Archive for the ‘Pakistan’ Category

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’s Return to the Shadows

Via The Diplomat, commentary on how the CPEC has been a chastening experience for China in the context of the BRI: In the five years since the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was launched, it’s been beset by the winds of local politics and the waves of geopolitics alike. In a new report, titled “Returning to the […]

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Beijing Ramps Up Investment Push In Pakistan, Afghanistan, Despite Risks

Via Radio Free Europe, an article on China’s investment activity in Pakistan and Afghanistan: China is cautiously increasing its role in South Asia by rejuvenating economic interests in Pakistan and forging closer ties to Afghanistan with peace talks between Afghan officials and the Taliban under way. The enhanced footprint for Beijing in the region comes […]

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Gwadar: China’s Potential Strategic Strongpoint in Pakistan

Via the U.S. Naval War College, a detailed analysis of Gwadar: Gwadar is an inchoate “strategic strongpoint” in Pakistan that may one day serve as a major platform for China’s economic, diplomatic, and military interactions across the northern Indian Ocean region. As of August 2020, it is not a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) base, but […]

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Uzbekistan’s Planned Rail Project To Afghanistan and Gawadar

Via Frontier Post, an article on Uzbekistan’s plan to develop a rail  project from Termez via Mazar e Sharif and Peshawar to Gawadar: Ambassador of Uzbekistan to Washington DC Mr Javion Vakhabov while speaking at United States Institute of Peace (USIP) stated that Uzbekistan is working to implement its desire of building rail road from Uzbek […]

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China-Pakistan Fiber Optic Cable Becomes Operational

Via The Nation, a report on the recent completion of a new fiber connection between Pakistan and China: Beijing-China-Pakistan Fiber Optic Project (CPFOP), the major project of digital connectivity between China and Pakistan, has started and for the first time fiber optic cable has become operational between the two countries.  This project is considered to […]

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China’s Pipeline Dream In Pakistan

Via The Lowry Institute, a report on China’s plan to transport oil across the Himalayas: The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is one of the flagship projects of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). It initially attracted US$46 billion in investment, which was later increased to $62 billion by April 2017, to support large-scale “infrastructure construction” and industrial development, […]

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