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Pakistan and region to greatly benefit from CPEC

Only the toll income the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) route will generate– after the completion of the project by 2030, will be thrice the present (US$50 billion) national budget of Pakistan, and the distance between Jaboti deep sea port in Africa to Gwadar port in Balochistan will reduce to only 5 days. “That is the gateway to reach African markets …

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Expediting rpoject approvals, PM delegates power

To avoid delay, premier delegates project approval powers Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has delegated his powers to the departments and authorities concerned for the approval and execution of development projects worth over Rs30 million each in the constituencies of parliamentarians under the Global SDG Achievement Programme. Earlier, the cabinet had given discretionary powers to former premier Nawaz Sharif, enabling …

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The BRICS Summit and Chinese Stakes in Regional Stability

At last year’s BRICS Summit, China actively blocked Indian attempts at getting the international community to label Pakistan as a hub of terrorism. China’s diplomatic support at that time prevented sanctions that could have been severely damaging to Pakistan’s economic and political interests. When last year China rushed to Pakistan’s aid, India accused China of having “double standards”. But China …

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CPEC Will Only Move Forward

Pakistan Army building CPEC in record time

After Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification on July 28, the fate of the $62 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was extensively questioned. Without Sharif to drive the project home, several media outlets openly examined the Pakistani government’s commitment towards honoring CPEC in Nawaz’s absence. A change in leadership has rocked Pakistan politically and economically; how far China’s One Belt One …

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US$100 Billion in CPEC Agri-Market

CPEC provides avenues to target $100b Chinese agri-market The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a golden opportunity for overall development of this region and Pakistan should reorganise its agriculture sector to get a major slice of the $100 billion worth of agriculture produce imports by China, suggested Muhammad Mehmood, Punjab Agriculture Secretary. Speaking at the launch of a study on …

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Saudi Arabia wants to invest in CPEC

S Arabia keen to invest in CPEC, Gwadar projects: Envoy Ambassador of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to Pakistan Nawaf Ahmad Al Malkiy on Wednesday said his country is mulling to invest in China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Gwadar port projects. While talking to state media, the ambassador said that the CPEC is a huge project, which would create …

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Pakistan, China, CPEC and the sacred liquid

Pakistan, China, CPEC and the sacred liquid

When they prioritise agricultural investments under CPEC, the Chinese are not looking for land. They have plenty of it. They want our water I recently came across some real news about Pakistan which merits sharing, and commenting. According to a July, 2017 article by Carole Dalin at University College, London and fellow authors, in Nature, world’s top journal for scientific …

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Is Pakistan’s Democracy Back to Square One?

The process of democratic restoration in Pakistan will continue to face roadblocks unless civilian forces join hands. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is in a serious situation after the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) found that the ruling family has been living beyond its means and has failed to provide a legitimate trail of its investments abroad. The JIT is investigating corruption allegations …

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The Panama verdict, and CPEC

The spokespersons of the prime minister have been trying to convince the people that the prime minister is being targeted due to CPEC. However, such claims seem rather baseless. Undoubtedly, India and the US would want political instability and even martial law in Pakistan. But if there is one country which wishes a strong, stable and peaceful Pakistan, it is …

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Sindh CM orders high level security for Chinese workers

The Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Murad Ali Shah has directed the police department to provide adequate security to the Chinese workers of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects. Shah gave this direction on Tuesday while presiding over a meeting in Karachi on the security of the Chinese working on CPEC and non-CPEC projects in Sindh. The meeting was attended by Chinese …

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