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Pakistan: The Heart Of Violence In Balochistan – Analysis   January 14, 2020     SATP   0 Comments By  SATP By Ajit Kumar Singh* On January 10, 2020, a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a mosque-cum seminary, Darul Uloom Al Sharia, in the Ghosabad area of Satellite Town in Quetta (Quetta District), the Provincial capital of Balochistan, killing at least 15 persons and injuring another 20. Those killed included the head cleric of the mosque and a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP). The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack. On January 7, 2020, two civilians were killed and another 14 were injured in a blast on McConaughey Road, close to Liaquat Bazar, in Quetta. Hizbul Ahrar, a splinter group of the Jamaatul Ahrar (JA), which itself is a splinter group of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan ( TTP ), claimed responsibility for the attack. According to partial data compiled by the  South Asia Terrorism Portal  (SATP), during the first 12 days of 2020, Pakistan has recorded a total of 22 fatalities (18 civil

Economic Watch: Tough 2019 brings out China's resilience in foreign trade

Source: Xinhua |  2020-01-14 22:52:27 | BEIJING, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- By posting a 3.4-percent growth rate and a total foreign trade volume of 31.54 trillion yuan (about 4.6 trillion U.S. dollars), China has shown its tenacity and is expected to remain the world's biggest trading country in 2019. With global economic growth continuously slowing and challenges mounting, Zou Zhiwu, deputy head of the General Administration of Customs, admitted Tuesday that the external environment for China's foreign trade was "complex and tough indeed" in 2019. Against such a backdrop, China still scored steady growth and maintained momentum for achieving better quality, he said. Citing data from the World Trade Organization for the first 10 months of 2019, he said China's export remains the best among the world's top 10 trading countries. Official data from China showed the country's exports grew 5 percent year on year to 17.23 trillion yuan last year while imports climbed

China will emerge as America''s strategic threat: Pentagon 14 January 2020     Newsscroll US-CHINA-PENTAGON By Lalit K Jha Washington, Jan 14 In this era of great power competition, China will emerge as America''s strategic threat, a top Pentagon official has said, reiterating the need of ramping up US presence in the Indo-Pacific region. Having the US Army in the region strengthens America''s position to conduct global commerce, build confidence with investors and compete economically, US Secretary of Army Ryan D McCarthy told a Washington audience on Tuesday. "In this era of great power competition, China will emerge as America''s strategic threat. Over 60 per cent of the world''s GDP flows through the Straits of Malacca, and China is militarising the global commons," he said in his address to the Brookings Institute think-tank. "In order to commoditise life for its 1.1 billion people, China is increasingly relying on its Belt and Road Initiative, having the US Army in the regio

China-Built Pakistani Port Begins Handling Afghan Transit Trade By  Ayaz Gul January 14, 2020 01:22 PM The first-ever Afghan transit trade cargo containers arrive at the Pakistani port of Gwadar, Jan 14, 202 0. (Courtesy - Chinese Embassy) Pakistan’s newly opened southwestern Gwadar seaport has begun handling transit cargo headed to and from landlocked Afghanistan, marking a significant outcome of Islamabad’s multi-billion-dollar collaboration with China.   Officials said the first ship full of Afghan cargo containers reached Gwadar on Tuesday. The containers will be loaded onto trucks for transport to Afghanistan through the Pakistani border town of Chaman.   Kabul traditionally has relied on Pakistani overland routes and the two main southern seaports of Karachi and Port Qasim for international trade under a bilateral deal with Islamabad, known as the Afghan Transit Trade Agreement (ATTA). The recent Chinese financial and construction efforts, though, have activated the strategically located Arabian Sea deep-water port of Gwadar, whic

China's trade with BRI countries booms in 2019 Xinhua, January 15, 2020 China's trade with countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) posted robust growth in 2019, revealing the resilience of the world's biggest trader against economic headwinds, customs data showed Tuesday. Trade with BRI partner countries totaled 9.27 trillion yuan (about 1.34 trillion U.S. dollars) in 2019, up 10.8 percent year on year, outpacing the country's aggregate trade growth by 7.4 percentage points, according to the General Administration of Customs (GAC). In the 2014-2019 period, the total trade volume between China and BRI countries surpassed 44 trillion yuan, with an average annual growth of 6.1 percent. China has become the biggest trade partner of 25 BRI countries, GAC data showed. BRI countries' share of China's total trade approached 30 percent last year, up by 2 percentage points from 2018. Zou Zhiwu, vice minister of the GAC, noted that alongside fast growth with its major trading partners lik

Xi Jinping to visit Myanmar this week, Belt and Road Initiative on agenda AFP Updated Jan 15, 2020 | 10:23 IST | Xi Jinping's two-day visit, his first as president, will seek to cement Beijing's position as Myanmar's largest investor and strategic partner. Photo Credit: ANI China President Xi Jinping       Beijing:  China's President Xi Jinping arrives in Myanmar this week to nail down multi-billion-dollar infrastructure deals in a country abandoned by many in the West appalled at the "genocide" of Rohingya Muslims on leader Aung San Suu Kyi's watch. Xi's two-day visit, his first as president, will seek to cement Beijing's position as Myanmar's largest investor and strategic partner. The much-trumpeted China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC) aims to connect the Middle Kingdom to the Indian Ocean, a key route in Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative that envisions Chinese infrastructure and influence spanning the globe. In addition to offering tens of billions of dollars in investment, China shields i

Pakistan and future of CPEC Naveed Aman Khan PAKISTAN needs to keep its focus on political stability for the success of its economy and thus CPEC. Politically, China is a stable country. For its success, Pakistan needs to follow Chinese model. The relationship between Pakistan and China underwent a strategic transformation in 2016 with the launch of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which reinforced the already strong ties between the two countries. Initial investment under the CPEC banner helped Pakistan overcome chronic electricity shortage and led to the upgradation of the country’s road networks. However, CPEC projects have also been associated with a strain on both the fiscal and current accounts, dragging down the pace of development during 2018. Although the current Pakistani government seeks a greater emphasis on industrial cooperation, we expect the original framework of the CPEC to remain largely intact with a strong focus on physical infrastructure. With a total estimated val