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MERICS: China weekly update

Huawei finds itself entangled ever deeper in trade dispute   It was a move that reflected a new quality in the trade dispute between China and the US: Straight after US President Donald Trump had issued his decree forbidding US firms from using telecommunication technology that is classified as a risk to national security, Google reacted on Monday by withdrawing its Android licence from Huawei with immediate effect. The move caused uncertainty for Huawei customers worldwide, but also caused the share prices of companies that work with Huawei to fall.  Read more... CHINA AND THE WORLDCelebration of Asian cultures includes message to the US Leaders from across Asia gathered in Beijing in May to celebrate the first Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations (亚洲文明对话大会) – an event described by China’s State Council Information Office as a ”carnival to celebrate the diversity of Asian civilizations.” Leaders and officials from 47 Asian countries attended the event, as well as the Greek

Experts Warn Of ‘Debt-Trap’ For Vietnam In Belt And Road Initiative As China Bids For Projects

 May 24, 2019    RFA    Observers in Vietnam are growing increasingly wary of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s sweeping Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as Hanoi weighs collaboration on projects under the scheme amid concerns of falling into a “debt-trap” that leaves their government beholden to Beijing. Xi is selling the BRI as a means of strengthening infrastructure, trade, and investment links between China and 154 countries and international organizations, at an estimated cost of around U.S. $1 trillion. But critics of the BRI say China is using investment to push its own political agenda, and that nations involved in the initiative see their sovereignty undermined if they fall into a “debt-trap” that leaves them beholden to Beijing because they are unable to meet regular payments on loans and default. Among the issues at play in Vietnam are infrastructure projects pursued by China, such as Vietnam’s proposed North-South Expressway, existing Chinese projects and their impact, gove

Insurgency Disrupts China's Plans at Port of Gwadar

Port of Gwadar, Pakistan (file image) BY  MAREX  2019-05-23 19:28:01 Persistent attacks by ethnic Baloch separatists are hampering the development of the Chinese-operated port of Gwadar, Pakistan, the linchpin of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.  On May 11, Baloch Liberation Army gunmen attacked the most luxurious hotel in Gwadar, killing five Pakistani citizens and one soldier. The attack followed just one month after the same group killed 14 people on Gwadar's Makran Coastal Highway - including 11 military servicemembers - and six months after an attack on the Chinese embassy in Karachi killed two policemen and two civilians.  The ethnic Balochi homeland (Balochistan) straddles the Pakistani-Iranian border between Karachi and Bandar Abbas, extending inland as far as Afghanistan. It was an independent kingdom until British conquest in the 1800s, and Baloch nationalists would like to see the region regain its political autonomy.  Baloch militants have foug

Role of Afghan intelligence in killing Ustad Aslam

: بلوچ سرمچاروں اور استاد اسلم کی شہادت میں افغان صوبے قندھار اور ہلمند کے تمام فوجی, انٹیلیجنس اور اعلی پولیس حکام ملوث ہیں, جو بظاہر تو افغان حکومت لیکن اندر سے isi کیلئے کام کررہے ہیں, ان تمام حکومتی حکام نے PTM کی آڑ میں isi کے کہنے پر کچھ عرصہ قبل انڈین قونصلیٹ کے مواصلاتی نظام کو بھی اپنے کنٹرول میں لینے کی کوشش کی تھی, اب یہ افغان انٹیلیجنس حکام پاکستان کی مدد سے (ڈاکٹراللہ نذر) کو مارنے کی خفیہ سازش کررہے ہیں۔۔ Translation Qandahar and Helmand’s entire intel, military and police are involved in killings of Baloch sarmachars and Ustad Aslam, and also infiltrating PTM. Because they work for Pakistani ISI. Apparently, under the guise of PTM they have also recently infiltrated and tapped into communications of Indian Consulates. They will be coordinating in trying to assassinate Dr. Allah Nazar