Tom Hussain

Tom Hussain

Tom Hussain is an Islamabad-based journalist who has spent his 35-year career covering South Asia and the Middle East.

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UAE port operator DP World warms to more wind, solar, hydropower, biomass and nuclear energy in Asia, in net zero aim

Firm, moving 10 per cent of global cargo, plans to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in decarbonisation strategy and says population’s needs can be met sustainably.

Firm, moving 10 per cent of global cargo, plans to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in decarbonisation strategy and says population’s needs can be met sustainably.

24 May 2022 - 7:38PM
Will China’s belt and road projects in cash-strapped Pakistan lose momentum as PM Shehbaz Sharif seeks IMF financial support?

Pakistan’s new coalition government is struggling to secure finance for the initiative promised by former PM Imran Khan; negotiations with IMF continue; Beijing has financed US$25 billion of infrastructure since 2015.

Pakistan’s new coalition government is struggling to secure finance for the initiative promised by former PM Imran Khan; negotiations with IMF continue; Beijing has financed US$25 billion of infrastructure since 2015.

18 May 2022 - 6:38PM
Pakistan left reeling from Jokowi’s decision to ban Indonesian palm oil exports

Inventories have been running low due to financial pressure caused by spiking international edible oil prices, following the loss of sunflower oil supplies from Russia and Ukraine, and the volatility in the exchange rate of the rupee.

Inventories have been running low due to financial pressure caused by spiking international edible oil prices, following the loss of sunflower oil supplies from Russia and Ukraine, and the volatility in the exchange rate of the rupee.

5 May 2022 - 5:40PM
What Pakistan suicide blast reveals about the Balochistan insurgency and China

While three Chinese were killed in the attack, observers say Beijing and its belt and road projects in Pakistan are a collateral damage of Balochistan’s separatist bid.

While three Chinese were killed in the attack, observers say Beijing and its belt and road projects in Pakistan are a collateral damage of Balochistan’s separatist bid.

30 Apr 2022 - 8:30AM
China demands results from Pakistan in deadly Confucius Institute van blast investigation

The Chinese foreign ministry says it will continue to urge Pakistani officials to follow up, treat the injured and crack down on terror groups.

The Chinese foreign ministry says it will continue to urge Pakistani officials to follow up, treat the injured and crack down on terror groups.

27 Apr 2022 - 5:24PM
Pakistan condemns ‘act of terrorism’ after blast kills Confucius Institute official, 3 others in Karachi

A van carrying four people, including the director of Karachi University’s Confucius Institute, exploded after a suicide attacker blew herself up.

A van carrying four people, including the director of Karachi University’s Confucius Institute, exploded after a suicide attacker blew herself up.

27 Apr 2022 - 2:23PM
Will Yemen’s new nationwide ceasefire ease energy security concerns in China and the rest of Asia?

Efforts to extend the country’s first ceasefire for years, and create an opportunity to negotiate an end to the conflict, continue despite setbacks; move signifies ‘the most significant step in a while’.

Efforts to extend the country’s first ceasefire for years, and create an opportunity to negotiate an end to the conflict, continue despite setbacks; move signifies ‘the most significant step in a while’.

21 Apr 2022 - 9:46PM
Explainer | Why is Pakistan’s new PM Shehbaz Sharif so keen to accelerate the CPEC with Beijing?

Sharif played a key role in setting up some infrastructure projects in the CPEC’s initial stages, and resuming work on the scheme will be like a ‘homecoming’, an analyst says.

Sharif played a key role in setting up some infrastructure projects in the CPEC’s initial stages, and resuming work on the scheme will be like a ‘homecoming’, an analyst says.

20 Apr 2022 - 9:58PM
China, India, money woes, US conspiracy claims: the issues keeping Pakistan’s new PM busy

Shehbaz Sharif faces an uphill battle as he seeks to stabilise a shaky economy, mend ties with New Delhi and Beijing – and fend off his predecessor’s claims of US interference in Pakistan’s politics.

Shehbaz Sharif faces an uphill battle as he seeks to stabilise a shaky economy, mend ties with New Delhi and Beijing – and fend off his predecessor’s claims of US interference in Pakistan’s politics.

17 Apr 2022 - 7:00PM
Asia’s energy supplies, prices face uncertain future as EU’s boycott of Russia takes shape

Asia’s economies will have to compete with the EU for LNG supplies from the Gulf and the US. Fears are growing of the knock-on effect on economic growth, political stability and climate change.

Asia’s economies will have to compete with the EU for LNG supplies from the Gulf and the US. Fears are growing of the knock-on effect on economic growth, political stability and climate change.

11 Apr 2022 - 8:28AM
Imran Khan vows to fight on after Pakistan Supreme Court rules against plan to scrap election and no-confidence vote looms

Moves to keep the besieged leader in power by dissolving parliament and calling early elections were declared illegal in a unanimous decision by the Supreme Court. The no-confidence vote will take place on Saturday.

Moves to keep the besieged leader in power by dissolving parliament and calling early elections were declared illegal in a unanimous decision by the Supreme Court. The no-confidence vote will take place on Saturday.

9 Apr 2022 - 12:13AM
Pakistan thrown into chaos amid debt woes, China concerns over infrastructure projects

As the Supreme Court is set to weigh a petition by the opposition over the cancelled no-confidence vote, analysts say Pakistan’s new leaders will need to stave off challenges including crippling debt and rising militancy.

As the Supreme Court is set to weigh a petition by the opposition over the cancelled no-confidence vote, analysts say Pakistan’s new leaders will need to stave off challenges including crippling debt and rising militancy.

3 Apr 2022 - 9:45PM
Analysis | Pakistan PM Imran Khan suffers blow as coalition partner jumps ship ahead of no-confidence vote

A deal has left Khan eight votes shy of the 172 he needs on Sunday, as his government loses the backing of powerful generals.

A deal has left Khan eight votes shy of the 172 he needs on Sunday, as his government loses the backing of powerful generals.

30 Mar 2022 - 3:35PM
With US distracted by Russia’s Ukraine war and China, economics and an emboldened Iran drive Middle East powers to redraw alliances

With the US preoccupied with Russia and Ukraine, a grand convergence of former foes is brewing in the Middle against the Ayatollahs as Iran inches towards an agreement with the West on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal.

With the US preoccupied with Russia and Ukraine, a grand convergence of former foes is brewing in the Middle against the Ayatollahs as Iran inches towards an agreement with the West on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal.

27 Mar 2022 - 8:00PM
Analysis | Russia visit, Chinese investment work against Pakistan’s Imran Khan as calls for ouster grow

No-confidence move against Khan comes after questionable visit to Moscow as Russia invaded Ukraine. PM is also facing criticism over the economy, with Western allies displeased with Chinese investment in Pakistan.

No-confidence move against Khan comes after questionable visit to Moscow as Russia invaded Ukraine. PM is also facing criticism over the economy, with Western allies displeased with Chinese investment in Pakistan.

10 Mar 2022 - 9:53PM
Explainer | What does Russia’s threat to torpedo Iran nuclear deal mean for oil prices and Asian economies?

For Asian consumers, the high cost of fuel will exacerbate rising consumer price inflation that has been a problem since the pandemic started.

For Asian consumers, the high cost of fuel will exacerbate rising consumer price inflation that has been a problem since the pandemic started.

7 Mar 2022 - 5:30PM
Will Russia’s Ukraine invasion push Nato’s prodigal son Turkey back into US arms?

The Ukraine war has given Washington and Ankara an opportunity to revive their ties that have soured over stalled defence deals and human rights disputes.

The Ukraine war has given Washington and Ankara an opportunity to revive their ties that have soured over stalled defence deals and human rights disputes.

9 Mar 2022 - 12:46PM
Ukraine crisis: Gulf energy exporters refuse to take sides as fears mount in Europe over Russian gas supplies

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar have signalled they will not be boosting production or diverting cargoes to Europe as they maintain a neutral stance over the conflict in Ukraine.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar have signalled they will not be boosting production or diverting cargoes to Europe as they maintain a neutral stance over the conflict in Ukraine.

9 Mar 2022 - 1:14PM
India-UAE-Israel trade deals set up a US-backed Western Quad ‘alternative to China’, as Abraham Accords bring new reality to the Middle East

‘The changing global geopolitical landscape, superpower competition, and the Abraham Accords are all bringing about a new reality in the Middle East.’

‘The changing global geopolitical landscape, superpower competition, and the Abraham Accords are all bringing about a new reality in the Middle East.’

26 Feb 2022 - 4:23PM
Ukraine crisis: as US seeks to punish Russia, Middle East allies offer tepid support

Israel’s keeping a low profile, Turkey won’t do anything to escalate the conflict and the Gulf Arab states have yet to react – even if the high price of oil has them smiling.

Israel’s keeping a low profile, Turkey won’t do anything to escalate the conflict and the Gulf Arab states have yet to react – even if the high price of oil has them smiling.

9 Mar 2022 - 1:25PM
Israel-UAE ties grow as US pushes allies to cut back on China relations

Since normalising ties in 2020, Israel and the UAE have forged ahead with a partnership built on investment and a shared distrust of Iran – amid US calls for both to turn away from Beijing.

Since normalising ties in 2020, Israel and the UAE have forged ahead with a partnership built on investment and a shared distrust of Iran – amid US calls for both to turn away from Beijing.

20 Feb 2022 - 6:00PM
As Middle East tensions escalate amid Iran nuclear talks, the US response – and China’s manoeuvres – come under the spotlight

Escalating tensions between competing powers have sparked questions of Washington’s commitment to the security of its Arab allies. Meanwhile, China is offering an alternative great power approach.

Escalating tensions between competing powers have sparked questions of Washington’s commitment to the security of its Arab allies. Meanwhile, China is offering an alternative great power approach.

13 Feb 2022 - 5:39PM
Behind Pakistan leader Imran Khan’s smiles for the Beijing Winter Olympics, there’s a cap in his hand

The presence of the global cricketing superstar offers China a PR boost as he says Western claims over rights abuses in Xinjiang are ‘not true’. But is there a quid pro quo?

The presence of the global cricketing superstar offers China a PR boost as he says Western claims over rights abuses in Xinjiang are ‘not true’. But is there a quid pro quo?

2 Feb 2022 - 5:35PM
Israel steps up scrutiny of Chinese investments under pressure from US as it seeks to balance ties

Israel has promised to keep Washington ‘in the loop’ about its China dealings and takes US national security concerns very seriously, analysts say – but can it afford to upset one of its largest trading and infrastructure development partners?

Israel has promised to keep Washington ‘in the loop’ about its China dealings and takes US national security concerns very seriously, analysts say – but can it afford to upset one of its largest trading and infrastructure development partners?

30 Jan 2022 - 5:00PM
Pakistan, India tap China, West for warplanes as aerial arms race looms between nuclear-armed rivals

Pakistan took delivery of 25 Chinese-built J-10Cs late last month, as India mulls buying up to 144 warplanes from the US, France or Sweden to defend itself against a simultaneous attack from both China and Pakistan.

Pakistan took delivery of 25 Chinese-built J-10Cs late last month, as India mulls buying up to 144 warplanes from the US, France or Sweden to defend itself against a simultaneous attack from both China and Pakistan.

7 Jan 2022 - 11:00PM
Analysis | Was there a China factor in UAE’s scuttling of F-35 jet deal with US?

Abu Dhabi froze negotiations on a US$23.4 billion American arms deal, leaving analysts to speculate that this was in reaction to pressure from Washington over the kingdom’s strong ties with China.

Abu Dhabi froze negotiations on a US$23.4 billion American arms deal, leaving analysts to speculate that this was in reaction to pressure from Washington over the kingdom’s strong ties with China.

2 Jan 2022 - 5:00PM
Are Arab moves in Syria paving the way for a greater China presence?

‘No one really wants to reward Assad and his regime. But the reality is that they are not going to be overthrown in the near term.’

‘No one really wants to reward Assad and his regime. But the reality is that they are not going to be overthrown in the near term.’

18 Dec 2021 - 8:00PM
Isis-K escalates terror attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan in show of resistance against Taliban

Regional chapter of Islamic State becoming stronger; ‘may try to capture territory from Taliban if its numbers keep growing’, says analyst

Regional chapter of Islamic State becoming stronger; ‘may try to capture territory from Taliban if its numbers keep growing’, says analyst

8 Dec 2021 - 9:00PM
Explainer | What to expect as stalled Iran nuclear talks resume

China, France, Germany, Russia, Britain and the US will hold talks with Iran in Vienna on Monday, at a meeting chaired by the EU.

China, France, Germany, Russia, Britain and the US will hold talks with Iran in Vienna on Monday, at a meeting chaired by the EU.

29 Nov 2021 - 11:00AM
As China draws focus, ‘unreliable’ US leaves Middle East allies fast losing faith in security guarantees against Iran

Gulf Arab monarchies in particular have begun to question US commitments to the region amid Washington’s growing determination to counteract China.

Gulf Arab monarchies in particular have begun to question US commitments to the region amid Washington’s growing determination to counteract China.

28 Nov 2021 - 6:00PM