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[26 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Qadeer Tanoli in The Express Tribune, July 26, 2017
ISLAMABAD: In light of the report of Joint Investigation Team (JIT) – formed to probe abduction of two Chinese nationals in Quetta – Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has approved cancelling visas issued to foreign nationals associated with ARK Infotech Company.
In May, a group of Chinese citizens, including the two abducted ones, obtained business visas from Pakistan Embassy in Beijing and entered Pakistan to work with ARK Infotech, but instead of conducting business, they went to Quetta for preaching, according …


[9 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

LAHORE: Chinese are making serious forays into Pakistan’s textile sector. It’s evident from the fact that their negotiations with the country’s largest business group to put together a large composite textile unit are in the final stages, while others are reportedly opting to lease the closed apparel-making units.
It goes without saying the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has given Chinese investors a vast window of opportunity to view Pakistan as a top investment destination.
The critics that think that China is merely interested in the transport side of the corridor are …


[4 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Zeeshan Hashim in The Nation blogs, July 3, 2017 at11:36 pm
Zeeshan Hashim is an economist in a public policy thinktank PRIME based in Islamabad
I think the prevalent questions in the minds of Pakistani society regarding CPEC are that what will be the consequences of Chinese entering the domestic market? Either they will occupy the whole market by monopolising it or they will compete fairly in the market or they will destroy our domestic manufacturing industry by pumping lower priced China-made products into the market?
In my opinion basic Economics can …


[29 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Uzair M. Younus in Dawn, June 29th, 2017
The writer is a South Asia analyst at Albright Stonebridge Group in Washington D.C.
IN recent months, several insightful analyses have been written about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), raising pertinent questions about the lack of transparency around Chinese investments. This being Pakistan, questions were also raised about the patriotism and loyalty of those raising valid issues. An op-ed by a minister went so far as to claim that “China has never invaded any country nor harboured any imperial designs”.
The truth is that …


[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 …


[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 …


[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 …


[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 …


[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 …


[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 …