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China Global Investment Tracker

The value of China’s overseas investment and construction combined since 2005 exceeds $2 trillion. In 2019, Chinese construction held roughly steady while investment fell. To date in 2020, COVID-19 has brought with it a further plunge in investment. The Belt and Road Initiative has become relatively more important, though within a smaller Chinese footprint overall, as the US and other rich countries have discouraged Chinese spending. The China Global Investment Tracker (CGIT) is the only comprehensive public data set covering China’s global investment and construction, which are documented both separately and together. Inaugurated in 2005, the CGIT now includes 3,400 large transactions across energy, transportation, real estate, and other industries, as well as 300 troubled transactions.  The full list , with the amount, Chinese parent company, host country, and sector, is available for public use with the proper citation. The tracker is published by the American Enterprise Institute.

Chinese investments in Belt and Road Initiatives plunge

* According to the China Global Investment Tracker, investments in the new silk roads dropped to just over US$ 25 billion in the first half of the year, down from US$ 126 billion last year. The pandemic worsened the negative trend. Many BRI projects in Africa and Asia have stalled or slowed down sharply.* Beijing (AsiaNews) – In the first six months of 2020, Chinese investments in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) fell to just over US$ 25 billion, the China Global Investment Tracker reported. Last year, overall Chinese investment in the programme aimed at turning China into the centre of world trade had reached US$ 105. However, the pandemic worsened a slowdown that was already evident. In fact, in 2018 Chinese investments in the new silk roads stood at US$ 126 billion. For analysts, the BRI decline is due to slower Chinese economic growth, the growing geopolitical conflict between China and the United States, and the serious debt situation of many of BRI partner countries. Beijing’s

Two ANF personnel martyred in Balochistan attack by smugglers

SAMAA |  Noor Ul Arifeen Posted: Jul 18, 2020 | Last Updated: 10 hours ago Photo: Samaa TV Two personnel of the Anti-Narcotics Force were killed after their convoy came under attack by smugglers in Balochistan’s Mashkel area, the ANF said in a statement. The ANF team was on its way back after seizing two vehicles loaded with drugs from near the Pakistan-Iran border, when it was ambushed by the miscreants. An exchange of fire ensued between the sides, during which the miscreants even fired rocket-propelled grenades at the ANF convoy, according to the statement. The martyred ANF personnel were identified as constables Ameer Nawaz and Kamran. Six other ANF men were injured in the gunfight who were shifted to a hospital. The attackers managed a clean get away from the site. https://www.samaa.tv/news/pakistan/2020/07/two-anf-personnel-martyred-in-balochistan-attack-by-smugglers/

Priority rights about use of oil, gas resources: Sindh, KP, Balochistan may give tough time to federal, Punjab govts in CCI

National Khalid Mustafa July 18, 2020 ISLAMABAD: The three federating units Sindh , KP and Balochistan are most likely to give tough time to the Punjab and federal governments in the meeting of Council of Common Interests scheduled on... Share Next Story >>> ISLAMABAD: The three federating units Sindh , KP and Balochistan are most likely to give tough time to the Punjab and federal governments in the meeting of Council of Common Interests (CCI) scheduled on August 6 on the interpretation of Article 158 and 172 (3) of the Constitution with regard to the priority rights about the usage of minerals, oil and natural gas. The CCI to be attended by all provinces with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair will analyse the interpretation of Article 158 and 172 (3) of the Constitution with regard to identifying the priority rights of using the oil and natural gas. The top sources say that Sindh, Balochistan and KP will not budge from their rights of prior rights in using the oil and g

Deadly Skirmish Was Part of a Larger Plan by China, India Believes

Documents obtained by U.S. News offer insight into the Indian government’s thinking on the deadly skirmish last month between forces in a contested region of the Himalayas. By  Paul D. Shinkman , Senior Writer, National Security THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT  believes a deadly skirmish between its military and Chinese troops in an isolated and contested part of the Himalayas portends a broader campaign by Beijing to envelop the South Asian power with its military and economic influence, according to documents obtained by U.S. News . The recent clash in the Galwan River Valley, where both sides had inserted military forces in support of their own territorial claims, represents a nefarious and protracted effort by Beijing, according to a collection of analysis papers that Indian officials say represent their government's assessment of China's behavior. Source: China Ordered Attack on Indian Troops  ] The Indian government links the latest encounter in a region it calls Ladakh to what it

20 projects of 13,048MW under CPEC to be completed soon, MPs informed

| Sindh, Punjab directed to submit their energy issues to Committee for further consideration, redressal Pakistan Railways in search of top consultant for ML-I project 1 day ago Fawad Yousafzai       Islamabad               -       Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was Thursday informed that Pakistan Railways is in search of top of the line consultant for ML-I project and TORs in this regard have been finalised. A meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was held under the Chairmanship of Sher Ali Arbab was further informed that currently, there are 20 power projects of 13048 MW at different stages of implementation under the CPEC frame work agreement.  Secretary, Power Division briefed the Committee on the power projects under CPEC.  He explained that under CPEC frame work agreement signed by China and Pakistan, there were 14 power generation projects which were categorised as prioritised projects with 10414 MW

Iran’s inclusion in CPEC, Afghan peace to benefit region: FM

  ISLAMABAD:  Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that Iran’s inclusion in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and peace in Afghanistan will benefit every country of the region. In a statement on Friday, the foreign minister said that this is a jolt for India, and the opposition is criticising the Indian government. The minister said that several Indian troops were killed and injured in a clash with China. He said that there is a tension between India and Nepal, and India-Bangladesh relationship warmth has also reduced. Qureshi said that India wanted to isolate Pakistan, but it itself has been isolated. The foreign minister said that Pakistan provided India consular access to its spy Kulbhushan Jadhav on Thursday, but the Indian diplomats avoided talking to him. He said that India’s ill intentions have been exposed as it did not want access to its spy. https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2020/07/17/irans-inclusion-in-cpec-afghan-peace-to-benefit-region-fm/

CPEC a game changer project for region: Asad Qaiser

ISLAMABAD:  National Assembly (NA) Speaker Asad Qaiser has said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project is a game changer for the development of the entire region. The NA speaker said this during a meeting with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, who called on him on Friday. The chief minister remained with the speaker for some time and discussed matters of mutual interest, especially the ongoing development projects in the province. Qaiser said that CPEC will enhance foreign investment in the country, besides bringing positive impacts on the national economy. Khan said that provision of basic facilities to the general public at their doorsteps is the top priority of the government. He said that efforts are underway for timely completion of the under construction economic zones in KP https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2020/07/17/cpec-a-game-changer-project-for-region-asad-qaiser/

While puppet CM of Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan Alyani touts the Gwadar marine drive, here is the truth

Because of the fears and suppression, they have decided to sacrifice their lives to send a message to the world that we are the only people who are fighting against the Islamic regime of Pakistan and along with that they are also standing in front of Chinese Dragon. 17 July, 2020 Hakeem Baloch 168 On 12th of July 2020, the puppet chief minister of Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan Alyani in a Tweet posted three pictures of Gwadar Marine Drive claiming that “ #Gwader marine drive after completion of road, streetlights, parks and floodlights on the beach.” After his tweet, the Baloch social media activists responded to that tweet and exposed the blatant lies of puppet CM and shared the other side of the story. The side which is always hidden in the Pakistani media and no one dares to talk about that because talking about the truth of Pakistani and Chinese expansionists design in occupied Balochistan is dangerous and life-threatening. The Baloch social media activists shared the pictures of the

Why Blame India for Karachi Attack? Pak PM Defended Baloch Leader

PM Imran Khan was quick to blame India for the Balochistan Liberation Army’s attack on the Karachi Stock Exchange.  FRANCESCA MARINO Published:  13 Jul 2020, 08:44 PM IST OPINION 4 min read https://www.thequint.com/voices/opinion/balochistan-liberation-army-karachi-stock-exchange-attack-pakistan-india-imran-khan-hyrbyair-marri-case Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s latest faux pas happened on Twitter last week. Commenting on the recent attack by the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) on the Karachi Stock Market, Imran Khan wrote:  “I salute our brave police & security personnel who thwarted the commendable terrorist attack in Karachi on the #PakistanStockExchange”. Minutes later he deleted the tweet and changed ‘commendable’ to ‘condemnable’ –– but the damage was done, and he had become, once more, a laughing stock on social media. But it might not have been a simple typo, or the umpteenth slip of tongue. When Imran Khan Testified In Favour Of Hyrbyair Marri & Faiz Baloch No

MERICS: China Briefing

China resorts to drastic measures while the EU is lost for words TOP STORY: China resorts to drastic measures while the EU is lost for words Two weeks after the introduction of the Hong Kong National Security Law, China has rapidly tightened its control. Meanwhile, the EU is struggling to formulate a collective response. The EU foreign ministers in Brussels criticized the law as a "draconian" intervention which de facto ends Hong Kong's special status of "one country, two systems" – a formula previously propagated by China itself. The security law, passed on 1 July, criminalizes activities that China interprets as subversion, separatism, terrorism or collusion with foreign actors. In response to China's historic move, EU foreign ministers first discussed a mere export ban on tear gas and rubber bullets and the possibility for Hong Kong people to stay in the EU more easily should they feel politically persecuted. Yet, the ministers did not decide on tougher m