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The China-Central Asia Conference: Analysis

 May 14, 2021 Posted by Silk Road Briefing Written by Chris Devonshire-Ellis C+C5 forum takes shape with n u mer o u s regional  initiatives   By Chris Devonshire-Ellis China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has called on China and Central Asian countries to explore a new style of regional cooperation and build a community with a shared future between China and Central Asia. Wang made the remarks at the second China plus Central Asia (C+C5) foreign ministers’ meeting in Xi’an, capital city of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, and was  attended by Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tleuberdi, Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Ruslan Kazakbaev, Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin, Turkmen Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov, and Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov. Wang also held separate discussions with four of these Ministers, with China’s Foreign Ministry issuing these reports as follows:  Kyrgyzstan Tajikistan Turkmenistan Uzbekistan Backg

China's Belt and Road Initiative - considering criminal risk

Blog   Connected World China   May 16 2021 The  Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime  recently published a research report entitled  "China’s New Silk Road: Navigating the organized crime risk"  examining the convergence of planned infrastructure and trade route development projects as envisioned within China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and established trafficking routes for criminal activities such as drugs, illicit environmental commodities and people. The paper argues that the economic benefits across Asia and Africa, for example increased trade, employment opportunities and economic growth are likely to be exploited by criminals and suggests that risks of this nature should also receive appropriate levels of consideration. This should apply not just to the governments and authorities that are seeking to capitalise on BRI but also to the companies that attempt to benefit from the emergence of new markets and trading opportunities. It's an import

Podcast: Selina Ho on China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Southeast Asia

Construction workers move cement blocks in Chinatown, Sihanoukville, Cambodia, on May 18, 2019.  Jorge Silva/Reuters Blog Post  by  Joshua Kurlantzick May 18, 2021 1:26 pm (EST)ver the past half decade, China has poured billions in investment into Southeast Asia via Beijing’s flagship infrastructure project, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). In the  latest episode  of our podcast series, Selina Ho, assistant professor in international affairs at the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, discusses with Joshua Kurlantzick, senior fellow for Southeast Asia at CFR, the effectiveness of BRI to date in Southeast Asia, the likelihood of its future success in the region, the ways in which Southeast Asian states themselves shape BRI, and the potential effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on China’s relations with Southeast Asia. You can access the podcast  here .

Pakistan: Food Security Snapshot Balochistan & Sindh | March - September 2021

Format Infographic Source IPC Posted 18 May 2021 Originally published 18 May 2021 Origin View original Attachments Download Infographic (PDF | 1.25 MB) Current Sitution Overview Balochistan and Sindh are two of Pakistan’s provinces having the highest prevalence of food insecurity, malnutrition and poverty. In 2020, the population faced multiple shocks including high food prices, locust outbreaks, rains/flooding/snowfall/drought, all exacerbated by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this IPC Acute Food Insecurity Analysis, ten rural districts of  Balochistan  and nine rural districts of  Sindh  were analysed. In total, around 3.8 million people (26% of the population analysed) are estimated to be facing high levels of acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 3 or above) in the current period of March to June 2021, corresponding to the end of the lean season and the beginning of the harvest season. These include around 2.8 million people (19% of the population analysed) in IPC Phase 3 (Cri

OGDCL finds gas in Balochistan

Business Our Correspondent May 19, 2021 ISLAMABAD: The Oil and Gas Development Company Limited discovered gas reservoir from its exploratory well Jandran X-04, located in Barkhan district, Balochistan, a statement said on Tuesday. ISLAMABAD: The Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) discovered gas reservoir from its exploratory well Jandran X-04, located in Barkhan district, Balochistan, a statement said on Tuesday. The structure of Jandran X-04 was delineated, drilled and tested using OGDCL’s in house expertise. The well was drilled down to the depth of 1,200 meter into Parh Limestone. Based on Wireline logs data, DST was carried out successfully in Mughal Kot Formation, wherein the well tested 7.08 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD) gas and 0.55 barrels per day (BPD) condensate, with well head flowing pressure (WHFP) of 1,300 pounds per square inch (PSI) at 32/64” choke size. The discovery of Jandran X-04 is the result of aggressive exploration strategy adopted by