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US sanctions major contractor in China's Belt and Road Initiative

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a press conference at the closing of the Belt and Road Forum at Yanqi Lake on the outskirts of Beijing, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo) BY ANADOLU AGENCY AUG 26, 2020 7:03 PM The U.S. has slapped new restrictions on certain Chinese state-owned enterprises and executives for "malign activities" in the South China Sea, effectively starting a war on the Belt and Road Initiative of China. "Today, the Department of State will begin imposing visa restrictions on People's Republic of China (PRC) individuals responsible for, or complicit in, either the large-scale reclamation, construction, or militarization of disputed outposts in the South China Sea, or the PRC's use of coercion against Southeast Asian claimants to inhibit their access to offshore resources," State Secretary Mike Pompeo said in a statement. Pompeo said the individuals are now designated as inadmissible in the U.S. and it may affect their immediate fa

With Latest Sanctions, US Casts a Shadow Over China’s Belt and Road

China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) was targeted over its South China Sea island-building. But the firm is also a crucial player in the BRI. By  Shannon Tiezzi August 27, 2020 Hambantota port in Sri Lanka Credit:  Wikimedia Commons/ Deneth17 ADVERTISEMENT On Wednesday, the United States announced yet another tranche of sanctions targeting Chinese companies. This time, 24 Chinese firms were added to the Entity List, which prevents them from doing business with U.S. companies. According to the  U.S. Commerce Department announcement , the companies have been targeted “for their role in helping the Chinese military construct and militarize the internationally condemned artificial islands in the South China Sea.” In the words of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, “The entities designated today have played a significant role in China’s provocative construction of these artificial islands and must be held accountable.” However, as the  Washington Post  noted in its report on the san

Hayat Baloch's murder an individual state act

Hayat Baloch's murder an individual state act         27 August, 2020 by  ANI By Hakeem Baloch London [UK], Aug 27 (ANI): On August 13, when the rest of Pakistan was busy buying Pakistani flags and getting ready to celebrate August 14 as their 73rd year of independence, Balochistan was mourning, Balochistan was crying, Balochistan was sad, Balochistan was screaming, Balochistan was trying to figure out why this brutality and inhuman actions are worsening with every passing day. On August 13, what we saw and heard was a tragic incident in which a Baloch youth Hayat Mirza lost his life. Murder of Hayat Mirza was not only the murder of his soul but this murder killed many dreams, dreams of education, dreams of having a respectable job and taking care of his parents. All those dreams and Hayat's life changed with 8 bullets that went deep in his chest. Those shots were fired by personnel of the Frontier Corps (FC). A paramilitary force that operates in civilian populations of Baloch

Chinese banks looking to curtail investments in CPEC due to instability in Pakistan

WION Web Team NEW DELHI Aug 27, 2020, 06.57 PM(IST)  Edited By:  Nikhil Pandey CPEC Photograph:( Reuters ) FOLLOW US STORY HIGHLIGHTS For China, CPEC is a geopolitical game-changer - the biggest success of Chinese expansionism, and for Pakistan it is a life-time opportunity and its last chance for economic modernisation. The financial institutions and banks of China are showing reluctance in investing in the China-Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC), the flagship component of China's massive BRI infrastructure project due to instable political climate in the Islamic republic. Also read | How CPEC is used to traffick young Pakistani women to China Pakistan's Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, discussed this issue with Chinese authorities during his visit to China last week. For China, CPEC is a geopolitical game-changer - the biggest success of Chinese expansionism, and for Pakistan it is a life-time opportunity and its last chance for economic modernisation. For the last six

Prominent members of civil society strongly condemn Government’s plan to separate Karachi from Sindh.

27th August 2020 We, the undersigned, are gravely concerned about the recent media reports of separation of Karachi from Sindh. Karachi is the capital and heart of Sindh, and any suggestion and attempt of separation or federal control will be unacceptable to any Sindhi. Unfortunately, conspiracy to control and separate Karachi from Sindh started since the inception of Pakistan, when the federal government against the explicit desires of the Sindh government and Sindhi people declared Karachi the county's capital. The federal government occupied all its assets and essential buildings without any compensation. Sindhi people, Sindhi language, and institutions were uprooted. Those who opposed the illegal and anti-democratic move were sent to prisons and were barred from politics. The impacts of this continue to linger on Sindhi people to date. After the capital moved to Islamabad, the conspiracy to control Karachi by the federal govt and their supported wasted interests never went away