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RCEP: Malaysia negotiates better terms from China

By:  Anurag Viswanath Published: November 16, 2019 3:40:03 AM Mahathir has used the electoral mandate and the pro-Mahathir wave to keel predecessor Najib’s pro-China policy into a more centrist one, opening the doors to the possibility of dialogue and renegotiation with China NEXT X Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamed At 94, and still going strong, Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamed is somewhat the grand old man of Malaysian politics. Mahathir, has been in the news since his meteoric political comeback from political wilderness, leading the four party coalition Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) to victory in the May 2018 general election. Instantly, Mahathir became the poster-child not only of senior citizens in the region (Southeast Asia), but also of millennials, who have clamoured to know the secret of his wit and longevity. More recently though, Mahathir has been in the news for reinstating suspended China-backed mega projects in Malaysia—on better terms. China is Malaysia’s most im

Belt And Road Initiative: Challenging South And Southeast Asia – Analysis

China's new Silk Road OBOR (One Road One Belt) project 1   Analysis   Business    November 15, 2019    Dr. Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat and Dendy Indramawan*   0 Comments By  Dr. Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat and Dendy Indramawan* The euphoria about the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Indonesia and elsewhere in South and Southeast Asia (SEA) has been felt since 2017, particularly following the country’s participation in the BRI Summit in Beijing that year, where Indonesia (along with other SAARC and ASEAN member states) was expected to receive massive investments from China to support several infrastructure projects. This year, the debates concerning the BRI are again becoming prevalent after Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan as Indonesia’s representative signed 28 BRI projects last April.  Among the various debated subjects is the growing concern about the real nature of the BRI. Is that a Chinese developmental initiative or a geopoliti

China is illegally harvesting Uyghurs organs but the Muslim world is still silent

Major Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Turkey, Malaysia and Iran toe the official line of Beijing. AYJAZ WANI 15 November, 2019 2:59 pm IST Vehicles stand in a parking lot as a large screen shows an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Kashgar, Xinjiang autonomous region, China | Photo: Qilai Shen | Bloomberg Text Size: A- A+ Chinese President  Xi Jinping  in March 2017 gave instructions to security forces to erect a “Great Wall of Steel” in Xinjiang to curb the centrifugal tendencies of Uyghur Muslims. Over the decades, China has been responding with increasing force to the perceived threat to its internal peace from the Uyghur Muslims. Millions have been put into re-education camps (concentration camps), where besides being tortured, many are also subject to illegal organ harvesting. This illegal organ harvesting has become a  lucrative trade  in China as Chinese, as well as foreign patients, are promised organ matches within days. Uyghurs are the people of Tu

Old neighbourhoods of Gwadar to stay

By  mohammad zafar  Oct.18,2019 GDA to start new development projects under Master Plan 2050 QUETTA:  The government of Balochistan on Thursday unveiled the Gwadar Master Plan 2050, which stipulated that no old neighbourhoods of the port city would be relocated while restoring the historical sports and old status of the city. The Gwadar Master Plan has been approved by the provincial government that would be enforceable till 2050, following which the Gwadar Development Authority (GDA) would start new development projects in the city. GDA Chief Engineer Syed Muhammad Baloch told a ceremony on Thursday that the city had numerous sports venues from the Omani era that would be restored in order to maintain the ancient status of the city. Talking about the environment-friendly projects being started in the blue-sea city, Baloch said, the GDA intensified progress on greenery projects in the city, while a new greenbelt was being established for the people of Gwadar. ‘Gwadar at heart

Gwadar New International Airport – All you need to know about it

  In this article, we will tell our readers  all they need to know about the Gwadar New International Airport. Gwadar New International Airport is an international airport that is a key project under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework. It is situated 14 km north of the city center of Gwadar. Its construction work has officially started in an orderly manner. The airport will be capable of handling both domestic and international routes including ATR 72, Airbus, (A-300), Boeing (B-737) and Boeing (B-747). Also, the new  Gwadar International Airport  will be able to cater to the largest passenger airline in the world, Airbus A380. Must read:  China to Develop 19 Factories in Gwadar As of now, just Islamabad International Airport is able to cater to A380. Once the Gwadar airport is open it will be able to run under the “Open Skies” policy. The Gwadar airport site is spread over 43 acres area. The main runway of the airport is 3,658 meters. The modern terminal cov

India Pushes a Breakaway Balochistan

 November 13, 2019 By: Nava Thakuria India is slowly but steadily pushing the thinly-populated but troubled Baloch region of Pakistan, the country’s biggest province by land area, to break away to become a sovereign nation, daring blowback from Islamabad that exacerbates the August 5 takeover of the disputed Jammu & Kashmir region. The message from New Delhi supporting the freedom movement has grown stronger in the recent past, inspiring Baloch insurgents to push to deepen the Indo-Baloch relationship. Prime Minister Narendra Modi provided the spark in his 2016 Independence Day speech from the courtyard of historic Red Fort in New Delhi. In that speech, Modi sent his greetings to “the people of Balochistan, Gilgit [and] Pakistan-occupied Kashmir,” a major shift in policy, which caused outrage in Islamabad, where the words were viewed as an infringement on Pakistani sovereignty. He has since followed that up with his removal of Kashmir’s special autonomous status and a lockdown

PoK projects suffer as China focuses on Gwadar

As China continues to focus heavily on CPEC in Gwadar, Balochistan, parts of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) has witnessed slow progress under the mega initiative. By  Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury , ET Bureau | Updated: Nov 12, 2019, 07.40 AM IST BCCL NEW DELHI: Parts of Pakistan occupied Kashmir ( PoK ), which is the origin point for  China Pakistan Economic Corridor  or CPEC, has witnessed slow progress under the mega initiative as  China  continues to focus heavily on CPEC in  Gwadar ,  Balochistan . A recent report brought by a Pak-based think tank Centre for Peace, Development and Reforms or CPDR, focuses on the status of CPEC projects in so-called ''Azad Kashmir'' part of PoK in what will be the first such publication on the status of initiative in the occupied territory. “It, however, remains a fact, that with the exception of Karot Hydropower project, work on the other proposed projects has not been initiated yet, primarily because of the non-release of funds b

Pakistan, China to work on 4 oil and gas projects

IANS Last updated on November 14, 2019 at 03.48 pm (AP file) Pakistan and China have agreed to work on four key projects for oil and gas cooperation including finalisation of feasibility study on South North Gas Pipeline Project by Power China International Group of Companies and upgradation of Pakistan Refinery Ltd, Karachi. Top official sources told The News International on Wednesday that under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework, among several projects that were discussed at the experts' level, following were recommended to be considered, in the first instance, for early implementation under CPEC. It included finalization of feasibility study on South North Gas Pipeline Project by Power China International Group of Companies; upgradation of Pakistan Refinery Ltd Karachi; coal to Liquid Engineering Plant based on Thar Coal at Thar Sindh; and both sides appreciated the concept to include Thar Block-VI for Coal gasification to Fertilizer projects under CPE

PM adviser stresses China-plus CPEC for ‘desirable’ benefits

Our Correspondent November 15, 2019 ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Hafeez Shaikh on Thursday emphasised participation of other countries in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to fulfill the dreams the... Share Next Story >>> ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Hafeez Shaikh on Thursday emphasised participation of other countries in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to fulfill the dreams the Chinese-funded projects promised. “As far as Pakistan is concerned CPEC is an opportunity that Pakistan must not miss,” Shaikh said. “However, the promise of CPEC could only be fulfilled if it is not confined to China and Pakistan.” Addressing a seminar, the PM adviser said balance, wisdom and the desire to see the world as a whole as a place of shared humanity are critical. “The CPEC can either be transaction or it can be a transformation,” he said. “For it to be a transformation it must be China Plus and the other cou

FC vehicle were targeted with explosion, three were died and four were injured.

Nov 15, 2019 (Current Balochistan) Three people were killed and four were injured in a blast that occurred in Quetta city on Friday. According to details, Explosion was set up in a moter cycle which occurred near a vehicle of Frontier Corps in Buleli  area of Quetta capital of Balochistan. A few minutes after the blast took place, ambulances arrived at the scene to shift the injured and death bodies to nearby hospitals. Parliamentary Police official claimed that two people were injured in the blast. According to our reporters, three were killed and four were injured.


Source: TRIVIUM CHINA Yesterday, Xi Jinping spoke at the 11 th  BRICS Summit in Brasilia, Brazil, urging friends and frenemies alike to make BRICS countries the torchbearers of multilateralism. Some context:  BRICS brings together five of the world’s largest emerging economies in one handy forum – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. So far, though, the group has struggled to find its  raison d’être . The theme of this year’s summit was strengthening economic growth. Xi had both a positive take... (Xinhua 2): “The world is facing a new round of technology revolution and industrial changes, which gives a strong boost to productivity and socioeconomic development.” …and a somewhat more ominous outlook: “At the same time, protectionism, unilateralism and hegemony are on the rise, striking a blow to international trade and pushing down the global economy.” To handle this new and precarious international situation, Xi wants BRICS countries to work together. He proposed i

CHINA,: Stats bureau to clean up local stats

On Thursday, National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) spokeswoman Liu Aihua confirmed that provincial governments will change the way they collect and report economic data. Some context:  Local governments often inflate their growth numbers to score political points.  More context:  (In)famously, the combined reporting of provincial GDP levels have far exceeded the NBS-calculated national total since 1985. Even more context: Efforts to instill integrity into government numbers began six years ago, with a crackdown on false data from local officials.Last month, the NBS revised the Statistics Law to ramp up punishment for false reporting ( see October 10 Tip Sheet ). Get smart:  Aligning national and provincial measuring methods will improve consistency, but still won’t alleviate the widespread skepticism about the accuracy of official Chinese stats.  Get smarter:  Better data makes for better policy – so Beijing should have a better basis for managing the economy.     READ MORE NBS

A Devi in Balochistan

August 1, 2009, 11:09 AM IST  Tarun Vijay  in  Indus Calling   |   World   |  TOI I had almost finished my book on my Balochistan sojourn when the region hit the headlines fiercely. The people of this region are immensely India-friendly. I was there three years ago in a "first of its kind" pilgrimage to Mata Hinglaj, the "kuldevi" (family deity) of kshatriyas. The temple is situated in the rugged mountains of Balochistan. The yatra was made possible by the efforts of Jaswant Singh, then Union minister and an ardent devotee of  Devi. We went by road, first time post-independence, via Munabao and Thar Parkar, crossing Amarkot (renamed as Umarkot, where Akbar was born), Mirpurkhas and Karachi. My inclusion in the group was a sort of miracle — last day, last pilgrim, that too thanks to the then Pakistan high commissioner Aziz Ahmed Khan. It has all the ingredients to make people brave and courageous. Seashore, awesome mountain ranges (Gwadar lies in its vicinity and

National remembrance Day for Baloch Martyrs was held in London on 13 November

National remembrance Day for Baloch Martyrs was held in London on 13 November 14, Nov 2019 (Current Balochistan) Pro-independence Baloch Political Organization Baloch National Movement and Stundet Organization Baloch Students Organization- AZAD organised an event in United Kingdom on 13 November (Wednesday) Member of BNM, Rizwan Baloch said, "Every year on 13th of November, We gether to honour and remember the braves Baloch Martyrs, Who sacrificed their lives for regaining the lost sevnty for freedom of Speech, for breaking the chain of slavery, for protection of our Baloch identity, by promoting our Baloch culture and Baloch languages, for educating our new generations for waping the tears of our mothers, sisters, brothers and family members of Baloch missing persons who are struggling to find their loved ones who have been abducted by inhuman security forces of Pakistan. Physically the martyrs are not with us but their ideology and teachings are playing a vital role in our s

Rights groups to hold a conference on Balochistan in Berlin

Nov 15, 2019 (Current Balochistan) The human rights groups working to protect and promote the rights of the people of Balochistan have announced to hold a one-day conference on Balochistan in the capital city of Germany on 11 December 2019. According to the official social media accounts of Baloch Human Rights Council (BHRC), Baloch Human Rights Organization (BHRO) and the Human Rights Council of Balochistan (HRCB), the three organizations are jointly organizing the conference in Berlin, in reference to the occasion of International Human Rights Day. Upcoming Event: Berlin conference on Balochistan by BHRC , BHRO & HRCB will focus on State vs People: Baloch Human Rights Organization (BHRO), Human Rights Council of Balochistan (HRCB) and Baloch Human Rights Council (BHRC) , will organize a seminar on the prevailing human rights crisis in Balochistan. The conference comes at a time when the Baloch people in Pakistan are facing the worst human rights abuses, being perpetrated b

Balochistan has historic rights for a separate nation: Dr. Murad Baloch says in an interview.

Nov 15, 2019 (Current Balochistan) In an interview with News Intervention, Baloch National Movement Secretary General Dr. Murad Baloch has said that Balochistan has historic rights for a separate nation In the interview, which was published today in News Intervention The world watched silently when Pakistan captured Balochistan in 1948 through brute force. Even today, the world continues to remain mute when Pakistan’s military commits worst human rights violations across mineral rich Balochistan. But the Baloch refuse to be cowed down and have been valiantly fighting Pakistani occupation and are resisting Chinese plunder of their natural resources. Baloch National Movement (BNM) spearheads the freedom struggle of Balochistan, and BNM’s Secretary General Dr. Murad Baloch tells Vivek Sinha in his first ever interview that Baloch struggle should not be dismissed as just another armed insurgency, rather it is a genuine freedom struggle for a separate country, Balochistan. Dr. Murad