Opportunities and Challenges of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Implications for US Policy on Pakistan


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When: Sep 7 2017 - 12:00pm until Sep 7 2017 - 1:30pm
Where: 1819 L St NW, Sixth Floor Conference Room, Washington DC, 20036

Opportunities and Challenges of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Implications for US Policy on Pakistan

An Asia Pacific Political Economy and Trade Seminar featuring:

Lin Wang
Visiting Fellow, East-West Center in Washington

Opportunities and Challenges of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Implications for US Policy on Pakistan from East-West Center on Vimeo.

Left to right: Lin Wang and Dr. Satu Limaye

The flagship project of China’s assertive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). CPEC plans call for over $40 billion of Chinese investments in Pakistan not only to provide a strong economic momentum for Pakistan’s economic growth in the next three to five years, but also to create an opportunity for Pakistan to stabilize its society and reshape itself from a fragile state to an emerging economy in Asia. From the geopolitical perspective, CPEC is also regarded as a “game-changer” project in South and Central Asia. The prospects of CPEC are promising, but the specific opportunities and challenges of the ambitious initiative still need to be soberly and carefully evaluated.

Although CPEC is a bilateral project between China and Pakistan, it has already driven the interests, concerns and worries from other stakeholders in the region, including India and the U.S. Based on a extensive use of original source materials, exclusive interviews and participant observations, Ms Lin Wang will lay out the real opportunities and challenges in the implementation process of CPEC, and provide policy suggestions for the possible pathway for U.S. to respond to or participate CPEC in a specific way in the context of the Trump Administration’s newly-announced policy on Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

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Lin Wang is a research fellow at China Business News Research Institute (CBNRI) a think tank on foreign affairs, international finance and global energy and a senior journalist at China Business News (aka Yicai Daily), the largest financial daily in China. She is also a fellow of OBOR 100 Research Institute. She reports and researches on China’s foreign policy and overseas investments, especially Asia, Africa and Latin America. Ms. Wang has made a series of field research and reporting trips in countries along the One Belt One Road (OBOR) such as in Africa, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Uganda, Cameroon South Africa, Cambodia, Vietnam, Singapore and others. She has published one single-author book on the Belt and Road Initiative: Wang Lin’s Top Interviews with Global Leaders on Belt and Road, May, 2017 (Commercial Press). Her paper on China’s Engagements on Africa Ports was selected to be presented at the annual Conference of China-Africa Research Initiative, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University in 2016. She has been an invited commentator on different talk shows on China Global Television Network (CGTN) including The Heat and China 24 on China’s global strategy on ports and railways engagements.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Sarah Wang
Phone: 2023279755