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Ladakh Standoff And China's Belt And Road Are Connected: Expert Explains How

India’s rejection of the Belt and Road may have triggered the Doklam standoff in 2017, says Bruno Macaes, author of 'Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order'.   23/07/2020 8:04 AM IST By Akshita Jain VALERY MELNIKOV VIA GETTY IMAGES A file photo from the Second Belt and Road Forum. With several projects under China’s Belt and Road Initiative affected due to the Covid-19 pandemic and partner countries asking for debt relief, questions have been raised over the future of Xi Jinping’s ambitious project announced in 2013.  Egypt indefinitely postponed construction of a coal-fired power plant at Hamrawein in February. In May, Nigeria decided to set up an investigation committee to review the loan agreements between China and Nigeria, according to  reports . Bruno Macaes, a non-resident senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and former Europe minister of Portugal, told  HuffPost India  in an interview that while Covid will create some short-term problems for the Belt and Road, it can als

After Pakistan’s Gwadar port, China fast-tracks key defence projects in Bangladesh

IANS Updated Jul 23, 2020 | 06:23 IST China has already delivered two submarines to Bangladesh Navy in its desperate bid to expand its footprints in the Indian sub-continent. Representational Image New Delhi:  For Chinese Ambassador in Bangladesh, Li Jiming, bringing Chinese companies to Dhaka is not the only priority. His ostensible goal seems to be expediting several key projects, including the ultra-modern submarine base project, BNS Sheikh Hasina, in Pekua, Cox's Bazar. China has already delivered two submarines to Bangladesh Navy in its desperate bid to expand its footprints in the Indian sub-continent. Li Jiming (58), a career diplomat, has been instrumental in bringing Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina closer to Chinese President Xi-Jinping. In a joint statement of China and Bangladesh last year, Sheikh Hasina had not only backed Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), but she also agreed with China's plans to bolster defence industry, including strengthening

Balochistan virus deaths ‘could be more’

Internews/Quetta Wednesday، 22 July 2020 11:56 PM Confusion persists in the Pakistani province of Balochistan over the number of overall deaths from coronavirus, as health officials say that the death toll could be much higher than that officially recorded. According to government figures, as of July 22, 135 people have died in Balochistan after contracting the deadly virus, while 11,469 are infected. But this number, 135, is mostly gathered from only four hospitals in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan, health experts in the province revealed. The hospitals are Sheikh Zayed Hospital, the Bolan Medical Complex Hospital, Civil Hospital, and the Fatima Jinnah Hospital. “As per our internal tally, 225 people have succumbed to the deadly infection in all 33 districts of the province,” Dr Wasim Baig, the spokesperson for the directorate of director-general health, told Geo.tv. His data also includes 90 “probable deaths” from the disease. Balochistan is the only province in Pakistan that als

NFC: Dr Bengali to represent Balochistan

Provincial govt had faced harsh criticism for its earlier nomination Our Correspondent  |  July 22, 2020     Provincial Finance Minister Zahoor Buledi said Dr Bengali was a good choice for presenting a strong case for the province at the next NFC meeting. PHOTO: FILE QUETTA: The Balochistan government on Wednesday appointed leading economist Dr Qaiser Bengali as the non-statutory member of the National Finance Commission (NFC) from the province . Provincial Finance Minister Zahoor Buledi said Dr Bengali was a good choice for presenting a strong case for the province at the next NFC meeting. The provincial government had earlier faced harsh criticism from opposition parties and lawyers for nominating former minister and intellectual Javed Jabbar to represent the province in the 10th NFC. Lawyers associations and political parties, including MNA Aslam Bhootani, had challenged Jabbar's nomination in the Balochistan High Court following which he stepped down. Dr Bengali is an economist

CHINA: State Council looks to upgrade high-tech zones

Trivium China On Friday, the State Council released new guidelines for improving national high-tech industry development zones. Some context:  First rolled out   in 1988, national high-tech zones offer tax and other incentives to companies in high-tech industries. More context:  There are currently nearly 170 national high-tech zones across China. The goals of the new policy: Foster a number of internationally competitive companies and industrial clusters by 2025. Establish a large number of internationally influential high-tech zones whose industries are at the high end of global value chains by 2035. The new guidelines seek to bring technology and talent from the rest of the world to China. read more Gov.cn:  国务院印发《 关于促进国家高新技术产业开发区高质量发展的若干意见》 Gov.cn:  国务院关于促进国家高新技术产业开发区高质量发 展的若干意见

CHINA: Party Watch Weekly Report 3|37

Party Watch Weekly Report 3|37 Center for Advanced China Research Weekly Report 3|37 7.11.2020-7.17.2020 David Gitter, Julia Bowie, Brock Erdahl, Molly Henry, Elsa Katz, Sandy Lu, Logan Ma, Jared Rosen, Connor Swank Highlights The Politburo Standing Committee met to discuss flood control and disaster relief (see Senior Leaders section).   Propaganda focused on attacking US positions on the South China Sea, Hong Kong, and the WHO (see Propaganda Work section).  Senior Leaders Politburo Standing Committee Convenes Meeting to Study Flood Control and Disaster Relief Work; CCP Central Committee General Xi Jinping Presides Xinhua   7.17. A Politburo Standing Committee meeting held on 17 July focused attention on efforts to combat nationwide flooding and provide disaster relief. Xi Jinping pointed out that since June, authorities had achieved “positive results.” Xi emphasized that flood prevention and relief are “related to the safety of the people’s lives and property, food security, economi

Subsidiary of world's largest shirtmaker put on U.S. blacklist over Xinjiang ties

Axios.com Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian , author of  China Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios The U.S. Commerce Department  announced  on July 20 that it had added a subsidiary of one of the world's  largest contract shirtmakers  and 10 other companies to an export blacklist over their supply chain ties to Xinjiang, where Muslim ethnic minorities are pushed into a forced labor factory system. Why it matters:  The Trump administration is showing increasing resolve to try to delink U.S. companies from tainted supply chains in China. Details:  Hong Kong-based Changji Esquel Textile Co. Ltd, one of the companies placed on the U.S. entities list, is headquartered in Urumqi and is owned by Esquel Group. Esquel Group's supply chain was first linked to Xinjiang in a May 2019 Wall Street Journal  report . The company was also mentioned in a  draft bill  introduced in the House and Senate   in March that seeks to prevent the import of products made through Uighur forced labor. Esquel has