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Myanmar Getting ‘Very Concerned’ By Chinese Belt & Road Initiative (BRI)

Published   17 hours ago   on   August 23, 2020 By   ANDOLU AGENCY Myanmar held its fourth major peace talk in its political capital Nay Pyi Taw this week, but the 230 delegates from government, military, and ten ethnic rebel groups seemed nowhere near compromise. The apparent inability of the sides to reach an accord was mostly due to the absence of a major alliance of seven powerful rebel groups based along the Southeast Asian country’s northern and northeastern border with China. These groups refused to join the Union Peace Conference, the most recent peace talks under the current government led by Aung San Suu Kyi. A Myanmar deputy government minister accused China of interfering with the country’s peace efforts by controlling the rebel alliance, the Federal Political Negotiation and Consultative Committee (FPNCC), which includes the two largest and strongest rebel groups. “They joined the previous conferences, but refused to join it this time, citing COVID-19. This is clearly beca

UN to spend $10m on food security in Balochistan - Pakistan - DAWN.COM -

UN to spend $10m on food security in Balochistan SALEEM SHAHID Welcome QUETTA: United Nations Resident Coordinator Julien Harneis has said that $10 million will be spent on nutrition and food security in Balochistan to reduce the impact of drought and Covid-19 on the people of Balochistan. This is a short-term strategy meant to support the people for the next one year, he told Dawn. The UN resident coordi­na­tor visited Chagai, Nushki and Dalbandin on Thursday and met people of different communities and discussed issues faced by them in remote areas of the province. Under the long-term programme, the European Union and the FAO have also launched a programme to support and promote agriculture and livestock sectors in Balochistan. “Depleting water table in Chagai and Dalbandin is worrying and we will extend all possible help to the Balochistan government to overcome this problem,” he said. Mr Harneis said the Pakistan government deserved to be appreciated for fencing the border with Afgh

‘Inalienable part of India’: MEA rejects reference to Kashmir in China-Pakistan joint statement

India has consistently protested against the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, saying it passes through the "territory of India that has been illegally occupied by Pakistan". By:  Express Web Desk  | New Delhi | Updated: August 22, 2020 10:00:39 pm "Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and we expect the parties concerned to not to interfere in matters that are internal affairs of India," the MEA said. India on Saturday categorically rejected the reference to Jammu and Kashmir in the joint press release by  China  and Pakistan pertaining to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project that passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). “ The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral and inalienable part of India and we expect the parties concerned to not to interfere in matters that are internal affairs of India,”  Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said. ADVERTISEMENT Reiterating its position