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Are China and US marching towards a Trade War?

News Analysis | On Friday, the Trump administration announced wide ranging tariffs imports from China. China has reacted by imposing some tariffs of its own...

Geopolitical Challenges of South Asia’s Silk Roads

Andrew Korybko | The Strategic Vision Behind the Silk Road The early part of the 21st-century is witnessing an astronomically rapid rise of China as a...

Trade war will bring disaster: China

News Analysis | Top economic advisor to President Xi Jin Ping of China, Liu He, warned that a trade war between the US and China...

China sidelined in US-North Korea talks?

AFP | When China called on the United States to engage in direct talks with North Korea, it probably never imagined it would be absent...

Chinese drones adding to the North Korean arsenal

AFP | Wang Dewen's daughter-in-law says the Chinese businessman could be dead. His wife claims he is travelling. But they are sure of one thing:...

Can China replace the US in the near Future?

News Analysis | China’s Foreign Minister, Wang Yi pledged that China had no such desire to replace America on the global stage while speaking at...

China woos Europe through massive investments

News Desk | China’s Belt & Road initiative is a strategic project having great significance for China. China’s state-owned companies are turning this idea into...

The beginning of the Sino-Indian romance?

M K Bhadrakumar | Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale has hit the road running, as it were. There isn’t going to be a time lag following...

US & China fighting over a nuclear football?

AFP | The US Secret Service denied Monday reports that one of its agents and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly wrestled with Chinese...

China slams India PM trip to disputed region

AFP | Beijing will lodge a "stern" protest with New Delhi over a trip by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a disputed area, an...

China set to block cryptocurrency trading

AFP | China plans to stamp out all remaining cryptocurrency trading in the country by blocking access to overseas-based websites and removing related applications from...

Car giant Nissan set to invest $9.5 billion in China

AFP |  Japanese automaker Nissan Motor and its Chinese joint venture partner announced on Monday a $9.5 billion investment plan in China to increase annual...

Burning van ploughs into crowd in Shanghai

AFP | A van caught fire and ploughed into pedestrians on a crowded pavement outside a Starbucks in central Shanghai on Friday, injuring at least...

Former CIA agent’s arrest follows US spying debacle in China

AFP | The third arrest in one year of a US official suspected of helping Chinese spies has bared the tense battle between the two...

Is the Chinese Yuan behind Trump’s anger at Pakistan?

M K Bhadrakumar | The Indian media have ignored the momentous announcement by Pakistan’s central bank on January 2 notifying that it has taken “comprehensive...

South Asia: shaky state of affairs, uncertain future

Andrew Korybko | South Asia is simmering as China and India wrestle with one another for influence in this strategic region. The two nominal BRICS...

Afghan safe havens – for poppies, politicians & power brokers

Afrah Jamal | The upgraded version of Afghan policy released in August 2017 was followed by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to the...

India isolated by One Belt One Road Initiative

M K Bhadrakumar | From the Indian perspective, today’s announcement by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi that Beijing and Islamabad are open to extending the...

CPEC: A Chinese Vision Since 2005

Saeed Afridi | China’s rise has been attributed to the successful implementation of its ‘Dual Track’ transition policy based on gradual, incremental and near-constant reform of its economic sector in conjunction with Five Year Plans. The is Dual Track policy emphasised on social and economic reform; without any corresponding political reform. It started under Deng Xiaoping post-1976, based on the Zhou Enlai’s “Four Modernisation Plan” and has seen additional changes with every Five Year Plan (FYP). The National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NDRC) has played an instrumental role in China’s development through these Five Year Plans. China’s Regions and Economic Development Economic and social reforms proposed by the NDRC in its 5th and 6th FYPs, from 1978 till 1984, have formed the bedrock of subsequent economic development. China was divided into three zones, Coastal, Central and Western. The coastal zone became the immediate focus of economic reforms through “Special Economic Zones”, and an “Open Door” policy to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) and creating internal economic corridors. An initiative that links CPEC, BCIMEC and CCWAEC with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) should have been, and now must be, the crux of Pakistan’s regional economic goals, much like Kazakhstan’s efforts. The 7th and 8th FYPs (1984-1993) built upon this success by introducing internal market reforms and began China’s transformation into a localised Socialist market economy while Jian Zemin’s subsequent 9th and 10th FYPs went further and introduced large-scale privatisation within provinces, an expansion of successful policies into the Central Region and laying the groundwork for future expansion within the Western Region. By 2006, the rapid economic development of the Coastal and Central regions had created a huge disparity in the economic and social well being within China. The focus since the 11th and 12th FYPs has been the re-orientation of China’s “Dual Track” reform towards China’s Western region. The development of China’s Western Region as an economic zone required access to economically advantageous primary resources and the development of market access for the export of goods.

Has Trump’s ‘America First’ security strategy been successful?

AFP | President Donald Trump used the launch of his first National Security Strategy on Monday to laud the benefits of cooperation with Russia, a...

65 journalists & media workers killed all over the world in...

AFP | Sixty-five journalists and media workers were killed worldwide in 2017, according to annual figures published by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Tuesday. Among them...

What is China’s main motive behind Belt and Road Initiative?

M K Bhadrakumar | Over the past 24 hours, the narrative by India’s self-styled “China watchers” regarding the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been...

China to deploy inter-continental ballistic missile by early 2018

M K Bhadrakumar | People’s Daily reported today citing a CCTV program on Sunday that China’s latest inter-continental ballistic missile DF-41 will be deployed in “early...

China’s Rohingya ‘doosra’ baffles India

M K Bhadrakumar | There is delightful irony that China has put forward a plan to resolve Rohingya refugees, which is so deceptively simple and...

China and Philippines agree to avoid force over South China Sea:...

Jumel G. Estrañero | Statements in international negotiation are challenging to decipher from within. On November 16, China and the Philippines have agreed to avoid...

APEC signals US’ waning influence in Asia

M K Bhadrakumar | If the APEC forum ever provided a testing ground to estimate how far the United States can resuscitate American power in...

Melania Trump enjoying ‘every bit’ of her China trip

News Desk | Melania Trump seems to be having a good time in China. US first lady visited the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall...

No bear ‘hugs’ but Trump calls Xi Jinping “a very special...

Reuters | U.S. President Donald Trump called on China to do more to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue and said bilateral trade had been...

Trump’s flattery won’t work with Xi Jinping

M K Bhadrakumar | The US President Donald Trump was the first world statesman to telephone his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping following the latter’s re-election to...

What should India expect from Tillerson?

M K Bhadrakumar | The visit by the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on October 24 will be hugely consequential for India’s relations with...

Tearing down fears about the rise of China

Mudassir Saeed Laghari| This July witnessed an intense level of escalated tensions, what came to be known as Doklam Dispute, between China and India. After...

India refuses to sign NPT in order to hang on to...

News Analysis | India has ruled out the possibility of joining the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as a non-nuclear weapon state but said it remains “committed”...

Is Pakistan China’s darling?

Mudassir Saeed Laghari | Pakistan is now China’s darling. At least one recently-published report says so. According to a years-long study published by the College...

Confront the Challenges: Engage Afghanistan, Protect CPEC

Maria Bastos | Two of Pakistan’s foreign policy core themes: CPEC and Afghanistan are passing through a critical moment and will soon become the most...

Pakistan asks US not to see CPEC from the Indian lens

News Analysis | Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has stressed upon the US to stop looking at the China-Pakistan-Economic-Corridor (CPEC) from India's perspective, for it is...

Is PML-N government mishandling the CPEC project?

 Waris Husain | Through this piece, I would like to draw the attention of all concerned, particularly the members of parliament and all the political...

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