Archive for the ‘Pakistan’ Category

Is China’s Belt and Road working?

Via the Nikkei Asian Review, an interesting look at the progress of China’s BRI initiative: The idea of transforming the ancient fishing village of Gwadar into a bustling port city has been around since at least 1954, when Pakistan commissioned the U.S. Geological Survey to examine its coastline. Their conclusion: Gwadar, which sits on the […]

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The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Three Years Later

Via Reconnecting Asia, an interesting analysis of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Nearly three years have passed since the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was formally launched. Several projects have come online, and a critical mass of electric power and infrastructure projects will be operational within the next 12 to 18 months. Now, more than halfway through […]

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Afghanistan Breaks Ground on 1,127-Mile ‘Peace Pipeline’

Courtesy of the New York Times, a report on the latest developments around the TAPI pipeline: One of the boldest efforts to date to stabilize Afghanistan through economic development began on Friday with a ceremonial start to construction on a $22.5 billion natural gas pipeline crossing the country’s war-ravaged south. The pipeline, known as TAPI […]

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Gwadar vs. Chabahar

Via The Pakistan Observer, a look at the nascent competition between Gwadar and Chabahar ports: Pakistan’s signing of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) with China is a milestone of economic cooperation between the two countries. It is expected that this Corridor would boost Pakistan’s ailing economy in the years to come. Gwadar, a strategic warm […]

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Pakistan: Thar’s Coal In The Desert

Courtesy of The Economist, a report on Pakistan’s coal industry: PAKISTAN’s enormous mineral wealth has long lain untapped. Since a 1992 geological survey spotted one of the world’s largest coal reserves in Thar, a scrubby desert in the southern province of Sindh, prospectors have hardly dug up a lump. Among those to flounder is a […]

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Peaceful Afghanistan: Key to Regional Connectivity in South and Central Asia

Via The Diplomat, an article on how Afghanistan’s security and prosperity depends on its neighbors, and vice versa: Landlocked countries like Afghanistan are at a great disadvantage over their littoral neighbors with access to sea for regional and global trade. Naturally, the peace, security, and prosperity of landlocked countries depend on those of their surrounding […]

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