The Balochistan Liberation Front’s attack highlights security risks to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and the Reko Diq copper mine.
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor
China and Pakistan are keeping strategic Belt and Road Initiative railway project on life support as debt restructuring talks loom.
China won’t be building a railway connecting it to Pakistan any time soon. A feasibility study for the project hasn’t even been completed.
Iran’s attractiveness to Central Asian nations increases the Islamic republic’s importance to the Belt and Road, China’s infrastructure, transportation and energy-driven initiative to connect the Eurasian landmass to Beijing.
This Chinese-financed and constructed highway is part of a broader network that will connect Pakistan’s two largest cities.
China’s top ally Pakistan is a growing market for the embattled Huawei.
China’s Belt and Road Initiative is neither a “Marshall Plan” for Eurasia and Africa nor a form of “debt-trap diplomacy.”
Relations between Beijing and Islamabad ascend “higher than the Himalayas” as bilateral space cooperation grows.