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​Center for Urban and Global Studies

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With the launch of the China- Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), one fundamental question to ask is if this ambitious project will transform Pakistan and boost China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). In this article, the authors assess the potential and prospect of CPEC in terms of its various opportunities and constraints and examine the economic potentials and social impacts of CPEC from the Pakistani national perspective using a subnational and local lens as well as from the Chinese vantage point and draw the broad implications of this two-sided analysis of CPEC toward a preliminary policy oriented conclusion.


S.K. Joseph and Hamna Tariq are Trinity students who collaborated with faculty member Xiangming Chen for this publication.

Originally published as :

Chen, Xiangming, S.K. Joseph, and Hamna Tariq. "Betting Big on CPEC." European Financial Review February - March 2018, 61-70.

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