China Pakistan friendship extends way back to the 1950, when Pakistan accepted China as an independent state. CPEC will surely be a vital step which will strengthen the companionship of these two countries. China Pakistan have extremely different culture and beliefs. Despite of the huge differences, both Pakistan and China have endeavored to transform the relationship of friendship to the relation of strategic alliance. The purity of the relationship between China Pakistan can be judged by the beautiful saying of former president of China Hu Jintao
“Higher than the mountain, deeper than the sea”
Transformation of relationship from friendship into strategic alliance is of great benefit for Pakistan and China along with their neighboring countries.
CPEC’s Point of Departure
Strategic alliance between Pakistan and China is of great importance, laying the foundation of future development of both countries. China being an emerging global leader is investing in Pakistan as reliable, all weather and supportive partner. The first major step of strategic alliance was “China Pakistan Economic Corridor” proposed by Chinese premiere Li Keqiang during his visit to Pakistan in May, 2013. China has invested in many Power projects in Pakistan, mainly $6.5 billion in Nuclear Power Project in Karachi. These power project will bring out Pakistan from the darkness of load shedding into the light of development and progression. Going ahead in the alliance, China has signed 19 agreements related to CPEC. For the development of the underdeveloped province in China. China needs to get to the global market by a shortest route. In a shorter word, China wants to gain on its economic muscle. Pakistan’s Arabian Sea route is a light in dark for China, as it is the shortest route to connect with the world. From China extended to Gawadar (Future Economic Hub), the route is divided into 3 major sections
- Western Route: Originating from Gawadar going across Turbat, Panjgur, Naag, Basima, Sohrab, Kalat, Quettaa, Qila Saifullah, Zhob DIK, Mianwali, Hassanabdal and the capital city Islamabad.
- Central Route: From Gawadar, Quetta and reach DIK, Sukkar, Khuzdar, Rajanpur, Laiya, Muzfargarh, DIK and Bhakkar.
- Eastern Route: Starting from Gawadar extended to Basima, Khuzdar, Sukkar, Bhawalpur, Multan, Lahore (The Heart of Pakistan), Faisalabad (Manchester of Pakistan), Islamabad and Mansehra.
Consequences of CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor)
Consequences regarding China Pakistan Economic corridor are of great concern. Viewing with a 360 approach and reviews of the analyst, CPEC is a ground breaking initiative for Balochistan. Balochistan has been left far behind the other provinces, having a poor literacy rate, unstable administration, unemployment and worst infrastructure. CPEC is spark of boom for Balochistan, progressing its infrastructure, economy and coping it up in advancement with other provinces. Above all CPEC will have an impact country as a whole, exaggerating the pace and development of the country by reducing the energy shortage problem. Employment opportunities due to industrialization will boost Pakistan in technology.
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China on other end will be reaching the center of trade Persian gulf, gaining access to the global market a discussed prior. Some analyst explain CPEC as a “Flagship Project” backing up with a policy “One Belt, One Road”. China needed to strengthen its naval arsenals and Pak Navy by China is a bold step in this direction. Gawadar seaport will be providing a platform for China to showcase its naval presence in the Gulf of Oman and Arabian Sea. Further CPEC is as gaining agreement for China, as it is for Pakistan. Pakistan and China
China Pakistan Transforming Geo-Political Environment
China Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC) has changed the geo-political environment of Asia. Pakistan has been struggling for many years and after the long rocking journey there is a hope, a hope for betterment, a hope for development and the hope for recognizing Pakistan in the global market. China Pakistan due to strategic relation have entered into a new era, boosting two way trade and economy of both countries. As per the recent research and economic indications; Pakistan’s GDP is increasing, inflation resulting in poverty is going down and the foreign reserves are rising.
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The energy crisis once been a nightmare for Pakistan, is now diminishing. The leaders are on a verge to end the terrorism in the country. The world is changing the negative perception because of the boosted economy and war against terrorism. Huge investment by China in Pakistan is only due to Zarb-e-Azab( Fighting against terrorism) and the success achieved in it. Pakistan had its geographic importance because of the sea and Pakistan will be emerging as a developed, advancing country in coming years.
Sudden upsurge by the enemies and external sources are on way to disrupt the CPEC agreement. The security agencies along with the government needs to be on a common table to think about the strategy. The future of Pakistan seems bright and is due the strategic alliance. China have been an ally of Pakistan for long and now it’s time to prove this. China Pakistan strategic alliance will be an example the world have never seen before.