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China’s Belt and Road projects at risk | SOURCE: NIKKEI ASIA

Prime Minister Imran Khan, left, and Afghan Taliban fighters, shown celebrating the peace deal between the U.S. and Taliban in March 2020. (Source photos by Getty Images)

Pakistan fears that the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan — in line with the American-Taliban peace deal signed last year — will cause more security threats putting China’s Belt and Road projects at risk.

Analysts feel the uncertainty in Afghanistan has provided Tehreek e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) with a window to attack interests in Pakistan, including the projects of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, or CPEC — the $50 billion Pakistan component of the Belt and Road initiative.

CPEC has not traditionally been a top target of TTP in Pakistan. But in recent months, anti-China rhetoric has [surfaced] in TTP propaganda, especially because of China’s oppression of Uyghur Muslims.

Pakistan already joined the U.S., Russia and China to call on the Afghan government and Taliban to ensure that Afghan soil is not used for cross-border attacks.

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China´s interest in Sri Lanka | SOURCE: JAMESTOWN ORG

Image: An aerial photo taken on September 23, 2020 shows the construction of a park in Colombo Port City by China Harbor. (Source: CHEC via Xinhua)

Located at the crossroads of global shipping lanes, Sri Lanka has become a significant recipient of Chinese economic and military influence in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

Chinese investments in port capacity have enabled Sri Lanka to enhance its strategic position in the Indian Ocean and become a regional trading hub, with future plans to develop its ability to become a financial center as well.

Access to the Indian Ocean’s sea routes is critical to Beijing, as today China is the world’s top oil importer, principally coming from the Middle East, passing through the Indian Ocean on its way to China.

Sri Lanka has been a critical partner in China’s expansive foreign policy and infrastructure-focused Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The situation further highlights Sri Lanka’s delicate balancing act between China and India. Colombo Port in Sri Lanka is particularly significant for India, as it handles roughly 40 percent  of transshipped container cargo bound for the Indian market.

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India, EU announce Connectivity Partnership to checkmate China | SOURCE: THE ECONOMIC TIMES

India-EU summit: FTA negotiations to resume after 8 yrs; European leaders extend solidarity on COVID-19

India and EU announced a comprehensive Connectivity Partnership on supporting resilient and sustainable connectivity both in India and in third countries and regions, including Africa, Central Asia and the Indo-Pacific that will provide an alternative to China’s mega Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The EU-India Connectivity Partnership covers cooperation in the digital, energy, transport, and people-to-people sector. Is the second such partnership for Europe, after the one between EU and Japan in September 2019.

The India-EU initiative is comprehensive compared to the Blue Dot network formed by USA-Japan-Australia to provide assessment and certification of infrastructure development projects worldwide.

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Pakistan fears Afghan pullback by US will stall Belt and Road | SOURCE: ASIA NIKKEI

Prime Minister Imran Khan, left, and Afghan Taliban fighters, shown celebrating the peace deal between the U.S. and Taliban in March 2020. (Source photos by Getty Images)

Pakistan fears that the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan will increase instability in both itself and its neighbor, causing more security threats and ultimately putting China’s Belt and Road projects at risk. Uncertainty in Afghanistan has already provided Tehreek e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) with a window to attack interests in Pakistan.

SOURCE: ASIA NIKKEI


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EU, India to Combat China Belt and Road Initiative | SOURCE: NTD

The European Union and India are talking about a global infrastructure agreement. The move is seen as a competition to Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative.

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INDIA:

  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited recently Bangladesh to develop political and economic ties and undermine Chinese influence in the region. India and the US are keen to undermine Bangladesh’s ties with China and integrate it fully into their offensive against Beijing. Bangladesh is a partner in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

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SRI LANKA:

  • Sri Lanka agreed with China to strengthen and enhance mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation in all fields. President Xi has noted that China is willing to work with Sri Lanka to enhance Belt and Road cooperation and contribute to the economic revival of Sri Lanka in post-pandemic era

SOURCE: COLOMBO PAGE

 


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OMAN:

  • China is seeking greater development of the China-Oman strategic partnership. China is ready to boost bilateral cooperation in trade, investment, 5G, and information technology, in a bid to assist Oman with its strategy to achieve the goal of economic diversification.

SOURCE: PEOPLE´S DAILY ONLINE


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BAHRAIN:

  • Bahrain agreed with China to enhance cooperation to further strengthen their relationship. China hopes the two sides will enhance the synergy between the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, expanding mutually beneficial cooperation in infrastructure construction, big data, e-commerce and other fields.

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CONGO:

  • China cancels Democratic Republic of Congo loans as it joins belt and road. Beijing writes off US$28 million in matured loans and pledges US$17 million of support in a country where Chinese firms already dominate mining sector.

SOURCE: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST


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