Tag: belt and road

CPEC and Pakistan’s development: Game changer?

Written by Filippo Boni. China’s ambitious plan to stabilise its western periphery through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has at its core the China-Pakistan Economy Corridor (CPEC), a set of energy, infrastructural and social projects aimed at boosting Pakistan’s economy. Chinese premier Li Keqiang argued that CPEC […]

China has not won the heart of its minorities

Written by Claude Arpi. On June 1, the Information Office of China’s State Council (Cabinet) published a White Paper (WP) entitled “Freedom of religious belief protected in Xinjiang.” These types of publications are part of regular exercises trying to provide a rosy picture to the world in areas […]

How new is the ‘Belt and Road’?

Written by Raffaello Pantucci.  Back in the late 1990s, then-PRC President and Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin noticed that the country was facing an imbalance. Deng Xiaoping’s economic reforms had opened up the coastal cities, transforming them into beacons of international industry and development. Cities like Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou were […]