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Maldives Ruling Party Pledges Probe into Chinese Deals after Landslide Win

MALE —  Maldives former president Mohamed Nasheed, whose party won a landslide in the archipelago’s parliamentary election, on Tuesday pledged to conduct a thorough probe into deals with China. Nasheed’s Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) is set to secure 65 seats in the 87-member parliament, giving it a clear majority to …

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China: BRI Investments Boost Pakistan Economic Structure

ISLAMABAD —  China and Pakistan say their ongoing multibillion-dollar infrastructure development cooperation program under Beijing’s global Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has entered the next stage after achieving initial targets, dismissing reports the project increased Islamabad’s debt burden rather than boosting economic growth.  Officials in the neighboring countries, traditionally strong …

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EXCL: Pak seeking a bailout from IMF to repay Chinese ‘predatory infra’ debts, US Congressmen write to Pompeo

Three Congressmen have written to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his colleague in the US Cabinet, Steve Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, on April 5 expressing “deep concern”.  Days after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s outburst, accusing China of “shameful hypocrisy”, for continuing to stop meaningful action in …

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CPEC Emboldens China and Pakistan’s Joint Effort to Manage Militancy

China is doubling down on Pakistan – and this time, it’s determined to keep militancy from damaging the relationship. By Saira H. Basit Chinese General Zhang Youxia, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC), chose to describe military cooperation as the “backbone” of China-Pakistan relations in a meeting with the Pakistani …

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Pakistan, China Slam Fresh US Anti-Terror Move in UN

ISLAMABAD —  China and Pakistan are criticizing the United States for bypassing established mechanisms and submitting a draft resolution directly in the United Nations Security Council to push for outlawing a Pakistani extremist leader. Washington circulated the resolution to the 15-member council on Wednesday with the support of France and …

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Balochistan: A powder keg at a geopolitical crossroads

By: James Dorsey Balochistan should be oozing with optimism as Chinese and Saudi investment pours into the troubled Pakistani province. It is not. Instead, Balochistan, a key node in China’s Belt and Road initiative that borders Iran, is gripped by anger, fea, and uncertainty. Local residents are hardly awaiting with …

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China and Saudi Arabia: The Global Ambitions of Mohammad bin Salman

Insights from James Dorsey. By Mercy A. Kuo Trans-Pacific View author Mercy Kuo regularly engages subject-matter experts, policy practitioners, and strategic thinkers across the globe for their diverse insights into U.S. Asia policy. This conversation with James M. Dorsey, Senior Fellow at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, is the 180th in “The Trans-Pacific …

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Pakistan to receive loan worth $2.1bn from China by Monday: finance ministry

The Ministry of Finance has announced that the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) will receive a 15 billion yuan loan, equivalent to $2.1bn, from China by Monday. The ministry’s adviser and spokesperson Dr. Khaqan Najeeb Khan said that “all procedural formalities” for the transfer of the loan being provided to …

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China assures unwavering support to Pakistan

Highlights Vice President assured Foreign Minister Qureshi of China’s unwavering support for PakistanQureshi briefed Vice President on progress in development of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor BEIJING: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi paid a call on Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan in Beijing on Tuesday. The Foreign Minister conveyed greetings of Prime …

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Balochistan: The China-Pakistan Nexus vs the People

Dr. Zafar Jawaid Balochistan is a vast underdeveloped region that comprises almost half of the land mass of Pakistan with 600 miles of coastline along the Arabian Sea. This region has a chronic history of not only being pushed to the margins of modernity but also of fierce resistance to …

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