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[28 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

Reuters report in The Nation online, June 28, 2017 at 9:06 am
Pakistan faces some challenges in steering an ambitious plan to build an economic corridor with China despite the economic benefits for the country, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal said on Wednesday.
China has promised $57 billion in investment in projects along the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, part of its ambitious Belt and Road plan linking China with the Middle East and Europe.
Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed the Belt and Road project in 2013, but it is still short on specifics.
“There are a …

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[27 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Zhang Jiegen in Global Times, June 26, 2017 at 18:43:44
The author is an associate research fellow at the Pakistan Research Center of Fudan University.
Many Chinese have serious concerns about the security environment and prospects of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) after the recent kidnapping and alleged murder of their compatriots there.
But I found the misgivings were not necessary after carrying out on-the-spot research at Chinese and local enterprises in Pakistan, and visiting scholars and research fellows at various universities and think tanks.
Despite the recent tragedy, the overall security …

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[26 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Aamir Shafaat Khan in Dawn, June 25th, 2017
KARACHI: Cheap, mass-produced Chinese products including fabric, toys and watches have taken up a major market share in Pakistan.
While the country aims to generate more business activities and make new inroads for Chinese goods especially automobiles under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), manufacturers are feeling the pinch of the onslaught.
Lower prices of Chinese products give them an edge, traders interviewed by Dawn said.
Chinese products available here are inferior to products from the same source landing in Europe and other parts of the …

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[26 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

Report in South China Morning Post, June 25, 2017 at 11:15pm
Pakistan has deployed a 15,000-strong military force to protect Chinese nationals working on energy and infrastructure projects in the country, the president said on Sunday, after the abduction of a Chinese couple raised safety concerns.
President Mamnoon Hussain told visiting Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Islamabad that the protection of Chinese citizens working in Pakistan was the “top priority” of the government, according to a statement issued by the presidency.
Beijing is investing about US$50 billion in its South Asian neighbour as …

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[24 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

Report in The Express Tribune, June 24th, 2017.
KARACHI: The Chinese government has been requested to review its business visa policy by the Pakistan Soap Manufacturers Association (PSMA) and Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry President Abdullah Zaki.
The request stems from a complex process for obtaining visas to China which are rarely issued for more than three months. Zaki suggested granting multiple visas to the business community for a period of at least one year.
Acknowledging the close relationship between the business communities of the two countries, coupled …

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[23 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

Report in Dawn, June 23rd, 2017
KARACHI: The National Tariff Commission (NTC) on Thursday imposed a definitive anti-dumping duty of 24.04 per cent on continuous casting (CC) steel billets imported from China for a period of five years effective from June 22.
However, the CC billets imported from other countries shall not be subject to the definitive anti-dumping duty, said Amreli Steels Limited in a notice sent to Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) along with a letter of the NTC.
Amreli being a party with other producers of CC billets lodged an application …

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[22 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

report in Dawn, June 22nd, 2017
ISLAMABAD: In order to regulate the process of issuing visas to Chinese nationals, the Ministry of Interior on Wednesday decided to tighten the relaxed visa regime, especially for Chinese citizens visiting Pakistan on business or work-related visas.
Chinese nationals seeking business visas would have to present an invitation from a recognised body at any of Pakistan’s missions in China. The ministry has also decided to discourage long-term visa extensions for Chinese citizens.
The strict visa policy has been introduced not only to plug loopholes, but also to …

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[21 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Sutirtho Patranobis in Hindustan Times, June 21, 2017
Beijing: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will be connected to a corridor that involves India, Bangladesh and Myanmar through the sea, Beijing announced on Tuesday in its continuing efforts to bring Asia and Europe under President Xi Jinping’s multi-million dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Part of the plan is to link the South China Sea to the Indian Ocean, according to the “Vision for Maritime Cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative”.
“Ocean cooperation will focus on building the China-Indian Ocean-Africa- Mediterranean …

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[20 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Wendy Wu in South China Morning Post, June 20, 2017
Connectivity is seen as a good thing for nations, but sometimes achieving it can be far more difficult and complex than expected, even for close allies, as Pakistan’s latest anti-dumping ruling against Chinese steel products shows.
Islamabad’s latest ruling against China – its “all-weather friend”, according to the official rhetoric – may fuel scepticism about China’s massive “Belt and Road” globalisation initiative. If China can’t persuade its close ally that Chinese exports of steel and infrastructure is a good thing, it …

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[20 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Syed Irfan Raza in Dawn, June 20th, 2017
ISLAMABAD: The National Highways and Motorway Police (NH&MP) has expressed its inability to police the length of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) with the existing force and resources at its disposal.
The department revealed that it had insufficient manpower and resources to do the job during a meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee on Communi­cation, held at the NH&MP office in Sector G-13, on Monday.
The NH&MP informed the meeting that almost double its existing force would be required to effectively police the new …