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Silent Conquest—China’s Attempt to Reshape the World

May 11, 2020 Mareike Ohlberg Senior Fellow, Asia Program      https://www.gmfus.org/commentary/silent-conquest-chinas-attempt-reshape-world In the weekly culture magazine of Germany’s public broadcaster ARD, GMF’s Mareike Ohlberg explained how the Chinese Communist party is using its economic power to reshape the world order. In China, the Communist Party decides on the truth. “It  was long claimed that there was no person-to-person transmission of the novel coronavirus ,” says Mareike Ohlberg, “ even though all physicians in Wuhan knew that such transmission occurred. They had known this for a long time, yet the official position was that all was good, that there was no danger. That way, they gambled away an important time window.” Many Western governments wrongly believed that they could  democratize China  through trade. “ For many years, even decades, we have dealt with China in a highly naïve way. We always thought that change would eventually occur through trade. The thinking was

China’s COVID-19 Pacific diplomacy

May 27, 2020 by   Denghua Zhang (Credit: Osrin/Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0) Written by  Denghua Zhang https://devpolicy.org/chinas-coronavirus-covid-19-diplomacy-in-the-pacific-20200527-1/ The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is spreading to Pacific island countries (PICs), posing a severe threat to their economies and human security. Donors are aiding the region. For example, the United States has  provided  more than US$32 million to PICs. Australia  announced  AU$10.5 million as budget support to Fiji. The challenges created by the pandemic provide an opportunity for traditional and new players to compete for influence. This post briefly examines China’s ‘COVID-19 diplomacy’ — as it is the largest new player in the region — and argues that the pandemic may have geopolitical consequences. China’s COVID-19 diplomacy in the Pacific consists of four types of activities. The first is foreign aid targeted to assist during the pandemic. China announced the  donation  of US$1.9 million to PICs to fu

Baloch People’s Congress condemn nuclear test

Date: 27-May-2020 Ref No: B03/S001  Press Release  Baloch People’s Congress condemns in the strongest words Pakistan’s nuclear tests in Balochistan. It’s a violation of the United Nations treaty of nuclear non-proliferation (NTP) and the Comprehensive Nuclear Test  BanTreaty (CTBT), as the nuclear tests on Baloch soil were against the consensus of Baloch Nation. Baloch People’s Congress insists on the implementation of CTBT, TPNW, and Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for  Nuclear Damage INFCIR/556 for the responsible countries including sanctions on them for nuclear tests on 28th May 1998 and storage of Weapons of Mass Destruction on Baloch land against the will of Baloch Nation.  The effects of nuclear radiation have spread in the entire region and the lives and health of millions of people are endangered as people are suffering from cancer, organ failure, and other mysterious diseases. The availability of potable water and the level of underground water has decreased drastically

Official talks latest status of Iran-India contract on Chabahar port

May 25-- May 25--TEHRAN, Iran -- Director General of Ports and Maritime Affairs of Sistan and Baluchestan Province of Iran has explained the latest status of the joint Iran-India commercial contract on the Chabahar Port. "At present, no agreement has been signed with the Indian side," said Behrouz Aghaie, Trend reports citing Tasnim News Agency. He added that the there is only a memorandum of understanding signed between Iran, India and Afghanistan on the Chabahar Port, which was approved by the parliaments of three countries. "The signing and implementation of the contract is dependent on the provision of equipment by the Indian side," he said. "Of course, we have a temporary contract for the port operator with Indians, but the main contract is subject to the provision of equipment." "Fortunately, India has held tenders for the supply of equipment to equip the Chabahar port, so the matter is moving forward," he said. Referring to the growth of l