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China’s Belt and Road Initiative Is a Mess, Not a Master Plan

Beijing’s foreign investments are often money-losing and driven by recipients’ own agendas. BY   LEE JONES   |   OCTOBER 9, 2020, 2:29 PM The Chinese-funded Colombo Port City project is seen jutting into the ocean in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Nov. 8, 2018.  PAULA BRONSTEIN/GETTY IMAGES Confrontation with China is reaching fever pitch in many Western countries. Clashes over trade, the South China Sea, COVID-19, and Huawei’s role in 5G development all signify a growing appetite for a new Cold War with Beijing. But while there are many good reasons to criticize China, there is also mounting danger that blanket Sinophobia generates distorted understandings of Chinese behavior, and knee-jerk policy reactions follow. As Shahar Hameiri and I argue in a  new report  for British think tank Chatham House, this is certainly true when it comes to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). President Xi Jinping’s signature foreign policy, the BRI promotes infrastructure connectivity across Eurasia and eas

Chinese drowns in sea near Gwadar

BEHRAM BALOCH GWADAR: A Chinese engineer is said to have committed suicide by jumping into Arabian Sea in Gwadar, police said on Saturday. Police said that according to the CCTV footage from a camera at the Gwadar port, the Chinese engineer, who was identified as Lu Youyu, committed suicide late last night. They said that after finding him missing from his residence they watched the CCTV footage. “Mr Lu Youyu can be clearly seen jumping into the sea in the footage,” the police said. However, Chinese officials posted at the port claimed that their colleague did not commit suicide but slipped into the sea while walking along the port. Published in Dawn, October 11th, 2020

Pakistan using chemical weapons to silence voices of activists in Balochistan and Sindh, alleges Baloch leader Dr Nazar Baloch

Manish Shukla Oct 09, 2020, 20:25 PM IST, Hundreds of young Sindhi and Urdu-speaking local workers from Sindh have been abducted by Pakistani agencies. Pakistan has been involved in war crimes, human rights violations and genocide for a long time but the heights of barbarism and inhumanity depicted recently in Balochistan and Sindh are extremely shocking. Thousands of Baloch nationalist activists have disappeared from Balochistan. Hundreds of young Sindhi and Urdu-speaking local workers from Sindh have been abducted by Pakistani agencies. They remain traceless, supposedly kept in torture chambers for years. Furthermore, the Pakistani Army does not hand over the dead bodies of the Baloch activists who get killed in action by the Army. This is entirely unethical and in complete violation of international rules of war by itself. Advertising Advertising As per a recent disclosure, by Baloch national leader Dr Allah Nazar Baloch, of using chemical weapons by the Pakistan Army reinforces the

Pakistan's Orange Line metro train project under CPEC delivered

2020-10-10 Xinhua Editor:Gu Liping Photo taken on May 16, 2018 shows people watching the Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) during a test run in eastern Pakistan's Lahore. (Xinhua/Sajjad) Pakistan's Orange Line Metro Train project in the country's eastern city of Lahore under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), was completed and delivered to the Pakistani side on Friday, according to the joint venture that is responsible for the implementation of the project. As an early-harvest project of CPEC, the Orange Line metro train service in Lahore, the capital city of the country's Punjab province, is Pakistan's first-ever mass rapid urban transit train service, and the project is built by a joint venture of China State Railway Group Co., Ltd. and China North Industries Corporation. With a total investment of around 1.6 billion U.S. dollars, the construction work of the Orange Line project started in September 2015, and the project is expected to be put into commercia

CPEC is a de facto security alliance

Sunil Chacko   October 10, 2020, This 2 November 2018 photo shows Chinese President Xi Jinping meeting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. REUTERS CPEC is a de facto security alliance between China and Pakistan with Russia today an overt ally of China’s that some prefer to see as China’s stealth ally. What is India’s corresponding partnership?   Tokyo:  The 1962 China-India war created a still unhealed festering sore. India gave up a cherished UN P-5 Veto-bearing Security Council seat to China, presumably believing that goodwill would be reciprocated, and persisted with that static strategy even after the war. It is unclear whether India assumed that the P-5 would be enlarged to P-6, something that never happened. There are a multitude of top-secret government documents that have not been released for public discussion, especially the Henderson Brooks-Bhagat Report on the debacle that the 1962 war was for a then-unprepared India. Until there

How CPEC Projects Will Increase Pakistan’s Reliance on Coal – and Emissions

10/10/2020 ATIKA REHMAN AND BETH WALKER Representative image of a coal power plant. Photo: Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND. 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 corridor today is nowhere near its goal of boosting industrialisation in Pakistan. PIN IT The slowdown in recent years has been attributed in part to reduced interest in the project from the new government in Islamabad, which has had its share of teething problems in the shape of economic and administrative challenges. Soon after Prime Minister Imran Khan came into power in 2018, Abdul Razzaq Dawood, a top advisor, suggested that

Reasons for not giving the bodies of martyrs to their heirs and its repercussions

 – Written by Bijjar Baloch sangar publication  - 10 Oct, 2020 at 4:59 pm   According to reports, on September 6, in pursuance of a major military operation against the Baloch freedom fighters Pakistani army ,in the dark of night, entered the famous Makran mountain range Mazanband from different directions in large numbers. The army was joined by its local spies and death squads. Informants may have informed the army of the presence of a large guerrilla camp of Baloch freedom fighters there, so the army entered the Mazanband ranges with a huge preparation . No training camp of the freedom fighters (Sarmachars ) could be found in the area. However, unaware of the presence of the army, two Sarmachars came there in the afternoon and got trapped in the enemy’s encirclement. The exchange of fire between the two sides continued till the sunset and then silence prevailed. Both Sarmachars were martyred while fighting the enemy with bravery. In this clash, Sarmachars also inflicted heavy casual