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BRI and S Asian geopolitics: the Bangladesh factor

By  ANU ANWAR MARCH 4, 2019 Though South Asia occupies only 3.4% of the world’s land surface area, it is home to 24% of the world population. Each country in South Asia is in an economic upswing. Estimates are that South Asia has experienced on average 7.3% economic growth over the past decade, which makes this region one of the fastest-growing in the world. The Chinese government considers South Asia the main axis for the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), since this region plays key roles in achieving China’s core geopolitical strategic goal called the “String of Pearls.” In South Asia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Nepal and Pakistan have extended their support to the BRI, with the holdouts being India and Bhutan. The relationship between the two Asian giants, China and India, has been marked by competition rather than cooperation in the region, and Bangladesh provides a classic example of this trend. The newly inducted US Indo-Pacific Strategy adds a new dimension

International Women’s Day and Baloch Women

By Shaari Baloch This day is a courageous day for all those women who challenged the conservative World and proved themselves. Behind every developed society there is a role model who is a "woman" either  that woman as shape of a mother who taught her child about the duties towards her nation and land, who always advised her child “to fight for your rights and to preserved your identity” .A mother who encourages her child to speak in her own "mother language" and motivate him/her to promote their language. Although women as a Girl, Mother, house wives, teachers , doctors play their essential roles but a women who is a struggler, a freedom fighter or a seeker for national identity plays historically a influential  role world wide. In Baloch society mainly there have been no such traditional boudaries for Baloch women regarding education or jobs but since two decades the Baloch Nation is being the victims of Religious extremism and sectarianism as per  Pakistan st

Zahid Baloch’s prolonged enforced disappearance is a serious violation of human rights: BSO Azad

7 March 2019 *(Current Balochistan)* Central Spokesperson Baloch Students Organization Azad (BSO-A) termed the prolonged enforced disappearance of Zahid Baloch, former chairman of origination, as a serious violation of human rights and added that the state is using its whole machinery at a large scale for suppressing the peaceful political struggle in entire Balochistan.  The enforced disappearances of peaceful political leaders and activists including their extrajudicial killing prove that the state is very afraid of the Baloch national struggle, and in reaction it is targeting the Baloch students including people from all walks of life in order to crush the peaceful political struggle with power.  It is very clear that the movements can’t be suppressed with power but they gain further energy and continue their journey towards their destination. The enforced disappearance of Zahid Baloch completed its long duration of five years, but he has not been surfaced so for now. Neither h

China’s emerging diplomatic and economic presence in North Africa

by  Tom Bayes  | Feb 27, 2019 |  Economy ,  North Africa ,  Security North Africa matters to China. In strategic terms, it is part of China’s overarching political strategy known as the ‘Great Rejuvenation of the Chinese Nation’. The aim of this self-assigned historic mission is to return China to prosperity and prestige. Its is economic development. As such, economic exchange is the fundamental driver of China’s relations with North Africa. Since approximately 2000, China has rapidly become a leading trade and investment partner to North Africa, giving it significant new political leverage in the region. But as this trade with the region represents only a small proportion of China’s total overseas exchanges, North Africa does not figure in the first rank of Beijing’s foreign policy priorities. The political and geostrategic dimensions of Beijing’s North African ties are growing in salience, most notably in the context of the Belt and Road Initiative and China’s newly assertive dip

Silk Road Notes by Clingendael Institute

After Greece and Portugal, Italy could be the next Southern European country to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China on the Belt and Road Initiative. President Xi Jinping will visit Italy on March 22-24, and according to Reuters the two countries are negotiating the terms of a possible MoU  [Italy mulls preliminary Belt and Road deal with China] . Although less sensitive than cooperation on advanced technology, such as 5G, AI or semiconductors, third country involvement in BRI is increasingly also an issue in US-China relations. In the case of Italy’s talks with China on signing an MoU, the US government warned Italy against doing so  [China tells US to mind its own business after Italy is warned not to join Belt and Road Initiative] . According to Zhang Yesui, a spokesman for China’s National People’s Congress, a total of 157 countries and international organisations have already signed BRI agreements  [China defends belt and road strategy against debt trap claims] .

China worried ban on Azhar will make Jaish target CPEC

China is worried an action at the UN will make CPEC a target of the Jaish-e-Mohammad. By  Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury , ET Bureau | Updated: Mar 08, 2019, 08.47 AM IST China also views Pakistan as a gateway to reach out to the Islamic world as it gets increasingly concerned by radicalisation among the Uyghurs under the ETIM. NEW DELHI:  China , which has to take a call within the next week to change its stand on proscribing  Masood Azhar , is now said to be worried that such an action will make the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor ( CPEC ) that passes through Pakistan-Occupied  Kashmir (POK) a target of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). ET has reliably gathered that China, which is believed to be actively considering this time to support the fresh move against Azhar in the UN Security Council (UNSC), is also looking at tying down Pakistan with security guarantees. ADVERTISEMENT The CPEC passes through not only POK and Gilgit-Baltistan, but also the Mansehra district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa w

24 projects to be funded with chinese grant under CPEC

Fawad Yousafzai March 08, 2019 ISLAMABAD - Chinese experts have shortlisted around two dozen projects to be funded with the Chinese grant in the provinces and regions under CPEC, it was learnt reliably here. READ MORE:  Senator Krishna Kohli chairs Senate session on Women’s Day After meeting with the officials from all the provinces and regions, the Chinese experts have decided to shortlist around two dozen projects, for socio economic development, in six designated areas of education, agriculture, poverty alleviation, skill development, healthcare, water supply and vocational training projects, official source told The Nation here Thursday. The Chinese delegation headed by Du Zhenli, comprising of 13 experts from socioeconomic development field, arrived here during last week of February and was here for around 12 days. China is likely to extend a grant of one billion dollars for the socio economic development under CPEC and the projects in six identified areas will be funded t