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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 …

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[10 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Tahir Khan in DAILY TIMES, June 10, 2017
ISLAMABAD: All Chinese nationals, who were linked to a Korean language centre in Quetta, have been evacuated after gunmen kidnapped two Chinese nationals last month, sources said on Friday.
The Islamic State claims it has killed Chinese pair abducted on May 24. Both China and Pakistan have to verify the claim as yet.
The slain Chinese were teachers at a centre being run by a South Korean national and his wife.
Chinese Foreign Ministry on Friday expressed grave concern over the reported killing of …

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[10 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Tom Hussain in The South China Morning Post, June 9, 2017
The reported murder of two Chinese citizens by Islamic State terrorists in Pakistan on Thursday underscores the complications Beijing faces by massively expanding its economic and diplomatic presence in Southwest Asia.
The two Chinese language teachers were kidnapped on May 24 from the western city of Quetta, the dusty capital of Balochistan province, a fault line of regional geopolitics that Beijing is increasingly becoming involved in as a consequence of its Belt and Road Initiative outreach to the …

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[9 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Zhou Xin in the South China Morning Post, June 9, 2017
Islamic State has killed two Chinese citizens it kidnapped in Pakistan last month, Reuters reported, citing the militant group’s Amaq news agency on Thursday.
Armed men pretending to be policemen kidnapped two Chinese-language teachers in the Pakistani city of Quetta on May 24.
“Islamic State fighters killed two Chinese people they had been holding in Baluchistan province, southwest Pakistan,” Amaq said.
Phone calls by the South China Morning Post to the Chinese embassy in Islamabad went unanswered late on Thursday.
If confirmed, …