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Electoral Reforms: The only way forward for sustainable ‘Peace & Governance’

Kanwar Dilshad | Since its inception in 1947, Pakistan has endured tremendous suffering at the hands of inefficient and ineffective governance, which has, in turn,...

Geopolitical Challenges of South Asia’s Silk Roads

Andrew Korybko | The Strategic Vision Behind the Silk Road The early part of the 21st-century is witnessing an astronomically rapid rise of China as a...

Dhaka stock exchange approves China bid, rejects India offer

AFP with additional input from News Desk | South Asia’s third-largest bourse, Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) had put up a 25% stake for tender as...

Australia, US, India and Japan attempt to counter China’s OBOR

News Analysis | Talks for a quadrilateral plan to counter China’s growing global influence started among India, the US, Australia and Japan to find an...

Potential issues of Afghanistan’s inclusion in OBOR

News Analysis | China is ready to include Afghanistan into its billion-dollar Belt & Road (B & R) initiative despite Afghanistan’s geopolitical uncertainty including the...

What are the reasons behind growing trend of anti-CPEC coverage in...

Merwah Qureshi | CPEC is the flagship project proposed by China in the main project of her gigantic strategic project of OBOR (One Belt One...

US bullying tactics that increasingly mean nothing

Asif Haroon Raja | America’s continued presence in Afghanistan as well as its increasingly aggressive “creep” over the Afghan-Pakistani border has been justified under the ambiguous and...

Pakistan’s ambitions for 2018

Ikram Sehgal | Events of national significance tend to linger on in our combined memories for some time, even then 2018 ushered in hopes of...

CPEC: An environmental disaster

Waqar Khan | Slicing through the Himalayas, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a flagship project of China’s One Belt and One Road Initiative. The...

South Asia: shaky state of affairs, uncertain future

Andrew Korybko | South Asia is simmering as China and India wrestle with one another for influence in this strategic region. The two nominal BRICS...

7th Joint Cooperation Committee meeting on CPEC deepens trade relationship between...

Asia Maqsood | China and Pakistan have been working to promote the construction of the CPEC project through the sustenance of a Joint Cooperation Committee...

India isolated by One Belt One Road Initiative

M K Bhadrakumar | From the Indian perspective, today’s announcement by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi that Beijing and Islamabad are open to extending the...

China, Pakistan, Afghanistan agree to battle terror together

 AFP | Ministers from Afghanistan, Pakistan and China met in Beijing on Tuesday where they agreed to work together to tackle the threat of terrorism...

CPEC: A Chinese Vision Since 2005

Saeed Afridi | China’s rise has been attributed to the successful implementation of its ‘Dual Track’ transition policy based on gradual, incremental and near-constant reform of its economic sector in conjunction with Five Year Plans. The is Dual Track policy emphasised on social and economic reform; without any corresponding political reform. It started under Deng Xiaoping post-1976, based on the Zhou Enlai’s “Four Modernisation Plan” and has seen additional changes with every Five Year Plan (FYP). The National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NDRC) has played an instrumental role in China’s development through these Five Year Plans. China’s Regions and Economic Development Economic and social reforms proposed by the NDRC in its 5th and 6th FYPs, from 1978 till 1984, have formed the bedrock of subsequent economic development. China was divided into three zones, Coastal, Central and Western. The coastal zone became the immediate focus of economic reforms through “Special Economic Zones”, and an “Open Door” policy to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) and creating internal economic corridors. An initiative that links CPEC, BCIMEC and CCWAEC with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) should have been, and now must be, the crux of Pakistan’s regional economic goals, much like Kazakhstan’s efforts. The 7th and 8th FYPs (1984-1993) built upon this success by introducing internal market reforms and began China’s transformation into a localised Socialist market economy while Jian Zemin’s subsequent 9th and 10th FYPs went further and introduced large-scale privatisation within provinces, an expansion of successful policies into the Central Region and laying the groundwork for future expansion within the Western Region. By 2006, the rapid economic development of the Coastal and Central regions had created a huge disparity in the economic and social well being within China. The focus since the 11th and 12th FYPs has been the re-orientation of China’s “Dual Track” reform towards China’s Western region. The development of China’s Western Region as an economic zone required access to economically advantageous primary resources and the development of market access for the export of goods.

China uses Belt and Road investment to shape Pakistan’s political climate

James M Dorsey | A Chinese decision to redevelop criteria for the funding of infrastructure projects that are part of the $50 billion plus China Pakistan Economic...

What is China’s main motive behind Belt and Road Initiative?

M K Bhadrakumar | Over the past 24 hours, the narrative by India’s self-styled “China watchers” regarding the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been...

Is CPEC detrimental for Indo-Pak ties?

News Analysis | The multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will deepen China's already formidable presence in the South Asian nation, and "aggravate" tension between...

Just the assurance that Pakistan needed: But will it suffice?

News Analysis | The US assured Pakistan that no group will be allowed to launch attacks on Pakistan from Afghan soil, Foreign Secretary, Tehmina Janjua...

Desert Kingdom in transition: Will Muhammad Bin Salman be the real...

News Analysis | In an interview with the Guardian, Saudi crown prince Muhammad Bin Salman said that he will return Saudi Arabia toward moderate Islam,...

Why China added The Belt & Road Initiative to its Constitution?

News Analysis | China's ambitious 'Silk Road' is embedded in the constitution of the country. On the occasion of its 19th CPC National Congress, 2,300 delegates gathered...

Xi Jinping: China’s most influential, leader since Mao Zedong.

The formal confirmation of his immense political power came at the end of the Communist Party's Congress, which occurs once every five years. Xi Jinping...

“China’s Belt & Road” distracting US?

M K Bhadrakumar | While addressing the "Centre for International and Strategic Studies" in Washington last Monday in a speech titled ‘Defining Our Relationship with...

How is the government confusing all of us on CPEC?

Saeed Afridi | Pakistan is a country that loves technicalities. Irrespective of which walk of life a Pakistani is from, ask them a straightforward question,...

What does strategic relationship with China means for Pakistan?

Jan Achakzai | The 19th National Congress of China’s Communist Party will be held in Beijing. It is very important as new political elite will...

Confront the Challenges: Engage Afghanistan, Protect CPEC

Maria Bastos | Two of Pakistan’s foreign policy core themes: CPEC and Afghanistan are passing through a critical moment and will soon become the most...

Why is US against CPEC?

Rabia Khaliq | Pak-US relations have been marred by mistrust and suspicions. However, this bilateral relationship is witnessing another downward tendency since Donald Trump became...

US is not against CPEC: An Indian view?

M K Bhadrakumar | The statement made by the US Defence Secretary James Mattis at the US Senate Armed Services Committee last week in Washington...

Is US losing its leverage over Pakistan?

News Analysis | Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said Pakistan is not dependent upon the US for its defense and other requirements. The Prime Minister,...

Is it time to integrate Gilgit-Baltistan with Pakistan?

Yaqoob Khan Bangash | The recent statement by US Defence Secretary James Mattis to the Senate Armed Services Committee that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor...

Why is India doing propaganda against CPEC?

News Analysis | Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said India is doing propaganda over the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as part of its...

Is PML-N government mishandling the CPEC project?

 Waris Husain | Through this piece, I would like to draw the attention of all concerned, particularly the members of parliament and all the political...

The US-Sino Great Game: Washington embraces Indian position on CPEC

News Analysis l US Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis has said that China's One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative is untenable because it passes...

Pakistan’s economy at a tipping point

Mohammad Zubair Khan | It has only been a year since a $6.2bn International Monetary Fund programme in Pakistan was completed, and the markets are...

Who is responsible for decline in Pakistan’s economic growth: Oil prices...

News Analysis | In view of the fluctuation in global oil prices, the government on Saturday announced an increase of up to Rs 4 per...

Economy & security: Two sides of the same coin

Ikram Sehgal | A strong connection between the country’s prosperity and military power or put simply, economy and security are two sides of the same...

Drones & Jets for India and threats for Pakistan: The ‘new...

News Analysis | Mr. Mattis, US Defense Secretary, is scheduled to arrive late today to India and is set to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi...

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