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Whatever Happened to Gwadar University?

Can a hashtag help bring back a promised opportunity for Gwadar, the famous port city of CPEC? By  Mariyam Suleman November 18, 2020 Credit:  Twitter/ @BilqeesBaluch ADVERTISEMENT In Balochistan the use of social media is increasingly helping people make their issues visible and bring attention to marginalization and inequalities. In that vein, on November 12 #GwadarNeedsUniversity was one of the top trending hashtags on social media in Pakistan. The previously little known harbor town of Gwadar in Balochistan province emerged as port city in 2002 after work on a port project commenced. Since then, this little peninsula has gained enormous international attention, partly because of its importance since 2015 as the hub of the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative’s benchmark project, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). With the goal of making Gwadar a full-fledged port city, the provincial and federal governments in Pakistan as well as Chinese government authorities continue to anno

SupChina Weekly: Jeremy Goldkorn, Editor-in-Chief

Beijing kinda congratulates Biden, as ‘comedian’ plans more action on China . Monday, November 16, 2020 Hello, readers! Today’s big news from China  is that it joined the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement with 10 Southeast Asian countries plus Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, and Japan. The deal promises to set trading standards for the bloc but is so far a mostly symbolic win for China.  Read all about it on SupChina . For a limited time only, you can download our app for free , giving you Access to our daily news updates and members-only content in the palm of your hand. Please use these links to download the SupChina app:  iPhone ,  Android . If you like this free weekly newsletter, please consider subscribing to our premium membership,  SupChina Access . Upcoming events:  On Thursday, November 19, SupChina is hosting a free CEO webinar with the CEO of Mitsubishi International Corporation, Jason Stevens, and the vice chairman, Americas, of Standard Cha

Rail Freight Use on China’s Iron Silk Road Underdelivers

Is China’s CR Express destined for the industrial graveyard of Eurasian economic policy history? By  Tristan Kenderdine  and  Péter Bucsky November 13, 2020 Credit:  Pixabay ADVERTISEMENT Containerized rail freight transport under China Rail Express (CR Express) between Europe and China is one of the flagship projects of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). However these rail links have been in development since 2011, predating the BRI. China’s co-optation of this transcontinental rail freight development was part of a grander policy vision of an Iron Silk Road to service its new Silk Road Economic Belt, the overland portion of what has come to be branded the BRI more broadly. Both academic analysis and news media report a rapidly growing number of trains. We calculated the amount of trains arriving in Europe using open source Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. We compared these figures with hand tallied figures from China’s state media reports of the number of trai