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CPEC’s vulnerabilities: Can Pakistan carve a way out?

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    CPEC’s vulnerabilities: Can Pakistan carve a way out?
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    Dr. Zafar N. Jaspal |

    Since April 2015, China and Pakistan have been endeavoring to complete their joint China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. The project is imperative for both states’ sustainable economic growth. Moreover, many Eurasian, Central, and West Asian countries have also expressed their desire to partake in the project. The new membership, certainly, enhances the efficacy of the project. These developments accentuate that the project contains potential to revolutionize the regional commerce and positively contribute in the global trade.

    Imperatives for CPEC’s success
    According to the estimates the ‘One-Road, One-Belt would establish close land and maritime connections between/among 60-plus countries across Asia and Europe.

    CPEC project has the potential to transform the socio-economic landscape of Pakistan. The economic stability is imperative for political stability which not only enhances the internal and external security of the state but also germinates more opportunities for the prosperity of the citizens. Simultaneously, CPEC would contribute constructively to the gradual peaceful rise of China. It would provide Chinese merchants with the shortest and the most secure route to West Asia. China will also get relief from the Malacca strait imbroglio.

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    Neither the economic stability of Pakistan is acceptable to its regional competitors, nor China’s emergence as a global power is tolerable to many states. They are aware of the potential progressive outcome of the CPEC, which is a flagship project of President Xi Jinping’s “One-Road, One-Belt” vision. According to the estimates, the ‘One-Road, One-Belt would establish close land and maritime connections between/among 60-plus countries across Asia and Europe. This connectivity definitely ushers an era of prosperity for all the members of the project.

    Vulnerabilities of CPEC
    Obama Administration’s pivot or rebalance strategy in Asia-Pacific was designed in 2011-12 to contain China.

    China’s pivot to West and Pakistan’s pivot to Central, West, and South Asia bothers regional and global aspiring hegemony. Consequently, they have been hatching regional and international conspiracies to sabotage the CPEC project. The fifth column is endlessly working in creating mistrust between the provincial and central governments in Pakistan.

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    CPEC’s vulnerabilities: Can Pakistan carve a way out?