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Economic diplomacy: Mahathir, BRI and Payne

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne. (Flickr/CTBTO) BY   Greg Earl 7 December 2018 09:00 It says something about how the international relations agenda has changed that Foreign Minister Marise Payne was 90% of the way through her 4000-word  Lowy Institute speech  last week before she even announced the only  news : the government’s rebadged “economic and commercial diplomacy” policy. In 2014 Julie Bishop and Andrew Robb were each papering the town with speeches that long about their shiny new  economic diplomacy strategy alone. Bishop had a memorable regular line: “If the goal of traditional diplomacy is peace, then the goal of economic diplomacy is prosperity. Economic diplomacy is today at the heart of the Government's foreign policy.” Payne has hardly improved on that with: “Using our full suite of diplomatic resources, we will continue to advocate for an open global economy, to support Australian businesses seeking commercial opportunities in major emerging markets,

BNM will organize a two day awareness campaign in the capital of Germany

13 Dec 2018 Berlin:- Baloch National Movement will organize a two-day awareness campaign on December 15th and 16th to highlight the plight of #BalochMissingPersons and the on-going #BalochGenocide by Pakistani state forces. The campaign will be organized with the aim of highlighting gross Human Rights violations across Balochistan which are in an abominable state. Military operations, forceful abductions, kill and dump policy and using Islamic extremisms against the Baloch populace is continued without impunity. The campaign will also spread information among the locals regarding the on-going token hunger strike camp of the families of victims of enforced disappearances. It has been more than month now Seema Baloch along with many other women and children are sitting in Voice for Baloch Missing Pearson’s camp in front of Quetta press club. A signature campaign, poster exhibition, correspondence distribution and speeches will be undertaken between 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Berlin Time

CHINA: POLITICS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS,TECH and Busiñess BUSINESS AND TECH: $20 trillion of savings to be managed China: foreign asset managers eye a vast savings pot  / FT (paywall) “Beijing is opening the door to overseas investment managers but it is unlikely to let the world’s biggest firms dominate its market...the value of overall bank deposits, investments or insurance products has doubled over the past five years to $19tn at the end of 2017, and will grow to $23.8tn at the end of next year, says Morgan Stanley.” “UBS forecasts that annual fees for running Chinese mutual funds will expand fivefold to $42bn by 2025.” Electric vehicles a bright spot in overall auto sales Tough times ahead for auto sector  / China Daily “The automotive market is almost certain to see an annual decline this year, the first in 28 years, and the bleak prospects are unlikely to change in the next two or three years, officials from the country's leading industry association said on Tuesday.” Car sales in China are slowing but sales of

Trade war, day 160: Is Beijing softening Made in China 2025? Since March, when the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released its “ Section 301 ” report on Chinese trade practices, the Made in China 2025 initiative has been in focus as what  SupChina called the “true heart of the U.S.-China trade war .” The initiative sets a number of ambitious but non-binding goals to reduce China’s reliance on foreign technology, and directs investment into ten strategic areas, including robotics, artificial intelligence, aerospace design, and quantum computing. American officials railed against the policy because, to them, it represented a declaration that China’s cutthroat practices to achieve technological power — including market protectionism and state subsidization, as well as what the USTR said was a massive amount of intellectual property theft and forced technology transfer — would never change. The Wall Street Journal  reports today (paywall) that Beijing is now working on a new, less aggressive “replacement” for Made in China 2025: B

Hostages on both sides of the Pacific   Even if the  American request for the arrest and extradition  of Sabrina a.k.a. Cathy Mèng Wǎnzhōu 孟晚舟 was not intended as a political act, it has become one. The BBC  reports : Donald Trump says he could intervene in the case of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou if it helps to avoid a further decline in US relations with China. "Whatever's good for this country, I would do," the US president said. This is getting nasty. Meanwhile, Meng has been released on bail on the condition that she stay in Vancouver and submit to various forms of surveillance. See Vancouver-based  Michael Mui’s tweets  for details. China’s retaliation — the  arrest  of former Canadian diplomat and analyst for NGO International Crisis Group — is now official: “China said  a former Canadian diplomat detained in Beijing is working for an organization that is not legally registered and he may have broken China’s foreign non-governmental organization (NGO) law,”  reports the Straits

Ecuador joins China’s Belt and Road initiative

by  Weida Li  Dec 13, 2018 Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) holds a welcoming ceremony for Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno Garces ahead of talks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on December 12, 2018. Li T   Xinhua                  China and Ecuador on Wednesday signed a cooperative document to jointly advance the Belt and Road initiative (BRI). “China welcomes Ecuador to jointly build the Belt and Road and to promote cooperation between the two sides in infrastructure, agriculture, information technology, new energy, and environmental protection,”  said Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting with Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno Garces, who is on a three-day state visit to China. The two sides also ratified a further nine cooperative agreements related to assistance in criminal matters, police, agriculture, civil aviation and the risk management of volcanoes and earthquakes. Related Articles China’s Belt and Road initiative explained May 09, 2017 07:

Pakistan is a slaughter yard when it comes to human rights, Aslam Baloch

December 12, 2018 (From news desk The Balochistan Post) Suppression and genocide of nations in Pakistan is more serious and tragic than the religious freedom violations, Aslam Baloch, Commander Baloch Liberation Army(BLA). According to the TBP social-media correspondent, in a series of tweets, Aslam Baloch, a prominent commander of Baloch Liberation Army, has responded on the recent blacklisting of Pakistan for the violation of religious rights, by the USA on Tuesday. In a tweet, Aslam Baloch, stressed on the issue of persecution of the ethnic groups and nations in a larger perspective, in Pakistan. He said that Pakistan had been suppressing nations, and the violations were much serious than those of committed against religious minorities. He added that the exploitation of the resources and unabated killings of Baloch, Sindhi and Pashtun nations had turned their lives ‘into a hell’. He concluded his response by saying that Pakistan has turned into a slaughter-house for human ri

We reject the findings of Pakistan's missing persons' commission. BNM

2018-12-12 Dil Murad Baloch, the Information Secretary of Baloch National Movement criticized the inquiry commission report on missing persons. He said that Pakistani official and private institutions had trespassed all limits to make the case of missing persons controversial; the last days released statistics were an insult to the injuries of the families of the missing persons. He said , “all institutions of Pakistan, including judiciary are equally responsible for the genocide of Baloch people; Baloch nation has no expectations on them; time and again Pakistan army and intelligence agencies in order to divert the attention of the world, create fabricated stories and provide statistics which are far from the reality.” Dil Murad Baloch stated that on eve of the international  day of human rights the inquiry committee said in the report that this year only 899 were enforced disappeared throughout Pakistan. He added, “And we categorically reject this findings of the commissi