CPEC Debugged – by Hissan Khan

CPEC Debugged – by Hissan Khan | pakistantribe.com

Thesis: Symbol of a Great Friendship

Synthesis: China is assisting us build much of the structure of CPEC including roads, electricity generation plants and special economic zones out of our long-lasting friendship. This also includes at least 46 billion dollars of soft loans from Chinese governments and banks.

Antithesis: Truth is that from the year 2000 to 2015 Pakistan had imports of worth 100.11 billion dollars from China. The different contracts of development signed between China and Pakistan between the year 2000 and 2015 benefitted the Chinese companies of 150.8 billion dollars. This means that in last 15 years Pakistan gave China the business of worth 250.91 billion dollars. Now out of these 250.91 billion dollars China will give us 46 billion dollars to build CPEC and that too in form of soft loans. And don’t forget that in next 15 years China will also have an additional 250 billion dollars from our pockets.

Thesis: CPEC will increase stability in the region

Synthesis: Theoretically with CPEC these regions will become dependents on each other; South Asia, Central Asia, Afghanistan, Iran and China. They will have mutual trade routes which means they will not indulge in proxy wars with each others because destabilizing one country will result in the destabilizing all trade routes.

Antithesis: Every country wants more share in this new trade corridor. India have complaint about it with China. Iran wants its share. Afghanistan is teamed up with India to block the transit.


Thesis: Opportunity to develop less-developed regions of Pakistan

Synthesis: FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan, South-Western districts of KPK, South Punjab and Balochistan would have the best opportunity to compete with the settled regions of the country.

Antithesis: It is not happening. It is and likely to remain Punjab centric project.

Thesis: CPEC will develop the infrastructure in Pakistan

Synthesis: Around 2500 KMs of roads will be constructed. Industrial zones and special economic zones are also included in the plans. Such zones means residential areas, market places, educational institutes, hotels, houses, hospitals etc will also be built.

Antithesis: More concrete is equal to higher temperature. It is called the Urban Heat Island (UHI) Effect and its already happening in Lahore and Karachi.

About the author

Hissan Khan

Hissan Khan is currently working as the Editorial Head of Pakistan Tribe's Islamabad Office. Having work as current affairs host, news analyst and C4D expert, Hissan holds a good command over communication and development strategies.

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