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Memo – China-Pakistan relations: "China Pakistan Economic Corridor" (CPEC) and beyond – Dr. Rifaat Hussain

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Asia Centre conference, 8 October 2019, with Dr. Rifaat Hussain, Professor of Government and Public Policy at the National University for Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, and member of Pakistan’s Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs; chaired by Jean-Luc Racine, Emeritus Senior CNRS Fellow, Centre for South Asian Studies, EHESS and Senior Fellow, Asia Centre. Discussant:  Jean-François di Meglio, President, Asia Centre.

Venue: Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris 75006

Synopsis

On the margin of the 2019 UN General Assembly, in a conversation with Pakistan Prime minister Imran Khan held at the Council for Foreign Relations, New York, Richard Haass, the Council’s President, pointed Pakistan as being « on the short list of countries receiving most Belt and Road Initiative investiments » and therefore addressed Prime Minister Imran Khan with two substantial questions: firstly, will this state of affairs not dramatically exacerbate Pakistan’s debt challenge, given the nature of Chinese support ? Furthermore, how does Pakistan claim to retain full sovereignety while inviting China to lead projects on such a scale?
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s answer simply outlined the great opportunity that China represents for Pakistan.

  • INTRODUCTION – CPEC IN THE BRI
  • BROAD OPPORTUNITIES FOR PAKISTAN
  • CHALLENGES AND APPREHENSIONS
  • CONCLUSION
  • THE DISCUSSANT’S OPENING

 

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