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.
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.
CPEC’s New Pivot
Beijing and Islamabad move to push forward agricultural and industrial cooperation while adding development assistance to the CPEC framework.
A Brief History of China-Pakistan Relations and CPEC
A concise pre-history of CPEC up to its formal launch in 2015.
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.
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.
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...
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...
Pakistan’s Economy: The Big Picture
Islamabad is exploring a range of options to avert a balance of payments crisis.