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China's lack of transparency is creating ‘anti-Sinopathy

’ Passengers wearing facemasks as a preventive measure against the coronavirus wait to board a last century-style boat, featuring a theatrical drama set between the 1920s and 1930s in Wuhan, central Hubei province, China, Sept. 27, 2020. (AFP Photo) BY MEHMET F. ÖZTOSUN SEP 29, 2020 12:05 AM In parallel with the rapid implementation of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) over the last seven years and the maturation of the Debt Trap theses on Beijing's investments in Africa, China-skepticism has started to take root in the international community against its BRI investments. Later, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the China-skepticism began to deepen and gain ground due to accusations that Beijing deliberately delayed informing the international community about the virus and distorted local case data. Besides, due to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) perceived pro-Chinese statements and China-related disinformation attempts regarding the pandemic, this perception of skeptici

Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan report high COVID-19 positivity levels

Pakistan Web Desk September 28, 2020 Pakistan has a total caseload of 310,841 coronavirus cases to date In May, the World Health Organization recommended that the percent positive should remain below 5% for at least two weeks before governments can consider reopening. Photo: File Over the last week, Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan have reported the highest COVID-19 positivity rates in the country. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) reports, the test positive percentage in Gilgit Baltistan reached as high as 16.1% on September 24, but dropped to 5.3% on September 26. Similarly, Balochistan registered a spike of 11.9% in a single day on September 23, which fell to 7.8% on September 26. A positivity rate is the percentage of coronavirus tests performed that return back positive. In May, the WHO recommended that the percent positive should remain below 5% for at least two weeks before governments can consider reopening. As the number of infections flare up in Balochistan, te

Supreme Court seeks report on Balochistan hospitals

SAMAA |  Noor Ul Arifeen Posted: Sep 28, 2020 | Last Updated: 6 hours ago Photo: File The Supreme Court wants to know how many Balochistan public hospitals have working machines and other facilities. Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed was heading a three-member bench that heard the petition on the conditions of the hospitals in Balochistan. The other two judges included Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Faisal Arab. You had a budget of Rs2 billion, did you spend it all on purchasing medicines? the chief justice asked the chief secretary. Justice Ahsan asked the names of the hospitals in which the government installed 384 new machines. He was reviewing the health department’s report which was submitted on Monday. “The report is incomplete as it gives no details of the machines available at the hospitals.” We just asked for a report detailing what machines have been installed in what hospitals and if they are being used now or not, said the top judge. “I am pretty sure that about 90% of machines

Japanese activist concerned as Pakistan wants to 'exterminate' Baloch people

Japanese activist Colonel Shun Fujiki has expressed concerns over the atrocities inflicted by Pakistan on people of Balochistan, saying Islamabad wants to "exterminate" the people in the region. Politics ANI | Geneva | Switzerland Updated: 29-09-2020 01:57 IST | Created: 29-09-2020 01:43 IST Image Credit: ANI Japanese activist Colonel Shun Fujiki has expressed concerns over the atrocities inflicted by  Pakistan  on people of  Balochistan , saying  Islamabad  wants to "exterminate" the people in the region. Speaking at a side event at the occasion of 45th UN Human Rights Council Session, Fujiki said that though he is yet to gain a "full understanding" about the problems of Baloch people, he believes that "if  Islamabad  works in cooperation with the Baloch people than it will benefit  Pakistan  itself". "What is happening in  Balochistan  is unimaginable. I have a Baloch friend living in Japan. They are all very nice and hardworking people. I

'Silence of world community on human rights violations in Balochistan gave impunity to Pakistan' : BPC

ANI |  Updated:  Sep 28, 2020 23:41 IST Geneva [Switzerland], September 28 (ANI): The silence of the world community on the large scale human rights violations in the region of Balochistan has given impunity to Pakistan, according to  Waja Siddique Azad , the Secretary-General  Baloch Peoples Congress  (BPC). "The silence of the world community on the large scale human rights violations in the region has given impunity to Pakistan to commit all kinds of crimes without being held responsible. The surge in unlawful killings of Baloch people has taken brutality to an unprecedented level," Azad said at a side event on the occasion of the 45th UN Human Rights Council Session here. "The main victims of this violence are the people of Balochistan who are being systematically targeted by para-military forces sponsored by Pakistan. Thousands of people have gone missing from the region since early 2000," he added. The BPC General Secretary further said that the disappeared Ba

Beijing Cautiously Ramps Up Belt-And-Road Dreams In Pakistan, Afghanistan

September 28, 2020 13:13 GMT By  Reid Standish In addition to a growing array of projects, CPEC will grant Beijing access to the Gwadar port in southern Pakistan, which is close to the Strait of Hormuz -- the world's most vital route for shipping oil. China is cautiously increasing its role in South Asia by rejuvenating economic interests in Pakistan and forging closer ties to Afghanistan with peace talks between Afghan officials and the Taliban under way. The enhanced footprint for Beijing in the region comes amid a flurry of activity this summer centered around breathing new life into the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), an estimated $62 billion bundle of projects that forms the cornerstone of China's sweeping Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which aims to build infrastructure, expand trade links, and deepen ties across Eurasia and Africa. "The Chinese want to do business, they don't want to be fighting wars," Ayesha Siddiqa, a research associate at Londo

Gulf companies keen to invest in Gwadar Free Zone: Asim Bajwa

Mon, 28 Sep 2020, 2:29 PM File Photo ISLAMABAD, Sep 28 (APP): Chairman CPEC Authority Lt. Gen (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa has said that a number of companies from Gulf region were interested to establish industrial units in the Gwadar Free Zone. “There has been a lot of progress on free zone in the city that spanned over an area of 2400 acres where not only local and Chinese investors but those from Gulf area were also keen to set up their industries,” he said in his recent interview with a Youtube channel. He said there had been great progress on the city and the port and recently “we started construction of Gwadar airport with support of the Chinese government who granted $230 million for the project”, he added. With respect to the planned Oil City in Gwadar, he informed that about 30 kms away from the city near Pasni, an area was being designated for an oil refinery and oil storage. The Chairman pointed out that after completion of the Main Line one (ML-1) railway up-gradation project,