The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, part of China’s “Belt and Road” initiative, includes a Chinese pledge to invest $46 billion in a series of Pakistani rail, road, port and energy projects that will help connect the Chinese province of Xinjiang with Pakistan’s Gwadar port in Balochistan. One major question is how the two countries will overcome the security challenges in Balochistan, which is plagued by a low-level insurgency, and the capital of which serves as the headquarters for the Afghan Taliban. Will CPEC serve as Pakistan’s “Marshall Plan,” contributing to economic development and regional connectivity? Or will the project contribute to geopolitical rivalry and competition, especially given Indian concerns about enhanced Chinese navy access to the Indian Ocean? Join us as our panel of experts discusses these and other issues.
More About the Speakers
Senior Transatlantic Fellow, Asia Program, The German Marshall Fund of the Unites States
Ikram ul-Majeed Sehgal
Chairman, Pathfinder Group Pakistan
Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation
Director, Asian Studies Center