CPEC’s Success Hinges on Pakistan’s Maritime Strategic Depth in East Africa

Key Points:

  • The success of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is predicated on Pakistan’s territorial security, and the strategic waterways linking the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Geostrategic success of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is directly proportional to the geo-economic success of CPEC.
  • Pakistan’s primary area of maritime interest, however, is limited within the North Arabian Sea. In the context of BRI, this myopia can be termed as “geostrategic timidity”, while with reference to India, it is a “strategic faux pas”.
Zaki Khalid

Zaki Khalid

Zaki Khalid is a strategic analyst and freelance commentator based in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. His areas of interest include national security, geopolitics, cyberspace and maritime affairs. He is also the founder and editor of 'Pakistan Geostrategic Review (PGR)', an independent platform publishing a premium newsletter and podcasts on geostrategic developments. He can be reached on Twitter @misterzedpk.

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