THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY OF GILGIT - BALTISTAN IS THE KEY TO CPEC
China and Pakistan enjoy diplomatic, trade and cultural ties, and are regarded as iron brothers. The two countries have a special strategic partnership, free trade agreement, and unwavering friendship. A deep and trustworthy relationship has been maintained throughout history. Although geopolitical challenges are certainly competitive, the geographical affinity of northern Pakistan and the border settlements of early 1960 have made significant contributions to both countries. The territorial dispute between India and Pakistan over the fate of Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan has hindered the successful implementation of the goals of CPEC. The local opinions of the people of GilgitBaltistan are of strategic value to both sides and have not been well studied from the local political and economic perspectives, which is the key to establishing links with the CPEC project. This article examines the views of local community on this major initiative and further explores the strategic and political roles of Pakistan and China in international relations.