Vol. 4 No. 2 (2021): Pakistan Journal of International Affairs

China Pakistan Economic Corridor and Regional Integration A Liberal Approach

Published 2021-06-30


As a structural change in the world's balance of power, the ChinaPakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has been viewed by politicians and scientists. In Southwest Asian countries in general, as well as in Pakistan in particular, it has a broad economic and geopolitical effect. During its implementation stage, the CPEC is a transnational project that may face challenges both in the geographical and human field. Extra-ordinary engineering resources, massive financing and political persuasion for managing social elements of South West Asian countries would be required. This article explores China's evolutionary relations with the international system in order to accelerate the development of infrastructure and boost socio-economic growth by regional integration and liberal institutionalism. It is a multilateral strategy to help Pakistan realise its true economic and strategic potential. It also strives to link China's multilateralism with regional integration under the CPEC on the basis of liberal connectivity values.