PM Imran Khan addressed the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing China, where he spoke about the importance Pakistan places on high-level connectivity with its Chinese all-weather partner. This happened after Pakistan and China signed the second phase of a free trade agreement that will allow the CPEC to fulfill its purpose of improving the prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region in South Asia, with Pakistan as the main beneficiary.
As the political leader of a country that is central to the Belt and Road (BRI) initiative, Imran Khan’s voice is crucial for the world to hear when it comes to promoting the great potential of mutually beneficial connectivity among multilateral partners. During his comments, the Prime Minister told his international audience the humble origins of Gwadar as a small fishing village in the Arabian Sea. Today, Gwadar is an important and continuously expanding panamax port that represents the western terminus of CPEC. As such, Gwadar’s central position to link the Pacific with the wider Afro-Mediterranean space will help generate sustainable wealth in Pakistan while creating new local jobs and international investment opportunities.
Imran Khan continued to promote the tourism opportunities of Belt and Road, as more investment in Gwadar from several foreign nations, including China, seems to be turning the old fishing village not only into an important port city, but also into a An important point of future tourism once the local infrastructure is developed to an extent that can accommodate visitors looking for an important luxury destination in a picturesque location.
Referring to the CPEC as the “blessing” of Pakistan, the Prime Minister emphasized a point previously made by Chinese President Xi Jinping that the BRI projects will help not only to create new sustainable economic opportunities for Pakistan, but also that Pakistan can cooperate with China on key environmental issues.
The ties between China and Pakistan have been clearly improved through the continued assistance of Imran Khan to the Forum in Beijing that will last until the weekend. But equally important is the fact that Imran Khan represents one of the world’s most important ambassadors for Belt and Road connectivity outside of China.
By taking additional measures to expand the BRI on a multilateral basis, Pakistan will not only enrich its people and its multilateral partners, but it will also help to combat the propaganda war derived from the West against China from a clear position as a power leader in China. The Ummah (global Islamic community). The message of Naya Pakistan and Belt and Road is similar, since both seek to achieve social harmony and positive relationships deeply interconnected between cultures, states and peoples based on economic renewal that will guarantee peace through prosperity.
In this sense, the considered and trusted support of Imran Khan to BRI is a boost not only for the Chinese and Pakistani economies, but also will help to encourage other nations to participate in projects related to the CPEC. Saudi Arabia has already invested billions in a future oil refinery in Gawdar that will help alleviate Pakistan’s financial and energy problems, while Turkey has also been formally invited by Pakistan to participate in the CPEC.
The internationalization of the CPEC is a mutual objective shared by Pakistan and China. For Pakistan, the influx of foreign direct investment at a time when the government has modernized and simplified the investment apparatus will help to reduce the current account deficit left by the previous government while helping to finance the Islamic welfare state that Imran Khan has modeled from thinking of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. For China, given that BRI is a multilateral project, the formation of win-win partnerships around the main BRI ICC initiative can help lead to more commercial connectivity, investment and people-centered projects will benefit multiple nations.
In general, Imran Khan has clearly and convincingly articulated the clear benefits that CPEC can bring to his country and to the growing pool of international partners in Pakistan.