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Geopolitics of the Belt and Road: Space, State, and Capital in China and Pakistan

  • Majed Akhter
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Abstract

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a major plank of the Chinese infrastructural vision for Eurasian interconnectivity known as the Belt and Road Initiative. Within Pakistan, attitudes towards CPEC are highly polarized: either celebrated as a godsend for an economy in tatters or condemned as a neoimperialist intervention that will seize Pakistani assets for Chinese development. This chapter eschews the dichotomy of celebration/condemnation to develop a structural and socio-spatial analysis of the politics of Chinese infrastructural investment in Pakistan. By analyzing infrastructure politics through the concepts of the ‘spatial fix,’ ‘social space,’ and ‘state space,’ the chapter illustrates the value of spatial theory for analyzing the politics and historical geography of uneven development, infrastructure politics, and state power in and across Asia.

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  • Majed Akhter
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  1. 1.Department of GeographyKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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