Pakistani Motivations

  • Siegfried O. Wolf
Part of the Contemporary South Asian Studies book series (CSAS)


This chapter is based on the observation that Pakistan is developing increasingly exclusive economic relations with China, using the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as the main platform for this cooperation. Despite the apparent threat that this increased interaction with China could lead to far-reaching dependencies unfavourable to Islamabad, Pakistan’s decision-makers are treating the CPEC as an absolute priority. However, facing a multitude of severe crisis situations in all spheres of private and public life, the country is for a number of reasons incentivised to participate in major development projects such as economic corridors. As regards China, Pakistan’s interests are multi-dimensional—encompassing economic, social, political, geostrategic, and security aspects.


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  1. 1.South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF)BrusselsBelgium

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