CPEC: Corridor of opportunities | BELT & ROAD

"How does the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor differ from other Belt & Road projects?"


Florence Eid, Ph.D, Chief Economist 

Atousa Tahmasebi, Charlene Rahall, Mingqiao Zhao, Analysts

In this week's Sino-MENA report, we focus on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and its impact on MENA.

  • The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is an essential component of China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative for the integration and connectivity of Eurasia and China. What are the major areas of interest?
  • How does CPEC differ from other OBOR projects in offering strategic advantages to China with regards to accessing MENA oil?
  • Which of the other MENA countries, namely Iran and Egypt, would gain from participating in CPEC? What are the security challenges that could hamper CPEC’s realisation?


The Regional views series are thematic papers aimed at identifying and analysing factors behind medium to long-term economic trends shaping the region. Our analysis draws conclusions that help businesses and investors get ahead of the curve. As a firm staffed by Middle Easterners, we focus on insight rather than standard analysis.

To access this report, please click here.