CPEC and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

China, India and the Future of U.S.-Pakistan Relations

Munir Akram, the former Pakistani permanent representative to the United Nations writes in DAWN: “America’s new hostility towards Pakistan is due mostly to its emerging global rivalry with China, in which India has been chosen as Washington’s strategic partner whereas...

/ May 12, 2019
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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

Newsletter: Issue 14 (March 4, 2019)

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 November 15, 2018 – February 28, 2019.

/ March 4, 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

A Brief History of China-Pakistan Relations and CPEC

A concise pre-history of CPEC up to its formal launch in 2015.

/ February 22, 2019

Newsletter: Issue 13 (November 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 September 14 – November 14, 2018.

/ November 16, 2018

China’s Grand Strategy: More Power, More Problems

A feeling of insecurity continues to dominate Chinese statecraft, even as the country has made remarkable leaps economically and militarily.

/ November 16, 2018
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