torsdag 9. desember 2021

China in Pakistan: Gwadar Protests Highlight CPEC’s Achilles’ Heel

Following the announcement of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in 2015, Gwadar has been showcased in Pakistan’s mainstream media as the gateway to a new era of Chinese investments meant to change the fate of both Pakistan and the region as a whole. As a result, Gwadar, a small dusty port town on the coastline of the Arabian Sea in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province, has come enormously into the limelight since then. China has spent billions of dollars on building the port town, opening a 300-megawatt coal-fired power plant, and building an international airport at the cost of $230 million, alongside other projects that come under the CPEC umbrella.

Both the Chinese and their Pakistani counterparts wanted to carry out the development work quickly. But in doing so, they have overlooked the ground realities confronting the port town and the wider province.