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Pak-China vocational institute opens in Gwadar

BEHRAM BALOCH GWADAR: The first Pakistan-China technical vocational institute was inaugurated here on Friday. The project was launched under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in Gwadar. Nong Rong, China’s Ambassador to Pakistan, attended the inauguration ceremony through video link. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Rong said that the institute, which had been completed at a cost of $10 million in only 20 months, was a sign of 70 years of Pak-China friendship. He said that the institute had been equipped with the state-of-the-art machinery for imparting the best technical education and skills to the youths of Balochistan, especially of Gwadar. The Chinese envoy said that the students would be not only provided free accommodation but also scholarships during training in the institute. Zhang Baosheng, Chairman of the China Overseas Port Holding Company, said that the institute was an excellent institution not only for Gwadar but also for the entire region which would play a signific

Gwadar protest - Newspaper - DAWN.COM -

Published 03 Oct, 2021 07:10am Gwadar protest EDITORIAL AT the start of the CPEC project, in selling its importance to citizens, our rulers stressed the associated benefits of the initiative and how it would promote investment, employment, connectivity and infrastructural development. But is this development really as all-inclusive as was promised? An ominous clue is to be found in the example of Gwadar, whose new port (part of the CPEC agreement) the state takes such pride in. On Thursday, thousands of people from all over the region gathered to protest the lack of basic facilities in their area. If what they say is to be believed — and their numbers that straddled diverse social backgrounds were compelling testimony — the local residents face severe shortages of drinking water and are given poor health and education facilities. Their situation is compounded by increasing unemployment. Moreover, they complain, these woes are acutely worsened by the active hindering by the security for

Belt and Road starts and stops in China’s backyard

China-Laos railway will open on December 2 but it's not clear the BRI-built line will extend anytime soon to wider SE Asia By  BERTIL LINTNER OCTOBER 3, 2021 Print A Chinese worker carrying materials for the first rail line linking China to Laos, a key part of Beijing's 'Belt and Road' project across the Mekong, in Luang Prabang, Laos, May 8, 2020. Photo: AFP / Aidan Jones Laos will never be the same again on December 2, the day the first high-speed train on the Belt and Road Initiative-built railroad is scheduled to roll into the capital Vientiane arriving from the southern Chinese province of Yunnan. Running for 414 kilometers from the border with China, the new line will transform Laos from a land-locked to land-linked country, as the Chinese state news agency Xinhua has trumpeted in several dispatches on the US$6 billion project. According to Xinhua, Laos’ underdeveloped economy will blossom as the new modern train speeds in Chinese tourists and businesspeople, faci