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Pakistan to fence off Gwadar port to protect Chinese firms

ANI 28 December 2020, 7:58 pm Gwadar port (File Photo) Islamabad [Pakistan], December 28 (ANI): Balochistan authorities plan to fence off the entire 24-square-kilometer area surrounding the Gwadar seaport to protect the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project from the rising number of attacks on Chinese installations by the people of Balochistan as a sign of protest. Citing the sources, Asia Times reported that the Pakistan army, in collaboration with the Makran Administration, Gwadar Development Authority, Gwadar Port Authority and the Balochistan government, would carry out the project under the Gwadar Smart Port City Master Plan. Work on erecting barbed-wire fencing around Gwadar's sensitive parts, which is planned to be complete in phases, has already started. Authorities plan to have 15,000 acres of land secured with iron barriers in the first phase of the project, wrote FM Shakil in an article in Asia Times. There will be only three entry and exit points to monitor th

Pakistan Army begins fencing of Gwadar zone to protect Chinese assets

Getty Images Synopsis Beijing has grown apprehensive following Pak Army’s failure to control the rising number of attacks on Chinese projects in Balochistan which houses the entry point of CPEC. The attacks have peaked in 2020. By  Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury ,  ET Bureau Last Updated:  Dec 29, 2020, 10:08 AM IST NEW DELHI: Pakistan is fencing off the entire 24-square-kilometer area surrounding the Gwadar port in Balochistan at China’s behest following an increase in attacks against Chinese assets in the region. The  Pakistan army  in collaboration with the local authorities would execute the project in what would be a gated enclave under the Gwadar Smart Port City Master Plan, ET has reliably learnt. Authorities plan to have 15,000 acres of land secured with iron barriers in the first phase of the project, claimed persons familiar with the plan. ADVERTISEMENT Beijing has grown apprehensive following Pak Army’s failure to control the rising number of attacks on Chinese projects in Balochist

Pakistan’s move to fence Gwadar may intensify the feeling of alienation in Balochistan

Mega development initiatives like the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor cannot succeed without local buy-in and ownership. Rafiullah Kakar, Dawn.com 33 minutes ago The Baloch fear that increased militarisation at Gwadar port will intensify repression and further restrict people’s movement. | Aamir Qureshi / AFP Media reports about Pakistan government’s plan to fence the port town of Gwadar for security reasons have sparked a controversy. Baloch political parties have termed it a conspiracy and vowed to resist it at all forums. This discontent is part of a wider societal scepticism towards Islamabad-led mega economic development projects in Balochistan, especially the multibillion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. In response, the civilian and military elites maintain that CPEC will promote economic development and address major gaps in physical and energy infrastructure. ADVERTISEMENT There is no denying that economic development interventions, such as CPEC, have the potential to

China defends progress of CPEC amid debt concerns

A general view of the port before the inauguration of the China-Paistan Economic Corridor port. File | Photo Credit:  Reuters Ananth Krishnan 28 DECEMBER 2020 20:04 IST UPDATED: 28 DECEMBER 2020 21:59 IST         Chinese Foreign Ministry denied that it had sought the additional guarantees and said CPEC projects were on track despite the pandemic. China on Monday said reports suggesting it was seeking additional guarantees from Pakistan before sanctioning a loan for a key project under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship plan under President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), were “baseless”. Beijing also defended the progress of the CPEC plan, following reports in the Pakistani press last week that concerns over Pakistan’s ability to pay back loans as it grapples with the impact of the pandemic had emerged in recent negotiations. The  Express Tribune  newspaper reported China had sought additional guarantees before sanctioning a $6 billion loan for Main Li

Second phase of CPEC to initiate industrialisation

Top Story Our Correspondent   December 29, 2020 ISLAMABAD: Experts from diverse fields on Monday noted that the second phase of the CPEC is set to boost Pak-China cooperation in agriculture and initiate an era of industrialization through... Share Next Story >>> ISLAMABAD: Experts from diverse fields on Monday noted that the second phase of the CPEC is set to boost Pak-China cooperation in agriculture and initiate an era of industrialization through establishment of Special Economic Zones. They spoke here at the 6th China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Media Forum. The forum was jointly organized by the Pakistan-China Institute (PCI) and China Economic Net (CEN) in cooperation with the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Pakistan. It is conducted as an annual event in Beijing and Islamabad in alternate years. Due to COVID-19, this year’s forum was held virtually and was themed “Post-epidemic China-Pakistan Media Cooperation”. The forum conducted discussions on