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CPEC has nothing to do with security cooperation: Yao Mehtab Haider January 09, 2020 ISLAMABAD: China’s Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing said on Wednesday that China Pakistan Economic Corridor is purely a commercial project that had nothing to do with security cooperation.Both... ISLAMABAD: China’s Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing said on Wednesday that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is purely a commercial project that had nothing to do with security cooperation. Both the countries, he said, now started establishing joint ventures (JVs) under CPEC framework of industrial cooperation for boosting Pakistan’s exports. “We are now focusing on four Special Economic Zones (SEZs) including Rashakai, Dahbiji, Faisalabad and IT related SEZ in the federal capital. The SEZ requires state of the art infrastructure and there is share of localisation of 80 percent so it takes much longer time to develop SEZ,” Ambassador Yao Jing said while addressing round table conference titled “ Searching for Economic Security and Growth ” orga

Eden Silk Road brings traditional and fusion Xinjiang cuisine to Oakland By  Momo Chang Jan. 6, 2020, 10:34 a.m. Uyghur special noodle soup at Eden Silk Road. Photo: Momo Chang Eden Silk Road 366 8th St. (between Franklin and Webster), Oakland Map data ©2020 Terms of Use Last fall, a new branch of Eden Silk Road, a small Bay Area chain focusing on Xinjiang cuisine, opened in Oakland Chinatown. Like its other locations, the Oakland restaurant specializes in Chinese halal and Uyghur dishes, such as lamb kebabs and handmade noodles. Xinjiang is the westernmost province of China, where the Uyghur people, a Turkic ethnic minority, have lived for centuries. Most Uyghurs are Muslim, so restaurants specializing in this cuisine are halal and do not serve pork. As the chain’s name suggests, Xinjiang was part of the Silk Road trade route, which connected China with Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Common spices used in the region are cumin and chile peppers brought from other regions. A noodle make

‘East-West balance on New Silk Road can never be reached’ Published on 07-01-2020 at 08:00 Traditionally, the volumes of rail freight going from east to west are higher than in the opposite direction. Industry players have worked hard to restore this balance with success. But, the balance will never be 50-50, warns the Infrastructure Economics Centre. The IEC has carried out a study in which it measured the impact of macroeconomic factors on growth of Eurasian rail freight transport. Rather than analysing the rail freight market alone, they have looked at how the economy moves forward up till 2030. One of the conclusions they have drawn is that this east-west balance will never be as equal as the rail freight industry would like. Never 50-50 In the year 2018, the allocation of Eurasian transit flows in westward direction represented 56,6 per cent of the total traffic (for loaded containers), while eastbound traffic represented 43,4 per cent. This is impressive. Whereas operators considered eastbound traffic a major challenge,

Exploring China’s Orwellian Digital Silk Road

January 7, 2020    Topic:  Security     Region:  Asia     Tags:  China Technology Economy Strategy Xi Jinping By acting as network architects and administrators, Beijing will be privy to data streams in real-time across a large portion of the world, enabling them to develop influence and power across a number of different matrixes. by  John Hemmings   Follow @JohnHemmings2 on Twitter L   Patrick Cha The past decade has been difficult for political leaders in Kenya. Terrorist attacks at  Westgate Mall  in 2013 and  Garissa University College  in 2015 had left hundreds of people injured or dead. Additionally, rising crime figures in rapidly-growing cities like Nairobi and Mombasa left the impression that Kenyan security forces were losing control of Kenyan cities. Worse still, a series of carjackings and tourist robberies began to effect a major source of revenue. It was with re

A Faint Breeze of Change: Malaysia’s Relations with China

  A nation must think before it acts. GEOPOLITICUS A Faint Breeze of Change: Malaysia’s Relations with China Felix K. Chang   January 8, 2020   Asia Program The relationship between Malaysia and China is not without conflict, though an outside observer could be forgiven for not realizing it. That is because  Malaysia has long kept its differences with China discreet . One point of contention has been their overlapping maritime claims in the South China Sea. There, despite repeated Chinese provocations—from  large-scale fishing off Malaysian-claimed Luconia Shoals  to  harassing Malaysian energy exploration ships —Malaysia’s response to China has been muted. Thus, it was not all that surprising that, in the late 2010s, then-Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak came to the defense of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) infrastructure projects in Malaysia, after they were criticized for their high costs and poor execution. In fact,  he urged even closer ties with China  and purchased w

In a first, China, Pakistan navies deploy submarines in strategic Arabian Sea drills

The Arabian Sea region is strategically important for India as major ports including Kandla, Okha , Mumbai, Nhava Sheva (Navi Mumbai), Mormugão, New Mangalore, and Kochi are located there. The joint maritime exercises began on Monday in the North ... By  PTI  |  Jan 08, 2020, 04.27 PM IS BCCL A file picture from 2015 of the Chinese navy's Luyang II Class guided missile destroyer Jinan BEIJING: Navies of  China  and  Pakistan , holding nine-day exercises in the  Arabian Sea  to enhance their all-weather strategic partnership, have for the first-time deployed submarines, providing a rare major exposure to the Chinese navy in the region. The Arabian Sea region is strategically important for India as major ports including Kandla, Okha , Mumbai, Nhava Sheva (Navi Mumbai), Mormugão, New Mangalore, and Kochi are located there. ADVERTI The joint maritime exercises began on Monday in the North Arabian Sea, regarded strategically significant for China which is now developing Pakistan's d

LPG terminal opened in Gwadar

BEHRAM BALOCH GWADAR: The first liquefied petroleum gas terminal in Gwadar was inaugurated on Tuesday as a ship carrying 3,900 metric tons of LPG reached here from Muscat, Oman. The LPG terminal was inaugurated by Chinese Consul General in Karachi Li Bijian in the presence of Gwadar Development Authority Chairman Naseer Kashani, Chairman of China Port and Holding Company Bao Xing and CEO of Al-Qasim LPG Gas Terminal Qasim Bashir. The first ship carrying LPG from the Port Sohar of Muscat reached Gwadar Port, which heralded a new beginning of economic and trade activities in the city. “Today a new era of economic development has commenced in Balochistan’s port city of Gwadar as international LPG trade has started here,” Consul General Li said while addressing the inauguration ceremony. Deputy Commissioner of Gwadar retired Capt Mohammad Waseem, the GDA chairman and the CEO of Al-Qasim LPG Terminal lauded the initiative, saying Gwadar was going to turn into an international economic hub i

Matric education made free for Balochistan, tribal regions: AIOU

Islamabad APP January 08, 2020 Islamabad : Allama Iqbal Open University said it would continue to provide free Matric education to the students from Balochistan and erstwhile FATA areas of Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa .The desiring ones... Share Next Story >>> Islamabad : Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) said it would continue to provide free Matric education to the students from Balochistan and erstwhile FATA areas of Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa (KP). The desiring ones may take admission in the Matric programme in semester spring, 2020, the University announced on Tuesday. The admission is to begin from January 15 and will continue till February 20, it was announced here on Tuesday. Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Zia-Ul-Qayyum hoped that the people of these two areas would take benefit of this special offer, to get them educated. Proving free education to students of Balochistan and tribal region will supplement the government’s efforts upgrading educational facilities in the country and to

Operation to be launched in all Balochistan jails: Langove

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF CORRESPONDENT QUETTA: Balochistan Home Minister Mir Ziaullah Langove has said that an operation to clean up 11 jails of the province will be launched after a huge quantity of narcotics, mobile phones, TV sets and other prohibited items were found to be in use of the prisoners in Quetta district jail. Speaking at a press conference in the district jail along with Superintendent of Jails Saleem Kasi and other senior police officers, he said that a committee, headed by provincial home secretary would probe into the recovery of prohibited items from the Quetta prison. He said that 14 officials of the Quetta district jail had been suspended while over 100 other staff of different jails had been transferred to other jails. “Jail officials, who allowed narcotics, mobile phones, TV seats and other items would face strict legal action,” Mr Langove said, adding that probe committee would be formed in a couple of days. In reply to a question, he admitted that a search op

CPEC will provide little benefit to locals, especially those in volatile province of Balochistan: Report

CPEC project Photograph:( Zee News Network ) Jan 08, 2020, 09.11 AM (IST) Analysts have warned Pakistan that the multi-billion dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor ( CPEC ) will provide little benefit to the locals, especially those in the marginalised and volatile province of Balochistan. "The Belt and Road Initiative, with CPEC as its flagship, is based on infrastructure and energy projects, aimed at enhancing trade through this particular route. It is not a humanitarian intervention designed to benefit the masses. All those who perceive it that way should correct themselves," Senator Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar, the former spokesperson of the  Balochistan government  was quoted as saying by Asia Times. The escalation of activity on CPEC projects comes after the incumbent Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) government started its tenure in August 2018 with skepticism about Islamabad's agreement with Beijing. The Hong Kong-based media in its report stated that during Chinese Foreign

Gwadar: Baloch student went missing from library by Pakistani forces

Jan 08, 2020 (Current Balochistan) A student was forcefully dissperanced by Pakistani security forces from Gwadar area of Balochistan. According to details, Pakistani forces and intelligence agencies have arrested a Baloch student from a library in the coastal city of Gwadar and disappeared him from the Chakar Library in Mir Lal Bakhsh Town, Gwadar, who has been identified as Hanif S/o Faiz Mohammad. While, human rights abuses to the Pakistani forces are increasing day by day in Balochistan. Baloch youth, especially students, from various areas of Balochistan are being abducted by Pakistani forces and intelligence agencies on a daily basis.

BLF claimed responsibility for sniper attack on Pakistani Army.

Jan 06, 2020 (Current Balochistan) An Outpost of Pakistani Army was attacked in Kech area of Balochistan on Monday, BLF claimed responsibility of the attack. Balochistan Liberation Front had claimed responsibility for the attack on a Pakistani army outpost, which was carried out on Monday in Mazann'Band Darseezi Area of Dasht. Military personnel was reported dead in the attack. According to the details, Balochistan Liberation Front’s spokesperson has claimed that their fighters had attacked a military outpost with sniper rifle in Kech area of Balochistan.  Major Gwahram Baloch said that on Monday evening their fighters attacked the Pakistani army outpost at Darseerzi, Mazann'Band with sniper rifle, one army personnel was killed in in the attack.  He added that, Attacks on the occupier army will continue until the independence of Balochistan.

The last month of 2019 also ended with the continued state barbarism- BNM

Jan 06, 2020 (Current Balochistan) largest Pro-Independence Organization, Baloch National Movement has published the monthly report regarding the human rights situation in Balochistan for the month of December 2019. While presenting the report, the Central Information Secretary Dil Murad Baloch stated, “The last month of 2019 also ended with the continued state barbarism. This month the security forces carried out 50 military operations and raids. During these raids the security forces looted more than 100 houses; 71 civilians were forcibly disappeared. In the same month 7 dead bodies were found; among the dead one lost his life due to indiscriminate police firing. One was murdered by the state-sponsored death squad members presumably while resisting burglary or enforced disappearance; two other embraced martyrdom at the hands of the security forces. The death causes of three other dead bodies remain unknown.” The central information secretary of BNM also stated that 15 people had been