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– by Meeran Baloch

May 15, 2017: China in collaboration with Pakistan is building Gwadar port for her military and economic interests without the consent of the Baloch nation. After constructing Gwadar port, China will be able to encircle USA and India in the Arabian Sea, and to some extent, it will be able to exert control over the Strait of Hurmuz choke as well.

China in partnership with Pakistan has also been robbing the gold and copper of Balochistan from Saindak project since 1995. Metallurgical Company of China (MCC) has obtained the Saindak project contract in 2003. From 2003 till 2013, in a decade, it has probably extracted 177,036 million tons of copper from this project; while the people of Balochistan are living a miserable life below the abject poverty line.

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Baloch natural resources are being used for the welfare of people of both countries, Punjabi Pakistan and China, while Baloch themselves are deprived of their own resources due to Punjabi colonial rule. Without the consent of the Baloch nation, both the new colonial powers are ransacking and looting Baloch national resources.

After pocketing of Saindak Gold and Copper money, both Pakistan and China have started another exploitive scheme of building Gwadar Port in the name of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Baloch armed organizations are fighting tooth and nail to stop this China-Pakistan Nexus on their soil, Balochistan.

In order to see the so-called CPEC through, Pakistan is killing and displacing the native Baloch living on the adjacent areas of the route of this China-Pakistan Nexus in Balochistan. Since 1999، a whopping number of Baloch men and women have been killed, disappeared, evacuated and terrorized by Pakistan army and ISI. Collective punishment of general public is their prime objective to prevent Baloch young from participating in the resistance.

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When the construction of Gwadar port started, Pakistan also accelerated the on-going spree of killing, disappearing, displacing and terrorizing of Baloch people in Balochistan, where almost 25000 Baloch men, including women, have gone missing, more than 5000 men have brutally been killed in extra Judicial practice. More than 500000 have forcefully been displaced from their own fatherland.

Baloch has been defending their fatherland from Pakistani colonial rule since 1948. Baloch made many attempts since that time to regain their independence from Pakistan, but all that efforts failed due to lack of discipline and international moral support.

The scope of 1948, 1958, 1968 and 1974 resistance movement was limited to only Kohistan Marri, Wadh and Kalat areas.

Nevertheless, the new movement which emerged in 1999 under the umbrella of Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), is entirely different from all previous movements; it is clandestine, disciplined, widespread and popular among the masses.

It is the first time in the history of Balochistan that all the areas of Balochistan are witnessing the same level of resistance against Pakistan from Kohistan Marri to Gwadar. BLA became a nightmare for Pakistani army, it practically endeavoured to safeguard the interests of Baloch and the same way Baloch trusted the leadership of BLA and consider it their defender.

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Today, the BLA targeted and killed personnel of Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) in Gwadar who were working on Chinese funded projects. FWO is a construction company own and directly control by the Pakistan Army. It has also built several military, naval, air force bases in Balochistan.

People of Balochistan are confident that as long as the Baloch Liberation Army is strong under the committed leadership, the dream of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor would not be realised by any mean.

Meeran Baloch is a native of Gwadar, student of politics and he supports establishment of an independent Balochistan

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The impact on China’s economy from the Sino-U.S. trade frictions are not apparent yet, Mao cautioned, adding that the nation will face more “external” uncertainties in 2019.

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China’s November retail sales grew at their weakest pace since 2003 and industrial output rose the least in nearly three years as domestic demand softened further, underlining rising risks to the economy as China works to defuse a trade dispute with the United States.

The world’s second-largest economy has been loosing momentum in recent quarters as a multi-year government campaign to curb shadow lending put increasing financial strains on companies in a blow to production and investment.

The slowdown in Chinese industries has started to weigh on consumer sentiment this year, tapping the brakes on retail sales. Big-ticket items have been the first to be hit, with auto sales declining since May.

Pace of retail sales slows

Retail sales rose 8.1 percent in November from a year earlier, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed Friday, below expectations for an 8.8 percent rise and the slowest since May 2003. In October, sales increased 8.6 percent. Auto sales fell a sharp 10.0 percent from a year earlier.

 

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The slump was in line with data released by China’s top auto industry association, which showed sales dived 14 percent in November, the steepest drop in nearly seven years.

The stresses on broad activity have been compounded by a sharp escalation in China’s trade dispute with the United States, which has threatened to fracture global supply chains, chill investment, exports and growth.

Pace of industrial output slows

Industrial output rose 5.4 percent in November, missing analysts’ estimates and matching the rate of growth seen in January-February 2016. Factory output had been expected to grow 5.9 percent, unchanged from October’s pace.

Over the weekend, China reported far weaker than expected November exports and imports, reflecting slower global demand and waning domestic factory activity as profit margins narrow.

With economic growth at its weakest since the global financial crisis, Chinese policymakers are ramping up spending, pushing banks to increase lending and cutting taxes to shore up businesses and ward off a more damaging slump.

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The weaker November industrial output and retail sales growth numbers showed that downward pressure on the economy is increasing, said Mao Shengyong, spokesman at the statistics bureau.

Still on track to hit growth target

But China is on track to hit its 2018 economic growth target of around 6.5 percent, Mao told reporters.

“On balance, the latest data show an economy that is under pressure on both the external and domestic front, with policy efforts to shore up growth still falling short,” Julian Evans-Pritchard, senior China economists at Capital Economics, wrote in a note.

A temporary 90-day trade war truce agreed by the United States and China early this month may have removed some of the immediate pressure on the economy.

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The impact on China’s economy from the Sino-U.S. trade frictions are not apparent yet, Mao cautioned, adding that the nation will face more “external” uncertainties in 2019.

Indeed, even in the unlikely event the world’s top two economies reach a durable resolution in their dispute, ebbing domestic demand, mounting household debt and a cooling real estate sector point to a further slowdown in growth next year. (VOA)