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Evaluating The China-Pakistan Corridor

THE formal launch of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) during the recent visit of President Xi Jinping has understandably generated a lot of euphoria in Pakistan. With a planned portfolio of projects totalling around $45 billion, the size of the ‘investment’ in the CPEC over the next 15 years, if materialised, will equal the cumulative gross foreign direct investment inflows into Pakistan since 1970.

Read Here – Dawn

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The Great Eastern Force

If I were to write about a new power rising in the East, one whose population of 633 million is the third largest in the world after China and India, and 100 million more than either the European Union or the whole of North America, you might expect to have heard quite a lot about it, writes Sholto Byrnes

Read Here – The National

The Tricky Rivalry Trap

The West is egging India on to be fully prepared for “threats” posed by its large neighbour. Considering the fact that both sides still have territorial disputes and will probably have wider engagement at many levels, this so-called rivalry between India and China will not stop making headlines in Western media.

Read Here – People’s Daily

Make In India: Is It A Battle With China?

In an attempt to build India’s industrial base nationwide, (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi is pushing the Make in India campaign, designed to attract foreign investment by highlighting the ongoing changes. How does the effort all stack up agains China?

Read Here – Businessweek

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Showmanship Vs Substance

For this round, Abe and Modi nurtured their personal relationship and the summitry generated momentum toward enhanced cooperation. But tapping the potential for enhanced security cooperation and business ties will require painstaking negotiations to bridge differences. India is pursuing a hedging strategy vis-a-vis China and that places constraints on what will develop with Tokyo.

Read Here – Japan Times

A Chinese Proposal India Can Say No To?

According to a report in India’s Economic Times, China has offered to finance a large portion of India’s infrastructure development via loans.  The investment would amount to 30 percent of India’s planned infrastructure spending through 2017. For comparison, China contributed a mere 0.15 percent of India’s total FDI inflows between April 2000 and December 2013. India has in the past refused Chinese investment in critical infrastructure, particularly telecom and power, over national security concerns.

Read Here – The Diplomat

Like It Or Not, China Investing Big Time Overseas

China’s outbound FDI rose 17.6 percent year-on-year in 2012 to a record high of $87.8 billion, according to the 2012 Statistical Bulletin of China’s Outward Foreign Direct Investment, which was released by the Ministry of Commerce, the National Bureau of Statistics and the State Administration of Foreign Exchange.

Read Here – China.org.cn

Foreigners Boost U.S. Shale Gas Boom

It’s not just Chinese firms that are seeking to profit from America’s energy boom. Roughly 20 percent of the $133.7 billion invested in U.S. tight oil and shale gas from 2008 to 2012 came from abroad. To date, from Asia, Japanese companies have invested $5.3 billion; Indian companies $3.55 billion; and Korean companies $1.55 billion. From Europe, U.K. companies have invested $3.95 billion; French companies $4.55 billion; and Norwegian companies $3.38 billion.

Read Here – Businessweek

Egypt Tries Undoing Mubarak Deals

As Egypt struggles to revive an economy battered by last year’s uprising against Hosni Mubarak, private lawsuits are attempting to overturn the sale of state assets during his rule. The court actions present the new government with a dilemma: It’s trying to attract foreign investment while addressing the demands of a population that stages protests and strikes almost weekly. Many protesters demand the return of former state companies to the government, or a renegotiation of the prices of old deals. “I pity them,” says Hisham Fahmy, chief executive of the American Chamber of Commerce in Cairo, of Egypt’s new rulers.

Read Here – Businessweek

Remembering the White Terror

Chen Shin-chi smiles through his dentures and drops down to the dusty floor of a jail cell to do a push up. He looks up at the crowd watching him, smiles again, and flips on his back to perform sit-ups, his body stretching almost the entire length of the three-by-two-meter cell. In 1968, he lived in one of these windowless boxes for four months during his five-year imprisonment by the then-authoritarian Taiwanese government. Today he gives tours of his former hell, now a human rights museum 10 minutes outside Taipei.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

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