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Andrew Small on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’s Return to the Shadows

“CPEC has been a chastening experience for China in the context of the BRI.” By  Catherine Putz October 06, 2020 Credit:  Instagram ADVERTISEMENT In the five years since the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was launched, it’s been beset by the winds of local politics and the waves of geopolitics alike. In a new report, titled “ Returning to the Shadows: China, Pakistan, and the Fate of CPEC ,” Andrew Small catalogues the grand promises and countless pitfalls of CPEC. In an interview with The Diplomat, Small, a senior transatlantic fellow with the German Marshall Fund’s Asia Program, explains the significance of CPEC to the China-Pakistan relationship, the contours of its highs and lows, and what the fate of the grand scheme means for China’s broader Belt and Road Initiative. What’s the significance of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to the China and Pakistan bilateral relationship?   CPEC was supposed to act as a vehicle to upgrade the China-Pakistan partnership. Som

Sindhis join Baloch protest against abductions and killings of youths in Balochistan

Sindhis join Baloch protest against abductions and killings of youths in Balochistan         07 October, 2020 by  ANI Toronto [Canada], October 7 (ANI): Sindhi activists joined anti-Pakistan protests with the Baloch in Toronto, providing fresh energy to the demonstrations that have been demanding Islamabad to stop abduction and killing of Baloch youths. They shouted anti-Pakistan slogans and urged Prime Minister Imran Khan government to terminate its military operations in the region that have eliminated dozens of Baloch youths, activists and leaders in just past few weeks. Balochs are organizing a series of protests across Europe, North America and other prominent cities across the globe highlighting the crimes being committed by Pakistani forces against their community. They have also urged the international community to intervene in the issue which they say is nothing short of a humanitarian crisis. Sindhis, who face a similar treatment from Islamabad say they are standing in solida

China's new Silk Road runs through Latin America, prompting warnings from the US

By   MARY KAY MAGISTAD   •   9 HOURS AGO This essay is part of " On China's New Silk Road, " a podcast by the Global Reporting Centre that tracks China's global ambitions. Over nine episodes, Mary Kay Magistad, a former China correspondent for The World, partners with local journalists on five continents to uncover the effects of the most sweeping global infrastructure initiative in history.  The Panama Canal was a marvel of American engineering when it built more than a century ago. It’s still pretty impressive, moving up huge container ships from one ocean, level by level, through three locks to a lake well above sea level, then down again and on to another ocean.  Over the past century, the Panama Canal has helped transform global shipping. It can shave off two weeks or more from the route of otherwise having to go around the horn of South America — 

No, China Doesn’t Think Decades Ahead in Its Diplomacy

China’s foreign policy reflects short or medium term planning, far from the myth of generational or centennial timelines. By  Andreea Brînză October 07, 2020 Credit:  U.S. State Department photo ADVERTISEMENT It’s difficult to think of a more famous piece of off-the-mark but still common wisdom about China than the idea that China’s government thinks and plans in generations, decades, or centuries, acting in its long-term interest. Today, especially in foreign affairs, China often lacks a long-term vision, while its short-term actions are sabotaging its long-term interests. But the West refuses to let go of this misunderstanding. This myth is the result of snowballing Western misconceptions over the decades, summed up in one misunderstanding during a meeting between Zhou Enlai and Henry Kissinger. In 1972, Zhou Enlai, the premier of China under Mao Zedong, was asked the question: “What was the impact of the French Revolution?” His answer: “Too early to say.” The French Revolution took

Pakistani military in charge, provinces sidelined in a revived CPEC

A new China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority aims to centralise decision-making and take autonomy away from the provinces where the corridor’s key projects will be built. Will this make its environmental consequences even more opaque? The 1,320 megawatt Sahiwal coal-fired power plant is the flagship project of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) completed by Huaneng Shandong Ruyi (Pakistan) Energy Private Limited(HSR). Image: Sahiwal Coal Power Plant Facebook page By Atika Rehman and Beth Walker, The Third Pole Oct. 6, 2020 What was once considered the path to prosperity for Pakistan is now a fraught subject. In the past three years, there has been little progress on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), touted by both Beijing and Islamabad as the cornerstone of friendship between the two countries. During the landmark visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Pakistan in 2015, China pledged USD 46 billion for a range of energy and infrastructure projects. But the cor

Meeting reviews preparations for upcoming JCC meeting of CPEC

Our Staff Reporter October 06, 2020 PESHAWAR - A meeting to review preparations for the upcoming 10th Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) meeting of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat here Monday with Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan in the chair.  The meeting was also attended by the Chairman CPEC Authority Lt. General (Rtd) Asim Saleem Bajwa. The meeting discussed in detail the proposed mega projects of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in energy & power, tourism, agriculture, road, industry and social sectors to be presented to the 10th JCC meeting for consideration.  These proposed projects include Peshawar to D.I.Khan Motorway, Chashma Right Bank Canal, Swat Expressway Phase 2, Dir Expressway, Chakdara to Chitral Expressway, Chitral to Shandoor Road, Kumrat Cable Car, Peshawar Circular Rail, Daraban Economic Zone, Mori Kari Hydel Power Project, 500 KV transmission line from Chitral to Chakdara etc.  Railways to spend Rs 1.8bn to resto