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Resolve to green the Belt and Road

By DIMITRI DE BOER/CHRISTOPH NEDOPIL WANG | China Daily Global | Updated: 2021-08-09 07:20 China becoming more and more proactive in aligning its overseas investments with the Paris Agreement SONG CHEN/CHINA DAILY The Chinese government issued a policy on July 16 encouraging Chinese businesses to integrate green development throughout the whole process of overseas investment and cooperation. The document, titled "Green Development Guidelines for Overseas Investment and Cooperation", was jointly issued by the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment. It is an excellent step to accelerate green development not only in China, but internationally. The guidelines recommend that Chinese enterprises "follow international green rules and standards" in overseas activities, particularly in countries where local standards are insufficient. The guidelines encourage the practice of environmental impact assessments in accordance with internationally accept

Dissident Pakistani exiles in UK ‘on hit list’

TheGuardian.com Kiyya Baloch  and  Mark Townsend Sat 7 Aug 2021 21.00 BST Pakistani exiles living in London who have criticised the country’s powerful military have been warned that their lives are in danger, raising fresh concern over authoritarian regimes targeting foreign dissidents in the UK. British security sources are understood to be concerned that Pakistan, a strong UK ally – particularly on intelligence issues – might be prepared to target individuals on British soil. The  Observer  has been told of further warnings given by other intelligence services across Europe to Pakistani dissidents, including rights activists from the Pakistani province of Balochistan, journalists, and members of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement, a group representing ethnic Pashtuns. Last month, a man from east London was charged with conspiring with others unknown to murder an exiled Pakistani blogger and political activist,  Ahmad Waqass Goraya , in the Netherlands. Muhammad Gohir Khan, 31, from Forest

Pakistan: Blast near Serena hotel in Quetta leaves 2 cops dead, 12 injured

Shahwani said four passers-by were also wounded in the blast that targeted the police mobile van at Tanzeem Square near Serena Hotel in Quetta. PTI | , Islamabad PUBLISHED ON AUG 08, 2021 11:02 PM IST Policemen stand guard on a blocked street in Quetta(AFP/Representative Photo) At least two policemen were killed and 12 people, including eight policemen, injured on Sunday when a powerful blast targeted a police van near a luxury hotel in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan's troubled southwestern Balochistan province, officials said. "The initial probe showed that the bomb was fitted with a motorbike," Balochistan government spokesman Liaquat Shahwani said. He said the blast killed two policemen and wounded eight others. Shahwani said four passers-by were also wounded in the blast that targeted the police mobile van at Tanzeem Square near Serena Hotel in Quetta. The security agencies have cordoned off the area and launched a manhunt to arrest the culprits, he added. The injure

Judge orders FIR against Balochistan CM

In June, three opposition MPAs were injured during police forced entry in provincial assembly Our Correspondent  |  August 08, 2021     PHOTO: RADIO PAKISTAN QUETTA: A session judge has ordered registration of a case against  Balochistan  Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan and former SSP Operations  Quetta  during the hearing of a 22A application of opposition member of the Balochistan Assembly. On Saturday, Additional Sessions Judge Quetta 1, on the request of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) Member Provincial Assembly Abdul Wahid Siddiqui, ordered an FIR be registered against Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan and former SSP Operations Quetta Ahmed Mohi-ud-Din under Section 22A of the CRPC. The MPA had been injured during a protest when police forced entered the assembly to clear the opposition’s protest outside the assembly building in June. Announcing the reserved verdict on the petition, he directed the police to register an FIR against Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan and former SSP Ope

Abdul Qadir Baloch, Sanaullah Zehri, others to join PPP

National Asim Yasin August 08, 2021 ISLAMABAD: The PPP is set to make waves on the political horizon of Balochistan today by holding its power show in which over a dozen leaders of the PML-N and other parties would announce joining... ISLAMABAD: The PPP is set to make waves on the political horizon of Balochistan today (Sunday) by holding its power show in which over a dozen leaders of the PML-N and other parties would announce joining it. Major names to join the PPP would be former president of PML-N Balochistan Lt Gen (R) Abdul Qadir Baloch and former chief minister Sardar Sanaullah Zehri. They will announce decision to join the PPP in Quetta in the presence of the PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. According to the PPP, those who were joining the party include Abdul Qadir Baloch, Sanaullah Zehri, former provincial minister Younas Changezi from PMLQ, former provincial minister Nawab Muhammad Khan Shawani from the National Party, Ex-MPA Ms Kishwar Ahmed Jatak from PMLN, Ex-nazim dis

Pakistan replaces its Belt and Road chief with Beijing favorite

Removal of retired army general from top position stirs debate among businesses Pakistan's government, led by Prime Minister Imran Khan, left, has replaced its head of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, in a move seen as being orchestrated by China, led by President Xi Jinping. (Source photos by Reuters)  ADNAN AAMIR, Contributing writer August 8, 2021 11:00 JST KARACHI -- Pakistan has replaced the head of its Belt and Road projects with an energy expert who is a favorite of Beijing in a bid to push the stalled projects forward, providing observers with another anecdote of China appearing to manage the infrastructure plan from behind the scenes. Pakistan's government, led by Prime Minister Imran Khan, on Aug. 3 appointed Khalid Mansoor to the country's top position responsible for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) -- the $50 billion local component of Beijing's Belt and Road Infrastructure plan -- replacing Asim Saleem Bajwa, a retired army general. Bajwa h