Pakistan: The Belt and Road’s Soft Underbelly

  • James M. Dorsey
Part of the Global Political Transitions book series (GLPOTR)


Straddling Pakistan’s borders with Iran and Afghanistan, Balochistan, a crown jewel in China’s One Belt, One Road initiative that links the Middle Kingdom’s restive Xinjiang region to the Gulf, has been sucked into the vortex of Saudi-Iranian rivalry as a launching pad for potential US-backed Saudi efforts to destabilize Iran. Both Saudi Arabia and Iran exploit long-standing regional grievances that are magnified by Chinese investment and employment policies in Balochistan.


China Saudi Arabia Iran Pakistan Uyghurs 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • James M. Dorsey
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  1. 1.S. Rajaratnam School of International StudiesNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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