China’s Interest in Pakistan May Stretch Scope of Its Power Across Asia

Saturday, June 13, 2015
By Paul Martin

In light of the launch of the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Pakistan’s purchase of China’s attack submarines and construction of the Gwadar port, Beijing and Islamabad seem to be entering a mutually beneficial relationship which may extend China’s power across the two oceans.

China and Pakistan have had a long and successful ties for more than 50 years.

During the past few months, Pakistan’s government has made a number of decisions that have pulled the country more closely into China’s geostrategic orbit.

The launch of the 2,900 km China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) during a visit to Pakistan by Chinese President Xi Jinping in April has qualitatively changed the relationship.

The $46 billion CPEC project, which involves the construction of roads, railroads and power plants over a 15-year period, comes on top of other previous important Pakistan–China agreements in the military, energy and infrastructure sectors.

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