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Migrant Crisis: A dilemma for both Mexico and the U.S.?

A new wave of hundreds of Central American migrants is heading towards the Mexican border. They are going to cross Mexico and heading to the United States. Trump will have new ammunition to support his plan of building a wall to stop the immigrants.According to CGTN correspondent Al Baverstock, another migrant caravan of around 1,500 to 2,000 people is forming in the intersection of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. They are expected to cross the Mexican's southern border in the next few days, and their eventual target will be the United States.Former Mexico ambassador to the U.S. Arturo Sarukhan warns of a heated debate in Mexico whether the government should take actions to prevent the migrants from entering the Mexican border. The previous administration in the United States asked Mexico to stop the migrants, and Mexico did so without seeking anything back from the United States. Opposition voice in Mexico also criticizes that sending the migrants back violating the silent refugee rights. The contradiction constructs the core of the debate.Mexico traditionally had a generous asylum refugee policy. However, in the last decade, Mexico faced difficulties in upgrading and revamping the legislation. The pressure from the U.S. side is growing. As a result, new Mexican President Obrador has been struggling over the dilemma that on the one hand to provide further assistance to some migrants of Central America further while on the other hand being pressured to hold on the refugee and asylum seekers from heading to the U.S.Michael Johns, the co-founder of the U.S. National Tea Party Movement, indicates that Central America's situation will have a direct influence on U.S.' national interest. The U.S. policy in Central America has been designed to cultivate the market economy in the countries, in the hope of fostering democratic political regimes in the region.The caravan, to some extent, is a good thing. The Hill newspaper writer, Rafael Bernal, compares the current situation with four years ago when unaccompanied children and human trafficking groups were a more disturbing problem. Today's caravans are organized groups that tell you where they are going and what their plans are. It is much easier to control the security risk.Migrants from Mexico to the U.S. have been decreasing. Ambassador Sarukhan points out that the figure hit a net-zero around 2010 and some even say more Mexicans are going back from the United States. Mexico, despite its slow economic growth, is creating jobs and the border area has become more dangerous than ever because organized crime and smuggling, plus the increased patrolling and security, make it more difficult to cross.Michael thinks it is important to emphasize what the real number of illegal immigration is. A lot of areas need to be reformed because of illegal immigration, such as chain migration issue, border security issue and birthright citizenship, etc.On the Mexican side, Ambassador Sarukhan sees a promising future for migration policy. He believes that President Obrador has a forward-looking plan that allows for an orderly legal flow of people who will temporarily work in Mexico, meaning that the circular mobility will be transparent, legal and safe. On the other hand, Mexico needs to enhance its operational control over the southern borders. Mexico should be aware of its presence and its strategic position in securing the greater North America.An unprecedented burden has been cast from President Donald Trump to the Mexican government. Both Ambassador Sarukhan and Rafael believe that Obrador will not be as submissive as his predecessor Nieto, and there is expected to see structural tensions between the U.S. and Mexico over the migration issue. The whole debate will finally be centered on whether this wall will be the right solution to a 21st-century problem.(CGTN)

What’s next for Brexit?

It was a chaotic week for the UK politics: On January 15, the UK Parliament rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan by a landslide, 432 to 202; the next day, Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn tabled a vote of no confidence in the government, but May's administration survived by a narrow margin. So what's next for Brexit?Mark Pinner, China Practice Managing Director at Interel Consulting, said that the alternative options seemingly on the table could be a second referendum, staying in the single market/customs union, Theresa May's deal, or leaving the European Union (EU), but “all of them have problems”. And the government and the parliament are not pulling together to reach a compromise but instead shifting to extreme sides.A group of 71 opposition Labor lawmakers have urged their leader Jeremy Corbyn to swing behind a second referendum to break the Brexit impasse in parliament. And Corbyn said Labor would table further no-confidence motions in the government "if necessary".Alexander Mercouris, Editor-in-Chief of The Duran, argued that the no confidence vote was a piece of political theater and the reason May survived was that “there is no obvious alternative to her within the Conservative Party. And the Conservative Party does not want a general election at this time.The EU is not happy that Britain's prime minister can't get the Brexit deal in the parliament and believes it is not the EU's job to help the UK solve its domestic political problems.Cui Hongjian, Director of European Studies Department of China Institute of International Studies, said that there would be no best deal for all parties involved but a pragmatic approach could be adopted for both UK and the EU to reach a final deal. While Theresa May is trying to get her plan passed domestically, it would also be advisable for the EU side to make some kind of concession to help reach a deal. However, it would also be difficult for the EU to integrate different voices from its member states.With a full debate and the key vote on the Brexit deal scheduled for January 29, Prime Minister Theresa May is reported to publish an updated plan of action on EU withdrawal to Parliament on January 21.(CGTN)

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2018 Silk Road Business Summit to be held in Zhangjiajie City on October 16, 2018

On September 29, the press conference of 2018 Silk Road Business Summit in Zhangjiajie city was successfully held in Changsha, Hunan Province. Leaders from the China Association for Friendship, Hunan Sub-council of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Zhangjiajie Municipal Government, Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce (SRCIC), and more than 30 mainstream media representatives attended the press conference. The announcement was made for the summit to be held in Zhangjiajie city on 16-17 October 2018. The summit is to actively respond to the Belt and Road Initiative, to build a multilateral economic and trade platform, to promote the formulation of international standards and the building-up of the Belt and Road brands, to explore the new mode of cultural exchange, to create the international tourist attractions, to facilitate the synergy of cultural industries, cultural undertakings, and cultural tourism as contribution to the development of a shared future for the world. The abundant resources of SRCIC will uplift Hunan province in its advantages in the Belt and Road construction and in its strategy of “Innovation Leads and Open Policies for Rise” to expedite Hunan province as an important inland hub of the Belt and Road.  The Zhangjiajie Summit is the 3rd silk road business summit organized by SRCIC, following the successful summits in 2016 and 2017. It’s the first summit with its venue in a city away from Xi’an. The summit in Zhangjiajie city will give a full play to the city’s unique natural resources, ecological culture, and its tourist economy.By report, Silk Road Urban Alliance Roundtable: Belt and Road International Cooperation on Tourism is scheduled at the summit. Themed with strengthening the tourist cooperation and facilitating the Belt and Road construction, the participants are expected to share views on setting up mechanisms for the Silk Road Urban Alliance and have in-depth discussion on promoting tourist and economic development. The summit will release consensuses, international standard proposals and tourist destination development strategies.Over the five years, the Belt and Road Initiative has gained strong support from the Belt and Road countries. International commercial associations and enterprises are important participants in the Belt and Road construction. SRCIC, one of the summit organizers, is the first transnational business confederation named after the Belt and Road and mainly composed of national chambers of commerce from the Belt and Road countries. Since its establishment in 2015, SRCIC is devoted to narrating the Belt and Road stories, initiating the Belt and Road voices, and facilitating the cultural exchanges in building up pragmatic platforms for win-win cooperation. Currently SRCIC has 129 organizational members from 79 countries, including state-level business organizations and millions of affiliated enterprises. SRCIC serves as a bridge connecting enterprises and governments, providing a cooperative platform between business associations and SRCIC members. It plays a vital role in advancing economic and social development with an emphasis on international collaboration and global governance.According to the plan, the annual silk road business summits are to be held in different SRCIC member countries for bigger influence and popularity, and for building up more cooperative platforms to benefit SRCIC commercial association members and enterprise members. (ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)


Belt and Road Initiative paves way for win-win cooperation between China and Czech

By APD Writer He WeiIn July last year, the first China-EU freight train departed from Prague, captial of Czech,to Yiwu, a city in east China’s Zhejang Province. The new cargo train service marked the official launch of “the Belt and Road Initiative” in Czech. Thanks to joint efforts of both sides, the economic and trade ties between China and Czech Republic is heading for a bright future.During the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in May 2017, two months before the opening, China signed the Memorandum of Understanding to Jointly Coordinate and Promote Cooperation and Project Implementation with Czech. According to the memorandum, more efforts will be made to set up a China-Czech Cooperation Center under the Belt and Road initiative, a key project bank and a cooperation platform, integrate domestic and foreign resources, as well as adjoin and implement projects On the sidelines of the The Working Conference of China-Czech Jointly Coordinating and Monitoring Cooperation Plan and Projects under the Framework of the “Belt and Road Initiative”, Liu Jielei, vice chairman of the Czech-China Friendship Association, told the Asia Pacific Daily (APD) that besides geographic advantage, Czech enjoys a sound investment environment because of its stable domestic policies, friendly policy toward China, lower business taxes and labor cost than that of in other European countries.The "Yixin’ou (Yiwu-Xinjiang-Europe) cargo train, which began in Yiwu, was hailed as an important bridge linking Asian and European continents and a signficiant achievement in the early stage of the initative by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Xu Jie, general manager of Rongsheng Travelling (Czech) Investment Co., Ltd., said because of its important location, they have launched two projects including the Czech-Chinese Technology Business District (CCTBD) project and the South Moravia Chinese Herbal Spa Project in Prague during the past two years, stressing that initial success has been achieved thanks to the initiative.Transalated by Hu Yahui(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)