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The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) runs from Kashgar in China to Gwadar port (in picture above) in Pakistan.(Reuters / file photo)

China reluctant to clear $6 billion loan for CPEC project over debt concern

ANI | , Islamabad
PUBLISHED ON MAY 09, 2021 02:54 PM IST
With the CPEC, Beijing aims to expand its influence in Pakistan and across Central and South Asia in order to counter the influence of the United States and India.
Pakistan's opposition parties had united last year under the aegis of Pakistan Democratic Movement to launch coordinated attacks on Prime Minister Imran Khan(AFP)
Pakistan's opposition parties had united last year under the aegis of Pakistan Democratic Movement to launch coordinated attacks on Prime Minister Imran Khan(AFP)

Imran Khan gets squeezed between shrinking economy and proactive opposition

UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2021 05:48 PM IST
  • Differences between China and Pakistan over funding of CPEC's biggest railway project spotlights the growing pressures on PM Imran Khan on the economy front
The motorway and railway modernisation plans have had almost no progress in the last five months.(Bloomberg)
The motorway and railway modernisation plans have had almost no progress in the last five months.(Bloomberg)

China-Pakistan CPEC project has long road ahead as Beijing puts hold on projects

By Asian News International | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 06:18 AM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, whose government is criticised for being under military control, is also facing flak in his country for not prioritising and expediting big-ticket Chinese infrastructure investments, Asia Times reported.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.(AP)
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.(AP)

Pakistan to seek USD 2.7 bn loan from China for CPEC project

Islamabad, Pakistan | By Asian News International | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 06:10 AM IST
This development comes even as Pakistan’s economy has been teetering on the verge of bankruptcy for some time and the Covid-19 pandemic has made the situation even worse.
The spokesperson said “more than 18,000 terrorists were killed and 400 ton explosive material was seized” from militants during the war on terrorism in the country.(REUTERS)
The spokesperson said “more than 18,000 terrorists were killed and 400 ton explosive material was seized” from militants during the war on terrorism in the country.(REUTERS)

Aware of threats to CPEC, periodically enhancing security measures: Pak Army

Islamabad | By Press Trust of India | Posted by: Shankhyaneel Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON AUG 14, 2020 05:45 AM IST
Army Spokesperson Major General Babar Iftikhar said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is linked with the future of Pakistan.
The video conference, organised by Beijing ostensibly to discuss the Covid-19 pandemic, was held against the backdrop of the months-long India-China border stand-off.(AP file photo)
The video conference, organised by Beijing ostensibly to discuss the Covid-19 pandemic, was held against the backdrop of the months-long India-China border stand-off.(AP file photo)

China calls on Afghanistan, Nepal and Pakistan to fortify ties

Hindustan Times | By Sutirtho Patranobis, Beijing
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2020 04:11 AM IST
Presiding over a virtual meeting with his counterparts from the three countries, China’s foreign minister Wang Yi said the four states should work together to extend CPEC to Afghanistan.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives to attend a welcoming banquet for the Belt and Road Forum hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on April 26, 2019.(Reuters File Photo)
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives to attend a welcoming banquet for the Belt and Road Forum hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on April 26, 2019.(Reuters File Photo)

Xi Jinping plans to control Pakistan’s politics, economy via CPEC authority: Report

Hong Kong | By Asian News International | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2020 08:13 AM IST
According to an article by Ali Salman Andani published in the Asia Times, Khan, a puppet of the military establishment, was able to manipulate the law to fulfil Xi Jinping’s desires to control the planning ministry of Pakistan.
Militant ethnic Baloch factions have also recently expanded their range of operations to adjoining Sindh province and its provincial capital Karachi, according to the report.(AFP)
Militant ethnic Baloch factions have also recently expanded their range of operations to adjoining Sindh province and its provincial capital Karachi, according to the report.(AFP)

Surging attacks by Baloch separatists increase risks, costs of BRI projects in Pak: Report

Beijing | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2020 11:37 PM IST
The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) aims to link Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the Gulf region, Africa and Europe with a network of land and sea routes. The CPEC is the flagship project of President Xi Jinping’s ambitious BRI.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement came a day after Chinese Foriegn Minister Wang Yi discussed the CPEC projects with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi during a phone conversation.(Reuters file photo)
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement came a day after Chinese Foriegn Minister Wang Yi discussed the CPEC projects with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi during a phone conversation.(Reuters file photo)

Pakistan will complete CPEC project at all costs, says PM Imran Khan

Islamabad | By Press Trust of India| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2020 12:28 AM IST
Addressing a meeting held here to review progress on the CPEC projects, Khan said it is an excellent project for Pakistan’s socio-economic development and the “gigantic multi-faceted initiative would guarantee a bright future for the nation”, the Dawn newspaper reported.
The Navy chief, cautioning China against its increasing involvement in the Indian Ocean, said the navy is watching carefully(ANI)
The Navy chief, cautioning China against its increasing involvement in the Indian Ocean, said the navy is watching carefully(ANI)

‘China-Pakistan Economic Corridor impinge India’s sovereignty’: Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh at Raisina Dialogue

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2020 10:29 PM IST
Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh said there have been instances when PLA (China) ships entered our Exclusive Economic Zones wherein we had to tell them that this impinges on our issue
The CPEC, which connects Gwadar Port in Balochistan with China’s Xinjiang province, is the flagship project of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).(Reuters File Photo)
The CPEC, which connects Gwadar Port in Balochistan with China’s Xinjiang province, is the flagship project of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).(Reuters File Photo)

CPEC shows what happens when development is de-linked from best practices: US

Washington | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2019 09:43 AM IST
According to Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice Wells, there’s been a tendency to conflate CPEC with grant assistance rather than understanding it to be the loans, and loans not at concessional rates, that it is.
The United States has gone on the offensive against China’s Belt and Road Initiative, a signature project of President Xi Jinping which aims to build ports, highways and railways around the world.(Reuters File Photo)
The United States has gone on the offensive against China’s Belt and Road Initiative, a signature project of President Xi Jinping which aims to build ports, highways and railways around the world.(Reuters File Photo)

‘CPEC is not about aid’: US warns Pak of risks from China infrastructure push

Washington | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2020 10:39 PM IST
The top US diplomat for South Asia said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor -- heralded as a game-changer by both Asian countries -- would profit only Beijing and said that the United States offered a better model.
Kumar’s comments came in response to the reference made by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh in his address during 74th session of the UN General Assembly.(PTI image)
Kumar’s comments came in response to the reference made by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh in his address during 74th session of the UN General Assembly.(PTI image)

India slams China for Kashmir comment at UN, takes jibe at PoK road project

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2020 07:36 AM IST
India has repeatedly expressed concerns about BRI, largely because of CPEC, which passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, and the uneven playing field created by China for President Xi Jinping’s flagship connectivity project.
Earlier this week, the latest slice of “mango diplomacy” was organised at the Pakistani embassy in Beijing where new ambassador Naghmana Hashmi recollected, even if partly, when it all began.(HT image)
Earlier this week, the latest slice of “mango diplomacy” was organised at the Pakistani embassy in Beijing where new ambassador Naghmana Hashmi recollected, even if partly, when it all began.(HT image)

Mango diplomacy: How the first crate of Pakistani mangoes impacted Mao’s China

Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2019 09:59 PM IST
In August 1968, a crate of mangoes was gifted to Mao by Pakistani foreign minister, Mian Arshad Hussain, who was also high commissioner to India earlier, in Beijing.
Yao Jing, the Ambassador of China to Pakistan, has announced that Beijing has planned to invest $1 billion in development projects in Islamabad.(Bloomberg Photo)
Yao Jing, the Ambassador of China to Pakistan, has announced that Beijing has planned to invest $1 billion in development projects in Islamabad.(Bloomberg Photo)

China plans to invest $1 billion in Pakistan development projects

Islamabad | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2019 12:44 PM IST
The pace of development projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was satisfactory and the second phase of the China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA) will be finalised in October, said Yao Jing, the Ambassador of China to Pakistan.
With Indian external affairs minister, S Jaishankar by his side, Pompeo said countries which have signed up for BRI, a cluster of infrastructure projects connecting China to the rest of Asia and beyond, don’t just have “strings attached but shackles”.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
With Indian external affairs minister, S Jaishankar by his side, Pompeo said countries which have signed up for BRI, a cluster of infrastructure projects connecting China to the rest of Asia and beyond, don’t just have “strings attached but shackles”.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Pompeo under a spell, says China after he slams BRI project in Delhi

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON JUN 27, 2019 06:43 PM IST
Both Washington and New Delhi have stayed away from the BRI with the former describing it as a debt trap and the latter having sovereignty issues because its flagship artery, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) passes through Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir.
India stayed away from both Belt and Road Forums hosted by China. India’s concerns about BRI are expected discussed when Xi and Modi meet at second informal summit in October.(HT Photo)
India stayed away from both Belt and Road Forums hosted by China. India’s concerns about BRI are expected discussed when Xi and Modi meet at second informal summit in October.(HT Photo)

At SCO Summit, India holds off on endorsing China’s Belt and Road project

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2019 11:14 AM IST
The declaration noted that ongoing work to implement BRI includes efforts to align Eurasian Economic Union projects with those under China’s initiative.
Unless Pakistan takes measures to establish a peace economy, attract foreign direct investment, and expand its regional connectivity, the hopes of CPEC transforming the country’s economy will remain a pipe dream.(Bloomberg)
Unless Pakistan takes measures to establish a peace economy, attract foreign direct investment, and expand its regional connectivity, the hopes of CPEC transforming the country’s economy will remain a pipe dream.(Bloomberg)

CPEC cannot transform Pakistan’s growth path

By Yogesh Gupta
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2019 02:53 PM IST
Pakistan must embark on other economic reforms such as increasing tax revenues, measures to attract FDI, more investments in education, health, science and technology to increase local productivity, introducing cashless digital economy and setting up strong regulatory mechanisms.
Chinese President Xi Jinping after the welcome ceremony of leaders attending the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on April 26, 2019.(Reuters)
Chinese President Xi Jinping after the welcome ceremony of leaders attending the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on April 26, 2019.(Reuters)

China shores up projects in Nepal, Myanmar under Belt and Road

Beijing, Hindustan Times | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2019 05:10 PM IST
The naming of the bilateral projects with Nepal coincided with Beijing dropping the BCIM or the Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar Corridor from the BRI projects’ list.
Xi expressed hope that Pakistan and India can meet each other halfway and promote the stabilisation and improvement of India-Pakistan relations, it said.(AFP Photo)
Xi expressed hope that Pakistan and India can meet each other halfway and promote the stabilisation and improvement of India-Pakistan relations, it said.(AFP Photo)

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets Imran Khan, calls for improvement of Indo-Pak relations

Beijing | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2019 05:32 PM IST
India skipped the meeting for the second time, protesting over the CPEC which is being laid through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
Chinese President Xi Jinping after the welcome ceremony of leaders attending the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on April 26, 2019.(Reuters Photo)
Chinese President Xi Jinping after the welcome ceremony of leaders attending the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on April 26, 2019.(Reuters Photo)

Agreements worth over $64 billion signed at BRF meet: Chinese president Xi Jinping

Beijing | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON APR 27, 2019 05:45 PM IST
Those who attended the BRF meeting included Russian President Vladimir Putin, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and heads of several Asian, African and Latin American countries besides heads of the UN and the IMF. India and the US skipped the meeting.
China is holding the BRF, which provides a platform to countries participating in the BRI, from April 25 to 27 here.(HT Photo)
China is holding the BRF, which provides a platform to countries participating in the BRI, from April 25 to 27 here.(HT Photo)

Imran Khan for enhanced cooperation among BRI countries to combat climate change

Beijing | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2019 06:22 PM IST
Pakistan will partner with all those who share the vision for a peaceful and prosperous world, he said while speaking at the 2nd Belt and Road Forum (BRF) here.
The BRI, launched in 2013, has also been criticised for ensnaring smaller countries into “debt-trap diplomacy” and high cost of projects.(AFP)
The BRI, launched in 2013, has also been criticised for ensnaring smaller countries into “debt-trap diplomacy” and high cost of projects.(AFP)

At China’s BRI meet, President Xi skips fresh funds pledge amid talk of debt-trap

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2019 07:47 PM IST
India has skipped the BRF as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, raising New Delhi’s sovereignty concerns.
Imran Khan was delivering his speech at the second Belt and Road International Forum for Cooperation (BRF), which India has skipped(Reuters)
Imran Khan was delivering his speech at the second Belt and Road International Forum for Cooperation (BRF), which India has skipped(Reuters)

Pak, China to begin CPEC second phase meet, says Imran Khan in Beijing as India stays away

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2019 08:35 AM IST
The CPEC is the most high-profile artery in President Xi Jinping’s massive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), multi-billion dollar inter-continental connectivity plan that aims to revive ancient land and sea trade routes between China, rest of Asia and Europe.
India and China need to be sensitive to each other’s concerns, foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale has told Chinese state councilor and foreign minister, Wang Yi, at the beginning of crucial bilateral talks in Beijing on Monday.(HT File Photo)
India and China need to be sensitive to each other’s concerns, foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale has told Chinese state councilor and foreign minister, Wang Yi, at the beginning of crucial bilateral talks in Beijing on Monday.(HT File Photo)

India asks China to be sensitive to its concerns as crucial bilateral talks begin

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2019 12:03 PM IST
The Indian foreign secretary is visiting Beijing days ahead of the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF), which India will skip because of concerns over territorial sovereignty related to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during a press conference briefing on the Belt and Road Summit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing on April 19, 2019.(AFP)
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during a press conference briefing on the Belt and Road Summit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing on April 19, 2019.(AFP)

Preparing for summit with India, says China despite Belt and Road forum snub

Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2019 01:53 PM IST
Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan is expected to deliver a keynote address at the forum to be held in Beijing between April 25 and 27 – a solid indication of how cozy Sino-Pak ties are
India has refused to participate in BRI citing sovereignty issues because the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) passes through Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).(AP File Photo)
India has refused to participate in BRI citing sovereignty issues because the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) passes through Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).(AP File Photo)

China’s BRI is facing resistance in region, says ministry report

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sudhi Ranjan Sen
UPDATED ON FEB 04, 2019 07:55 AM IST
India has refused to participate in BRI citing sovereignty issues because the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) passes through Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).
An offshore drilling platform stands in shallow waters near the Causeway islands at the Manifa offshore oilfield, operated by Saudi Aramco, in Manifa, Saudi Arabia.(Bloomberg)
An offshore drilling platform stands in shallow waters near the Causeway islands at the Manifa offshore oilfield, operated by Saudi Aramco, in Manifa, Saudi Arabia.(Bloomberg)

Saudi Arabia to set up $10 billion oil refinery in Pakistan

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2019 05:39 PM IST
Pakistan wants to attract investment and other financial support to tackle a soaring current account deficit caused partly by rising oil prices.
Chinese Type 052D missile destroyer Hefei (R) and Chinese Type 054A frigate Yuncheng (NATO designation Jiangkai) docked in Saint Petersburg. China has begun constructing one of its advanced warships for export to Pakistan.(AFP)
Chinese Type 052D missile destroyer Hefei (R) and Chinese Type 054A frigate Yuncheng (NATO designation Jiangkai) docked in Saint Petersburg. China has begun constructing one of its advanced warships for export to Pakistan.(AFP)

China’s Indian Ocean plans are decidedly anti-India

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2019 07:53 AM IST
Beijing sees Pakistani Navy as a helpful partner in tying down Indian resources in the Arabian sea – far away from the choke points in the eastern Indian Ocean region.
Pakistan has said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a bilateral economic project and has no military dimensions.(Reuters/Representative Image)
Pakistan has said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a bilateral economic project and has no military dimensions.(Reuters/Representative Image)

Pakistan denies US report on China secretly building fighter jets at trade corridor

Islamabad | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2018 07:18 PM IST
The Islamabad datelined report in the New York Times said Pakistani Air Force and Chinese officials were putting the final touches to the secret proposal. China last week dismissed as untrue the report.
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