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CPEC: Gwadar emerging trade, energy transportation hub, to economize landlocked states

  Saeed Ahmad The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project intends to build Pakistan’s most needed infrastructure and boost its economy by constructing modern transportation networks, setting up of Special Economic Zones (SEZ) and numerous energy projects. Geo-strategically, CPEC project is located between three key important landlocked regions of the globe including economically emerging and rich-resourced Central Asia, oil-rich Western Asia and thickly populated South Asia. After globalization, digital technology is transforming the world into global-digital-village in the real sense of modern technology usage and regional integration is a key aspect of this information mechanism. If a comparison of Central and South Asia is made, the earlier is rich in oil and gas resources while the later is a region developing at a rapid pace, and its internal energy resources are insufficient. Therefore, the construction of physical-infrastructural linkages and increase in trade volume amo

Gwadar to be linked with railway line under CPEC

Asim Bajwa says Gulf companies keen to invest in Gwadar Free Zone 1 day ago News Desk  APP       LAHORE - Chairman CPEC Authority Lt Gen (retired) 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 an 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 complet

China’s Belt and Road Initiative pinpoints fundamental issues of our times

China’s Belt and Road Initiative Photograph:( Reuters ) James M Dorsey Sep 29, 2020, 06.28 PM (IST) Based on remarks at the RSIS book launch of Alan Chong and Quang Minh Pham (eds), Critical Reflections on China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Palgrave MacMillan, 2020 Political scientists Alan Chong and Quang Min Pham bring with their edited volume originality as well as dimensions and perspectives to the discussion about the Belt and Road that are highly relevant but often either unrecognised or underemphasised. The book is about much more than the material aspects of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). In fact, various chapter authors use the BRI to look at perhaps the most fundamental issue of our times: how does one build a global world order and societies that are inclusive, cohesive and capable of managing interests of all stakeholders as well as political, cultural, ethnic and religious differences in ways that all are recognised without prejudice and/or discrimination? In doing

COVID-19: The Nail in the Coffin of China’s Belt and Road Initiative?

Rejigging the BRI to focus on soft infrastructure projects in the digital and health sectors could help rejuvenate the initiative in a post-COVID world. By  Lee YingHui September 28, 2020 This article is free The Diplomat  has removed paywall restrictions on our coverage of the  COVID–19  crisis. ADVERTISEMENT In June this year, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced that about  20 percent of the projects  under its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) had been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same press briefing, Wang Xiaolong, director-general at the Foreign Ministry’s International Economic Affairs Department, also revealed that a survey by the ministry estimated that some 30 to 40 percent of projects had been somewhat affected, while approximately 40 percent of projects were deemed to have seen little adverse impact.  Even before COVID-19, the BRI was facing increasing criticism in host countries for its lack of transparency, displacement of local communities, adverse

Govt deliberately keeping HR bodies dysfunctional: Senate body

Ikram Junaidi Updated 29 Sep 2020 The Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights on Monday observed that there is a deliberate effort by the government to keep National Commission on Human Rights (NCHR) and National Commission on the Rights of Child (NCRC) dysfunctional. ISLAMABAD: The Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights on Monday observed that there is a deliberate effort by the government to keep National Commission on Human Rights (NCHR) and National Commission on the Rights of Child (NCRC) dysfunctional. It directed the ministries of human rights and law division to address the issue within two weeks. The committee rejected a briefing by the Ministry of Human Rights and said the minister should attend the next meeting and brief the lawmakers. Committee Chairman Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar of the PPP said it was unfortunate that files were moving from one table to another but serious efforts were not being made to address the issue. He said the bill of NCHR was tabled in parliame

CHINA: Party Watch Weekly Report 3|47

Center for Advanced China Research Weekly Report 3|47 9.19.2020-9.26.2020 David Gitter, Julia Bowie, Calvin Blackburn, Cady Deck, Brock Erdahl, James O'Brien Highlights Xi Jinping visited Hunan, where he promoted the 14th Five-year Plan and met with grassroots leaders (see Senior Leaders section). Senior Leaders In Hunan, Xi Jinping Promotes Charging Ahead with High Quality Development: To Compose A Hunan Story of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era People’s Daily   9.19 On an inspection tour in Hunan, Xi Jinping described the importance of implementing central Party policy, persisting in making progress while ensuring stability, implementing the new development concept, persisting in structural reform, achieving a moderately prosperous society, decisively winning the battle against poverty, putting effort into creating a major and advanced national manufacturing industry, possessing core competitive strength and science and technology and innovation, charging ahea