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Debt, Zombies, And Geopolitics: China’s Belt And Road Initiative During COVID

By  The Jamestown Foundation  - Sep 30, 2020, 2:30 PM CDT Introduction The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been a focal issue for understanding the foreign policy of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Some observers view the BRI as representing a new phase of economic globalization and regional economic integration. Others argue that the BRI’s primary motivating factors are domestic and that the massive program is chiefly aimed at creating new markets, maintaining economic stability, resolving regional development imbalances, and transferring industrial overcapacity. Both views have their valid points, but overlook the BRI’s key role in supporting China’s domestic economic reforms. This article argues that the BRI should be understood as a major component of China’s program of “supply-side structural reform” (????????,  gongjice jiegouxing gaige ). The “Authoritative Person” and Supply-Side Structural Reform The BRI was first announced in 2013 and officially incorporated into the

Supreme Court hears Balochistan water shortage case

‌ Web Desk   On  Sep 30, 2020 QUETTA: The Supreme Court was informed on Wednesday that five dams have been completed in Balochistan, while four more under construction projects will be completed next year, ARY News reported on Wednesday. Secretary Public Health Engineering during hearing of Balochistan water shortage case at Quetta Registry told a bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed , that work has been underway on 100 projects of small dams in the province. The shortage of water in Balochistan will come to an end with completion of all projects of dams, the PHE official said. Chief Justice urged that quality of work should not be compromised in construction of dams, ” Here a work that have a life time of 50 years, could not sustain even five years,” CJP remarked. “We could not send every thing to NAB for inquiry,” the CJP said. “The government conducting inquiry by inspection team of the chief minister,” Advocate General Balochistan informed the court. Justice

Work on four dams in Balochistan to be completed next year, SC told

By   TLTP  - September 30, 2020 QUETTA:  The Supreme Court was informed on Wednesday that five dams have been completed in Balochistan, while work on four more under-construction projects will be completed by next year. The Public Health Engineering secretary, during the hearing of Balochistan water shortage case at the Quetta registry, told a bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed that work has been underway on 100 small dams in the province. The shortage of water in Balochistan will come to an end with completion of dam projects, he maintained. The chief justice said that quality of work should not be compromised in the construction of dams. “In Pakistan, something with a life time of 50 years cannot sustain even for five years,” the CJP remarked. “We cannot send everything to NAB for inquiry.” On this, the Balochistan advocate general informed the court that the government, through the chief minister’s inspection team, is keeping a close eye on the projects. Ju

Afghanistan to benefit from CPEC: Qureshi

Date 9/30/2020 9:23:53 PM (MENAFN - Pajhwok Afghan News) PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): China- Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects will benefit the entire region, including Afghanistan , says the foreign minister. Shah Mehmood Qureshi, speaking to a private news channel on Tuesday, said the CPEC projects would have a positive impact on the war-devastated country. On trade with Afghanistan, the minister said markets would be set up on the Durand Line to promote business activities in the region. Stability in Afghanistan and CPEC would bring prosperity to the region, he hoped, saying discussions on a new visa policy for Afghans were ongoing. mud MENAFN3009202001740000ID1100885457 Legal Disclaimer: MENAFN provides the information “as is” without warranty of any kind. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for the accuracy, content, images, videos, licenses, completeness, legality, or reliability of the information contained in this article. If you have any complaints or copyright is

Chinese muzzle

Mahir Ali  30 Sep 2020 Mahir Ali LATE last week, China’s President Xi Jinping was quoted by Xinhua news agency as saying at a two-day conference: “Viewed overall, Xinjiang is enjoying a favourable setting of social stability with the people living in peace and contentment. The facts have abundantly demonstrated that our national minority work has been a success.” The Communist Party’s policies were “totally correct” and efforts to plant the national identity “deep in the souls” of Uighurs and other minorities “must be held to for the long term”. The same week, fresh evidence emerged of what that “national minority work” entails, with analysis of satellite imagery by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) revealing that 380 detention facilities have either been built or expanded since 2017. “We don’t believe we have found them all,” says the ASPI’s Nathan Ruser. “The largest is more than 300 acres in size. That is more than three and a half Disneylands.” It is estimated that a

Lost in Xinjiang

Rafia Zakaria  30 Sep 2020 The writer is an attorney teaching constitutional law and political philosophy. SAKANDAR Hayat is a Pakistani who had settled in the Uighur city of Kashgar. There he ran a successful garment business. His wife and three children, two daughters and one son, were all ethnic Uighurs from the area. In 2017, when Ramazan came around, Hayat decided to take a trip to Pakistan with his son. They came down from Xinjiang and crossed the border into Pakistan. They had spent three weeks in Pakistan when they received an alarming phone call from back home. His wife had been picked up by Chinese authorities and placed in one of the so-called re-education camps set up by the Chinese Communist Party. His two daughters, seven and 10 years old, had been placed in an orphanage. He begged and pleaded for more information about them, but was unable to gather any news. As the whole world knows, there have been numerous reports of the Uighurs of Xinjiang being subjected to terrible

Pulling Back The Curtain On China's 'Project Of The Century

September 30, 2020 09:47 GMT By  Reid Standish Railway workers prepare the first block train for departure from Shijiazhuang, China, to Moscow in the port in Hebei Province in June 2018, just one part of the sprawling Belt and Road Initiative. From building strategic seaports in Pakistan to connecting railways across Central Asia, perhaps no foreign-policy topic has received more attention in recent years than China's global Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). But for all the bold headlines and focus from policymakers around the world, the BRI's internal machinery and how its many infrastructure deals, pipelines, railways, and roads stretching across Eurasia and Africa actually work remains poorly understood. Pulling back the curtain on the opaque levers of China's premier foreign-policy initiative is the focus of the book The Emperor’s New Road: China And The Project Of The Century released on September 29 by Jonathan Hillman, an American analyst who serves as the director of

‘No tax on exports from Gwadar port’

Updated   30 Sep, 2020   10:25am THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Finance was informed on Tuesday that there is no tax on export of goods from Gwadar port. The committee headed by its Chairman Senator Farooq H. Naek took up the issue of tax exemptions, establishment of green channels and linking of Gwadar port with Gulf countries. Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Chairman Javed Ghani informed the committee that the tax rate on export cell in Gwadar is zero and only one per cent income tax is levied for the development and prosperity of the region. He said Gwadar Free Zone facility has been provided so that exports can be improved and there is no customs duty on exports. Regarding the complaints received at the Silk Bank branches in Islamabad during the year, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) officials told the standing committee that a total of 42 complaints were received against the bank. If the problem is not resolved, the bank would send it

Work on multiple agro projects started in Balochistan

14 hours ago APP       QUETTA   -   Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Central Vice President, Fehmida Kausar Jamali said work has been initiated in Balochistan on multiple agro projects with the aim to enhance the production in the province through modern technologies.  Talking to President (Elect) Gawadar Chamber of Commerce Mir Naveed Baloch, she said 27 previous agriculture projects were underway at the cost of Rs37,212 million, while 16 new ones having estimated cost of Rs2,905 million were undertaken during the current year.  Under Kachhi Canal Area Development Project, 37,877 acres of land connected to one to 10 distribution would be made cultivable under phase-I of the project costing Rs1,670 million. She said Balochistan was not only blessed with natural resources but huge benefits could also be accrued by developing its fisheries and livestock sectors. The work on 110-km-long two-lane road from Khuzdar to Bisma was in full swing while work on the N-30 highway began in October 201

On the Asian Century, Pax Sinica & Beyond (XIII): Pakistan’s state-terrorism and the plight of the Pashtuns

  By Siegfried O. Wolf. 30 September, 2020 DOI: 10.48251/SADF.ISSN.2406-5617.C197 0 34  DOWNLOAD PDF Siegfried O. Wolf Dr. Siegfried O. Wolf, Director of Research at SADF (Coordinator: Democracy Research Programme); he was educated at the Institute of Political Science (IPW) and South Asia Institute (SAI), both Heidelberg University. Additionally he is member (affiliated researcher) of the SAI as well as a former research fellow at IPW and Centre de Sciences Humaines (New Delhi, India). In North-West Pakistan, that is in the global epicentre of Jihadism,  Islamic extremism, and militancy , a new peaceful, socio-political movement has emerged. Facing a double threat, from regional and international terrorists on one side and from the federal government and its security sector agents on the other, local Pashtuns articulated their grievances and launched the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (Movement for the protection of Pashtuns, PTM). Led by liberal and secular politicians and activists, the