Academic journal article South Asian Studies

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: A Road to Development and Its Challenges

Academic journal article South Asian Studies

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: A Road to Development and Its Challenges

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Introduction

In International relations, the national interests of the multiple states that might be economic, military, political or diplomatic, interest's engrossment is the most substantial. States make relations with other states for different purposes. Pakistan and China relations are said to be as friendly and they are economic and political partners also. Pakistan and China being the two prominent states in terms of geostrategic location and due to their economic power capabilities respectively both are attempting their performance from the different scenarios however that is either in terms of trade, economic fields or by means of the political, cultural, social, military as well as diplomatic level concerns. By means of international bounding line, where Pakistan shares its marches with tetra neighboring countries namely Afghanistan towards the north-western side, Iran to the west portion, on the northern part lies China and India is located towards the east. On the other hand, China bounds in the eastern part by the East China Sea. Pakistan contemplates China as all-time, in every season, the most benevolent and encouraging, friendly strategic state. In actual, Pakistan and China proceed with in terms to develop more closed alliance in order to parry and ward off the role of other powers mainly United States of America, Russia and India. The walk-on part of Gawadar port, which is situated at the seaboard of the Arabian Sea, in the western zone of Baluchistan, is advantageous for both the actors co-partnership. However, by viewing that over the past so many years considering the inception of diplomatic or ambassadorial relations, the contribution of the Chinese leaders Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai and Pakistani politician Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and other premiers greatly contributed in building the closer connections between both the actors. On the part of Pakistan, first Muslim state is said to be at the top and the first state to identify and recognized the People's Republic of China. In contrasting the relationship between Pakistan and China from the very initial era up till in the twenty-first century, both has had good, friendly and quite worthy relations to say that both states relationship is titled as the eccentric or distinctive coalition. Both these states are the nuclear power. As according to International Monetary Fund (IMF), USA lost the title of largest economy whereas China is the largest economy in the world.(Carter,2014:1)In the coming years, China seems to be appeared to have embryonic as superior power on the global stage. China is the individual major power that has the capability to bolster potentiality, security and peace in Asia. As such the American role is quite influential in Asian region. The economic and military ascend of China and powerbroker with extending political smack is a great challenging as well as onerous situation in terms of American dominance. The relationship between USA and India are getting much stronger day by day and they also made certain deals which fulfilled their concerns in their foreign policy making, which has become a challenging matter for South Asian land. In the present scenario, it is considered by of the several states of the world that, China would come to play a dynamic and high-powered role for the improvement and enhancement of the economic ties of other states residing in South Asia. At some or the other side, it is vital to note that although China has an active role in South Asian region but it has some limitations due to the fact of Pakistan-India conflict, secondly in terms of the global powers there are some past and present struggle specially with USA and Russia, inadequacy and insufficiency of fostering regionalism in South Asia and unwillingness showed by India for China to become a member of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).The foreign policy of China in Asia involves quadrilateral strategy focused at increasing its role at the regional and international level. …

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