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The Digital Silk Road and China’s Technology Influence in Southeast Asia

China's President Xi Jinping is shown on a screen during the World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, on November 23, 2020.  Aly Song/Reuters Blog Post  by  Guest Blogger for Asia Unbound June 10, 2021 1:55 pm (EST)         Dai Mochinaga is a senior researcher at the Keio Research Institute at SFC. China has expanded its influence over Southeast Asia's technological development through its Digital Silk Road (DSR) initiative, a newer part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). This paper shows that China utilizes the DSR in Southeast Asia for several reasons. First, the DSR helps implement Beijing's cyberspace principles and norms in other countries. Second, it promotes Chinese investment in certain industries in Southeast Asia, and helps convince other countries to use technology standards common to Chinese firms. Finally, Beijing exerts its influence over Southeast Asia, via the DSR, to help promote its models for data privacy and security on th

Afghan retreat: why Pakistan must not agree to a US military base in Balochistan

A US base will be deeply unpopular in Pakistan and stress ties with its neighbours. Critically, it will produce a new generation of militants in Pakistan Abdul Basit Published:  1:00am, 11 Jun, 2021 As the US withdraws from Afghanistan, its demand for a  military base in Pakistan  to gather intelligence on groups such as al-Qaeda and Islamic State, and to execute radar surveillance counterterrorism operations on Afghanistan, has left Pakistan in a bind.   Though desperate to maintain its relevance to the US post-Afghanistan, Pakistan cannot afford to alienate China, its partner in the US$62 billion  China-Pakistan Economic Corridor . Also, Pakistan cannot afford to antagonise the Afghan Taliban.   After the media leaked news of secret military base negotiations, Washington said the talks are deadlocked, while Islamabad portrayed the impasse as a “no”.   Yet Pakistan has a history of covertly giving military bases to the US. It denied giving the Peshawar Badaber airbase to the US in the

SC chides NHA over poor state of Balochistan Highway

NASIR IQBAL ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court expressed dismay over the dilapidated condition of Balochistan Highway on Wednesday and summoned a report from the National Highway Authority (NHA) about maintenance of the country’s major arteries. A three-judge Supreme Court bench, consisting of Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel and Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Naqvi, made the observation after taking up a suo motu case about the poor condition of Balochistan Highway (N-25), also known as RCD Highway. The court also asked the NHA to furnish a report about the number of accidents on major highways.The 813 kilometre-long RCD Highway passes through Karachi, Bela, Khuzdar, Kalat, Mastung, Quetta and Chaman before entering Afghanistan. The highest number of accidents occurred in an area between Bela, Khuzdar, Kalat and Mastung districts of Balochistan. During the hearing the chief justice wondered where the funds allocated to the NHA for maintenance of highways

Pakistan water crisis: Balochistan warns it will cut off supply to Karachi

ANI |  Updated:  Jun 10, 2021 22:57 IST Quetta [ Pakistan ], June 10 (ANI): Amid the ongoing water crisis in  Pakistan ,  Balochistan  government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani said the province would cut off the water supply to Karachi from Hub Dam if  Sindh  didn't stop plundering the province's share of water. "The province received 44 per cent less water in the month in comparison to the last month in which  Balochistan  received 34 per cent less water than its share," said Shahwani while addressing a press conference on Wednesday, reported The Express Tribune. Noting that the whole country was facing a water shortage, the provincial spokesperson said that the loss was worse in  Balochistan  as the scarcity of water was severely affecting agriculture in the Naseerabad division and damaging its crops. "During the water crisis,  Sindh  and Punjab have got 20 per cent less water, while  Balochistan  received lesser than them, that was 25 per cent less than its sh

From remote Baloch towns, young Pakistani creators of humanoid bot unveil ‘Bolani’

SAADULLAH AKHTER 13 May 2021       Aziz Ullah Shahwani and Mukhtiar Ahmed Rodini, creators of Bolani, operate the humanoid robot with a smartphone outside the Physics Department of the University of Balochistan, Quetta. (AN photo by Saadullah Akhter) Short Url Aziz Ullah Shahwani and Mukhtiar Ahmed Rodini are physics students at the University of Balochistan Self-funded robot took them six months to make from scratch with ‘zero support’ QUETTA: It’s an unlikely trio in an unlikely place — two smart young Baloch students stand proudly outside their university in Quetta with an all-white, 5-foot, 4-inch humanoid robot between them. Aziz Ullah Shahwani, 24, and Mukhtiar Ahmed Rodini, 25, are physics students at the University of Balochistan, and the robot they created, named Bolani, is their final project. “I didn’t take any interest in technology-related experiments until I graduated school due to the absence of a physics teacher in my native district Kalat, but w