CPEC may be hit by political changes in Pakistan, says Chinese expert
BEIJING: A Chinese expert admitted that the latest political developments in Pakistan would affect China’s economic corridor, Pakistan Pakistan (CPEC) of 50 billion because certain “variable factors” come into play.
The expert also said that some political parties in Pakistan have questioned the specifics of their economic cooperation with China.
In the history of the Global Times, Lan Jiang, a professor at the Western China Normal University, said: “Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification would likely result in uncertainty over the current China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.
Pakistani political parties have disagreements over the project, especially if the road to the east or west of the project should be a priority. ”
He also expressed concern that part of the 50 billion CPEC project could be investigated and face uncertainty if the ruling party loses the next elections in 2018.
“The CPEC project would face uncertainty if the upcoming 2018 elections leading to a party change in power,” he said.
This view is facing a recent statement by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, which said that the ouster of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would not affect the project.
“We believe the cooperation partnership between China and Pakistan will not be affected by the changing situation in Pakistan,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on July 29.
Doubts have surfaced in Beijing, even if Pakistan’s new interim Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was chosen by Sharif to keep the seat warm for a few weeks until his brother Shahid Abbasi meet the demands of being elected prime minister.
Jiang also expressed concern over whether certain aspects of CPEC could be investigated if the next general election in 2018 overturned an opposition ruling party in Pakistan.
In addition, since opposition parties are disbelieving about PML-N behind-the-scenes manipulation in project negotiations, the opportunity to review the processes and trading conditions of some projects can not be excluded if an opposing party takes power .
The article noted that Shahbaz Sharif, who should be Pakistan’s next prime minister, has “built more friendly relations with the Pakistani army.”
This is an important statement by a Chinese expert because the army is known to monitor the implementation of CPEC and the elimination of any sign of opposition.
Nawaz Sharif supported the road is the economic corridor covering the provinces of Punjab and Sindh, but the opposition parties favored the western route through the less developed provinces such as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Baluchistan said.
“However, political differences in the path of CPEC will not prevent bilateral relations, since no political party in Pakistan uses anti-China sentiment as a political maneuver and all work to advance the sustainable development of relations between China And Pakistan, “Jiang said.