data platform to process and share that data with scientists, policymakers, and the public - think “Google Earth,” powered by Chinese satellites and supercomputers The data platform, currently in beta, is slated for release in OBOR countries in 2019, and for global use in 2020.   Get smart:  DBAR has real academic and social value, but there’s more to

Huawei CFO arrested in Canada

TRIVIUM CHINA This is a huge deal:  The CFO of Huawei has been arrested in Canada for extradition to the US. And she’s not just the CFO (Caixin): "Meng Wanzhou [is] the daughter of founder Ren Zhengfei."  "[She] was taken into custody while transiting at an unspecified airport in Canada, the company said in a statement on its website." The arrest is related to the breaking of US sanctions on Iran. But Huawei says it doesn’t know what’s going on. Some context:  This comes in the wake of the US case against ZTE for breaking Iran sanctions earlier in the year, which temporarily cut off ZTE from US exports of critical components used in its handsets. Xi Jinping personally asked US President Trump to lift the export restrictions on ZTE, which he did. But there has long been speculation that similar measures might be applied to Huawei at some point Get smart:  The Chinese would consider any US case against Huawei 100 times more important than tariffs on Chinese good

Quotes on Belt and Road Initiative

CUI HONGJIAN EUROPEAN STUDIES DIRECTOR, CHINA INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES On the future of economic ties with European countries " Countries in southern Europe such as Spain and Portugal have great potential in the China market and they should be making use of the Belt and Road Initiative more wisely and more proactively. " DARREN MCCAFFREY POLITICAL EDITOR, EURONEWS On whether Spain and Portugal should welcome Chinese investment " Should Europe turn down Chinese investment? I’m not entirely sure it should. Does it have to be cautious? Yes it does. " RIDWAN DJAMALUDDIN INDONESIA'S DEPUTY MINISTER OF MARITIME AFFAIRS On proposed business-to-business projects under the Belt and Road Initiative " We are fully aware that we must not let this cooperation end badly. Other countries have been forced to pay back loans and some have let go of their assets. We don’t want that. " VIMALABUDHI THERO CHIEF MONK, BERAGAMA VILLAGE TEMPLE