The Ancient Silk Route
From a mélange of trades, an array of
Revival of the Silk Route
Pakistan’s purchase of Gwadar from the Sultanate of Oman piqued Chinese interest and in 1959 construction of the Karakorum highway began in an attempt to revive the ancient Silk route.
Of late the Chinese President, Xi Jingping expressed serious interest in the complete restoration of the silk route. In 2014, while introducing the one belt one road initiative, the Chinese president voiced his plans for the new Silk street connecting Kashgar to Baluchistan in general and Gwadar in specific.
Spirit Of ‘OBOR’: The Silk Route
The ‘One Belt One
“The Silk Road spirit, embodies the spirit of peace and cooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutual benefit.”
The Tale Of Silk Route: As Told By China
The plan is to restructure the
Benefits Accrued By Pakistan
- Economic Gains and
Naturally, Pakistan is
one of thebeneficiary countries in the centralAsia-China-Pakistan trade direction. Being at thereceiving endof the direct foreign investment byChina, and through revenuesgenerated bytransits leadingto substantial economicand infrastructural developmentPakistan is setto becomethe regional tradehub and energytransit corridor while also creating thousandsof employment possibilitiesfor local population.
Of Pakistan’s Global Image: In order to facilitate bilateral
trade opportunities, a railway link amongGwadar and Kashgar is alsoproposed by means of both countries. In lightof this connectivity, Pakistan will also turn out to bea medium for regionalintegration amongSouth Asia and centralAsia.
Furthermore, Gwadar’s ideal location serves to be a manner out for landlocked central Asian countries, like Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan through Afghanistan; for this reason, refining Pakistan’s international position.
The Sceptics’ Soliloquy
- The Hegemony
around the globehave brought forwarddownsides to the Sino-Pak attemptof revival of the Silk route. some claimthat it is nothing greaterthan Chinesehegemony and Pakistan’s silent acquiescence in hide. while someeven aver that infrastructural developmentand commercialization actuallycome secondto china’s political agendaof dominance.
- Revival Of
Neo-Colonialism In Lieu Of The Silk Road: China
was alsoaccused of bringing backneo-colonialism in the coverof Silk route. however, throughtheir “ invest not invade” mindsetchina has been successfulin proving its critics wrong.
both Pakistan and china have taken lots upon their shoulders in order to practically take place the vision of the new Silk road.
President Xi once claimed that,
“Globalization is a big ocean that you cannot escape from”
Hence, with the