Chinese Motivations

  • Siegfried O. Wolf
Part of the Contemporary South Asian Studies book series (CSAS)


This chapter elaborates on the Chinese rationale behind the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in general and the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in particular. It will be stated that large-scale, multi-faceted development initiatives such as the BRI and CPEC carry much influence over several aspects of state and society, including both domestic and foreign policy objectives as well as regional geopolitics. Apparently there is no consensus on how a CPEC should be interpreted, neither in China and Pakistan nor outside the corridor’s geographical framework. In this context it will be argued that Chinese motivations regarding the CPEC are driven not only by economic and social interests but also by political, geostrategic, and security motivations as well.


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  1. 1.South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF)BrusselsBelgium

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