Professor Matthew McCartney , a renowned specialist in development in South Asia, addressed the members of the PIIA on 31 March 2019. “CPEC really does seem like the culmination of a much longer economic cooperation with China for Pakistan. So here is a long-term committed China-Pakistan relationship unlike what the USA is criticised of,” he said. “Still, there may be a lot more going on other than China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative outside Pakistan that is happening inside it, which is crucial to know for a big project of $60bn, that is CPEC.” The video for the event is below.
A new Shenzhen? Poor Pakistan fishing town’s horror at Chinese plans is another interesting read in the Guardian. It can be extracted as follows: The Mega-port will bring five-star hotels and Chinese access to the Arabian Sea, as residents in conflict-torn province contend with lack of water and food. Gwadar is poor. When a house was recently burgled in the fishing settlement on Pakistan’s desert coast, the only items stolen were cans of fresh water – a staple that has soared in value since reservoirs dried up. It lies in Balochistan, a province in the grip of a long-running separatist insurgency and Pakistan’s most neglected. Yet local officials dream of a future where Gwadar becomes a second Shenzhen, the Chinese trade hub bordering Hong Kong. Visitors are told that with Chinese investment the small settlement will become a major node of world commerce boasting car factories, Pakistan’s biggest airport and a string of five-star resort hotels along Gwadar’s sparkling seafront. But residents are aghast, and not just because the fishing community, long settled on the neck of the peninsula, will be moved to new harbours up to 40km away. “This is all being done for China, not the people,” said Elahi Bakhsh, a fisherman bewildered by the plans to turn Continue reading
As seen on our Pakistan Horizon Blog, Mani Shankar Aiyar (member of the Indian Upper House, the Rajya Sabha) spoke at the PIIA on Continuity and Change in India’s Foreign Policy. The video is available below. He said: If we don’t talk to Pakistan we will never be able to find a solution…It would be foolish to have cordial relations with Paraguay and just ignore Pakistan’ .
As noted in our PH post on president Xi’s meeting with his Taiwanese counterpart, on 22 January 2013, the Republic of the Philippines instituted arbitral proceedings against the People’s Republic of China under Annex VII to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (the “Convention”), “with respect to the dispute with China over the maritime jurisdiction of the Philippines in the West Philippine Sea.” Thus, the inter-state arbitration entitled The Republic of Philippines v The People’s Republic of China is pending in The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA). On 19 February 2013, China presented a Note Verbale to the Philippines in which it described “the Position of China on the South China Sea issues,” and rejected and returned the Philippines’ Notification. In its most recent (seventh) press release on 29 October 2015, the Tribunal Rendered Award on Jurisdiction and Admissibility and found that it will hold further hearings. The Tribunal constituted under Annex VII to the Convention in the arbitration instituted by the Republic of the Philippines against the People’s Republic of China has issued its Award on Jurisdiction and Admissibility. This arbitration concerns the role of “historic rights” and the source of maritime entitlements Continue reading