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Belt and Road Initiative: Top Developments

 Source: RWR Advisory Group Major Portuguese Telcos State They Will Not Use Huawei in 5G Networks On July 29, three main mobile phone telecommunication firms in  Portugal  stated that they would not  use  Huawei technology in their core 5G networks, despite the lack of any directive from the Portuguese government on this issue. Vodafone, NOS, and Altice service nearly all of Portugal’s mobile users. This follows recent European limits on Huawei’s involvement in 5G networks, such as the United Kingdom’s ban on new Huawei equipment being used in its 5G networks, and France’s decision to not renew licenses given to Huawei equipment upon expiration, effectively  phasing  the company out of French 5G infrastructure by 2028.  CC-7 Signs Supplemental Agreement for Russian Chemical Complex On August 3, it was reported that in late July, Baltic Chemical Complex Co., Ltd. and China National Chemical Engineering No. 7 Construction Company (CC-7) signed a $6.588 billion supplementary agreement for

Belt and Road Initiative: What They're Saying

ZHAO JUNJIE Research Fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences' Institute of European Studies On Chinese-American competition in Europe during the eighth China-EU High-Level Trade and Economic Dialogue " Most European countries will prioritize economic gains and part ways with the US. [...] The European bloc, as a whole, is not monolithic. They could be split to tilt the scale to the Chinese side if they are incentivized. " ROTIMI AMAECHI Nigerian Minister of Transportation On Nigerian House of Parliament’s intent to scrutinize the terms of Chinese loans to Nigeria My fear is that if this probe continues, at the end of the day, some sections of the country may suffer. [...]  In asking questions on these loans now, it may jeopardize [them]. [...] Let the Government of China not say there is a disagreement in the government on this loan and so we (China) will not give this loan. " TIMOTHY MASIU Papua New Guinea Minister for Communications & Information Techn

BLA claims responsibility of attacks in Turbat, Nushki, and Mastung

Source: Social.Media Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) Sarmachars (fighters) today targeted convoys of Pakistan Army in IED blasts in 2 different cities of Balochistan; Turbat and Noshki and carried out a grenade attack on a stall set up for 14 August in Mastung city. The BLA claims responsibility for all three attacks. BLA Sarmachars targeted a Pakistani army convoy in the Apsar area of Turbat this morning in an IED attack when they were heading towards the Abdarak camp. The IED attack severely damaged the forces’ vehicle, as a result of which multiple enemy soldiers were killed and wounded. After the attack, the occupying army personnel opened indiscriminate firing on the nearby Baloch population. Meanwhile, the enemy army captured a young Baloch named Muhammad Hayat in front of his mother and sister and shot him dead after ruthlessly torturing him. It has always been the MO of the Pakistani army when they are defeated by Baloch fighters; they take revenge in the form of butchering the in

CPEC dogged by corruption, security concerns despite fresh infusion

Indrani Bagchi | TNN  |  Aug 13, 2020, 23:36 IST NEW DELHI: Despite China reinvigorating the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) with a fresh infusion of $11 billion in July, growing discord at the working levels as well as growing corruption mars China’s flagship BRI project in Pakistan. In recent meetings between Chinese and Pakistani officials, reports of which have been leaked and seen by TOI, the Chinese side have expressed anger and frustration with Pakistan regarding lack of security — these complaints are escalating to senior levels of the Pakistan Army who are expected to comply with Chinese demands. Pakistan has raised an entire  special security division  (SSD) to provide protection to Chinese contractors and workers along CPEC. The discord between the two sides has been sharp regarding the  Karot hydropower project  in Punjab, as well as at the Azad Pattan project, where the Chinese are unhappy about the progress and lack of security. A similar story is heard from the K

Aware of threats to CPEC, enhancing security measures: Pakistan Army

By  Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad |  Last Updated at August 13 2020 23:49 IST Photo: Shutterstock The  Pakistan Army  on Thursday said it was aware of the threats to the multi-billion-dollar  China-Pakistan  Economic Corridor and security measures were periodically enhanced to deal with the emerging dangers. Speaking to the media in Rawalpindi, Army Spokesperson Major General Babar Iftikhar said, "The security of the CPEC has been increased. It is a continuous process and its security requirements are increasing as the project is going ahead." "We are aware of threats and there is no compromise on its security because this project is linked with the future of our country," the spokesperson said. He said that the war against terrorism was 'hard-earned success'. The spokesperson said more than 18,000 terrorists were killed and 400 ton explosive material was seized from militants during the war on terrorism in the country. He said Pakistan supported the Af