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How Iran-China Agreement will affect CPEC & Regional Cooperation?

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The multi-billion-dollar economic and technical assistance agreement between Iran and China is likely to receive a lot of attention globally. This shows that China is now moving towards a more active role in the Persian Gulf and the Middle East.

The new agreement between Iran and China is an extension of China’s global policy of connecting different continents economically. An example of this is the Belt and Road Initiative. China is working on a rail network for direct access to Central Asia and Europe, a small portion of which will pass through Iran.

If the new agreement between Iran and China is completed, it will not only make Iran better connected with other countries of the world but also the projects connected with it for the socio-economic development of Iran will be very important.

Two years ago, Iran wanted to be part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and for that, Iran wanted to establish a modern road link between Chabahar and Gwadar. Now, this contact can be established with the consent of China and Pakistan.

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Thanks to this new connection, Iran will have trade access to China’s Xinjiang region (western region). It will also provide an opportunity to further strengthen economic ties between Pakistan and Iran. The steps that China and Iran are going to take are an expression of the reality of world politics. The two countries’ relations with the United States have problems for a variety of reasons. The United States wants to keep Iran in check. Like Iran, China has problems with its relations with the United States.

The United States has questioned China’s recent steps to strengthen its administrative control over Hong Kong. In addition, some islands in the South China Sea are the reason for disputes between the United States and China.

The agreement reached between the United States, India, Australia, and Japan to promote economic cooperation and stability in the Asia-Pacific region is seen by China as a ploy to curb its diplomatic and economic activities. So China wants to use Iran as a stepping stone to gain a foothold in the Gulf and the Middle East.

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Iran is also in the process of easing US sanctions, and for that, it wants to establish strong economic ties with its neighbors. Arab countries cannot be helpful. Turkey will maintain its economic relations with Iran at the same level.

If the new Chinese plan succeeds, Iran will surely find a good way to trade, which will enable it to expand its economic and trade ties to Central Asia and Pakistan. There are bright prospects for economic and trade development between Iran and Pakistan, but these relations have not reached a high level.

The link with China will also provide an opportunity for Iran to not only innovate in its existing industry but also to establish new industries, and this new development will be beneficial for Iran.

The details of this new issue between China and Iran have not been fully disclosed. These things will open up in the next year or two. Like the Pak-China Economic Corridor, the new Iran-China Initiative is feared to face a negative diplomatic campaign from India and the United States.

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Active economic ties between Pakistan and China date back to the 1960s and are likely to reach new heights after the completion of the CPEC. The project is not limited to the construction of the port of Gwadar and its connection to western China by road, but also includes the construction of several power plants, industries and infrastructure projects in Pakistan.

If the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is connected with Iran and Afghanistan, the economic importance of this corridor will increase many times over. Afghanistan is connected to Central Asia through a network of roads. The network could be upgraded to allow faster movement of goods and services from Pakistan and Afghanistan to Central Asian countries.

Economic cooperation between China and Pakistan is currently facing two types of criticism from the United States and India. First, they claim that CPEC will prove to be a project similar to the East India Company. Second, Pakistan will fail to repay the Chinese debt and China will have a very strong opportunity to plunder the Pakistani economy. Some even say that China will take over the Pakistani economy to some extent, just as China has become heavily involved in the Sri Lankan economy.

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The above two objections are incorrect. What could have been achieved in the seventeenth century is no longer possible in the twenty-first century. The colonial era is long gone. Due to China’s growing presence in Sri Lanka, it cannot be said that it has affected Sri Lanka’s economic and political independence. China has also invested heavily in African countries, but its role has been limited to investment and trade. Its diplomatic influence has increased, but there is no evidence that China is trying to control these countries in any way.

In most countries, China’s investment does not directly benefit it; However, in the case of the Pak-China Economic Corridor, China has direct tangible economic benefits. China desperately needs this corridor as much as it is important to Pakistan. Both the corridor and the port of Gwadar are directly important for its plans to modernize western China. The Chinese ports in the South China Sea are far from western China. CPEC gives it direct access to the coasts of western China.

If Pakistan can face harsh treatment from Western financial institutions such as the IMF and the World Bank, then there is no reason to doubt why it cannot deal with Chinese companies and banks. As many countries share borders with Pakistan, Pakistan will continue to be important in China’s policies in Afghanistan, South Asia, and the Indian Ocean region.

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In addition, Pakistan’s cooperation will be instrumental in China’s new efforts to strengthen its economic ties in the Gulf region. Thus, we can say that Pakistan’s economic corridor project with Chinese investment in foreign countries is unique because it has tangible benefits for China and of course Pakistan will also benefit from it. The network of roads under the power and industrial project and especially the CPEC could enable Pakistan to revive its economy in the post-Corona era.

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Will Pakistan Recognize and Accept Israel?

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The Muslim world is at a new turning point in history. The distance between Arabia and Israel seems to be closing. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince have met. The US Secretary of State was also present at the meeting in Saudi Arabia. The world media is shouting at this meeting. If this news is true then it is a great development in world politics. The UAE, Bahrain, and Sudan have already joined Israel. What color will this friendship with Israel bring to the Arabs? Why are the Arab countries so anxious to embrace yesterday’s enemy? Will Pak-Israel anger last forever?

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While the new global political development is a source of joy for the minority, it is also a source of unhappiness for the majority. Questions about recent developments also need to be answered. Experts say the meeting took place and that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu arrived in a private jet with the Mossad chief. He met secretly with the Saudi Crown Prince. The problem is that the results of the recent US election have upset many countries, including Saudi Arabia. After Biden’s victory, Saudi Arabia fears what the new US president will do. Saudi Arabia wants the support of the Israeli lobby in the United States. Saudi Arabia has extended a hand of friendship to both Turkey and Israel. Saudi Arabia does not want its relations with the United States to rupture. Will Saudi Arabia’s efforts work?

The first is that US foreign policy has implications. Four Muslim countries were destroyed by US foreign policy. Libya was devastated by Obama and Hillary. Had it not been for Russia and Hezbollah behind Assad in Syria, it would have been like Libya. The situation in Iraq and Afghanistan is also in front of everyone. The situation in Afghanistan and Iraq hurt the United States. Trump has not started new wars. Biden is under the influence of former US President Barack Obama. They are “dense” like them. Such people are dangerous. This threat is making the world restless.

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Iran has also linked Biden’s victory to goodwill. Iran hopes sanctions will be eased. Trade routes to Europe will open for Iran. Pakistan will also benefit from easing sanctions on Iran. Pakistan’s goods will go to Iran and Iran’s goods will come to Pakistan. Saudi Arabia wants to curb Iran’s influence in the region. If anyone can look Israel in the eye, it is Iran and Turkey. Saudi Arabia will not be made of Iran. It is said that the enemy of the enemy is the friend, Saudi Arabia is also going to sacrifice its long-standing policy under the same policy.

The question is, when Pakistan’s friends are raising the bar of love and friendship with Israel, will Pakistan lag behind in this race? Will Pak-Israel anger last forever? Prime Minister Imran Khan’s position on Palestine is the position of the nation, in which he said that our policy on relations with Israel is the same as that of the founder of Pakistan. The founders of Pakistan have always rejected relations with Israel. He used to say, “This is a dagger inserted in the heart of the Ummah. This is an illegitimate state which Pakistan will never recognize.”

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Our position cannot be linked to the position of the Arab League or the OIC. Our position is based on the position of the founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam. If Pakistan backs away from the Palestinian policy, it will deviate from the Kashmir policy. Pakistan is a non-Arab country that has taken part in two wars against Israel. Pakistan’s policy is clear and cannot be changed. But our Prime Minister is second to none in changing his stance on every issue. As soon as the news of the Saudi Crown Prince’s meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister came, a certain group in Pakistan was deployed to form a consensus to recognize Israel.

A lobby of specialized intellectuals and journalists has begun work on the “Acceptable” mission. The government has started throwing leaves through social media. The past shows that our Prime Minister jumps to great heights, in this case too. If that happened then his followers would accept it as a blessing.

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Russia Released the video of the “TSAR BOMBA” (King of Bombs) Explosion

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Russia has released a video of the world’s most powerful explosion, which was carried out experimentally in October 1961 during the Soviet era. It was actually a hydrogen bomb with an explosive power of 3,300 times that of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

The bomb, dubbed the “Tsar Bomba” (King of Bombs), was dropped on an island near the North Pole and detonated in the air at an altitude of 4 km above the ground.

With an explosive power of 50 megatons (50 million tons) of TNT, this hydrogen bomb is considered to be the most powerful bomb in human history, designed by the famous Soviet scientist Andrei Sakharov. This is the same Andrei Sakharov who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1975 after defecting from the Soviet Union.

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The 40-minute video was uploaded to YouTube by the Russian Atomic Energy Agency a few days ago, in which the countdown to the bombing begins at 22 minutes and 22 seconds:

The blast was so intense and large that it could be seen from a distance of a thousand kilometers, while its heat was felt at a distance of 250 kilometers.

The cloud formed by the explosion of this hydrogen bomb was so high that it reached an altitude of about 700 km, that is, the point where the Earth’s atmosphere ends and space begins.

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We don’t know if there is an even more powerful hydrogen bomb in the world, but we do know that it was the most powerful experimental explosion in human history.

It should be noted that the original and technical name of the hydrogen bomb is “thermonuclear bomb”, the explosion of which emits tremendous energy in the form of light, heat, and shock waves but the emission of radioactive rays is much lower than that of a normal atomic bomb.

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Father Sold his Daughter To Buy A Smartphone and Motorcycle

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We often fall in with stories on social media and news channels highlighting the brutal face of the mentally sick people of the society.

Although, the crime rate has been declined amidst the coronavirus pandemic but a few people are out there to show their bestiality to the world by committing heinous conduct.

According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), an average of 80 murders, 289 abductions, and 91 rapes were reported across the country in 2018 in India on a daily basis.

A new heart-wrenching incident took place in the Chikkaballhar district of India. An inexorable father sold his daughter, who was only three years old, to buy a smartphone and motorcycle.

He sold his daughter to a childless couple for INR 100,000. And he bought a smartphone for INR 15,000 and a motorcycle for INR 50,000 with the money he got.

The parents had tried to sell the baby to a family in Bengaluru when she was born, but their plan failed as the hospital authority meddled. After this, another person got the wind of the situation and made a deal with them on the behest of a childless couple in another village.

After the man used all the money, his neighbor grew skeptical, and they found out that his daughter had not been at home. They informed the police who inquired some villagers including the mother of the baby. The child welfare committee found the girl and a case has been filed against the couple.

The father took to his heel but the mother was incarcerated. The authority interrogated her and she brought to the light that her husband had intimidated her that’s why she allowed selling her daughter.

What could be the rhyme and reason that goaded the parents to sell their own blood? Either they are mentally sick or the financial problems made them sell their three years old baby.

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