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5 Baloch Fighters were martyred in a combat with a terrorist group led by Pakistani army:

5 Baloch Fighters were martyred in a combat with a terrorist group led by Pakistani army: BRAS Baloch Raji Ajoi Sangar (BRAS), a coalition of Baloch armed groups, Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF), Baloch Republican Army (BRA) and Baloch Republican Guard (BRG) has issued a statement in the media from an undisclosed location. The spokesperson Baloch Khan said “Bras fighters encountered with activists of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, a religious extremist group and local so-called Death Squad, led by the Pakistani army. The clash continued for hours as several enemy personnel were killed while five of our comrades were martyred. The spokesman added that BRAS fighters were on a routine patrol in Naag area of Buleda in Kech district, when religious extremist group Lashkar-e-Taiba and death squad group in a large number tried to surround Bras fighters. In hours-long battle, Lashkar-e-Taiba and the so-called Death Squad were directly supported by the Pakistani army. Bra

Silk Road Headlines: Clingendael Institute

Clengendael Institute Xi visits Myanmar – Brings a new BRI port The Rohingya crisis has ended the West’s love affair with Myanmar, so China moves in further still. Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a state visit to Myanmar on January 17-18, where he met Commander in Chief of the Myanmar Armed Forces Min Aung Hlaing, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, and President Win Myint. Countries signed 33 agreements, including 13 related to infrastructure. Main topic of talks was the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC), part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The CMEC is a network of road, rail, and waterways connecting Myanmar to China. The most important new agreement within the CMEC concerns the construction of a Kyaukpyu Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on the coast of the Bay of Bengal. Countries signed a first agreement to develop the Kyaukpyu SEZ in 2015, but the deal came to nothing due to political uncertainties and debt-trap worries in Myanmar. Now, the plan is back on track  [Chi

Total Value of CPEC is $50 Billion not $62 Billion

By  Contributors  -   January 30, 2020   Adnan Aamir Quetta:  The total value of projects of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is $50 billion, revealed the answer of the federal government in the question hour in the National Assembly on 9 th  January. Its commonly believed that the total value of CPEC projects is $62 billion but the response of the federal government made it clear that CPEC is valued at $50 billion approximately including the ML-1 Railways project. According to the details shared by the National Assembly of Pakistan, 13 projects of CPEC worth $11 billion are completed and 13 projects worth $18 billion are under implementation. $21 billion projects are still in pipeline, read the detailed answer of Asad Umar Federal Minister for Planning and development a copy of which is available with Balochistan Voices. Read Also:  The Myth of CPEC’s Western Route These details were shared by Asad Umar in response to questions asked by Members of the National Assembly from Bal

Balochistan: in a state of despair Opinion Sanaullah Baloch January 31, 2020 Balochistan’s development landscape is worsening day by day, leading to more despair and distress. A province that suffers from multiple crises is no way politically and economically equipped... Balochistan’s development landscape is worsening day by day, leading to more despair and distress. A province that suffers from multiple crises is no way politically and economically equipped for a positive takeoff. The series of recent bombings, as well as economic stagnation, unemployment, declining education and health indicators are a wakeup call for policymakers that all is not well in Balochistan. Missing from national policymakers’ thoughts as well as media attention, Balochistan is in a state of slow-motion collapse. Since PM Imran Khan and his cabinet’s tenure started, they have not bothered to initiate a multi-stakeholder dialogue to develop a workable strategy and framework to uplift Balochistan from poverty, frightening unempl

China and Russia: Competition in Kyrgyzstan

China and Russia: Competition in Kyrgyzstan 30 JANUARY 2020   Amorith Tan, FDI Associate  Download PDF Key Points Kyrgyzstan and the wider Central Asian region are important to both China and Russia. President Vladimir Putin’s regional goal is to rebuild Greater Russia by bringing former Soviet states back under Russian influence and preventing their gravitation towards the West. China’s primary regional focus is to stabilise the area by increasing its influence through economic initiatives. Beijing’s efforts to gain influence in Kyrgyzstan and other Central Asian countries directly compete with Moscow’s own efforts, hence increasing Sino-Russian competition. As long as the United States and the West are not present in Central Asia, co-operation between Moscow and Beijing will border on adversarial. Summary The geostrategic importance of Central Asia has prompted both China and Russia to seek greater influence over the region. Their efforts mark Central Asia as grounds for competition

All Weather Friends: China and Pakistan Space Cooperation Pakistan’s space program is set to benefit greatly from China’s advanced technology. By  Preethi Amaresh January 30, 2020 Credit:  Pixabay ADVERTISEMENT The increasing competition for space-related power and prestige in Asia has echoes of the Cold War space race of the mid-20th century. In 1961, John F. Kennedy, a young, charismatic leader determined to land a man on the moon, had just taken the oath of office in the United States; the Soviet Union put the first man in space; and in Pakistan, world renowned physicist Abdul Salam was convincing President Ayub Khan to set up a national space agency, which was considered to be the first in the subcontinent. In September of the same year,  Salam started the Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO)  in Karachi, eight years before India formalized its own space agency, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). After that, four top scientists from Pakistan were sent to United States for training at NASA. 

Will China play a greater role in Afghanistan? Historically, the Pamir Mountains were considered a strategic trade route [Getty] Date of publication: 30 January, 2020 China sees strategically located Afghanistan as a bridge to help expand connectivity between East, South and Central Asian regions under its trillion dollar Belt and Road initiative. After the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, China is set to emerge as greater player in the war-wracked country whose geostrategic location has been at all time high for Beijing's trillion dollar Belt and Road initiative (BRI). China sees strategically located Afghanistan as a bridge to help expand connectivity between East, South and Central Asian regions under the BRI. For China, Afghanistan presents both the opportunity and the challenge. Perhaps the most formidable challenge for China is how to convert its fear of stirring separatist sentiments in its volatile Xinjiang province bordering Afghanistan into a strategic opportunity by having an increased presence

Is China’s Belt And Road Already In Retreat? Wade Shepard A worker directs a front end loader near the floor © 2017 BLOOMBERG FINANCE LP When I first began traveling the corridors of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in the spring of 2015, there was an almost ubiquitous sentiment of hope and excitement across the network. I would be paraded out to look at massive nascent logistics and industrial zones, new cities and fledgling financial districts by project managers convinced that they were building “ the next Dubai .” Most of that time what I was looking at were just empty fields or  barren expanses of reclaimed land ,  airports without flights  or ports without ships, but I was almost invariably told how this would all change very soon. Today, nearly five years later, I have to admit that many of these claims were wishful thinking. When China’s BRI was first announced in 2013, it was generally viewed as a much-needed new avenue of investment that could help fill Asia and Africa’s ever-growing infrastructure gap