China, Pakistan and the Belt and Road Initiative

Book Launch with Pascal Abb

Despite political unrest in Pakistan, China has invested over 30 billion US dollars in infra­structure there. The China-Pakistan Eco­nomic Corridor (CPEC) is considered a “flagship of the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and is advertised as agame changer” for Pakistan. In the upcoming volume “China, Pakistan and the Belt and Road Initiative: the Experience of an Early Adopter State”, edited by Pascal Abb, Filippo Boni (The Open Uni­versity) and Hasan Karrar (Lahore University of Manage­ment Sciences), inter­national experts offer a compre­hensive analysis of the impact of CPEC on Pakistan's economy, politics and society.

Using new empirical data on the local impacts of CPEC, the inter­disciplinary authors challenge prevailing narratives about the BRI as a strategic, China-driven tool to trans­form other countries along its lines. CPEC, they argue, can rather be under­stood as an inter­active process between China and its intern­ational partners, producing inter­dependent relation­ships between them.

Together, the parti­cipants will present their contri­butions at a digital book launch on Thursday, June 27, 14:00 (CET).


  • Dr Eram Ashraf (Independent Scholar)
  • Dr Filippo Boni (The Open University)
  • Dr Hasan Karrar (LUMS)
  • Dr Tayyab Safdar (University of Virginia)
  • Dr Zahid Shahab Ahmed (National Defense College, UAE)
  • Dr Saba Shahid (Forman Christian College)
  • Dr Gul-i-Hina van der Zwan (Leiden University)

Chair: Dr Pascal Abb (PRIF)

When: Thursday, June 27, 2024, 14:00–15:45 (CET)

Where: Online event via Zoom. Regis­tration and further infor­mation can be found on the event page of the Political Studies Association.