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China Focus: Archaeological cooperation along ancient Silk Road yields encouraging results

Source: Xinhua |  2020-05-20 15:30:41 | Editor: huaxia XI'AN, May 20 (Xinhua) -- Besides the booming trade and investment between China and the Belt and Road countries, archaeological cooperation along the ancient route, especially with Central Asian countries, has also thrived with forgotten glories unearthed to the modern world. More than 2,000 years ago, the Yuezhi, also known as Rouzhi, people, who were first reported living in the west of today's Chinese province of Gansu, migrated from China to Central Asia. Zhang Qian, the envoy sent by an emperor of China's Han Dynasty (202 B.C.-220 A.D) to seek a military alliance in the west with the Greater Yuezhi, a branch split from the Yuezhi, eventually arrived on their land via the Kangju Kingdom after the ordeals of a long journey. It was Zhang Qian's diplomatic mission in ancient China that prompted the prosperous trade route now known as the Silk Road. However, the disappearance of the Greater Yuezhi people has been a

Covid-19 creates bumps in China’s ‘New Silk Road’

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivering a speech via video link at the World Health Assembly virtual meeting from the WHO headquarters in Geneva, May 18, 2020.   AFP - - Text by: Sébastian SEIBT An increasing number of developing countries that have joined Beijing’s “New Silk Road” initiative are facing economic problems sparked by the coronavirus crisis. China now finds itself facing a dilemma between trying to salvage its own economy or forgiving and renegotiating its partners’ loans. ADVERTISING One of Chinese President  Xi Jinping ’s flagship projects is turning into a painful thorn in Beijing's side due to the  Covid-19  pandemic. Xi’s signature infrastructure project aims to connect business between Asia, Europe and Africa. But the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – dubbed "The New Silk Road" – is putting  China  in a very uncomfortable position. With an increasing number of countries

From Khunjerab to Gwadar: 69 years of concord, cooperation and connectivity

By  naghmana a hashmi  May.21,2020 Pakistan and China are writing a new chapter in the storied history of our friendship through CPEC Reflecting on the monumental journey traversed by Pakistan and China over the past seven decades calls to mind the Chinese proverb: “Finding a soulmate who knows one’s heart is far harder than striking gold.” On the international stage, where ceaseless change is the only certainty along the long road to harmonious interdependence, I marvel at the wisdom of successive generations of our two nations for forging a bond stronger than steel, and bequeathing this invaluable legacy for those to follow. Our forebears have done well by us. In 1950, Pakistan became the first Muslim and third non-Communist country to recognise the People’s Republic of China. The establishment of diplomatic ties – of which we mark the 69th anniversary today – followed a short year later, and under personal handwritten instructions from Chairman Mao Zedong to the Chinese Foreign Mini

Gwadar has transshipment potential: Razak

MUBARAK ZEB KHAN ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce Adviser Razak Dawood on Wednesday asked relevant stakeholders to reduce dwelling time of cargo handling at ports to facilitate trade. The direction came from the adviser while chairing a meeting on the country’s transshipment potential at the Ministry of Commerce. The meeting was attended by representatives of relevant ministries and Federal Board of Revenue. At the moment, port charges and inefficiencies resulting in more time in cargo handling are the major issues, the adviser pointed out, adding these needs to be resolved to improve the operations. Dawood said the government can play the role of a facilitative regulator, providing a flexible environment to boost the transshipment industry as per the available potential. “There is a lot of potential for transshipment in Pakistan which can be exploited with the right policies and government support,” he added. Talking about the importance of the strategic location o

Special package allocated to Balochistan, GB varsities

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD: the Higher Education Commission (HEC) said on Wednesday that a special package of Rs285 million had been separately allocated for universities in Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan, over and above their normal allocation for the upcoming financial year 2020-21. Also, the allocation for Fata University had been tripled, it added. In view of funding inadequacy for the upcoming fiscal year, the HEC has requested Prime Minister Imran Khan to consider increasing its budgetary allocation. The funding for all universities has been increased on the basis of their performance, as indicated by the number of research publications by their faculty members, the number and amounts of the research grants received, the bandwidth utilised for access to digital libraries and internet resources, the amount spent on conferences and professional travel, and the number of PhD faculty and PhD students, according to a statement issued by the HEC. HEC triples funding

Balochistan report 83 new virus cases

By  mohammad zafar  May.21,2020 Total provincial tally stands at 2,968 QUETTA:  Balochistan on Wednesday reported 83 new coronavirus cases, raising the total number of cases in the entire province to 2,968. It is pertinent to note that the province has witnessed 38 official deaths due to the deadly virus up till now. According to daily situation report of the Balochistan Health Directorate, 94% of the total cases in Balochistan are locally transmitted. The active number of cases in the province stand at 2,294. 31 deaths have been recorded from Quetta, 4 from Pishin, 2 from Lasbela and 1 from Sibi. Out of the aforementioned 2,968 cases, 2,812 locally transmitted cases in Balochistan, include 2,409 from Quetta, 106 from Pishin, 110 from Killa Abdullah, 33 from Killa Saifullah, 31 from Jaffarabad, 18 from Chagai, 27 from Mastung, 13 from Sibi, 14 from Lasbela, 8 from Ziarat, 9 from Loralai, 4 from Panjgur, 4 from Kharan, 4 from Nushki, 3 from Khuzdar, 2 from Harnai, 2 from Musakhel, 1 fro

India hatching conspiracies in Balochistan: FM 20 hours ago Web Desk       Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said India is hatching conspiracies in Balochistan. In a statement, he said India has been involved in fanning terrorism in Balochistan and he is going to write a letter to the president of UN Security Council, apprising him the latest situation. The Foreign Minister said India is looking for lame excuse for a false flag operation in Pakistan. He said India can orchestrate a drama of false flag operation as New Delhi does not want peace in Pakistan. The Minister said India also does not want progress of peace in Afghanistan as well as the international community is aware of Indian atrocities being committed in Occupied Kashmir

Former Balochistan governor dies at Karachi hospital after testing positive for Covid-19

SYED ALI SHAH Former Balochistan governor Syed Fazal Agha —  who had tested positive  for the coronavirus a few days ago — died at a private hospital in Karachi on Wednesday. Speaking to  on the condition of anonymity, a doctor at the Fatima Jinnah Chest Hospital, Quetta said that Agha had been initially brought to the facility for medical treatment. "However, he was shifted to Karachi after his condition deteriorated," he said. One of Agha's relatives also confirmed to  that the deceased had tested positive for the virus. Agha was also a member of the Balochistan Assembly from the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl. He served as the Balochistan governor during Nawaz Sharif's last tenure and served as Senate deputy chairman in late 1980s. The news of Agha's death comes just hours after a PTI member of the Punjab Assembly from Gujranwala, Shaheen Raza,  passed away at Lahore's Mayo Hospital  after having tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Sin

CPEC pioneers battle corona in Thar

 Covid-19 pandemic, the Chinese company, China Railway 19 Bureau Group Mining Investment has provided necessary infection prevention and control material to its staff at its coal-mining project (Thar-block II) in Tharparkar, Sindh, Gwadar Pro reported yesterday. It was noted that during COVID-19 pandemic, Pakistan stands one of the worst-hit countries in South Asia. Ensuring workers’ health and safety is a top priority for each China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. To safeguard staff’s health and eliminate their anxiety, the Company had taken immediate action to contact local suppliers in Karachi to formulate supply plan. According to the report, medical materials such as disposable medical masks, protective coveralls, safety protective goggles and disinfectant have been sent to the project. It may be mentioned here that till now over 800 local villagers have got jobs in this coal mining project. Israel claims Iran sent Libya's Haftar anti-tank arms Due to the effective

Documentary: The Invisible People of CPEC, Part-1 Gilgit-Baltistan

 2 hours ago  Siddharth Acharya Map of Gilgit-Baltistan “The Invisible People of CPEC” is a documentary series which is the labour of three years of research. I embarked on a journey to explore Jammu and Kashmir when I was just 21 years old and did The Abandoned Cranes on exodus of Kashmiri Pandits back in 2013. After my first documentary, I got to explore Laddakh and its history and during my trip to Laddakh, I decided to venture into research about Gilgit- Baltistan and the CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor). The history of Gilgit-Baltistan is fascinating and not much of research has happened academically from Indian stand point. We just call it as an integral part of India without understanding the geographic and ethnic complexities of the area. It took me three years to culminate this project as I did balancing with my Legal career. The film has been shot at Kargil, Kashgar, Dras, Laddakh Skardu and London. I got footage of Skardu from my friend Goba Ali who is featured in thi

Pakistan’s internal report indicts China for corruption in CPEC power sector

Report claims government-to-government deals signed under CPEC unduly favoured Chinese firms. By  Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury ,  ET Bureau  | Updated:  May 20, 2020, 09.37 AM IS Agencies The Khan government has refrained from making the probe report public and this can cause a major embarrassment for both Beijing and Islamabad dubbed all-weather allies. A recently concluded probe conducted by the  Imran Khan government  into the anomalies of China-Pakistan-Economic-Corridor has revealed that six China-funded power projects under CPEC has resulted in huge profits for Chinese firms setting up the plants through over invoicing and tariff charges compared to market rates. ET has a copy of the report which also alleged that government-to-government deals signed under CPEC had unduly favoured Chinese investors. One of the six power projects was found to be 234 per cent expensive than a similar project in India, the study revealed. None of these projects were offered under bidding as it is being f

Will China's global diplomatic outreach revitalise its flagship Belt and Road Initiative?

Will China's global diplomatic outreach revitalise its flagship Belt and Road Initiative? President Xi Jinping has pledged to help struggling countries The skyline of the Beijing's Central Business District rises behind people crossing a street during evening rush hour as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in China, April 15, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter By Charles Lavery, Thomson Reuters Projects News Most people had never heard of a place called Wuhan in the Hubei province of China as global New Year celebrations heralded the beginning of 2020. In the space of just a few months, there aren't many people left on earth who don't know the name of this Chinese city, or the fact that the global pandemic sweeping the world began there. COVID-19 has affected almost every single citizen on earth. Economies a