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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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[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 …

China, CPEC, PAK-CHINA TIES »

[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 …

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[18 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

The writer is senior research fellow at the Strategic Vision Institute (SVI), Islamabad.
On May 24, two Chinese language teachers were kidnapped from the supposedly secure zone in Quetta. The militant Islamic State group later claimed responsibility for the abduction. Now, Chinese and Pakistani officials are saying that the two abductees could have been killed. These unfortunate developments raise some decidedly disturbing questions. Last week, security forces conducted an intelligence-based operation against the IS-Lashkar-e-Jhangvi nexus in Splinji, Mastung, as part of Operation Raddul Fasaad. According to reports, a number of top …

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[18 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Shahbaz Rana in The Express Tribune,June 18, 2017
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan could not extend blanket tax exemptions to the $2.1 billion Matiari-Lahore transmission line project of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor after tax authorities – for the first time – strongly resisted the move due to its adverse implications on the budget.
Owing to fierce resistance by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), the Ministry of Water and Power had to withdraw its summary from the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet. The summary sought unprecedented level of tax exemptions that, if …

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[18 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

PTI report in The Times of India, Jun 18, 2017
BEIJING: China has included the controversial $50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor in its second scientific expedition to the 4,000-metre-high Qinghai-Tibet plateau to study changes in climate, biodiversity and environment over the past decades in the region.
The expedition will also take scientists to a pass linking to south Asia, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
The CPEC passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), over which India has conveyed its protests to China. The area covers Karakoram mountain ranges, including the Siachen glacier.
The last expedition …

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[14 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Zhao Gancheng in Global Times, June 13, 2017 at 18:53:39
(The author is director of the Center for Asia-Pacific Studies, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies).
Two Chinese citizens were kidnapped in Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan Province and allegedly killed by the Islamic State (IS) last week.
“The Chinese side is working to learn about and verify relevant information through various channels,” according to China’s Foreign Ministry.
China does not tend to get involved in other countries’ domestic affairs and is not linked with the quagmire in the Middle East, and thus its …

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[10 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

China is not known to play coy. It has always been clear about its global ambitions, which started off slowly and steadily in its own near backyard. In direct contrast to the Washington doctrine – Beijing has been happy to invest economically while asking no awkward questions on human rights. This transactional approach underscores what the Chinese have long referred to as their brand of Communism coming complete ‘with Chinese characteristics’, a term coined during the Jiang Zemin era.
That being said, China is understandably playing its cards close to its …