Russia To Revamp Powerful Sevastapol Radar To Counter Aegis In Romania

[US Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Facility Goes Online In Romania Tomorrow]

Crimea to defend Russia from nuclear strike again

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Crimea to defend Russia from nuclear strike again. Crimea

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The Russian Ministry of Defence will restore the Dnepr Missile Launch Detection System radar, which is situated near the city of Sevastopol.

According to a source in military industrial complex, the upgraded facility will be able to detect launches of ballistic, cruise as well as hypersonic missiles from the Black and Mediterranean Seas, and will secure Russian territories in the south and south-east.

Mikhail Khodarenok, an air defence expert explained that “after the USSR had collapsed, Ukraine came into the radar in Sevastopol, then it was rented by Russia some time, but the agreement was broken because of the Kiev’s stance. The radar has not been used for over 10 years, and it got out of order”.

He believes that loss of the facility was compensated in 2013 with the Voronezh-DM Missile Launch Detection System radar, which was put into operation near the city of Armavir. It totally surpassed the control zones of the two radars left in Ukraine, that is near Sevastopol and Mukachevo, as well as of that in the Azerbaijani city of Gabala.

The first Voronezh-class radar was deployed in the village of Lekhtusi near St Petersburg in 2008. As a result, the military gained opportunity to see everything that is going on in air and space from the coast of Morocco to Spitzbergen, and what about range, it reaches the eastern coast of the US.

The radar near Armavir, which was put into operation in 2009, monitors everything happening from the North of Africa to India. While a radar in the Kaliningrad region covers the Western sector.

A facility in the Irkutsk region “breaks through” area from China to the US Western coast. A range of alike radars are to be deployed in the nearest future.

According to the Prof. Vadim Kozyulin at the Academy of Military Sciences, deployment of the Sevastopolian radar “will secure all-round defence from missile attacks… the American missile Tomahawk flies to Moscow from the Mediterranean Sea for about two hours. Task of the new radar will be to detect its launch and direct air defence systems at it.”

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Indian Map Trick Becomes India’s Best Hope To Stop China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)

India reject Pakistan objections to map regulation bill

This map downloaded from the Survey of India website shows the Official Boundary of India.

Sino-Pak corridor through PoK in focus during Gen Sharif’s China visit

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Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times, Beijing

Pakistan Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. (State Council of China)

Pakistan Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif’s two-day visit to Beijing focussed on the $46-billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which India has objected to because it passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

The CPEC is a key component of President Xi Jinping’s  “Belt and Road Initiative” connecting China’s Xinjiang region to Pakistan’s Gwadar port.

Sharif ‘s visit, which concluded on Tuesday, and his meetings with the top leadership in Beijing, including Premier Li Keqiang, came within days of the US releasing a report that claimed China could open a naval logistics hub in Pakistan to support its presence in the Indian Ocean.

Not too many details were shared about the meetings that the powerful Pakistan Army chief had with Li and Fan Changlong, vice-chairperson of China’s Central Military Commission that is headed by President Xi Jinping. But there was little doubt that the CPEC was in focus.

Sharif assured Li that the Pakistan Army will provide security to all bilateral projects.

“The Pakistani army appreciates Pakistan’s profound friendship with China,” the official Xinhua news agency quoted Sharif as saying. He said the “Pakistani side expects achievements from the Pakistan-China Economic Corridor and is ready to provide security for cooperation”.

Li said the CPEC is “not only a flagship project between the two sides but also conducive to development and prosperity of the whole region”. China, Li said, appreciates the strong support from Pakistan’s government and military for the project.

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar had raised India’s concerns about the CPEC passing through PoK during his meetings with Chinese officials in Beijing last month.

“We made our stand very clear…that India has strong reservations on their (China’s) activities in PoK. They noted our concerns. They explained that (the involvement) was on the economic aspect, with nothing against India from the defence or military side,” he had said.

Parrikar was confident China would address India’s concerns. “Our concerns were noted by them. I expect them to act on the concerns,” he had said.

The developments during Sharif’s visit indicated China and Pakistan are on track with the CPEC. Besides, military-to-military ties have “reinforced” China-Pakistan relations, especially economic cooperation,

Li called on both sides to strengthen high-level contacts and deepen exchanges in various fields. Economic cooperation and security collaboration between the two should be pushed forward “like two wheels”, he said.

Li hoped China and Pakistan will increase communication and coordination on global and regional issues to safeguard peace and promote common development and prosperity.

The America That Media Made

The America I Woke Up to This Morning

I read online today a nameless Congressman has penned a book, Confessions of Congressman X (unrated at Amazon.com), that claims his main job is to get re-elected, voters are ignorant (what’s new?), it’s easy to manipulate a nation of naive, self-absorbed sheep who crave instant gratification, that he seldom reads bills up for vote and the country spends money it doesn’t have to mortgage its future. 

But can Americans do anything about this?  It just adds to the pent up frustration.  The book pretends to reveal all but it’s much worse than just government graft and corruption, it is murder in broad daylight conducted by the state simply overlooked.  If you think the US Constitution protects your life and liberty and that only corrupt fascist governments overseas rub out their domestic enemies, consider the long list of suspicious deaths following the JFK assassination.

I want to know who is pushing the transgender agenda in America? The news media was re-introducing Bruce Jenner to America months before he announced he would undergo a sex-change.  Now our King (aka elected President) issues a royal command that US schools must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms.  

And, and, Caitlyn Jenner (aka Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner) is now reported to be considering a transition back to being a male because of her “devout Christian beliefs.” (You don’t mean Biblical faith where the Book of Genesis says “Male and female created He (God) them,” not male and shemale?).

The Huff Post article says Caitlyn is proud she has raised awareness of how transgender people have been discriminated against but still is attracted to females.  (She retains her male genitalia,)  She now believes a same-sex relationship would be sinful, says the Huff Post report.  Absurd.  Why is the world expected to follow this twisted drama?

The left-leaning Huffington Post today posted a report that says Democratic “hopeful” Hillary Clinton favors changes in the composition of bankers who sit in key positions in regional Federal Reserve banks.  Hillary wants the Federal Reserve to be more representative of the various ethnic and racial groups in America.  “Holy shit, that’s great news” the Huffington Post quotes a noted economist to say. 

Really?  Really? That same Federal Reserve Bank that gave away most of the country’s money to financial elites that destroyed the middle class and created a nation run by oligarchs?  The Huff Post must be referring to the Hillary Clinton who, according to a Gallup survey, is the most admired woman in the world, not the Hillary Clinton in the news today for having siphoned off $100 million from Mideast leaders via the Clinton Foundation.

It’s just another day in America, brought to you by an electronic news press that must stoop to the bizarre to gain web traffic.  

Pakistan’s inept handling of mega ‘China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’ project

Pakistan’s inept handling of mega ‘China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’ project

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Chinese President Xi Jinping during his ever first visit (April 20-21, 2015) to Pakistan presented a ‘freebie’ worth US $46 billion worth Chinese investment in Pakistan for over 50 energy and infrastructural projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a trans-regional project. For China, CPEC is a major tool for achieving its long awaited regional aspirations to have direct access to the hot waters of the Gulf and direct link with the South Asia and North Asia, through Gwadar (Baluchistan)-Kashgar by 2030.
China, however, at that juncture might not have envisaged the extent to which CPEC project would go through so many rough patches due to petty minded Pakistani politicians, Pakistan army’s unwanted interest, inefficient bureaucracy and inter provincial wrangling to grab major share of Chinese freebie. China believed that CPEC would benefit over three billion people with the enhanced connectivity by the year 2030, whereas in Pakistan the ruling Muslim League (N) was busy in ensuring that its Punjab province should get maximum benefit out of China’s unprecedented investment,which was roughly 20 per cent of Pakistan’s annual GDP.

The long-awaited visit of President Xi to Pakistan, which was earlier cancelled in September 2014 amid political chaos in Islamabad, was marred at the very outset due to Nawaz Sharif’s week control over his Cabinet colleagues. During the very first day of President Xi’s visit itself when China announced CPEC projects, Pakistan witnessed an unprecedented adverse political development exposing differences in Nawaz Shahrif’s cabinet over issue of providing security cover to Chinese engineers and technicians working in Pakistan under the CPEC projects.Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan boycotted President Xi’s visit and asserted his claim over providing security to the Chinese in Pakistan was an internal issue and Pakistan army should not be assigned this duty. However, as expected Pakistan Army outrightly rejected Chaudhry Nisar Ali’s claim and Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain during one to one meeting (April 20, 2015) with President Xi informed the latter about formation of over 10,000 strong Special Security Division (SSD) under the Pakistan army with the sole objective of protecting Chinese working on Chinese projects in Pakistan.

Significantly, the SSD also included 5,000 army personnel from Pakistan army’s elite commando force called Special Services Group (SSG), specially trained for counter terrorism and security.

Before the CPEC project could see the light of the day, inter provincial bickering started to get maximum benefit out of CPEC. Smaller states like Baluchistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa vehemently opposed Punjab (Pakistan) province maneuvers to extract maximum benefits at the cost of other smaller provinces, particularly in electricity and road projects and accused Nawaz Sharif government of deceitfulness in CPEC planning.

Baluchistan was also not happy over its share of CPEC projects and criticized the federal government for exploiting Baluchistan in the name of development. Even civil society of the Pakistan was critical of the federal government and termed the CPEC as ‘China-Punjab Economic Corridor” and lamented Nawaz Sharif government for favoring Punjab province by altering original CPEC road route and allocating projects to the Punjab province worth US$ 11 billion at the cost of other three provinces. Some opposition parties also criticized Nawaz Sharif government for setting up majority of electricity and energy projects in Punjab province to gain political mileage before 2018 general elections in the country.

A section of Pakistan’s parliamentarians was also not happy the way Nawaz Sharif government had allocated CPEC projects, directly and indirectly favoring Punjab province. Pakistan’s Upper House’s Senate Special Committee on CPEC expressed dissatisfaction (May 7, 2016, Islamabad) over the government’s secrecy on the progress made on the projects under CPEC and even criticized China for taking advantage under the garb of CPEC.

Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party alleged that Pakistan was being charged 8 per cent interest rate whereas international interest rate for energy rate was only 1.6 per cent. Senator Farahutllah Babbar of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) also alleged that Chinese banks were charging a higher interest rate on loans from Pakistan for the projects under CPEC.

Senators Daud Khan Achakzai of National Awami Party (NAP) and Usman Khan Kakar of Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PMAP) criticized the Nawaz Sharif government for turning CPEC into ‘Punjab-China’ corridor and preferring 20 per cent of the country (Punjab province) over rest of the 80 per cent.

Even the Pakistan army wanted a formal role in the execution and administration of CPEC, which was not accepted by the Nawaz Sharif government. Pakistani army chief General Sharif on several occasions had expressed his concern over politics and delay in CPEC projects and was worried over just and timely implementation of projects as well as involving ‘Punjabi Politics’.

General Sharif was unhappy with civilian government’s handling CPEC to the extent that even he had suggested formation of a full time CPEC Authority to be headed by a Chairman and assisted by director generals, to implement and oversea projects.

However, Nawaz Sharif did not agree with Gen. Sharif and instead constituted (May 1, 2015) a special Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit (PMDU) to monitor projects under CPEC, which is being supervised by his daughter and heir apparent Maryam Nawaz. The only favour army got was appointment of Maj. Gen. (Retd) Dr. Zahir Shah, as Project Director of CPEC.

Meanwhile, General Sharif during his visit to Beijing (May 17, 2016) met Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to work closely to complete CPEC and discussed security measure for CPEC with his Chinese counterpart and the Chinese military leadership.

Significantly, even Ashraf Mahmood Wathra, Governor of State Bank of Pakistan, which is the central bank of the country, had expressed (December 10, 2015) some apprehensions over CPEC project. He demanded transparency in CPEC projects and disclosed that even he did not know that out of US$ 46 billion, how much was debt, equity and in cash, respectively.

Moreover, Atif Bajwa, CEO of Pakistan’s private leading bank disclosed (March 18, 2016, Karachi) that Pakistani banks were insufficiently capitalized for CPEC projects in the local currency financing for CPEC projects in Pakistan. Some Pakistani economists and International Monitory Fund (IMF) have also expressed apprehensions of Pakistan’s plans to complete 40 per cent of work on infrastructure projects under CPEC in 2017 and the remaining in 2018 worth US$ 11 billion due to certain economic constraints including Pakistan’s tight fiscal space, drop in government and public investments and budget deficits.

China is equally concerned about delay in CPEC projects due to inter provincial politics and Nawaz Sharif government’s clumsy handling of this mega project. Chinese Embassy in Islamabad in an unprecedented diplomatic move in January 2016 took notice of smaller province’s accusing Nawaz Sharif government of favoring the Punjab (Pakistan) province and called upon the politicians of Pakistan to resolve their differences over the CPEC for timely completion of the projects.

Consequently, even Prime Minister had to assure (May 12, 2016, Islamabad) a high level Chinese delegation led by the Member of the Political Bureau of Communist Party of China Zhang Chunxian about Pakistan’s commitment to timely completion of all projects under CPEC. Nawaz Sharif, also informed Zhang Chunxian that he was monitoring the progress on projects under the CPEC on daily basis.

The Ambassador of China to Pakistan, Sun Weidong had delivered (May 1, 2016) a letter from President Xi to Nawaz Sharif and reaffirmed China’s commitment for early execution of all projects under CPEC. Meanwhile, a high level delegation of China State Construction Engineering Corporation led by its President Zheng Xue Xuan visited Pakistan and also met (Lahore, May, 2016) Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and discussed progress on CPEC projects.

China, must have realized that though it has invested a huge investment in Pakistan to achieve its goal of securing direct access to the Arabian Sea and adjunct Asia, this goal may not be easy to be achieved due to Pakistan’s callous attitude towards smaller provinces like Baluchistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan army’s intentions to extract some profitable projects to please its brass.