Archive for the ‘Pakistan’ Category

China Loaned Pakistan $21B More Than Reported

Courtesy of Nikkei Asia, a report on China’s loans to Pakistan, the nation which has the world’s largest Chinese-funded energy portfolio Two decades of Chinese lending to Pakistan totaled about $21 billion more than previously thought, a study revealed this week, while also showing that the cash-strapped South Asian country has the biggest China-funded energy […]

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China In limbo Over Importing Middle East Oil Overland Through Pakistan

Via The China Project, a look at how ongoing violence in Balochistan and Xi Jinping’s shifting Belt and Road priorities may end Pakistan and China’s pipeline dreams: If China wants to move Middle Eastern oil and gas overland to Xinjiang, it must dredge the port at Gwadar, build a refinery there, then construct a high-altitude […]

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Pakistan’s Energy Crossroads: Coal Dependency, the Climate Crisis, and a Quest for Sustainability

Courtesy of The Diplomat, commentary on how Pakistan thinks coal is the answer to its energy security woes – but the climate impact risks undermining national security in other ways; Pakistan, with a population exceeding 240 million, stands at a pivotal juncture in its history as it grapples with a multifaceted energy challenge that has […]

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Miners’ Hunt for Copper Takes Barrick to Pakistan’s Western Frontier

Courtesy of The Financial Times, a report on Reko Diq which has potential to be one of world’s biggest suppliers of copper needed for the global energy transition: For three decades, international mining companies have tussled with officials and locals over a patch of desert around an extinct volcano in Pakistan’s neglected, insurgent-prone western province […]

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Why Is the US Ambassador’s Visit to Gwadar So Important?

Courtesy of The Diplomat, an article on why – after staying away from Balochistan for over 15 years, the United States is showing increasing interest in the China-funded and operated strategic port of Gwadar: Gwadar in Pakistan’s Balochistan province recently had a high-profile visitor: U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome visited this China-funded deep-sea port project on […]

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Is Gwadar the Key to Bridging East and West Global Economics and Geopolitics?

Via Modern Diplomacy, an article on Gwadar’s role in bringing east and west global economics and geopolitics: In the realm of global economics and strategic geopolitics, few places hold as much promise and significance as Gwadar. Nestled on the southwestern coast of Pakistan, Gwadar is often referred to as the “Gateway to the Arabian Sea,” […]

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