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National Remembrance Day: glowing tributes paid to Baloch martyrs of liberation

National Remembrance Day: glowing tributes paid to Baloch martyrs of liberation Nov 14,2019 (Current Balochistan) Baloch nation stood united to remember the fallen heroes of liberation struggle on 13 of November (Wednesday). Memorial gatherings were held across Balochistan and many cities of world to pay tributes to Baloch martyrs and those languishing in prisons cells of Pakistan. In a show of unity and solidarity with families of Baloch political prisoners the Baloch nation has observed 13 of November as the National Day of Remembrance for Baloch Martyrs. References, gathering and musical programs were organised across Balochistan. An online campign was held and have trended in many countries including Pakistan. Meanwhile, references and memorials were also held in different cities of world including London, Germany, South Korea and other Parts of the world to observe 13 Novmber for National Martyrs Day. The Baloch Nation has selected 13 November as the 'Baloch Martyrs

Xinhua Silk Road: China's RMB internationalization advances to higher level along with pilot FTZ construction 

English  Français NEWS PROVIDED BY Xinhua Silk Road Information Service  Nov 08, 2019, 07:36 ET SHANGHAI, Nov. 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The internationalization of China's currency renminbi (RMB) has advanced to a higher level, said experts attending a forum on RMB internationalization facilitating construction of the pilot free trade zones (FTZs) on Wednesday. RMB internationalization has experienced fast development in the last decade, said Chen Yulu, deputy governor of the People's Bank of China (PBOC), China's central bank. Chen Yulu, deputy governor of the People's Bank of China, gives a speech at the forum Cross-border RMB use has developed from sporadic border trade settlement to the application in an all-round way, and expanded from current account to capital account, from trade to financial transactions, from banks and enterprises to individuals, and from simple to complicated operations, said Chen. RMB internationalization has seen rapid development i

Across China: Greek food company picks "golden leaves" in Xinjiang

Source : Xinhua |  2019-11-13 17:02:50 | URUMQI, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- Greek food company Palirria SA has purchased 3,700 tonnes of grape leaves this year from Turpan, a key hub along the ancient Silk Road in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Turpan, with its dry climate and abundant sunshine, has a long history of growing grapes and is one of the main grape production bases in China. Its planting area totaled 37,800 hectares with a yield of 1.14 million tonnes of grapes. Customarily, local people in Turpan have their grapevines trimmed every day and use the grape leaves to feed their sheep, rather than themselves, according to Alim Bahayidin, a local village cadre. Yet the huge amount of grape leaves Palirria bought from Turpan have been sent to the company's processing plants worldwide to make its knockout product, dolma. With a centuries-old history, dolma is a popular cuisine common in Mediterranean countries like Greece, Turkey and in surrounding regio

Why Xi Jinping drew on Greece’s ancient past to forge future ties with China

The Chinese president played up the two countries’ long history to frame a modern economic relationship, observers say Topic | Greece Simone McCarthy Published: 8:45pm, 12 Nov, 2019 Updated: 10:55pm, 12 Nov, 2019 Chinese President Xi Jinping spent  just three days in Greece  this week but he tried to draw on a much longer sense of shared history to cement economic ties with the Mediterranean country, a gateway to the European Union.   In a letter published in Greek newspaper  Kathimerini  on Sunday, Xi highlighted parallels between China and Greece as “great ancient civilisations”.   “More than 2,000 years ago, the lights of ancient China and ancient Greece were reflected in the two sides of the Eurasian continent,” he said.   The appeal is part of a broader push to strengthen relationships with a country that has signed on to China’s Belt and Road Initiative and agreed to Chinese development of its major shipping port. For China, Greece is a foothold in the EU, which ear

Silk road train 'first step towards a game changer'

  Barçın Yinanç - ISTANBUL The first freight train traveling from  China  to Europe which passed from the Turkish borders last week is a first step towards a big game changer, according to a scholar. If the  Chinese Belt and Road Initiative  (BIR) were to be realized, it might have a  trade  generating effect, said Altay Atlı of Koç University. Turkey sees the BIR as a diversification in terms of answering the needs of its developing economy, Atlı added. The first freight train traveling from China to Europe via Turkey crossed from Asia to Europe via Istanbul last week, making news headlines. Tell us why is this significant. It is important. It is not a game changer at the moment, but it probably is the first step of something much bigger. BRI is about connectivity between Asia and Europe, connecting China through Central Asia, the Middle East, Turkey and Russia to West of Europe. It is about improving logistical infrastructure and therefore about improving trade. Chinese goods

China to establish 19 factories in Gwadar: envoy

MUHAMMAD AKBAR NOTEZAI QUETTA: Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing on Friday said that his government was going to establish 19 factories in Gwadar to create job opportunities for the youth of Balochistan. “China seeks to contribute to the overall development of Balochistan’s mining, agriculture, fisheries and water sectors. The Chinese consulate is easing the visa procedure for the businessman community,” Yao Jing said while talking to journalists here. He said that 200 students from Pakistan had received scholarship in China. He denied speculations regarding the Chinese government’s lack of interest in development projects in Balochistan. “CPEC would change the economic fortune of not only Balochistan, but also Afghanistan and other Central Asian countries and all projects would go through Pakistan,” he said. The Chinese envoy said that the provincial fisheries, agriculture, mineral and livestock sectors had room for development, which could end poverty in Balochistan. “

China's mood chills on new Belt and Road projects in Pakistan

Cautious amid economic crisis, Beijing defers oil, gas and steel offers ADNAN AAMIR, Contributing writerNOVEMBER 10, 2019 17:58 JST A railway worker in Karachi: China is becoming wary of pouring more money into projects in economically unstable Pakistan.   © Reuters KARACHI -- When Pakistan and China sat down recently for talks on Beijing's major Belt and Road initiative known as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the China side showed a distinct lack of enthusiasm toward pumping more money into new projects.  The two countries held the sixth round of meetings of the Joint Cooperation Committee, the apex body of CPEC, on Nov. 4-6, and it concluded without a major breakthrough on new projects. The main development in the committee was the inauguration of Multan-Sukkur Motorway on eastern alignment of the corridor. The delegates also discussed the $9.2 billion Main Line 1 (ML-1) railway project, the largest single project in the corridor connecting Peshawar in the n

CPEC: Social impact

Muhammad Javaid CHINA-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is critically important for both countries. Pakistan needs it to overcome its economic woes, social and energy problems while China needs it to expand its periphery of influence, consolidate its global presence and securing future supply routes of energy and trade. Since Pakistan has a unique strategic position in the region, CPEC projects are being developed as part of strategic partnership between the two countries which is a long-term plan having a time frame of 2014 – 2030, with its two necessary conditions of the Corridor – development of the port at Gwadar and creating surface transport connectivity between the city of Gwadar in southwest. Three phases programme was planned – short-term programs would be completed by 2020, medium-term programs to be completed by 2025 while the long-term projects will be completed by 2030. Pakistan remained confronted with the problem of unemployment since long. Its rapidly growing populat

Saudi Arabia to gain from CPEC

Maira Hilal CHINA-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a conscious effort to achieve cooperation in different fields including defence, trade, energy, science and technology. In the present research article, benefits of CPEC for Saudi Arabia have been discussed in detail as well as the present logistic arrangement with reference to trade commitments have been pointed out. Economic prospects. The KSA has an opening prospect to establish industries in GFZs and becoming an economic partner. In turn, it opens a broad range of choices to the KSA to get access to the whole of Middle East, Africa, Asia and the CARs through Gwadar. The CARs are located in the heart of Eurasia, presenting limited benefits as a key transport transition and their vital geo-strategic location coupled with rich natural gas and oil reservoirs make their proximity desirable. One of the pillars of KSA foresight plans is to use its distinctive location and become a universal hub for extensive economic activities. S

Ayesha Omar’s next film portrays sacrifices of people in Balochistan

Sabrina Rose Bhatti  &  Kokab Mirza Ayesha Omar, in her latest interview, said she hasn’t landed her best film yet. Well, we think she might just have. Ayesha is shooting for  Dhai Chaal  alongside Shamoon Abbasi, who will also play her love interest in the film. Based in Balochistan, the film shows the hardships of people in the region, especially missing persons situation. “The story is about the sacrifices of people in Balochistan, who went through a lot of hard times to reinstate peace in the region,” Ayesha told  SAMAA Digital . The  Bulbulay  actor revealed that she will be playing a journalist who is trying to portray the real picture of what’s happening in Balochistan. Shamoon, on the other hand, is a RAW agent from India and his role is based on the events of Kulbhushan Jadhav. His character disguises himself as a businessman and is appointed in Balochistan to create disorder in the region and ruin China-Pakistan relations. “Yadav attacks police academies and influ

Pakistan Coast Guard seizes 1,829kg of drugs from Balochistan

S. Shahnawaz Ali Photo: Xinhua News Agency The Pakistan Coast Guards seized on Wednesday 1,829 kilogrammes of drugs from Pasni in Balochistan’s Gwadar District, according to a PCG spokesperson. The PCG officials conducted an operation near the mountains of Pasni. They seized a cache of drugs worth more than Rs1.98 billion, the spokesperson said. He added that drugs are usually hidden in mountainous areas and are later smuggled to international markets.

Azerbaijan to support China's "One Belt, One Road" initiative

12 November 2019 By Ofeliya Afandiyeva Azerbaijan is one of the first countries to support China's "One Belt, One Road" initiative, and will direct its financial resources to its implementation. This was stated by the Deputy Prime Minister, Co-Chairman of the Azerbaijan-China Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation Shahin Mustafayev at the "Global Trade and International Logistics" Forum, held as part of the 2nd China International Import Expo in Shanghai, according to the report posted in the official website of the Azerbaijani Embassy in Beijing. Addressing the forum Mustafayev said: “The Trans-Caspian International Transport Corridor, including the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, is an attractive way for shorter and more reliable shipping between China and Europe.  This corridor, which has great geographical and economic advantages, is of great importance in terms of the implementation of "One Belt, One Road."  It has already

The Belt & Road Forum for ICT Industry Cooperation Successfully Held in Shanghai

November 13, 2019, 4:20 AM UTC The Belt and Road Forum for ICT Industry International Cooperation 2019 was held at Marriott Shanghai Hotel Parkview on November 12th, 2019 as an essential measure for Shanghai to forge a bridgehead serving for the Belt and Road SHANGHAI, CHINA / ACCESSWIRE / November 12, 2019 /  To implement the directives of general secretary Xi Jinping on the Belt and Road construction, the Belt and Road Forum for ICT Industry International Cooperation 2019 was held at Marriott Shanghai Hotel Parkview on November 12th, 2019 as an essential measure for Shanghai to forge a bridgehead serving for the Belt and Road. The Forum was successfully held under the guidance of Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Information, and Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce. It was sponsored by Shanghai IT Service Outsourcing Development Center,,  and China Recommendation. More than 1,000 government leaders, diplomatic envoys, veteran experts, ren

Xi promotes Belt and Road initiative in Greece

Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged his country's continued investment in Greece as a successful part of China's Belt and Road economic initiative. Xi is currently on an official visit to Greece. China's state-run TV said he visited Greece's largest port Piraeus, near Athens, on Monday with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. A Chinese state-owned company has been managing and upgrading shipping facilities at Piraeus since acquiring a majority stake of the port in 2016. Xi described the port project as a successful example of China-Greece cooperation. He said he has seen that the Belt and Road initiative is no longer a slogan, but a brilliant reality. Xi earlier told Mitsotakis of his plan to make Piraeus the biggest transshipment port in the Mediterranean and expand transport between China and Europe. China hopes to make the port project a foothold for increasing its economic influence in Europe, but some on the European side are wary of China's a

The Curious Strategy Behind Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative MoU With Victoria

With no agreement at the federal level, why has China pursued 2 BRI deals with Victoria state? By  Yuan Jiang November 08, 2019 Credit:  Pixabay ADVERTISEMENT Although the Australia federal government has politely refused to join China’s Belt and Road Infinitive (BRI), the Victorian government has signed up to two non-legally binding Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) on the BRI. Currently it is well known that defense hawks, or the “security-intelligence-military establishment,” dominate the Liberal Party coalition-led government and they are acutely aware of security issues related to the BRI. By comparison, the Labor Party, the Australian opposition, is more open to the BRI and has regarded it as an economic opportunity. Thus, it is very reasonable that the Victorian government, led by Labor Party member Daniel Andrews, supports the BRI. Another Labor Party-led state, the Northern Territory, has spoken welcomingly of the initiative in recent years as well. Arguably, the Chine

SRA pays national tribute to 'The Baloch Martyrs'

SRA pays national tribute to 'The Baloch Martyrs' on the occasion of 13th November Balochistan Martyrs day. 'Sodho Sindhi' the spokesperson of Sindhudesh Revolutionary Army (SRA) issued his statement that " National Martyrs and the defenders are always been proved as the beacon of their nations in the world national resistance and revolutionary history. By their sacrifices nations not only bring innovations in national struggle but also achieve their ultimate destination of independence. "From 'Shaheed Mir Mehrab Khan' to 'Shaheed General Ustad Aslam Baloch' thousands of Baloch Martyrs will be appear as the 'Symbol of Final Victory of National Independence of Balochistan and now the time is no far when Baloch nation will succeed to get freedom due to their huge sacrifices and highest national struggle; Stated 'Sodho Sindhi'. Being a Brother and an ally "SRA pays the national and revolutionary salute to the all 'Baloch M