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The future of Chabahar Port

 Harsh V. Pant Tehran, Dec 13, IRNA – Last week saw the inauguration of the first phase of the strategic Chabahar port by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in the presence of officials from 17 countries. India is central to this port project as it remains keen on opening a trade …

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Pakistan’s fortunes can’t be rescued by celebrity PM and recycled foreign minister

India and US’ concerns over Pakistan are old but now China and Saudi Arabia too are indicating wariness over unfulfilled promises. Few friends or presumed enemies seem willing to trust Pakistan’s promises even under a new leader. Reluctance of ‘friends’ Saudi Arabia and China to pump in billions of dollars …

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Govt of Pakistan fires back at critics of CPEC debt

Khaleeq Kiani ISLAMABAD: Outflows under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will begin in 2021 and peak over the next three years without creating a debt trap, an official of the Planning Commission with knowledge of the financing arrangements told Dawn on condition of anonymity. Separately, the Planning Commission released a lengthy …

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Pakistani poker: Playing Saudi Arabia against China

JAMES M. DORSEY Desperate for funding to fend off a financial crisis fuelled in part by mounting debt to China, Pakistan is playing a complicated game of poker that could hand Saudi Arabia a strategic victory in its bitter feud with Iran at the People’s Republic’s expense. The Pakistani moves …

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How Chinese politics are returning to the Middle East

 By SAM CHESTER In 2008, the American academic Robert Keohane said, “Multilateral institutions do not overrule powerful states – and rarely if ever try to do so. But they can change how states act.” China is generally seen as exerting little political influence in the Middle East. While China’s diplomats pursue economic …

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Saudi Arabia’s oil refinery in Gwadar likely to threaten Chabahar port, make China part of Tehran and Riyadh war

Hong Kong: Pakistan’s latest announcement about Saudi Arabia’s investment in an oil refinery at the port city of Gwadar has set alarm bells ringing in the international arena. A Zerohedge article claims that Pakistan’s move comes from a “desperate” need for funding to ward off a financial crisis stoked by …

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China has no objection to Saudi investment in CPEC: Ambassador

Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing on Wednesday said China had no objection to Saudi Arabia investing in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). “We welcome investment in CPEC,” the ambassador told journalists at the Quetta Press Club. Following Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Saudia Arabia last month, the government …

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Pakistan would become hub trade activities: Governor

QUETTA: Governor Balochistan Justice (Retd) Amanullah Khan Yasinzai has said that Pakistan would become a great hub trade activities as a result of China Pakistan Economic Corridor Project. Addressing a ceremony held at a local hotel in Quetta tonight in connection with 69th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic …

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Gwadar: Emerging Port City or Chinese Colony?

Pakistan must take care that Gwadar doesn’t become a Chinese “state within a state.” By Logan Pauley and Hamza Shad Recent developments concerning Pakistani involvement in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) highlight the growing unease many Pakistanis have with the project’s potential effects on their economy. The newly elected prime …

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Middle Eastern Black Swans dot China’s Belt and Road

Dr. James M. Dorsey If any one part of the world has forced China to throw its long-standing foreign and defense policy principles out the window and increasingly adopt attitudes associated with a global power, it is the greater Middle East, a region that stretches from the Atlantic coast of …

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