Category: Analysis

Why a warmer US-Pakistan relationship is a win for China

An improvement in ties between Islamabad and Washington may actually yield benefits for the China-Pakistan alliance.

/ July 26, 2019
CPEC and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

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
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad, Pakistan on September 9, 2018. (Photo Credit: Government of Pakistan)

Imran Khan Heads to China

Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan headed to China on November 1 for his first visit to the country since taking office this summer. Khan hopes for assistance to ease his country’s ongoing economic crisis and aims to chart out an...

/ November 4, 2018
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan meets Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on September 19, 2018. (Photo Credit: Government of Pakistan)

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

/ October 16, 2018
An ATM machine, said to be the world's highest, at the China-Pakistan border in Gilgit-Baltistan. (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Saad.khan.1995)

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...

/ September 30, 2018

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

Afghanistan, CPEC and Chabahar After America’s Exit from the Iran Deal

The reimposition of sanctions on Iran and the threat of secondary sanctions will inhibit foreign investment in Chabahar. But for Afghanistan's economy, the promise of Chabahar is overblown anyway.

/ June 11, 2018
A handcrafted fishing boat transformed in casual seating along the beach in Gwadar, Pakistan. (Photo Credit: Arif Rafiq)

Why Gwadar Needs a Cultural Tourism Strategy

The port and industrial zone are at the heart of the vision for Gwadar, but cultural spaces will provide additional drivers of economic activity and shape a broader, inclusive narrative for the city.

/ May 30, 2018