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The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: A View from the Ground

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a $62 billion connectivity project envisioned to stretch from the western Chinese city of Kashgar to Pakistan’s Arabian Sea port of Gwadar, located near Iran and Persian Gulf shipping lanes. What do Pakistan and China hope to achieve through CPEC? Can CPEC transform Pakistan’s economy? How will CPEC impact the broader South Asia region? This event will feature a multimedia presentation, based on in-depth and on-the-ground research, by South Asia analyst Arif Rafiq.

Date & Time

Dec. 1, 2017
10:30am – 12:00pm

Location

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: A View from the Ground

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a $62 billion connectivity project envisioned to stretch from the western Chinese city of Kashgar to Pakistan’s Arabian Sea port of Gwadar, located near Iran and Persian Gulf shipping lanes. It is a major component of Beijing's broader Belt and Road Initiative.

What do Pakistan and China hope to achieve through CPEC? How are CPEC-related funds being spent? Can CPEC transform Pakistan’s economy? What economic, political, and social factors might inhibit CPEC’s progress? Can Pakistan overcome them, and if so how? How will CPEC impact the broader South Asia region?

This event will feature a multimedia presentation, based on in-depth and on-the-ground research, by South Asia analyst Arif Rafiq. He recently traveled across Pakistan--including to the key CPEC nodes of Gwadar and Gilgit-Baltistan--and interviewed a diverse array of stakeholders to learn more about the CPEC plan, to observe its initial progress, and to assess how Pakistan can best leverage the project to produce sustained, inclusive, and rapid economic growth.

Image: Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0

Speaker

Arif Rafiq

president, Vizier Consulting, LLC
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Hosted By

Asia Program

The Asia Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as political, economic, security, and social issues relating to the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region.   Read more

Kissinger Institute on China and the United States

The mission of Kissinger Institute on China and the United States is to ensure that informed engagement remains the cornerstone of U.S.-China relations.  Read more

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