CPEC Wire is a platform dedicated to monitoring and analyzing the development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor — a connectivity initiative linking the western Chinese city of Kashgar with Pakistan's Arabian Sea port of Gwadar. CPEC is "a flagship project" of China's broader Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which aims to redraw the economic geography of Eurasia and the Indian Ocean Region and fuel the next era of globalization with China as serving as its central node for growth.
The CPEC portfolio presently consists of a series of electricity and infrastructure projects worth $62 billon. It's just a fraction of the over $1 trillion BRI, but given the closeness of the China-Pakistan relationship and importance China has given to CPEC, the initiative is pivotal to China's global ambitions. And so we approach CPEC from a Pakistan-centric vantage point, but with a keen interest in its impact on China and China's global expansion agenda, including BRI.
CPEC Wire is edited by Arif Rafiq, a non-resident fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC, and president of Vizier Consulting, LLC, a political risk advisory company. Rafiq is author of "The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Barriers and Impact," which is the first comprehensive public study of CPEC.