THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OF CHINA'S BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE (BRI) ON PAKISTAN'S NATIONAL INTEGRATION

Keywords: CPEC, BRI, OBOR, Slik Road, PAKISTAN, CHINA

Abstract

China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a comprehensive strategy aimed at fostering socioeconomic progress and facilitating global regional integration. Within South Asia, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a key component of the BRI, with the potential to enhance regional integration and bolster national unity within Pakistan. However, the implementation of CPEC has led to tensions between the central and provincial governments of Pakistan. This article examines the impact of CPEC on addressing inter-provincial and federal-provincial disparities through compromises and dialogues. By analyzing the relationship between economic development and national integration, insights from the theory of nation-building shed light on the key factors driving this discourse. The paper concludes that when economic development is equitable and inclusive, it can help to create a sense of shared identity and belonging among the citizens of a country. It is important to ensure that the benefits of economic development are shared equitably among all provinces of Pakistan.

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Published
2024-06-26
How to Cite
Muhammad Saqib, I. (2024). THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OF CHINA’S BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE (BRI) ON PAKISTAN’S NATIONAL INTEGRATION. Empirical Economic Review, 7(1). https://doi.org/10.29145/eer.71.02
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