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The Blue Dot Network and US-China geoeconomic rivalry In  Asia Pacific ,  China ,  United States November 26, 2019 Tommy Chai WHAT’S HAPPENING? The US, Japan and Australia recently launched a new initiative, the ‘Blue Dot Network’ (BDN), to combat China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). KEY INSIGHTS – The US-led BDN, if implemented in an inclusive manner, could revitalise shared regional governance on infrastructure development projects with China – The prospect for shared regional governance is, however, constrained by the broader US-China strategic competition and ambiguities surrounding the scope of BDN – The effectiveness of BDN is contingent on the interests of recipient states On November 4, the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Japan Bank for International Cooperation, and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade launched a new initiative codenamed the ‘Blue Dot Network’ (BDN) for global infrastructural development. According to  OPIC’s media , BDN is “a multi-stakeholder initiative that

Inside The Belt And Road’s Premier White Elephant: Melaka Gateway Wade Shepard The gate to Melaka Gateway, which, after six years WADE SHEPARD “White elephants,” chuckled Martin Thesaria, a 62-year-old ethnic Portuguese fisherman and community leader, while pointing out to sea at the half-finished reclamation area that sat a few hundred meters before us. “Melaka is famous for its white elephants.” What we were looking at was the stillborn carcass of another project of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) that has yet to live up to its billing. Melaka Gateway was supposed to have been the catalyst that would completely alter the face of Melaka and the southwest coast of peninsular Malaysia, transforming the region from a low-key epicenter of traditional cultures and traditions—a legitimate UNESCO World Heritage site—to a modern, booming, economic powerhouse. But the winds of economic fundamentals combined with political upheavals have left the project little more than a stagnant slab of reclaimed land. Melaka Gateway was born on February

US-Led Initiative Aims to Make Mark on Global Infrastructure Development By  Steve Herman January 31, 2020 12:14 PM FILE - A woman checks her phone next to a poster promoting a project of the Belt and Road in Colombo, Sri Lanka at China International Fair for Trade in Services in Beijing, China, May 28, 2019. Can a conscientious private sector in Western countries counter China's trillion-dollar "One Belt, One Road" initiative (OBOR) that is generously financed by state-owned banks and companies, often criticized for pushing recipient countries into debt and known for few controls on corruption and environmental destruction?      That is a question a new U.S.-led certification plan, the Blue Dot Network, seeks to answer by issuing "as a globally recognized seal of approval for major infrastructure projects, letting people know the projects are sustainable and not exploitative," according to the State Department.      A "blue dot" will be awarded to projects the initiative endorses.      The first meeting of the

Potholes and Bumps Along the Silk Road Economic Belt in Central Asia Belt and Road-related problems could prompt Central Asian states to re-engage more seriously with other actors. By  Li-Chen Sim and Farkhod Aminjonov February 01, 2020 Credit:  Flickr ADVERTISEMENT Central Asia plays a key role in China’s Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB) initiative, a key part of the larger Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). This is thanks to the region’s abundant natural resources, proximity to the less developed inner regions of China, and position along the overland route toward European markets. Going beyond the conventional depiction of Central Asian states as mere pawns in a game between great powers, we argue instead that the agency exercised by some Central Asian states has and will pose challenges to the grand design of their more powerful neighbor’s initiatives. The Interest in Promoting SREB Projects is Mutual   The Central Asian region is “central” to Beijing’s Eurasian ambitions to link China’s west to South Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, th

Four persons went missing from Washuk and Kech by forces

Jan 31, 2020 Current Balochistan On Friday, Four persons were arrested and disappeared by Pakistani forces from Mand area of district Kech and Raag area of Washuk district of Balochistan. According to details, Pakistani forces and intelligence agencies raided in Raag area of Washuk and carried out house to house search operation and arrested forcefully dissperanced the persons, who have been identified as Gohram S/o Peer Jan and Mohd Ismail S/o Pendok. While from some previous day search operations and abductions have been reported from same area. While, an other operation was carried out by Pakistani security forces in Baloch Abad area of Mand and forcibly disappeared the persons, the abductees have been identified as Hafiz S/o Rahim and Salim S/o Hussain. As per locals, they are resident of Kashap area of Dasht and have migrated because of the military operations which are carried out by Pakistani forces on daily basis. Dasht is a route of connected with China Pakistan economic corri

Pakistani army shifts it's jihadist groups to Balochistan after Indian surgical strike - Gulzar Imam

Pakistani army shifts it's jihadist groups to Balochistan after Indian surgical strike - Gulzar Imam Jan 31, 2020 Current Balochistan Pakistani Army has shifted two large training camps of Lashkar-e-Taiba paramilitary forces from Muzaffarabad to Zamran and Chaghi areas of ​​Balochistan. Gulzar Imam Baloch, the leader of Baloch Republican Army, expressed his views on the social networking site Twitter on Friday. Gulzar Imam Baloch has said that after a successful Indian surgical strike in Muzaffarabad, the Pakistani army has shifted two major training camps of Lashkar-e-Taiba to Zamuran and Chaghi area of ​​Balochistan from Muzaffarabad while the Pakistani army has trained these jihadists.  He expressed his views in this regard that during the past two days, two clashes have occurred between Baloch armed freedom fighters with other armed groups operating in Balochistan during which casualties from both sides have taken place. The BRA leader further said that the proxies of Pakistan

Pakistan-China Technical & Vocational Institute, Gwadar To Be Completed By 2021   Fahad Shabbir   (@FahadShabbir)   32 seconds ago    Fri 31st January 2020 | 01:10 PM The construction work is in progress on Pak-China Technical and Vocational Institute to be completed by 2021 in Port City, Gwadar ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 31st Jan, 2020 ) :The construction work is in  progress  on Pak-China Technical and Vocational Institute to be completed by 2021 in Port City,  Gwadar . Senior official of Ministry of Maritime Affairs told APP that the project is fully funded by  China  and its ground  breaking  ceremony was held recently. This project was aimed at creating state-of-the-art vocational and technical training institute in the port city of  Gwadar . The project will enhance skills of active population of  Gwadar  to participate in the growth of the Port City. The institute will help fulfilling maritime skilled manpower requirements of the port after the development of industrial projects including the  Gwadar  Port Free Zone, Export