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Steps being taken against illegal fishing at Makran coast

Published   30 Aug, 2021   07:02am BEHRAM BALOCH GWADAR: The Balochistan chief secretary has said that government has taken immediate steps for stopping illegal fishing at the Makran coast. The government will take legal action against those who have given permission for fishing to foreign trawlers in this coastal area. Presiding over a meeting in the port city of Gwadar, he said that allowing illegal fishing in Arabia Sea close to Makran coast was depriving local fishermen of opportunities to earn their livelihood. Special Assistance to the Prime Minister on CEPC Affairs Khalid Mansoor, Commissioner of Makran division Shah Irfan Gharsheen, Deputy Commissioner of Gwadar retired Major Abdul Kabir Zarkoon and senior officials of the Gwadar Port Authority and Gwadar Development Authority and other departments attended the meeting. Chief secretary Mathar Niaz Rana briefed the meeting on the Gwadar port and CPEC projects as well as the projects initiated with the collaboration of provincial

Excerpt : The Long Game: China’s Grand Strategy to Displace American Order by Rush Doshi

An excerpt from Rush Doshi’s new book “The Long Game: China’s Grand Strategy to Displace American Order”, provided by Oxford University Press. Rush Doshi is the founding director of the Brookings China Strategy Initiative and a fellow (on leave) at Yale Law School's Paul Tsai China Center. Previously, he was a member of the Asia policy working groups for the Biden and Clinton presidential campaigns and a Fulbright Fellow in China. His research has appeared in  The New York Times ,  The Wall Street Journal ,  The Washington Post ,  Foreign Affairs , and  International Organization , among other publications. Proficient in Mandarin, Doshi received his PhD from Harvard University focusing on Chinese foreign policy and his bachelor's from Princeton University. He is currently serving as Director for China on the Biden Administration's National Security Council (NSC), but this work was completed before his government service, is based entirely on open sources, and does not neces

Changing Mideast alliances will have regional drivers

Source: Oxford Analytica Thursday, August 26, 2021 An aspirational regional summit in Iraq highlights how the Middle East is moving away from the Trump era Source: Oxford Analytica Outlook As Iraq prepares to host a regional conference on August 28 bringing together key players, it is becoming clear that ties are shifting in 2021 -- and the change of US administration is a major factor. The reconciliation between Qatar and Saudi Arabia looks increasingly solid, but Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, close partners in engaging with former President Donald Trump, have increasingly different interests, including over Israel ties. President Joe Biden’s hopes of negotiations with Tehran have pushed Gulf countries -- already reaching out to allied Syria and Iraq -- to launch a cautious dialogue with it, though prospects depend on the nuclear deal outcome. Meanwhile, Israel is intensifying its focus on standing alone against Tehran. Impacts The Baghdad summit outcome may be largely rhetorical, but the hab

The Secret History of Hambantota

By  Jonathan E. Hillman AUGUST 26, 2021 Source: https://reconasia.csis.org/the-secret-history-of-hambantota/ If Chinese loans were cigarettes, Sri Lanka’s Hambantota Port would be the cancerous lung on the warning label. Some observers have pointed to the underperforming port and alleged that China is using “debt trap diplomacy,” loading countries up with loans and seizing strategic assets after they cannot repay. Others have argued that Sri Lanka, not China, is responsible for its debt woes. The debate is important for understanding the risks lurking in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, especially as the pandemic pushes more of China’s borrowers to the brink. Declassified documents tell a more complex story: a port that was conceived as far back as 1910, a Canadian firm that began chasing the project in 1999, and a Sri Lankan government that wisely passed on the project in 2003. This history, largely overlooked and its full details previously undisclosed, helps explain the catastrophe