Nearly three years into CPEC, a number of projects have moved forward at breakneck speed, yet costs remain high and political rivalries still threaten to derail progress.
Reconnecting Asia is tracking developments across a vast landmass that includes 60 percent of the global economy. Every day, new infrastructure projects are announced, some are advanced, and others encounter obstacles. Here is a selection of the top projects to watch in 2018.
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This analysis evaluates the proximity of Pakistan's population to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor's highway network.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hopes to balance against Chinese influence in the region with his "Make in India" campaign by drawing private sector involvement and increased competition.
Ultimately, CPEC may have a great effect in Pakistan and on Pakistan-China relations, but it does not address issues of connectivity in South Asia.
Since it was launched two years ago, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has sparked praise, skepticism, and even violence, resulting in widespread confusion about what’s driving this $55 billion energy and infrastructure effort, and how it will impact the region.
Gilgit-Baltistan has a rich history of connections to the Ancient Silk Road. Today the region once again finds itself at the intersection of a new Silk Road being paved by China, despite geographic and political challenges.
A selection of the top projects we’re watching this year.
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) traverses some of the world’s most dangerous terrain. Terrorist attacks have declined in Pakistan, but insecurity remains a major risk for ambitious projects.
At first glance, “One Belt, One Road” appears to be a 21st century reboot of Jiang Zemin’s 1999 “Go West” policy. But what is new is OBOR’s potential to upgrade substantially China’s economic presence in southern and eastern Europe.
CPEC may have a parallel outside the infrastructure space. In the computer industry, vaporware is a term used to describe a product or piece of software that is announced but never completed.
Islamabad will double the number of guards protecting Chinese workers on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor from 15,000 to 30,000, Nikkei reports.
India and China want stronger economic ties, Amy Kazmin reports in today’s Financial Times, but infrastructure investment in Kashmir remains a point of contention.