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CHINA, AMERICA, AND THE INTERNATIONAL ORDER AFTER THE PANDEMIC CHINA, AMERICA, AND THE INTERNATIONAL ORDER AFTER THE PANDEMIC MIRA RAPP-HOOPER MARCH 24, 2020 As people around the world fall ill, global markets convulse, and supply chains collapse, COVID-19 may also reorder international politics as we know it. No analyst can know when this crisis will end, much less divine the world we will meet at its conclusion. But as scholars have begun to note, it is  plausible that China  will emerge from the wreckage as more of a global leader than it began. International orders — the rules, norms, and regimes that govern international politics, supported by state power — typically shift as a product of  great-power wars . For some time, foreign policy experts have observed power to be shifting in China’s favor and hoped for modest, peaceful change within the existing system, rather than U.S.-Chinese conflict. It now seems that some form of system change may be brought about by an era-defining, exogenous shock, in the form of a highly contagi

China reports four newly imported COVID-19 cases from Pakistan

China reports four newly imported COVID-19 cases from Pakistan   GUANGZHOU: China’s Guangzhou city reported four newly confirmed cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) imported from Pakistan on Tuesday, reports Gwadar Pro App, quoting the municipal health commission. The four patients, whose hometown is in Henan Province, all had trips in Pakistan and shared the same trajectory of flights before they entered into Guangzhou. On March 20, the four patients took off from Islamabad, Pakistan by flight TG350, and transferred to flight TG668 in Bangkok, Thailand. What’s worth mentioning is their seats were near each other in the flight of TG668, which were 59D,58D,58E,58F. They arrived on March 21 at Baiyun International Airport, Guangzhou, where they underwent nucleic acid testing (NAT) to screen for coronavirus while waiting for transfer in the airport lounge. On March 22, the four tested positive for the COVID-19, and were sent to a local hospital for quarantine and medical treatme

Balochistan: Pakistan’s Hidden Shame. By Manish Rai

 24 Mar 2020 Balochistan is Pakistan’s largest province in terms of area though it has a population of just around 12 million. If we put this in numbers Balochistan is approximately 44% of the country's total land mass and home to less than 5% of the country's population. It’s very thinly populated and terrain is mostly barren and consists of deserts and mountains. But definitely Balochistan is not a waste land it’s a goldmine for Pakistan with its vast mineral and natural resources. The province contains plentiful supplies of oil, coal, gas, gold, silver, uranium, and copper. It provides Islamabad direct access to the strategically significant Indian Ocean, with a thousand kilometres of coastline near the entrance to the Strait of Hormuz from where most important shipping lanes pass through. Despite having such a vast natural wealth much of the population of the province lives below the poverty line. With limited or no access to education, jobs, electricity, roads and clean wa

No new virus case reported in Balochistan

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF CORRESPONDENT QUETTA: No new coronavirus case was reported in any part of Balochistan on Tuesday, health authorities announced, adding that 110 people found positive with coronavirus were under treatment in two hospitals of Quetta — Sheikh Zayed Hospital and Fatima Jinnah Chest Hospital. “One patient died as he was also suffering from heart disease and also had diabetes,” a senior official of the health department said, adding that 109 patients admitted to Sheikh Zayed Hospital and Fatima Jinnah Chest hospitals had been improving with each passing day. Official sources said that the Balochistan government had sent all pilgrims and businessmen returning from Iran to Sindh, Punjab, KP, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. Published in Dawn, March 25th, 2020

Balochistan goes into lockdown untill April 7

By  mohammad zafar  Mar.25,2020 People banned from venturing out except for essential purchases near homes QUETTA:  The government of Balochistan on Tuesday imposed a complete lockdown in the entire province as strict preventive measures aimed at tackling the outbreak of the novel coronavirus went into play. According to a notification issued by the Home and Tribal Affairs Department, the authorities have imposed Section 144 throughout the province. The decision was taken to ensure public safety, conserve lives and maintain peace and tranquility in the province. The instructions issued by the provincial government to the public included a complete ban on public getting out of their homes, all kinds of social and religious gatherings or any public or private event. All public and private offices were ordered closed. However, exemptions were made from the orders for essential services such as personnel working in hospitals, laboratories and medical stores, law enforcement agencies person

CPEC projects to provide jobs, ensure economic prosperity: PM

PMPrime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects were vital for the development of Pakistan as these would provide huge opportunities in terms of employment, communication and economic prosperity. He also stressed upon fast-pace implementation of these projects which was in the interest of country. The prime minister chaired a briefing on status review of CPEC energy projects, PM office media wing in a press release said. The briefing was attended by Minister for Planning Asad Umar, Minister for Power Omar Ayub Khan, Special Assistant to PM for Petroleum Nadeem Babar, Chairman, CPEC Authority Lt. Gen. (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa, secretaries of Power, Petroleum & Planning divisions, chairperson FBR, chief secretary Azad Jammu & Kashmir and senior officials. Punjab chief secretary was also available through video link. The prime minister emphasized that timely decisions were required so that cost-escalation on these projects are avoided

PM says implementation of CPEC projects must not slow

ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday called for timely decisions and implementation of projects under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to avoid cost escalation. Chairing a briefing on the review status of CPEC Energy Projects here the Prime Minister said that these projects are vital for the development of the country and will provide huge opportunities of employment, communication and economic prosperity. According to a statement issued by the PM media office, a detailed briefing was given on energy sector projects including Kohala hydropower project, Azad Patan hydropower project, Gwadar power project, and power projects in Thar and Karot hydropower project. Emphasizing on the need for timely decisions to avoid cost-escalation on these projects, the Prime Minister said that fast-pace implementation is in the interest of the country. He said that Pakistan enjoys extreme good-will with China that has been proven time and again during emergent situations. Chairman CPE

Subsiding Promises, 16+1

China's Weakening Grip on Central and Eastern Europe Andreas Vou    24 March 2020   Due to healthy debates and scepticism about Beijing’s plans and its inability to live up to many of the initial promises, there is no longer such an aligned approval of China’s activities in the region. Since the launch of the ‘16+1’ mechanism that was initiated by China and countries from Central and Eastern Europe in 2012, the promise of large investments from Beijing has become a hugely alluring prospect for much of the region. Chinese money has brought in a much-needed boost for some of these nations and a way of reducing their dependency on the European market, even though some are beginning to discover that much of these expansive and lucrative projects have been more talk than action. In 2016, China set up a 10 billion euros investment fund to finance projects in Central and Eastern Europe through which it is aiming t

Rs12.13bn released for CPEC projects under PSDP 2019-20

By  Associated Press of Pakistan  on  March 23, 2020 According to latest data issued by the ministry of Planning on Thursday, the government had allocated Rs 18 billion for around 20 projects of CPEC for the year 2019-20. The government has also released Rs 1.8 billion for preliminary design for up-gradation of main line (ML-1) and establishment of dryport near Havelian under the CPEC. ISLAMABAD: The government has so far released development funds of over Rs. 12.13 billion for various development projects of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) under its Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2019-20. According to latest data issued by the ministry of Planning on Thursday, the government had allocated Rs 18 billion for around 20 projects of CPEC for the year 2019-20. For construction of KKH phase-II Havelian-Thakot (118.057 M) part of CPEC, the government released Rs. 2 billion out of total allocation of Rs. 2.238 billion. The government has also released Rs 1.8 billion for pre

Pakistan, China extend number of CPEC Joint Working Groups to ten

The number of Joint Working Groups under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) extended to ten after signing of memorandum of understanding (MoU) on establishing joint working groups on Science and Technology and Agriculture. Director of National Development and Reform Commission He Lifeng and Pakistan’s Ambassador to China Naghmana Hashmi signed the MoU on behalf of the two governments, according to China Economic Net. The two countries signed the memorandum at the Great Hall of the People at the conclusion of a bilateral meeting of President Dr. Arif Alvi’s with Chinese President Xi Jinping during his recent two-day visit to China. READ MORE:  PM to announce economic relief package today Besides the two newly established joint working groups for agriculture and science and technology, there are eight working groups already functional in a range of areas including planning, energy, transport, Special Economic Zones, international cooperation, Gwadar, security, and socio-economic

CPEC projects: Chinese staff returns via chartered flight

by  RECORDER REPORT  on  March 24, 2020 Gezhouba Group, a Chinese construction and engineering company, sent 131 Chinese workers on a charter flight operated by China Southern Airlines to Pakistan in an effort to ensure projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) proceed, the company's website said. The group has several hydropower station projects in Pakistan. The 131 staff had returned to China for the New Year Holidays and had become stuck due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The group gathered from around the nation in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region to board the flight to Islamabad on the weekend. The workers must undergo a 14-day quarantine on arrival.

Balochistan plans stricter steps on virus

SALEEM SHAHID QUETTA: Provincial Home Minister Mir Ziaullah Langove has said that despite repeated appeals by the government, people are not taking preventive measures and a serious situation may prompt the authorities to take more stringent decisions. Talking to reporters at Manan Chowk on Monday, he said that the provincial government was considering taking more strict steps to restrict the movement of the people. Quetta Deputy Commissioner retired Major Aurangzeb Badini, Quetta Metropolitan Corporation Administrator Tariq Javed Mengal, EPI’s Manager Dr Kamalan Gichki and other authorities concerned were also present on the occasion. The home minister also visited different parts of the city. Mr Langove said the present government was doing their best to prevent the possible spread of the coronavirus and to protect the lives and property of the people and that was why a partial lockdown was adopted in the city. “The purpose of the partial lockdown of the city is to save the public. H

Balochistan reports first death of coronavirus patient By  mohammad zafar  Mar.23,2020 65-year-old diabetic patient succumbed to deadly disease at hospital in Quetta, say officials QUETTA:  Balochistan  late Sunday reported first death of the novel coronavirus patient who was undergoing treatment at a government hospital, taking the national death toll to six. The provincial government’s officials said that the 65-year-old man was a resident of Quetta and a diabetic patient. Balochistan government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani confirmed the development on his official Twitter handle expressing grief over the loss of human life. So far the number of infected patients in the province has crossed 100 with nationwide COVID-19 tally has swelled to 777. The Balochistan government following sharp increase in the coronavirus cases imposed a 21-day partial lockdown on Friday closing all markets, commercial centers and food restaurants. The authorities had also banned inter-provincial and intra-city public transport for a period of 21

Balochistan to observe lockdown from today 2 hours ago Web Desk       Coronavirus: Balochistan to impose lockdown from midday today A complete lockdown will be imposed in Balochistan from 12:00noon today (Tuesday) till April 7 to stem the spread of coronavirus in the province. The decision was taken after number of confirmed coronavirus cases reached 110 in the province. Balochistan Home Department has issued a notification in this regard. READ MORE:  Army deployed to assist governments in all provinces Shopping malls, bazaars, markets, public transport, parks, restaurants and tourist-spots will remain closed till April 7 throughout the province to ensure safety from coronavirus. Meanwhile, medical stores, karyana stores, fruit and vegetable markets, bakeries, mutton, chicken and milk shops will remain open throughout the province. The death toll from coronavirus in Pakistan reached six on Monday while the total number of cases have surged to 875 as 394 patients have been tested positive for the epidemic