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What is CPEC?

CPEC is a combined mega-venture between China and Pakistan,
which is driven by partnership in business, cultural, and economic stability in the area.
Since CPEC opening, other nations such as India, the United States and several European
countries have not been publicly acknowledged. China shares the Indian-Pakistan border,
but there are also numerous disputes between Pakistan, India and China arising from the
mutual relations between China and Pakistan. This initiative is viewed by India as part of
a political and military alliance while the US views China as an economic adversary.


Objective of CPEC

CPEC is the centrepiece of One Belt One Road (OBOR), which the Chinese National and
Reform Committee announced in March 2015. (NDRC). China committed $46 billion in
investment. The corridor would link Kashgar in China to Gwadar Port in Pakistan. The
CPEC also covers several additional connectivity projects, including rail connections,
highways, IT parks, energy projects. In about 15 years, beginning in 2015, the project
will be done. For Pakistan and China, CPEC is extremely important. Only by taking into account its space, temporal and geo-strategic environment can its relevance be assessed.
CPEC frequently referred to as a “changer of games,” is designed to transform the whole
area into a more sustainable economy. For Pakistan, it is therefore vital that it is
completed and enforced promptly. It is generally seen as an initiative for Pakistan that
changes its games. As it also has included various infrastructures, multiple highways,
upgraded to a Karakoram Highway, are to mention but a few 2700 kilometres from
Gwadar to Kashgar. The surrounding nations that potentially join the initiative later will
also benefit from this link. Therefore, several economic zones have been formed to
stimulate trade throughout the corridor. However, in terms of energy generation which
will rise to 10,000 megawatts, including today’s power supply capacity of 16,000MW,
the most immediate help would be given to the energy-deprived nation.

The friendship between China and Pakistan in relation to strong bilateral commerce and
economic cooperation is described as “all-weather friendship.” Since the very beginning
of its diplomatic connections, Pakistan and China have had good relations; it is
nevertheless necessary to look at elements like the political and economic ones that might
influence the CPEC’s long term execution. These include Pakistan’s policies and policies
and Pakistan’s economic prospects. The present policies in Pakistan indicate that every
political party is on a single page on CPEC and looks forward to its achievement. Five
regional parties wish to continue to maintain good bilateral relations with China, apart
from the nationalists of Baloch. Because of their military and economic collaboration,
Pakistan Army also seeks strong relations with China. Every administration created in
Pakistan demonstrates its Chinese partners’ readiness to continue strengthening relations
in terms of regular diplomatic commitments of high level. The same is true of the high-level military officials’ bilateral interactions.

The CPEC will function largely as an effort for regional connectivity, as well as for the
energy and commercial requirements of China. It covers many economic areas, highways
and rail linkages along the corridor that will enhance trade and economic cooperation
further. In the future, the initiative may include Afghanistan and India, which could lead
to regional peace and unity along with economic cooperation. Gwadar in Pakistan, both
sides, while Chabahar in Iran, largely at the hand of the nationalists, are suffering
enormous security problems. If the proxy conflict in the area is not ended by India,
Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan, the security consequences for the area might be
exacerbated and the development initiatives will be hampered. Pakistan criticises India
for aiding its territory’s rebels, while Iran blames Pakistan for its porous frontier and
unrestricted movement. Some, however, feel that Chabahar can begin working before
Gwadar because Iran can simply deal with insurgency on its side; Pakistan will in future
be busy with combating insurgency. The regional alliances on the subcontinent will mainly be reinforced in terms of strengthening regional commerce dependent on their
relationship with the CPEC. The disputes between others and Pakistan will have little or
no impact on the CPEC and Gwadar development. But only time can tell if, in an area
encompassing Afghanistan and India, economic coordination and cooperation are to be
realised, as was initially envisaged.

The commercial partners since 1963 have been China and Pakistan. The “Free Trade
Agreement” further consolidated bilateral commerce between the two countries. The
agreement was formed in 2006, with trade multiplying since then; data show a 124 per
cent raise. Where China’s export proportion grew just 1%, compared with 400% in
Pakistan; 10% of Pakistan’s total exports were made to China in the fiscal year 2013–14.
The CPEC represents the best example of reciprocal economic collaboration between
both countries. From Kashgar to Gwadar, the CPEC extends. The Chinese PM “Li
Keqiang” in 2013 was initially planned. It has always accomplished several milestones
since then. As the Port of Gwadar would cut the distance from Chinese ports by 12,000
kilometres covered for oil supply to China, China and Pakistan will profit from each
other mutually; for this reason, the Port of Gwadar is undergoing a major amendment.
First, this article addresses the basis of the subject by giving some information on CPEC
in general, including Pakistan’s ties with China, including the economic impasse of both
countries. This report also demonstrates the relevance for the country of future economic
development and prosperity of the CPEC for Pakistan. The investigation also reveals the
existing interior and local order in which the fundamental concerns that might adversely
affect the success of the project can be classified. This study uses the data to derive
prospective consequences by project implementation to project the projection of CPEC in
Pakistani journals as a game-changer

The Stance of Indian State and Media

CPEC was refused by the Indian state. Indian media and the State alleged that the
sovereignty and territorial integrity of CPEC is violated. Prime Minister Narendra Modi
stated during the Raisina dialogue that “regional connectivity corridors can only fulfil
their promises and prevent conflicts and disagreements by respecting the sovereignty of
all the participating countries.” Indeed, in July 2018, Chinese officials in Beijing
reminded India Secretary of State Jaishankar that “The CPEC is part of that specific
effort. The CPEC breaches Indian sovereignty since it passes through the occupied
Pakistani Kashmir (POK).” New Delhi argues that the CPEC crosses the Gilgit-Baltistan
region and breaches India’s territorial integrity. Indian attitude is premised on Kashmir’s
Maharaja’s fully surrendering Kashmir to India, including Gilgit-Baltistan.

Indian media’s campaign against CPEC

CPEC is the corruption corridor called by Indian media. The report says CPEC is a
dismal account of corruption, connivance and political affairs, of course. Pakistan is now
an ‘interest’ in Beijing at many levels, including personal profit, business profile and
governmental power, ranging from power firms to airport builders to roads and safe city
projects. Money and intelligence must be made, both in India and in the United States in
Afghanistan and Iran. The existing strong connection was long established since
Pakistan’s PKR 818 million creditors for Pakistan’s Kargil conflict to the latest budget
year when Pakistan owed China approximately PKR 506.062 million (RE 2019), without
counting the “concessions” included in talks. In sum, Pakistan owes China more than the
International Monetary Fund is responsible for $6.7 billion in trade lending (IMF). This is
from Handwara to Pangong for India. Pakistan has a variety of additional doubtful
‘awards’ in the CPEC for all projects within the ‘Free Zone’ of Gwadar, such as a 23-year
fiscal exemption. However, for two reasons, corruption allegations have stopped. One is
that, following continuous reporting of the bribery, China threatened to stop funding for
road projects like the Karakoram highway

The Stance of Pakistani State and its Media

The counter-narration of Pakistan represents a distinct scenario to that of India. It argues
that India’s Gilgit-Baltistan rights may be acknowledged only if the United Nations
ratifies the Kashmir Accord to India, which is still not true. As a result of India’s second
fear, neither China nor Pakistan has demonstrated a clear objective of counterbalancing
the rising Indian market through the use of CPEC. Indeed, India does not have any
comparable to Pakistan’s economic potential. CPEC alone can by no means assist
Pakistan in becoming India’s equal economic rival. India’s third worry of Gwadar being a
Chinese maritime port. Pakistan constantly, however, rejects these charges and says that
Gwadar is being utilised for trade purposes solely. Moreover, Indian apprehensions over
China’s military development in the Indian Ocean are not warranted, as Pakistan must
have military connections with its chosen nations.


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