Saudi Arabia and CPEC
A refinery in Gwadar would give the Saudis an economic foothold in a strategic location—just outside the Strait of Hormuz but close to Persian Gulf shipping lanes—and could lock Pakistan into purchasing Saudi crude. Read more at The National Interest
China and Pakistan’s Financial Crisis
Pakistan faces another balance of payments crisis and may again head to the International Monetary Fund for help. China and its Belt and Road Initiative have been blamed – unfairly – for the crisis, but the real culprit is poor...
Newsletter: Issue 12 (September 14, 2018)
This is a review of news and analysis pertaining to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and related regional connectivity and security issues, covering the period of August 16 - September 13, 2018.
This Day in History: Gwadar Joins Pakistan
On September 7, 1958, the Sultanate of Muscat and Oman transferred control of Gwadar to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, which purchased the territory for a sum of $8.4 million. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Malik Feroz Khan Noon announced the transfer...
This Day in History: Khunjerab Pass Opens for China-Pakistan Traffic
On August 27, 1982, the Karakoram Highway — completed in 1979, after two decades of construction and the loss of hundreds of lives — opens for two-way traffic at the Khunjerab Pass border crossing. Four years later, the Khunerjab Pass would be open to...
Newsletter: Issue 11 (August 16, 2018)
This is a review of news and analysis pertaining to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and related regional connectivity and security issues, covering the period of July 11 - August 15, 2018.
Newsletter: Issue 10 (July 12, 2018)
This is a review of news and analysis pertaining to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and related regional connectivity and security issues, covering the period of June 27 - July 10, 2018.
Another Chinese company joins the growing pack of automobile manufacturers in Pakistan
The state-owned Chang’an Automobile Group has entered into agreement with Master Motors, a Pakistani manufacturer of light trucks and busses, to assemble sports utility vehicles and light trucks, according to the Pakistan Construction & Quarry trade publication. The plant will be...
Concerns over investments expressed at Balochistan forum
Chinese investors and officials continue to hold high-level meetings in Pakistan with the caretaker officials and bureaucrats. At a business forum in Quetta last week, Chinese officials pressed for the removal of red tape hindering investment related to CPEC, stating that investors faced difficulty...
Anti-corruption body orders investigation into Gwadar land allotments
Retired Supreme Court Justice Javed Iqbal, who presently serves as chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), ordered the anti-corruption body to investigate the allotment of thousands of acres of land in a Gwadar-area industrial zone, according to Dunya News. Unnamed NAB officials told...