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  • A Road Through Pakistan, and What This Means for India

    Pakistan’s largest donor has been the United States of America, granting around $ 70 bn in aid. In 2015, China, as part of its One Belt One Road global ambitions, promised Pakistan $ 46 bn (since revised to $ 60 bn), for a road running from its border to the port of Gwadar. The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), is being seen as a ‘fate-changer’ for Pakistan. CPEC could change Pakistan’s fate in more ways than one; this article explores the domestic and regional consequences of China’s involvement in Pakistan, and what this will mean for South Asia and for India.

    May 2019

    Pakistan’s Dam Despair

    Pakistan’s Dam Despair

    Pakistan’s determination to build the Diamer Basha Dam (DBD) project with indigenous funding may prove even more difficult than obtaining foreign funding.

    January 23, 2018

    China-Pakistan Water Axis on the Indus

    Consisting of five major hydropower projects including the Diamer Bhasha Dam, the North Indus Cascade will cut across Gilgit Baltistan as well as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

    July 19, 2017

    CPEC and the Future of Gilgit Baltistan

    Given an already upset population and the presence of anti-establishment factions, the unequal distribution of the benefits of CPEC is likely to ignite protests and cause a setback to the initiative as well to the Pakistan establishment.

    April 13, 2017

    India’s Participation in CPEC: The Ifs and Buts

    Isolated statements from China and Pakistan soliciting India’s participation in CPEC could be part of a strategic mind-game. India must consider engaging astutely in this mind-game.

    February 17, 2017

    CPEC: Corridor of Discontent

    The Brief flags the political discontent in the three major regions that lie in the CPEC’s trajectory.

    November 23, 2016

    Rethinking India’s approach towards Pakistan-occupied Kashmir

    Rethinking India’s approach towards Pakistan-occupied Kashmir

    Ceding PoK as part of a settlement does not comport with India’s national and strategic interests, especially in terms of dealing with the challenge posed by China-Pakistan collaboration.

    May 03, 2016

    The Need for Haste on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir: China Pakistan Economic Corridor Needs a Counter Strategy

    An India-China Silk Route Corridor could have multiple advantages for both countries without at the same time compromising their security concerns.

    October 07, 2015

    Soumitra N. Pathak asked: How far is China's nuclear commerce with Pakistan in violation of its NSG membership? What steps other NSG members have taken to check it?

    Kapil Patil replies: China’s civil nuclear cooperation with Pakistan is governed by the “Agreement for Co-operation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy” signed on September 15, 1986. The agreement is of indefinite time period and continues to be the basis for bilateral civil nucler cooperation, even after China formally became a member of the Nucler Suppliers Group (NSG) in 2004.

    The China Pakistan Economic Corridor and India

    The China Pakistan Economic Corridor and India

    India has to take a call on whether it would like to be a party to the CPEC, sit on the fence, or convey its concerns more emphatically in a bid to discourage China.

    May 07, 2015

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