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Gwadar, Pakistan

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The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Regional ramifications

Pakistan views China as its most reliable ally in the world, a trustworthy source of military and economic security. Dependence on China has increased with the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), part of China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) Initiative. CPEC, initially valued at $46 billion, is being perceived in Pakistan as the panacea of all its problems. Will CPEC help Pakistan’s economy grow and boom? Or will CPEC burden Pakistan with high interest loans it might find almost impossible to repay?  In a country facing inter-provincial tensions will CPEC further exacerbate these frictions? How does India look at CPEC?


Amb. Husain Haqqani, Senior Fellow and Director, South and Central Asia, Hudson Institute

Christine Fair, Distinguished Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Samir Saran, Vice President, ORF

This event is being held in Washington DC. The timing of the event is from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST.

Hudson Institute, 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 400, Washington DC