Uncertainty over possible Saudi investment in CPEC

Beijing and Riyadh are yet to clarify whether Saudi Arabia will be involved in the multi-billion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor scheme, despite statements claiming that by new ministers in Islamabad By F.M. Shakil Pakistan has attempted to get Saudi Arabia to invest in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) but it is too early to confirm that … Continue reading Uncertainty over possible Saudi investment in CPEC

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New Sri Lankan port may be a key link between India and China

Chinese-funded Colombo Port City likely to boost Sino-Indian relations, with promotional campaigns to woo Indian investors already under way By Munza Mushtaq With Sri Lanka enjoying new-found importance as a key element of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the ambitious Chinese-funded Colombo Port City may be set to become an important trade nexus. The … Continue reading New Sri Lankan port may be a key link between India and China

Iran Signs Free Trade Agreement With Eurasian Economic Union in Move That is Healthy for Iran, Russia and Non-EAEU Member Pakistan

Written by Adam Garrie Iran has just signed an agreement to enter a three year provisional free trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). According to EAEU official Tigran Sargsyan, “The temporary agreement stipulates an effective dispute settlement mechanism, including arbitration… It also creates a joint committee of high-ranking officials and establishes a business dialogue”. The … Continue reading Iran Signs Free Trade Agreement With Eurasian Economic Union in Move That is Healthy for Iran, Russia and Non-EAEU Member Pakistan

It’s BRI against Indo-Pacific all over again

Modi and Xi meeting could have a crucial SCO subplot focusing on security and economic cooperation By Pepe Escobar All bets are off on the outcome of India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s potentially ground-breaking meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping this Friday and Saturday in Wuhan. Things have not exactly started in auspicious mode. After … Continue reading It’s BRI against Indo-Pacific all over again

Afghanistan ready to play connector role in Eurasian integration

The inauguration of TAPI – the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline – signals Kabul is on-board with the grand project of Eurasian integration By Pepe Escobar One of the top roller-coaster sagas in what, some years ago, I christened Pipelineistan, has yielded a definitive twist. The US$8 billion,1,814-kilometer Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline (TAPI) was officially inaugurated on Friday, in full pomp, and … Continue reading Afghanistan ready to play connector role in Eurasian integration