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Italy embraces Belt and Road as EU pushes back against Beijing The Italian government intends to sign on to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The country signaled early this month that it plans to formally endorse Xi Jinping’s signature project (see  paywalled Financial Times report ), and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said he  plans to attend  the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing in April. The White House  furiously pushed back, saying, “We view BRI as a ‘made by China, for China’ initiative” that will not bring benefits to Italy. China  responded , “This position taken by the US side is laughable,” and urged Italy to make its own independent decisions. Meanwhile, “Europe is moving unexpectedly quickly to restrict  Chinese access to big public projects ranging from railways to telecoms,”  reports Politico via the South China Morning Post . Only a week after Brussels branded Beijing as a “systemic rival,” EU leaders attending a summit on Thursday are expected to yield to pressure from Berlin and Paris and “endorse” a law that will

Xi wants more ideology in education

Source: TRIVIUM CHINA On Monday, Xi Jinping chaired a symposium with teachers of politics and ideology from around the country. *Some context:* Students at all levels are required to take political thought classes that focus on the Chinese Communist canon of Marx, Lenin, Mao, Deng, and now Xi. *Xi said that education is all about training good Communists (Xinhua):* _“[We] must cultivate generation after generation of useful talents who support the leadership of the Communist Party of China and the socialist system of our country and are determined to struggle for their entire lives for the cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics.”_ *Xi wants education in all areas to have a greater ideological focus:* _“ We should improve the curriculum system, solve the problem of coordination between various ideological and political courses, and encourage famous teachers to give lectures in ideological and political classes.”_ *We feel sorry already* for the poor astrophysicist who is

Senators lament dismal health, educational standards in Balochistan

* Senate Committee demands govt to increase releases for social sector development Ijaz Kakakhel MARCH 18, 2019 Keeping in view the miserable situation in sectors of health and education, Senators, on onday, demanded the government to release 50 per cent of the funds allocated for Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) 2018-19. While presiding over  the Senate Standing Committee on Planning Development and Reform, Senator Usman Kakar, asserted that the social sector was in a miserable state across the country, particularly in Balochistan. He called on the government to increase its releases on a priority basis. The education standard in Balochistan was said to be far below that of other parts of the country, due to which employment quota remained unfilled in the province. He implored the federal government to increase its educational expenditure in Balochistan. Kakar also raised concerns regarding the non-availability of medicines in hospitals across Balochistan, due to which

Senator Sherry assures Beijing of PPP support in CPEC

* President Zardari’s vision to give Gwadar port to China led to building momentum on CPEC: PPP senator MARCH 18, 2019 BEIJING:  A delegation led by Pakistan People Party (PPP) deputy president, Senator Sherry Rehman, on Monday,  held a meeting with  International Department of Chinese Communist Party (CPC) Central Committee, Vice Minister, Guo Yezhou. Yezhou welcomed the PPP delegation and remarked, “PPP is an important force in Pakistani politics since it was launched by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto; the party has made a great contribution to the development of China-Pakistan friendship at different historical stages.” He expressed confidence in further strengthening of his party’s friendship with PPP in the new era. Senator Sherry Rehman headed a six-member PPP delegation to China on the invitation of CPC. Syed Naveed Qamar, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Senator Rubina Khalid, Faisal Karim Kundi and Sindh Minister for the environment, Taimur Talpur are also included in the commission. Thanking t

Interview: Fijian expert sees Belt and Road Initiative development dividend for participating countries

Source: Xinhua |  2019-03-17 14:57:19 | by Zhang Yongxing SUVA, March 17 (Xinhua) -- China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a development dividend for participating countries, including the Pacific island countries (PICs), as it has enhanced social and economic progress of the countries and brought benefits to the people, a Fijian expert said on Sunday. "The BRI has been welcomed by a lot of participating countries, including the Pacific island countries as it has brought social and economic development and hope to them. For Pacific island countries, they need massive infrastructure development and I think China is just doing that under the framework of BRI," Keshmeer Makun, a lecturer of the University of the South Pacific (USP) told Xinhua. He disagreed with the so-called "debt-trap" about BRI, saying that "it is important to know that China often takes into consideration the ability to meet foreign debt obligation and solvency constraint of recei

Does China's Belt and Road Seek Global Dominance?

by Mukul Sanwal The author argues that Asia, with China in the lead, will constitute a new emerging global order. There is an emerging consensus that by 2030, the world will not have a  hegemonic power that dictates global rules (NIC 2012). Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States (US) will stop policing the world can be seen as a result of their waning influence to set the global agenda. This retreat by the US has resulted in a  shift in economic and political power to Asia, creating space for China—and more recently India—to achieve their potential as some of the world’s largest economies. The rise of these Asian powers raises a number of strategic questions: What will be the impact of the the economic re-emergence of these two countries, and the influence that comes with this wealth? And, will we see a new world order marked by military or economic and technological competition?   A Reversal of Asian Fortunes Historically, Asian trading arrangements were never monop

Can the Belt and Road Initiative Be Green?

March 19, 2019Ruediger GeisHead of Trade Affairs at Commerzbank AG The Colombo deep sea port is seen as container ships move along the ocean in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Chinese investments paid for numerous projects in Colombo, a critical link for the Belt and Road Initiative. Photo: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images SHARE THIS ARTICLE       China’s Belt and Road Initiative is foremost the country’s bid to improve economic integration with economies across Eurasia and into Africa. But, the project—while extraordinary in scale and reach—poses many questions, particularly around its commitment to the environment. Notably, can China successfully dovetail its BRI-related investments with its Paris Agreement targets? Or, instead, are these efforts mutually exclusive? China’s growth since the turn of the millennium has been largely predicated on its use of fossil fuels. Yet, a repetition of this carbon-rich growth model across 72 countries along the Belt and Road would, of course, be at odds w