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Managing Economic Cooperation and Competition with China

MERICS Berlin Towards a More Integrated European Trade Policy Approach MERICS Report by Mikko Huotari, Jan Weidenfeld and Rebecca Arcesati   Nearly two decades after China acceded to the World Trade Organization (WTO), its compliance record and alignment of economic policies and trading practices with existing WTO rules remains contested. With the exception of the decision to join the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) taken under President Xi Jinping, there are few signs that Beijing intends to conform to existing or emerging regulatory regimes linked to the WTO, nor to engage in meaningful reforms of the international trading system. Doing so would counter and constrain key features of China’s state-led economy. The European Union (EU) has made laudable attempts to ‘comprehensively overhaul the WTO by 2022’. However, Europe must anticipate a future in which the WTO and other international frameworks only govern some aspects of its trade relationship with China. As this analysis s

Commission submits report on Balochistan water crisis

By  ​ our correspondent  Mar.14,2020 Provincial government to present report to apex court on April 26 QUETTA:  The Water Commission that was constituted by the apex court in 2018 has submitted its final report to the government of Balochistan after finalizing its recommendations regarding early completion of water supply schemes in different areas of the province. “The commission has fulfilled its duty and submitted its final report. Now Balochistan chief secretary is bound to present the report before the SC at upcoming hearing of the case on April 26,” Water Commission chairman Amanullah Kanrani told a press conference on Wednesday. The Supreme Court on December 14, 2018 constituted a two-member commission to probe non-availability of clean drinking water in Bolan district of Balochistan and ordered the commission to submit its report in two weeks. The court had appointed the Supreme Court Bar Association’s former president Kanrani as the head of the commission that also included En

UK Govt confirms it is aware of mass graves in Balochistan

A senior Minister of United Kingdom has confirmed that their government is aware of reports of mass graves in different areas of Balochistan. Nigel Adams, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development in UK, has said that they are aware of reports of mass graves in Khuzdar, Turbat and Dera Bugti in Balochistan. Though not particularly mentioned but is believed UK Minister was referring to three mass graves with more than 100 bodies found in Tootak Khuzdar in early 2014. In later years further mass graves were found in Dera Bugti, Turbat and other areas of Balochistan. Mr. Adams said that British Government regularly raises its concerns about human rights at the highest levels of the Government of Pakistan and added: “Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister for South Asia and the Commonwealth, raised concerns about human rights with Pakistan’s Human Rights Minister in February 2020.” He made the remarks earlier this week while replyi