All posts by Arif Rafiq

Arif Rafiq is the editor of CPEC Wire. He is president of Vizier Consulting, LLC, a political risk advisory company, and a non-resident fellow at the Middle East Institute. Rafiq authored the first comprehensive public study on CPEC, "The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Barriers and Impact," published by the U.S. Institute of Peace. He can be reached via email at contactarifrafiq@gmail.com.

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Pakistan Needs to Adjust to a New Normal in Relations with China

China-Pakistan relations are being tested by the U.S.-China rivalry, economic and political instability in Pakistan, and terrorism.

/ June 5, 2022
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Kenya and Pakistan Experiences Show China Offers No Shortcut to Development

Kenya and Pakistan showcase why democratic governments in the developing world have partnered with China to build their hard infrastructure.

/ May 23, 2022
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The Gwadar Protests Should Be a Wakeup Call for Islamabad

The people of Gwadar are now making themselves heard.

/ December 20, 2021
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China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Debt-Trap or Game Changer?

Advocates of CPEC see it as an economic game changer. Critics say it's a strategic project with an economic facade. The truth is more complex.

/ September 22, 2020
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The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: The Lure of Easy Financing and The Perils of Poor Planning

In the short-term, CPEC has exacerbated Pakistan's macroeconomic imbalances, contributing to a surge in the current account deficit and helping create another boom-bust cycle.

/ May 10, 2019

CPEC’s New Pivot

Beijing and Islamabad move to push forward agricultural and industrial cooperation while adding development assistance to the CPEC framework.

/ March 3, 2019

Pakistan’s Economy: The Big Picture

Islamabad is exploring a range of options to avert a balance of payments crisis.

/ September 14, 2018

CPEC and the New Government

A new government in Islamabad brings fresh uncertainty to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor program.

/ September 14, 2018

Thar lignite to fuel Pakistan’s first ultra-supercritical power plant

Lucky Cement, Pakistan’s largest cement company by installed capacity, has attained financial close on a 660MW, $1.08 lignite-fueled power plant that will be located in Port Qasim, Sindh. The plant, when completed, will be the first ultra-supercritical power plant in...

/ July 12, 2018

Bangladeshi Official Labels Opposition ‘Pro-Pakistan and Pro-China’

In a visit to New Delhi, Hossain Toufique Imam, an aide to Sheikh Hasina Wajed, the prime minister of Bangladesh, said that the embattled Bangladesh Nationalist Party or BNP has been an “anti-India” party “right from the beginning” and “tried...

/ July 12, 2018