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Sino-Pakistani relations have been at heart of Asia’s geopolitics in recent years. Since the announcement of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as the “flagship project” of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, the relationship between Islamabad and Beijing has morphed into a multi-dimensional partnership, including the infrastructural and economic components. While a qualitative shift in the bilateral ties has occurred, the military component has retained a key role over the years. This talk unpacks the political and military dynamics behind Sino-Pakistani Relations in the past 20 years, looking at the wider trends in the relationship, as well as at the evolution and implementation of CPEC. Five years since it was officially launched, CPEC has now entered into its second phase, and this talk will discuss current developments as well as the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.
Filippo Boni (The Open University) is Lecturer in Politics and International Studies. He is the author of 'Sino-Pakistani Relations. Politics, Military and Regional Dynamics' (Routledge, 2019) and his articles have appeared in Asian Survey, Asia Policy and Commonwealth and Comparative Politics. Filippo convenes the Politics of South Asia Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association, and he is the co-editor of Asia Maior, Italy’s leading academic publication on Asia’s current affairs.
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