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Critical reflections on China’s Belt and Road Initiative

What is Belt and Road Initiative Photograph:( Reuters ) James M Dorsey Oct 17, 2020, 05.20 PM (IST) Political scientists Alan Chong and Quang Min Pham bring with their edited volume, Critical Reflections on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (Palgrave MacMillan, 2020), originality as well as dimensions and perspectives to the discussion about the Belt and Road that are highly relevant but often either unrecognized or underemphasized. The book is about much more than the material aspects of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. In fact, various chapter authors use the Belt and Road 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 recognized without prejudice and/or discrimination? In doing so, the book introduces a moral category into policy and policy analysis

Two more polio cases surface in Balochistan

23 cases of the crippling virus have been reported from the province during the ongoing year Mohammad Zafar |  October 17, 2020     A policeman stands guard as health department workers administer polio drops to children during the inoculation drive in Swabi district. PHOTO: EXPRESS QUETTA: Two more polio cases were reported from Balochistan on Saturday taking the total number of cases reported in the province to 23 this year. According to the Balochistan health department, the first case was reported from the Chitan Town of Quetta, where a four-year-old boy was diagnosed having contracted the virus. Another polio case was reported from the Tahsil Barshor of district Pishin. A 15-month-old tested positive for the crippling virus. The number of polio cases in Balochistan rose to 23 after confirmation of the fresh polio cases. Polio cases have been reported from Pishin, Qilla Abdullah, and other parts of the province and have been declared to be sensitive districts regarding the presence

Agro-industrial cooperation gains momentum under CPEC

National INP October 18, 2020 ISLAMABAD: Agro-industrial cooperation under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has been getting momentum in recent months, Gwadar Pro reported on Saturday.This cooperation is an important area of... Share Next Story >>> ISLAMABAD: Agro-industrial cooperation under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has been getting momentum in recent months, Gwadar Pro reported on Saturday. This cooperation is an important area of CPEC phase II, under which China announced to set up eight new agricultural Institutes in Pakistan. In this connection, private sector has a major role, to be facilitated by both the governments. As agreed, in this area the Chinese private sector will form joint ventures with Pakistani companies. It was decided that a leading research center focusing on pest control will be in Karachi. The research will be done on insects and pests and how to protect seeds and plants from these pests. According to the report, both countries agreed to


CHINESE WORKERS IN AFRICA- WHAT’S THE REAL STORY? By  developmentreimagined    Posted  October 8, 2020    In  analysis ,  infographic In order to mitigate the ongoing impact of COVID-19, it will be essential to reignite growth – in particular trade, finance and people flows to, from and between African countries. Much of these flows rely on increased infrastructure and connectivity, as well as local manufacturing, which is often provided by Chinese partners, either in the form of government loans or foreign direct investment (FDI – i.e. private sector finance). Yet, with both forms of finance can come an increase in Chinese workers, which can negate local benefits, especially in the context of high unemployment in many African countries. According to the  China-Africa Research Initiative , the number of Chinese workers that went to Africa by the end of 2018 was 201,057, a decline by 1,632 from 2017. Critics have argued that Chinese companies prefer to employee Chinese workers, deprivin