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China, Pakistan jointly testing deadly pathogens to expand bio-warfare capabilities

Under the garb of Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China's Wuhan Institute of Virology By - Sentinel Digital Desk Update: 2020-09-16 02:01 GMT NEW DELHI/BEIJING:  Under the garb of Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China's Wuhan Institute of Virology and Pakistan Army's Defense Science & Technology Organization are conducting experiments on deadly pathogens to expand potential bio-warfare capabilities. An Australian investigative media group 'The Klaxon', in an exclusive report in August this year, revealed that the two countries have been carrying out extensive research operations on deadly 'animal to human' pathogens in Pakistan involving more than 7000 Pakistani farmers, herders and others and over 2800 camels and other animals. The Wuhan scientists have been conducting tests in collaboration with Rawalpindi in Pakistan since 2015, the Klaxon reported. The programme is funded by China under Xi's ambitious BRI project

Beijing's Belt and Road will change the face of South Asia

by Melani Manel Perera For Prof Sumanasiri Liyanage, China’s growing presence in the region will increase tensions with India. Delhi and Washington are pressing smaller countries in the area, including Sri Lanka, to distance themselves from China. There are doubts about the benefits of the BRI for the poorest strata of the population. Colombo (AsiaNews) – The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) will change the geopolitical framework of South Asia, this according to Sumanasiri Liyanage, a former lecturer of political economy at the University of Peradeniya, currently an analyst and columnist and a member of the South Asia Peace Institute. The initiative, launched in 2013 by Chinese President Xi Jinping to boost China's role in world trade, will increase tension in the macro-region. For the scholar, “Beijing’s presence in the Indian Ocean is seen by India as a strategy of encirclement towards it. For this reason, Delhi and the US are putting pressure on the small nations of the area to di

Educational institutions reopen in Balochistan

SALEEM SHAHID QUETTA: All universities, colleges, high schools and religious seminaries in Balochistan reopened on Tuesday after remaining closed for almost nine months. The Balochistan government had closed educational institutions in March after the outbreak of Covid-19 in the country. It was observed that the students were wearing masks and adopted social distancing while entering educational institutions. In Quetta, a ceremony was held on the first day of opening educational institutions at Sandeman High School. Balochistan Education Minister Yar Mohammad Rind, representatives of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, and officials from education department participated in the ceremony. Schools in Quetta met almost all standards of the World Health Organisation, including social-distancing, wearing masks and adopting standard operating procedures (SOPs). Private educational institutions also enforced SOPs issued by the health and other departments. However, pri

Weaponizing the Belt and Road Initiative

Weaponizing the Belt and Road Initiative ASPI Initiative Chinese navy frigate Yuncheng 571 departing from Colombo's port Sri Lanka. The Type 054A (NATO codename Jiangkai II) frigate is a Chinese multi-role warship class, the first of which entered service with the People's Liberation Army Navy (a.v.Photography/Getty Images) September 8th, 2020 China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), launched by President Xi Jinping in 2013, is a massive international infrastructure program involving nearly 140 countries with over an estimated $1 trillion in projects related to energy, transportation, digital networks, and trade. Chinese leaders frame the BRI as “win-win” cooperation focused solely on development and connectivity. Beijing has gone to great lengths to minimize BRI’s links to the People’s Liberation Army and to downplay the initiative’s geostrategic overtones. Nevertheless, many governments have become worried about ulterior motives behind BRI projects, many of which have dual-use

Is China weaponizing ports built along the Belt Road Initiative?

By  Eric Olander Posted on Monday, 14 September 2020 17:11 A ship carrying Chinese military personnel departs a port in Zhanjiang, south China's Guangdong Province, heading toward Djibouti. (Wu Dengfeng/Xinhua News Agencyvia AP) China's port building spree across the Belt and Road Initiative is raising red flags for analysts who believe Beijing has ulterior security motives. Daniel R. Russel and Blake Berger, two scholars at the New York-based  Asia Society Policy Institute, have published a new report  that looks at the broad security implications of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Although Chinese officials have long maintained that the Belt and Road has an economically-driven agenda and strenuously denied any geostrategic or military motives, Russel and Berger say there are legitimate reasons to doubt those reassurances. The main focus of their report centers on Chinese port-building  and how both the location of Chinese investment/loans and their construction parameters i

Balochistan regulatory reform committee set up

A Reporter Updated 15 Sep 2020 The provincial government institutionalised this public-private dialogue mechanism to serve as a platform for inter-departmental coordination and policy dialogue. ISLAMABAD: The Planning and Development Department on Monday notified the constitution of Balochistan Regulatory Reform Committee (BRRC) with the support and technical assistance of the International Trade Centre, under the European Union-funded ‘Growth for Rural Advancement and Sustainable Progress’ (Grasp) project, which is now underway. The provincial government institutionalised this public-private dialogue mechanism to serve as a platform for inter-departmental coordination and policy dialogue for coherent, inclusive, and research-based development, as well as implementation of laws, regulations, and policies. Grasp Project Coordinator Azher Ali Chaudhry termed the formation of BRRC as a significant step for policy coherence. Speaking at the occasion, he said that concerted efforts are requ

Govt to announce special package for south Balochistan: Asad

  QUETTA:  Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar said on Monday that the federal government is committed to the development of Balochistan, especially southern areas of the province, and would soon announce a special package for development projects. Asad, who is currently in Balochistan on a two-day visit, said that the Centre would extend full cooperation in completion of the second and third phase of Kachi Canal project. “The federal government is preparing a special package for the development of southern Balochistan,” he said and added that the government had allocated over 80 billion rupees for various projects in the province. During the visit to Khuzdar, the minister was briefed about the on-going development projects in Kalat Division. He also visited various sites in Khuzdar and Awaran. The planning minister is leading a delegation along with Minister for Defence Production Zubaida Jalal, and Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Suri T