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Locals fear repression as Pakistan launches 'large scale' operation in Balochistan

    Wed, Jan 13 2021 02:11:41 PM By Ateet Sharma New Delhi, Jan 13 (IANS):  Pakistan has launched a blanket offensive in Balochistan province in the name of counter-terrorism following the brutal killing of 11 coal miners belonging to the ethnic Hazara community. Balochistan's home minister Mir Ziaullah Langove said Monday that "a large-scale operation against terrorists" has been started in the province to find the real culprits of the gruesome murder of 11 coal miners from the Hazara minority community. The massacre took place in Machh area on January 3. However, the Balochs fear that the entire 'large scale operation' is an exercise to deal a long-lasting blow to their freedom struggle movement which has been reignited in the last few weeks following the mysterious death of eminent activist Karima Baloch in Toronto, last month. "Security personnel are storming the homes of poor Baloch blatantly and treating them like a citizen of occupied territory. Coloni

Wang Yi Meets with Indonesia's Coordinator for Cooperation with China and Coordinating Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan

2021/01/13 On January 12, 2021 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Indonesia's Coordinator for Cooperation with China and Coordinating Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan in North Sumatra at the latter's invitation. Wang Yi first expressed his condolences and sympathy over the recent crash of an Indonesian passenger plane. Wang Yi said, with the joint efforts of both sides, China-Indonesia relations have forge ahead against the pandemic and continued to achieve positive results, demonstrating strong resilience and great potential. As major developing countries and emerging economies, both China and Indonesia are walking towards national revitalization. The two countries should work side by side, support each other and deepen cooperation, which is of strategic significance to maintain regional peace and development and to promote world stability and prosperity. China is ready to work with Indonesia to further implement the important consensus of the tw

China’s Foreign Minister Revives Belt and Road on 5-Country Africa Tour

Wang Yi’s visit added two new partners for the BRI, among other agreements. By  Eleanor Albert January 12, 2021 Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, left, and Tanzania’s then-Foreign Minister Dr. Augustine Mahiga attend a press conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Monday Jan. 9, 2017. Credit: AP Photo/Khalfan Said ADVERTISEMENT Over the weekend, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi concluded  his tour to five countries in Africa , upholding a 30-plus year tradition of China’s top diplomat starting the new year with the first international visit to the continent. The trip brought Wang to a disparate group of destinations: Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Botswana, Tanzania, and Seychelles. The thrust of the tour was messaging to emphasize the positive trajectory and future of ties between China and its African partners, particularly in the lead-up to the triennial Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) leaders’ summit to be held this year. Wang laid out a seven-point plan t

China Urges Progress on Myanmar Belt & Road Projects, Backs Peace Efforts

China Urges Progress on Myanmar Belt & Road Projects, Backs Peace Efforts FM Wang Yi was briefed on a ceasefire in Rakhine state, a key location for Chinese investments. 2021-01-12 Chinese FM Wang Yi meets with Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, Jan 10, 2021.   Myanmar State Counsellor's Office China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi voiced support for Myanmar’s peace talks with ethnic armed groups and called for faster progress on major Chinese-led infrastructure projects in its Southeast Asian neighbor, statements and reports from the two countries said Tuesday. Wang, the first foreign minister to visit Myanmar since Nov. 8 elections returned Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) to office for a second five-year term, brought donations of COVID-19 medical supplies to Myanmar, his first stop on a tour that also includes Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines. China’s top diplomat met with civilian and military leaders, discussing th

Pakistan's Balochistan saw 2 886 terror attacks 3 184 related deaths in last decade Report

  PTI January 13, 2021 17:26 IST      Karachi, Jan 13 (PTI) Pakistan's restive Balochistan province saw 2,886 terrorist attacks and 3,184 related deaths in the last decade, according to a media report.      From 2010 to 2015, 2,049 people died in 1,701 militant attacks in the southwestern province, SAMAA TV reported. From 2016 to 2020, 1,135 people were killed in 1,185 terror attacks.      Among the 3,184 terror-related deaths in the last decade, 2,058 were civilians and 1,126 were security personnel, the news channel reported.      The numbers come in the backdrop of last week's brutal killing of 11 Shia Hazara coal miners by Islamic State terrorists in the province's mountainous Machh area.      The Shia Hazara community, who live in the border areas of Balochistan and Afghanistan, are the main targets of sectarian violence in the province as they are easily identifiable due to their distinctive physical appearance. Sunni militants consider them as heretics.      The targ