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 on: November 21, 2017, 10:35:08 PM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by Crafty_Dog
China’s One Belt, One Road Faces Pushback

Countries want China’s funding but not at any cost.

China’s One Belt, One Road, a much-touted initiative to connect the country with Europe, the Middle East, Africa and other parts of Asia, is facing resistance from states whose cooperation Beijing needs to build its highly ambitious infrastructure projects. Last week, Pakistan and Nepal both pulled out of deals to build dams with China because of disagreements over the terms of the deals. Countries that have partnered with China on projects such as these need Chinese finance and expertise to help develop their economies and infrastructure. But these two cases show that some countries are unwilling to just accept China’s terms in exchange for access to its cash. There are limits to China’s economic clout, and Beijing can expect similar pushback from other countries.

On Nov. 15, Pakistan announced that it had withdrawn from the $14 billion Diamer-Bhasha Dam, part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project, over its objections to certain terms and conditions set by Beijing. According to the head of Islamabad’s Water and Power Development Authority, China demanded ownership of the project and its operations and wanted its own forces to provide security. Pakistan will use its own financing to go ahead with the dam, which is expected to provide 4,500 megawatts of power – roughly equivalent to the country’s energy shortfall.

Before the dam was included in the $62 billion CPEC project, the Pakistanis had sought financing from the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. Both institutions refused to fund the project because of its location in the Pakistani-controlled part of the disputed Kashmir region. The project, which has been in the works for 15 years, has already faced numerous delays and could face even more if Pakistan is unable to supply the money needed to complete the dam.

The CPEC will continue to fund other projects, including roadways, energy facilities, transportation systems and the port of Gwadar. At a time when relations with the United States have deteriorated, Pakistan is all the more reliant on China for development assistance, making the decision to reject Chinese funding for the dam even more significant. Pakistan didn’t make this decision lightly, but it couldn’t accept the terms China was seeking; Chinese ownership of a major infrastructure facility guarded by Chinese security forces was just a step too far.


Leaders attend a roundtable meeting during the Belt and Road Forum at the International Conference Center in Yanqi Lake, north of Beijing, on May 15, 2017. LINTAO ZHANG/AFP/Getty Images

Also last week, Nepal announced that it would scrap a $2.5 billion deal with Chinese state firm China Gezhouba Group to develop the Budhi Gandaki hydroelectric project. The hydroelectric plant would have generated 1,200 megawatts of electricity. The deal was signed last June – less than a month after Nepal agreed to participate in OBOR – by the pro-Beijing Maoist-dominated government in charge at the time.

That government has since been replaced by an interim government, which has said that a key part of its decision to pull out of the deal was that the agreement was reached without a competitive bidding process. There is much speculation that factions that support India within the interim government were behind the decision. Nepal has long been part of a struggle for influence between the world’s two most populous nations. With elections due on Nov. 26, the future balance between pro-China and pro-India factions in Nepal remains unclear, but the struggle between these two camps is just one part of why Nepal pulled out of the deal and why China has had trouble ensuring the cooperation of its partners.

In an article published this week, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post highlighted the larger implications of the cancellation of these two deals. That a Chinese paper has been openly critical of how China has handled this issue is noteworthy. Chinese publications don’t often acknowledge problems associated with a signature project of President Xi Jinping. But people are beginning to take notice of the many problems with OBOR. The failure of these deals is related to the fact that OBOR is an overly ambitious initiative that lacks a coherent strategy.

The most developed of OBOR’s six overland economic corridors runs from Xinjiang province in western China through the entire length of Pakistan to the port of Gwadar on the Arabian Sea. Pakistan views the project as a major part of its close relationship with China and its efforts to address its chronically weak infrastructure. But Pakistan understands that China’s main interest in the project is to ensure that Chinese firms can profit from it, to find new markets for its goods and to establish a new trade route that isn’t dependent on maritime shipping lanes.

It is unlikely that Pakistan and Nepal will be the only countries critical of China’s approach to these infrastructure projects. Countries in Central Asia, where the Chinese are aiming to develop another critical corridor as part of OBOR, could also raise objections to Chinese demands, which are proving to be unduly onerous on China’s partners. These countries want China’s funding, but not at any cost.

 on: November 21, 2017, 03:10:58 PM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by Crafty_Dog

 on: November 21, 2017, 02:32:15 PM 
Started by Bob Burgee - Last post by Bob Burgee
Greetings DBMA Association Members!

10 more fights from the 2016 Canadian Gathering.

Unit 21   2016-07 - Canada Gathering - 21 - Double Stick vs. Double Stick
Unit 22   2016-07 - Canada Gathering - 22 - Single Stick vs. Single Stick
Unit 23   2016-07 - Canada Gathering - 23 - Stick & Knife vs. Stick & Knife
Unit 24   2016-07 - Canada Gathering - 24 - Single Stick vs. Single Stick
Unit 25   2016-07 - Canada Gathering - 25 - Single Stick vs. Single Stick
Unit 26   2016-07 - Canada Gathering - 26 - Single Stick vs. Single Stick
Unit 27   2016-07 - Canada Gathering - 27 - Single Stick vs. Single Stick
Unit 28   2016-07 - Canada Gathering - 28 - Tomahawk & Knife vs. Tomahawk & Knife
Unit 29   2016-07 - Canada Gathering - 29 - Single Stick vs. Single Stick
Unit 30   2016-07 - Canada Gathering - 30 - Double Stick vs. Double Stick

 on: November 21, 2017, 11:46:43 AM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by Crafty_Dog
"Note that in both cases, Moore and Trump, the bad stuff was timed to come out after all the choices for other candidates were removed.  They weren't trying to expose filth, the were trying to steal an election. "

"excellent point!"


 on: November 21, 2017, 11:07:45 AM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by ccp
"Note that in both cases, Moore and Trump, the bad stuff was timed to come out after all the choices for other candidates were removed.  They weren't trying to expose filth, the were trying to steal an election. "

excellent point!   

and that observation supports the notion that this was all "LEFT wing conspiracy" .  and not, as many merry trumpsters, are wont to believe  McConnell or other "establisment " Repub playing dirty tricks.

 on: November 21, 2017, 10:40:12 AM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by DougMacG
Bill Clinton earned the experience of being lied about for the way he did that to Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey and Juanita Broadrick to name a few.

My guess is that these young gals on the sex trips might have consented or consented part way, not for all they were 'asked' to do.  We'll never know of course.  Not being a criminal trial, the standard of proof is lower.  At this point this is more of a political question.  

Watching the left squirm in their hypocrisy is the interest here.  Republicans are happy to see bad leaders pulled out if given a choice.  Note that in both cases, Moore and Trump, the bad stuff was timed to come out after all the choices for other candidates were removed.  They weren't trying to expose filth, the were trying to steal an election.  

 on: November 21, 2017, 08:51:53 AM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by Crafty_Dog

 on: November 21, 2017, 06:58:24 AM 
Started by Bob Burgee - Last post by Bob Burgee
Greetings DBMA Association Members!

New Kali Tudo Vid Lesson from PG Crafty!

Kali Tudo Vid Lesson: Kali Tudo Time Machine – Bolo Loop – Back Control – Sector One - Running Time 18:47

 on: November 20, 2017, 06:39:56 PM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by ccp
Doug ,

while it is shameful, if true, that this 55 ish year old guy at the time was dallying around with girls maybe younger then his own daughter (or Web Hubbell's)

these girls must not have been angels .   What were these girls doing hanging out with a billionaire etc?

Some of these accusations we are seeing sound more like extortion scams then "assaults" to  me lately .

Some of these teenage girls know FULL WELL WHAT they are doing  ( although they may have been manipulated but still....)

yeah yeah yeah - he got me drunk - and I woke in bed with him lying next to me naked and I had no clue - this is sounds rotten to me.  (unless date rape ala Bill Cosby who played the fatherly gynecologist - like the father on the Donna Reed show)

These women are treating this like a lotto - some of them anyway.  Some certainly do sound legitamit I do not dispute at all.

 on: November 20, 2017, 06:16:12 PM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by ccp
magma melting Greenland glacier ice

Wow - isn't this the same new theory as in Antarctica ?

kind of blows the whole *man made* climate change theory back down the throats of the libs doesn't it.

don't expect the very lucrative man made climate change industrial complex to admit this any time soon.

What say you EXXON?  time to buy ?   wink

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