Archive for the ‘Pakistan’ Category

China’s Belt and Road Chugging Along in Central Asia

Via the Asia Times, an article on BRI activity in Central Asia: The information war is so intense nowadays that unsung melodies are often more alluring than the sung ones. The lines from English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley’s famous ode To a Skylark come to mind: “In the broad day-light / Thou art unseen, but yet I […]

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Digital Silk Road: China installed Himalayan Fiber-Optics Network

  Via The Asia Times, a report on China installation of a fibre optic network in certain remote locations of the western Himalayas, giving them new near-real-time ISR (intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance) capabilities in the area: At the height of the border standoff with India in 2020, China installed a fibre optic network at certain remote locations of […]

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Why is the TAPI Gas Pipeline So Important to Turkmenistan?

Via New Eastern Outlook, an article on the importance of TAPI to Turkmenistan: Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov strictly adheres to the policy of his predecessor, Saparmurat Niyazov. The present leader of the country, who bears the official title of Arkadag, translated as patron from the Turkmen language, does his best to ensure that the state […]

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Taliban Gains Give Investors Cause For Concern Beyond Afghanistan

Via Reuters, an article on how Taliban gains give investors cause for concern beyond Afghanistan: The Taliban’s rapid advance towards Kabul is not only causing concern about Afghanistan’s future but also about the impact on other countries in the region and their economies. Iran and then Iraq lie to the west of Afghanistan. Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are […]

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CPEC’s Shifting Power Dynamics

Via the Asia Times, a report on CPEC’s changing power dynamics: Pakistan is changing direction on China’s Belt and Road in an apparent bid to assuage Beijing amid rising security risks to its in-country nationals, interests and investments. In a surprise and still unexplained move, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced last week that businessman Khalid […]

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Pakistan’s Key CPEC Port: Reality A Long Way From Vision

Via The Third Pole, a close look at Gwadar - Pakistan’s key CPEC port which is a long way from trade hub vision: There are big plans for Pakistan’s southern coastal city of Gwadar. Pakistan and China are making a considerable effort – and pledging close to USD 700 million in investment – to transform what […]

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Focusing primarily on The New Seven Sisters - the largely state owned petroleum companies from the emerging world that have become key players in the oil & gas industry as identified by Carola Hoyos, Chief Energy Correspondent for The Financial Times - but spanning other nascent opportunities around the globe that may hold potential in the years ahead, Wildcats & Black Sheep is a place for the adventurous to contemplate & evaluate the emerging markets of tomorrow.