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What Happened to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor?

Six months after a supposed revival, the project has been in headlines for all the wrong reasons. By  Muhammad Akbar Notezai February 16, 2021 Pakistan Navy soldiers patrol in Gwadar port, Monday, April 11, 2016. Credit: AP Photo/Anjum Naveed ADVERTISEMENT The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), one of the most ambitious components of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative, was announced to great fanfare in 2015. Since then it has consistently been held up as a “gamechanger” for Pakistan’s economy. But the road to completion has proved long and winding. Reports indicate that the pace of CPEC projects has been slowing down in Pakistan in recent years. At the same time, China is the only country that is heavily investing in Pakistan. The slowdown of CPEC thus does not augur well for a cash-strapped country like Pakistan, which is plagued by countless issues, some due to its own conceived policies. In Pakistan’s case, CPEC has continually been discussed ever since its announcement back i

Chinese transmission threatens to move Pak company to international arbitration court

ANI |  Updated:  Feb 11, 2021 21:04 IST Islamabad [ Pakistan ], February 11 (ANI): In a shock to  Pakistan , Chinese company Pak Matiari- Lahore Transmission Company (PMLTC), which completed the Matiari-Lahore HVDC Transmission Project with the investment of USD 2.2 billion in two years time, has threatened to take the government-owned company National Transmission Dispatch Company (NTDC) to the  international arbitration court . According to a report by The News International, the Chinese company PMLTC, which completed +-660kV Matiari-Lahore HVDC Transmission Project with the investment of USD 2.2 billion in two years time, has threatened to move the  international arbitration court  against the NTDC for creating hurdles in the commissioning of the project. It is important to note here that this project is the major flagship project of  China   Pakistan  Economic Corridor (CPEC). "In a letter written on February 06, 2021, to the chairman of NTDC Board Naveed Ismail, Zhang Lei, Ch

An American Belt and Road Initiative?

China is funding massive projects all over the world, and gaining influence. The U.S. can do the same. By   Jim Webb Feb. 17, 2021 6:09 pm ET  A construction site east of Cairo financed through the Belt and Road Initiative, Jan. 26. PHOTO: KHALED ELFIQI/SHUTTERSTOCK President Biden last week announced a Pentagon task force to review military policy toward China, commenting that America will “meet the China challenge” and “win the competition of the future.” From its makeup its clear the review will look for ways to move U.S. policy toward a greater emphasis on diplomatic solutions. But in defining America's future national strategy, the new administration should take this process a step further. China’s long-term strategy stretches beyond the issues of trade policy, great power rivalry, nuclear proliferation and military expansion. Largely unexamined in the public debate is China’s pursuit of massive infrastructure projects in developing countries, where it seeks to cem

Tears and protests, a painful story of Balochistan | Full Report

ABP News Bureau Last Updated: 18 February 2021, 2:43 AM (IST) Balochs have been protesting aginst the Pakistan's Imran Khan government as they have been suffering and bearing the torture of the Pakistan Army since years now. The protest took place in the streets of Islamabad. Maryam Nawaz reached the protest site and met all the people

UN body helps develop apple value chain in Balochistan

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF CORRESPONDENT QUETTA: Balochistan Minister for Agriculture Zamarak Khan Piralizai has said that support from the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido) in the development of the apple value chain in six districts of the province will have a profound effect on the livelihood of people of these areas. Speaking at the closing ceremony of the event ‘Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Guidelines for the apple value chain in Balochistan’, the minister said without embracing modern practices, progress in the agriculture sector was not possible. He said that Balochistan was the largest but the least developed province in Pakistan and Unido’s Project for Agri-food and Agro-industry Development Assistance (PAFAID) would contribute considerably to the capacity of the agriculture department and the private stakeholders in producing value-added products that could be sold at good prices. This would also help in creating jobs for men and women in the prov

The Human Cost Of Balochistan’s Separatist Conflict

February 17, 2021 By  Abdul Hai Kakar Abubakar Siddique Relatives of forcibly disappeared people from Balochistan Province staged a protest and hunger strike in Islamabad on February 11. The mysterious death of her daughter shattered Jamila, a grandmother in her 60s. She recalls the day she sent her eldest daughter, Karima Baloch, into exile in response to mounting threats in Pakistan. Citing a popular folk prayer among the Baluch people of southwestern Pakistan, she told Karima, “Go, my child; travel far to distant lands, but do return to your homeland,” upon her departure in early 2015. But five years later, Karima’s body was returned to her village for burial in Balochistan Province. She was  found dead  in a lake in Toronto, where she’d lived since leaving Pakistan, in December. “I pray to God that no one sees their enemies return home like my beloved daughter,” Jamila, who goes by one name only, told Radio Mashaal. Mahganj Baloch, Karima’s younger sister, remembers how she helped

Human rights group from Kashmir asks UN to probe mass graves in Gilgit, Balochistan

Human rights group from Kashmir asks UN to probe mass graves in Gilgit, Balochistan         16 February, 2021 by  ANI Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], February 16 (ANI): In a bid to highlight the plight of minority communities in Pakistan, a human rights group from Kashmir has issued a memorandum calling on United Nations to look into the humanitarian crisis in Pakistan occupied Kashmir and probe the mass graves in Gilgit and Balochistan. "We 'Voice for Peace and Justice' also demand Human Rights Council (HRC) and urge the United Nation's team to send a high powered fact-finding mission to probe the presence of mass graves in Gilgit and Balochistan, particularly in Khuzdar district and HRC use its efforts to pressurise Pakistan government to stop human rights violation in Gilgit, Balochistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (Pok)," the Voice for Peace and Justice (VPJ) said in a memorandum. The rights group also asked the world body "to force Pakistan to st

Pakistan Railways chugs to a halt after China waves red flag

   Wed, Feb 17 2021 01:45:14 PM By Ateet Sharma New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS):  The Imran Khan government is struggling badly to keep Pakistan Railways on track after putting "all its eggs in the Chinese basket" and Beijing pulling the plug on financing various projects under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the flagship project of its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Pakistan daily The Express Tribune had in December reported that the Xi Jinping government had sought additional guarantees before sanctioning a $6 billion loan for Main Line-1 (ML-1) project "due to weakening financial position" of Pakistan. ML-1, Pakistan's first and biggest transport sector project, is to be carried under CPEC in four Pakistani provinces from Peshawar to Karachi. Khan, in an attempt to dissuade the fears, had stated immediately after that there was no reason to worry and the project will start a new chapter in the Pakistan-China fraternal relations. "With the implemen

43 Chinese firms all set to invest in Gwadar SEZ: COPHC

  Chairman Baozhong says 200 more companies have been registered for the purpose  Aamir Khan  |  February 17, 2021     GWADAR: Zhang Baozhong, the chairman of China Overseas Ports Holding Company – the firm that operates Gwadar Port – has said that the first phase of the special economic zone under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has been completed in which 43 Chinese companies are going to invest while 200 more firms have been registered for the purpose.  Talking to The Express Tribune, the chairman said that besides infrastructure and energy projects, various industries, including textiles, chemicals, automobiles and mobiles, would be set up in the Gwadar industrial zone, which will create more employment opportunities.  Baozhong rejected the reports circulating in the media about hindrances in the multibillion-dollar project, saying that work on CPEC is going on in full swing and there are no impediments as the “government of Pakistan is extending full cooperation”.  “Despite t