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The digital silk road

The economic rise of China, which lifted half a billion people out of poverty in less than two generations, is nothing short of a miracle. It is now widely understood that the country’s economic take-off is due to the scaling back of state planning in the early 1980s under the chairmanship of Deng Xiaoping. The reforms started on a modest scale in agriculture, when farmers were allowed to sell their surpluses on the open market. Later on, special economic zones allowed for the inflow of foreign direct investment into a previously closed economy. By 2001, China’s opening up allowed it to join the World Trade Organization and gain further access to global markets. This is a story to be celebrated. Furthermore, it is not a story of the wisdom of Chinese leaders and the effectiveness of the country’s administration—rather, it is one that shows the power of market incentives and individual autonomy. Also, notwithstanding claims made by populist leaders in the West, trade with China has h

Opposition in Balochistan threatens agitation

Saleem Shahid Updated June 11, 2019 Opposition parties in the Balochistan Assembly have announced that they would launch a movement against the provincial government after the presentation of the provincial budget. — APP/File QUETTA: Opposition parties in the Balochistan Assembly have announced that they would launch a movement against the provincial government after the presentation of the provincial budget. A meeting presided over by the Leader of the Opposition Malik Sikandar Khan here on Monday slammed the government for not taking the opposition parties into confidence over the budget preparation. Former chief minister Aslam Raisani, Balochistan National Party-Mengal’s leader Malik Naseer Shahwani, Nasarullah Zerey, Haji Nawaz Kakar and other opposition members attended the meeting. “Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) of 2018-19 has lapsed due to incompetence of the current government and it will cause a bad impact on provincial economy,” Malik Sikandar said, adding

The Pashtuns: A developing faultline in Pak

Tilak Devasher  While several factors account for the stunning popularity and mobilisation of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM), a key element has been the apathy of mainstream Pakistani political parties, especially the Pashtun ones like the Awami National Party (ANP) towards the plight of the Pashtuns. Posted at: Jun 10, 2019, 6:05 AM Last updated: Jun 10, 2019, 6:06 AM (IST) Cry for justice: Pashtun protests were provoked by the January 2018 extra-judicial killing of a Pashtun youth, Naqeebullah Mehsud. Tilak Devasher Member, National Security Advisory Board  Conventional wisdom in and about Pakistan has been that the dominant Punjabis had coopted the Pashtuns as a junior partner to rule the country. Thus, whether it was the army, the paramilitary or the bureaucracy, the Punjabi-Pashtun partnership was lording over the smaller ethnic groups like the Baloches and Sindhis. However, Pashtun protests during the past year have seen the first cracks in such a narrative. Pashtu

Weekly Report: Center for Advanced China Studies

Source: Center for Advanced China Studies Weekly Report 2|32 6.1.2019-6.7.2019 David Gitter, Julia Bowie, Brock Erdahl, Sandy Lu, and Daniel Shats Highlights Official media continued to focus on the trade conflict with the United States, blaming the US for escalating tensions (see Propaganda Work).Official media also propagated the key takeaways from Xi’s speech at last week’s meeting on the “remaining true to our original aspiration and keeping our mission firmly in mind” education campaign, intended for the entire party this June (see Propaganda Work).United Front Work Department Head You Quan led a CCP delegation to Lithuania and Iceland to discuss BRI, China-EU relations, and trade (see United Front Work). Senior Leaders Central Committee and State Council General Offices Publish Opinion on Improving Administrative Adjudication System and Strengthening Related Work Xinhua   6.2  Xinhua reported that the CCP Central Committee and State Council General Office