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CPEC’s Chinese workers in Pakistan may be targeted by terrorists, China embassy warns

Thousands of Chinese workers have gone to Pakistan following Beijing`s pledge to spend $57 billion there on projects in “Belt and Road” development plan. BEIJING: China on Friday warned its nationals in Pakistan of plans for a series of imminent “terrorist attacks” on Chinese targets there, an unusual alert as …

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Sheer size of CPEC portfolio appals IMF

ISLAMABAD:  As the overall size of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects grows to $60 billion, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) cautioned Pakistan on Wednesday to be mindful about the adverse implications of repayments of loans and profit repatriations to China. The IMF expressed these concerns during their meetings with …

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China Halts CPEC Road Projects’ Funding, Pak ‘Stunned’: Report

China has decided to temporarily stop funding at least three major road projects in Pakistan, being built as part of the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), following reports of corruption, a decision that has left officials in Islamabad “stunned”, a media report said on Tuesday, 5 December. The decision …

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CIA director sent warning to Iran over threatened US interests in Iraq

Mike Pompeo says he sent a letter to a top Iranian military official Pompeo refuses to answer questions on reports he may replace Rex Tillerson The CIA director said on Saturday he sent a letter to a top Iranian military official warning him that the US would hold Tehran accountable …

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Iranian president inaugurates first phase of Chahbahar Port

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani said on Sunday that Middle Eastern countries should solve their problems together without relying on external powers. He made the comments during the inauguration ceremony of the first phase of Chahbahar Port – a three-way transit accord between New Delhi, Tehran and Kabul that will provide greater …

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What is Oman’s stance on the Qatar-Gulf crisis?

Muscat, Oman – Amid an unprecedented diplomatic crisis in the Gulf, where a Saudi-led blockade of Qatar has reached the six-month mark, the state of Oman has singularly avoided the fray. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, along with Egypt, issued a synchronised series of announcements in June …

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Strong Quake Strikes Southeastern Iran

A strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck southeastern Iran on Friday, followed quickly by an aftershock measuring 5.1, the U.S. Geological Survey says. At least 42 people were injured and several homes destroyed, officials say. The epicenter of the quake was located about 36 miles northeast of the city of Kerman …

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Responding to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor challenge

Given the challenges that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is facing, India will need to do much more to provide an effective counter-narrative The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has been attracting a lot of attention lately and for all the wrong reasons. Pakistan has reportedly rejected China’s offer of assistance for the …

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Chabahar under spotlight to boost Iran’s sea trade

CHABAHAR- Lying on the coast of the Gulf of Oman in Iran’s southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan Province, Chabahar is the country’s only oceanic port and given its strategic location in the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) development of the port is of high significance for Iran. The port has two significant docks, …

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US general sees no change in Pakistan behaviour despite Trump’s tough line

WASHINGTON: The top US general in Afghanistan said on Tuesday that he had not seen a change in Pakistan’s support for militants so far, despite President Donald Trump taking a tougher line against Islamabad. US officials have long been frustrated by what they see as Pakistan’s reluctance to act against groups …

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