Belt and Road Initiative in Central Asia and its Implications for Pakistan


  • Sarwat Rauf
  • Adam Saud



BRI, CPEC, Central Asia, Connectivity, Pakistan, China, regional cooperation, peace


China has been developing new commercial tracks worldwide to make its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) productive and to physically and economically link the neighboring CARs with itself. In this regard, China has been taking collaborative actions towards CARs to establish business linkages and building forward-looking infrastructure. Reciprocally, the welcoming gestures of the CARs towards these arrangements are becoming conspicuous. On the contrary, the West calls it Chinese efforts to put CARs in a strategic loop by helping their ailing economy. This paper, therefore, attempts to explore the advancement of BRI and the responses of the Central Asian Republics (CARs) towards this new development. In addition, the evolving situation shows that increasing partnership between the CARs and China significantly impacts the foreign and domestic policies of Pakistan because ChinaPakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is aligned with the BRI policy documents. Consequently, any new development in BRI will have substantial trickle-down effects on Pakistan. In this context, this article further examines the impact of the Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB), as a core of BRI, on Pakistan. henceforth, the article reviews regional connectivity projects under BRI and calculates the potential impact of BRI on the political, economic, and societal spheres of Pakistan.

Author Biographies

Sarwat Rauf

Sarwat Rauf is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad, Pakistan. She is also a visiting Scholar at Sigur Center for Asian Studies, The Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, Washington DC., USA.

Adam Saud

Adam Saud is a Professor of International Relations at Bahria University Islamabad. Pakistan




How to Cite

Sarwat Rauf, & Adam Saud. (2021). Belt and Road Initiative in Central Asia and its Implications for Pakistan. NUST Journal of International Peace & Stability, 4(2), 52–67.




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