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New book examines Neil Bush's China links

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian , author of  China Image credit: Hardie Grant Publishing A new book documents China's influence in North America and Europe, zeroing in on how the Chinese Communist Party co-opts the elite in democratic societies. Why it matters:  Growing scrutiny of China's ties with top business and political figures in the U.S. is making it riskier for them to openly laud Beijing. In "Hidden Hand: Exposing How the Chinese Communist Party is Reshaping the World," co-authors Clive Hamilton and Mareike Ohlberg argue that the CCP has carefully cultivated elite "friends" abroad who can be relied on to speak up on China's behalf, subtly influencing the policymaking environment. “When considering Beijing's structure of influence in the West, we need to look at the world the way Beijing does: by studying where the centers of power lie in each country, and determining who are the elites in business, politics, academia, think tanks, media and cultur

Chinese firms asked to launch uplift projects in Gwadar

BEHRAM BALOCH GWADAR: Gwadar Port Authority chairman Naseer Khan Kashani has urged the Chinese companies working in Gwadar to come forward and launch work on projects relating to socio-economic sectors for the welfare of local people. Presiding over a meeting of the Gwadar Port Authority here on Friday, he said that problems being faced by fishermen in the area would soon be resolved. The meeting reviewed pace of work on various ongoing development projects, implementation of Gwadar Master Plan and provision of facilities to fishermen of Gwadar

PM forms panel on Balochistan uplift plans

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday constituted a three-member committee to suggest priority areas for development in Balochistan with special focus on communications, agriculture, energy and other important sectors and submit a report in this regard. The committee comprising Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani, federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar and Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh was constituted by the prime minister while presiding over the second meeting of the National Development Council (NDC), according to a handout issued by the PM Office. The meeting also approved the setting up of the Balochistan Mineral Exploration Company which would work for better utilisation of mineral resources of the province and boost exploration activities. Those attended the meeting included Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Asad Umar, Hammad Azhar, Ports and Shipping Minister Ali Hai


- Pakistan and China have entered a secret three-year deal to expand potential bio-warfare capabilities, including running several research projects related to the deadly agent anthrax. - Wuhan Institute of Virology has signed the covert deal with Pakistan military’s Defense Science and Technology Organization (DESTO), to collaborate research in “emerging infectious diseases” and advance studies on the biological control of transmitted diseases. - Program is being entirely funded by China and is formally titled the “Collaboration for Emerging Infectious Diseases and Studies on Biological Control of Vector Transmitting Diseases”. - China is testing biological agents outside its borders (in Pakistan) in an apparent bid to minimize the “risk of drawing condemnation from the international community”. - DESTO has been engaged in various dual-use research projects related to anthrax under a covert biological weapons program. - The covert China-Pakistan project has conducted “successful soil

Explaining the Resilience of the Balochistan Insurgency

Publication Date Spring 2019 Abstract The Balochistan Insurgency is an enduring armed and nationalist struggle between Baloch Insurgents and the Pakistani government, embroiling Pakistan in five insurgencies since 1948. This research aims to analyze why the current insurgency has outlasted its predecessors by over two-fold, with over fifteen years passing since the most recent conflict erupted. Using historical primary source news articles from 1973-1977, secondary research, insurgency trend data, and the data from the Global Terrorism Database (GTD); this study examines the evolution of the current conflict and analyzes how and why the contemporary insurgency is far more resilient. This study finds that the support base for the ongoing insurgency has become more robust and expansive, and suggests that this aspect unique to the current conflict is the major contributor to the insurgency’s endurance .  The findings suggest the following reasons for an increased support base that in turn

What’s driving the Baloch insurgency?

Consistent neglect of Balochistan may be at the root of the Karachi terror strike   by  Editor   By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Express/ Four well-armed terrorists, believed to be from the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), were shot dead while attempting to storm the Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) on Monday. While legitimately claiming credit for foiling the nefarious attempt to disrupt an already fragile economy, Pakistani authorities, including Prime Minister Imran Khan, promptly pointed an accusing finger at an Indian intelligence agency. But by doing so, they had precluded any consideration of the root cause of unrest, separatism and terrorism in Balochistan, which have plagued the province for decades, virtually from independence in 1947, when the Khanate of Kalat was controversial annexed by the newly established State of Pakistan without consulting the people of the Princely State. While the first revolt in 1948 was crushed quickly enough, the subsequent insurgencies were m

PM Imran Khan terms Gwadar Port guarantor of future uplift, prosperity

July 24, 2020 ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Thursday that in view of its strategic importance, the Gwadar Port would be a guarantor of future development and prosperity.He directed to ensure early... ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Thursday that in view of its strategic importance, the Gwadar Port would be a guarantor of future development and prosperity. He directed to ensure early completion of projects related to the port. Appreciating the performance of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, the prime minister said that inter-ministerial liaison and regular consultation with all stakeholders should be ensured to enable speedy implementation of ongoing and future projects under the ministry. He further said that besides setting effective priorities for the completion of these projects, their timelines should also be fixed. Prime Minister Imran Khan directed the Ministry of Maritime Affairs to prioritize projects that would generate employment, regional develop

CPEC projects unaffected by Covid-19, say officials

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD: China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects have not only remained unscathed by the Covid-19 pandemic but Pak-China bilateral cooperation has increased during this period, officials and think tank representatives said on Thursday. They were speaking at a webinar on ‘New Oppor­tunities and Challenges of China-Pakistan Cooperation in the Post-Epidemic Era’, which was participated in by experts of Chinese and Pakistani think tanks. The webinar was organised by Pakistan-China Institute. Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing spoke about the cooperation between the two countries during the pandemic and said his country’s assistance for Pakistan was worth $15 million. Equipment and experts were flown to Pakistan since the outbreak of the disease here through 10 chartered flights, he said, adding that about 1000 more ventilators are expected to be delivered by the end of the month. About CPEC, he said, over 60,000 Pakistanis had been employed with CPEC