Challenges Towards the Implementation and Functioning of the CPEC

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


While expectations relating to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) are high, Pakistan remains challenged by traditional problems linked to the patterns of the country’s realpolitik. These will have severe consequences as regards the corridor’s implementation and smooth functioning. Beijing too must deal with several implications arising from the CPEC: China’s western Xinjiang region—which determines one of the corridor’s five subzones—suffers from various shortcomings such as a weak industrial base and limited economic scale and faces both social and political challenges. Some of these problems are closely interlinked and could even reinforce each other in the context of large-scale development initiatives such as economic corridors. In sum, the challenges that might hinder the realisation of the CPEC are both internal and external, encompassing political, geostrategic, social, economic, environmental, and legal-constitutional aspects. Any assessment of the CPEC needs to comprehensively consider both contemporary and future challenges facing this development project.


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