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  • The dragon's growing footprint in India’s neighbourhood Aug 07, 2021 08:59 AM IST

    The dragon's growing footprint in India’s neighbourhood

    With the US withdrawing from Afghanistan, the situation is ideal for China to fill the power vacuum with the help of its all-weather ally Pakistan. Afghanistan’s natural resources, its strategic location and Beijing's own investments in the CPEC are big enough temptations. But will it work?

  • Pakistan unveils first metro line under China's Belt and Road Initiative amid mounting debt Oct 28, 2020 02:40 PM IST

    Pakistan unveils first metro line under China's Belt and Road Initiative amid mounting debt

    Beijing has invested more than $50 billion as part of the CPEC to upgrade infrastructure, power and transport links across Pakistan. Travel time across Lahore, a congested city with 11 million residents, has been cut to 45 minutes.

  • Pakistan inaugurates first transport project under CPEC Oct 25, 2020 07:46 PM IST

    Pakistan inaugurates first transport project under CPEC

    Punjab province Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and Chinese officials inaugurated the projected which has been completed in six years at the cost of over $2.2 billion.

  • Pakistan approves $7.2 bn railway line upgradation project under CPEC Jun 07, 2020 01:01 PM IST

    Pakistan approves $7.2 bn railway line upgradation project under CPEC

    The approval of the project to upgrade the 1,872 km-long railway track from Peshawar to Karachi is a big milestone for the second phase of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), said Lieutenant General (retired) Asim Saleem Bajwa, chairman of the CPEC Authority.

  • Pakistan says US invited to invest in CPEC Feb 28, 2020 03:15 PM IST

    Pakistan says US invited to invest in CPEC

    Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's adviser on commerce Abdul Razak Dawood on Thursday said the government made the offer during a meeting with the US trade delegation led by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Wednesday, The Express Tribune reported.

  • Pakistan defends Chinese investment after US criticises CPEC project Jan 24, 2020 09:18 AM IST

    Pakistan defends Chinese investment after US criticises CPEC project

    Senior US diplomat Alice Wells has said there is no transparency in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the firms blacklisted by the World Bank have got contracts under the project, which will increase the country's debt burden.

  • Trade | Why BRI through India is wishful thinking at best Jan 23, 2020 10:25 AM IST

    Trade | Why BRI through India is wishful thinking at best

    Subramanian Swamy’s comments on the Mumbai and Kolkata ports provides the opportunity to highlight the pressing concern of weak infrastructural capacities in India.

  • US criticises CPEC, says no transparency in projects undertaken by China Jan 22, 2020 02:30 PM IST

    US criticises CPEC, says no transparency in projects undertaken by China

    Speaking at an event here on Tuesday during her four-day visit to Pakistan, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia also said that companies blacklisted by the World Bank have got contracts under the CPEC.

  • China-Pakistan relation is win-win cooperation, mutually beneficial: Chinese envoy Nov 23, 2019 11:44 AM IST

    China-Pakistan relation is win-win cooperation, mutually beneficial: Chinese envoy

    Chinese envoy to Pakistan Yao Jing's statement came as the US on November 21 warned Islamabad against the CPEC project, claiming it is going to take a toll on Pakistan's economy.

  • US urges Pakistanis to pose tough questions to China on CPEC Nov 22, 2019 11:49 AM IST

    US urges Pakistanis to pose tough questions to China on CPEC

    The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a planned network of roads, railways and energy projects linking China's resource-rich Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region with Pakistan's strategic Gwadar Port on the Arabian Sea.

  • Imran Khan inaugurates 1,320 MW power plant under CPEC in Pakistan Oct 22, 2019 04:05 PM IST

    Imran Khan inaugurates 1,320 MW power plant under CPEC in Pakistan

    The China Hub Power Plant is the first joint power project between Pakistan and China under the CPEC initiative and would generate electricity utilising coal from local mines, the Business Recorder, a Pakistani financial daily, reported.

  • Politics | 'Shutting down' terror camps is an old Pakistan trick, don’t fall for it Jun 11, 2019 02:05 PM IST

    Politics | 'Shutting down' terror camps is an old Pakistan trick, don’t fall for it

    The FATF threats have produced a temporary shutting down and freezing for terror infrastructure, but all that has been done is reversible. There is not a single irreversible action here.

  • Policy | The expansion of China’s Belt and Road Initiative poses new challenges for India May 02, 2019 08:46 AM IST

    Policy | The expansion of China’s Belt and Road Initiative poses new challenges for India

    As most countries in India’s neighbourhood and Eurasia are participating in it, it will become more and more difficult for India to isolate its own connectivity plans from the BRI-linked projects.

  • China's Belt and Road needs to be transparent, fiscally sustainable: Xi Jinping Apr 26, 2019 08:07 AM IST

    China's Belt and Road needs to be transparent, fiscally sustainable: Xi Jinping

    There will also be "zero tolerance" for corruption, Xi said at a Belt and Road summit, adding that the initiative "is not an exclusive club".

  • Pakistan assured full security to our nationals, CPEC following terror attack on Consulate: China Nov 27, 2018 03:45 PM IST

    Pakistan assured full security to our nationals, CPEC following terror attack on Consulate: China

    Three heavily-armed suicide bombers stormed the Chinese consulate in the Pakistan's largest city on November 23, killing four people including two policemen before being shot dead by security forces which foiled the daring attack in the high-security zone.

  • China says different voices coming from Pakistan on CPEC; plays down reports on investment cut Oct 09, 2018 02:19 PM IST

    China says different voices coming from Pakistan on CPEC; plays down reports on investment cut

    Pakistan's Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid recently announced plans to cut the USD 8.2 billion Karachi-Peshawar railway project by about USD 2 billion.

  • Saudi Arabia's plan to invest in Pakistan a 'positive factor': China Oct 08, 2018 03:21 PM IST

    Saudi Arabia's plan to invest in Pakistan a 'positive factor': China

    After the recent visit of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to Saudi Arabia, it was announced that Riyadh will be the third "strategic partner" of USD 50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

  • Pakistan takes U-turn; says Saudi Arabia won't be part of CPEC Oct 03, 2018 11:57 AM IST

    Pakistan takes U-turn; says Saudi Arabia won't be part of CPEC

    The CPEC is the flagship project of the multi-billion dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a pet project of President Xi Jinping aimed at enhancing China's influence around the world through China-funded infrastructure projects.

  • Saudi Arabia to finance three CPEC projects in Pakistan Sep 28, 2018 03:41 PM IST

    Saudi Arabia to finance three CPEC projects in Pakistan

    The two sides also signed three agreements worth $16.1 million for financing projects in health and education sectors in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

  • Opinion | Do the China-Pakistan ties offer India an opportunity? Sep 21, 2018 12:24 PM IST

    Opinion | Do the China-Pakistan ties offer India an opportunity?

    A smart, forward-looking Indian leadership should not pass up the opportunity to increase economic linkages with Pakistan, and provide the latter with an alternative to China

  • Pakistan invites Saudi Arabia to be 3rd partner in CPEC Sep 20, 2018 06:35 PM IST

    Pakistan invites Saudi Arabia to be 3rd partner in CPEC

    Pakistan has invited Riyadh to join the CPEC as the third "strategic partner", The News quoted him as saying.

  • Imran Khan says friendship with China cornerstone of Pakistan foreign policy; vows to complete CPEC Sep 10, 2018 02:12 PM IST

    Imran Khan says friendship with China cornerstone of Pakistan foreign policy; vows to complete CPEC

    Pakistan and China pledged on Sunday to complete the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on Khan and expressed desire to further enhance the bilateral strategic partnership.

  • Opinion | India's neighbours should beware of Chinese bearing gifts Aug 16, 2018 01:41 PM IST

    Opinion | India's neighbours should beware of Chinese bearing gifts

    New Delhi needs to reconsider its attitude towards its smaller neighbours at a time when Beijing is knitting the economies of South Asia together and reorienting them away from India

  • China, Pakistan to jointly produce film on CPEC Jun 15, 2018 04:37 PM IST

    China, Pakistan to jointly produce film on CPEC

    China and Pakistan will jointly produce a movie to highlight the "intimate friendship" of the people from the two countries, according to a media report.

  • No review of India's stand on China-Pakistan Corridor: Nirmala Sitharaman Jun 08, 2018 07:30 PM IST

    No review of India's stand on China-Pakistan Corridor: Nirmala Sitharaman

    "The focus of the reforms is therefore evidently moving towards the PLA (People's Liberation Army) Navy, PLA Airforce and PLA Rocket Forces as opposed to erstwhile emphasis on just the PLA,"

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