The glue sticking them together would appear to be military ties and an interest in keeping their common rival, India, off balance.
Leaders of each nation routinely describe the other as its closest partner on earth, as its “all-weather friend.”
Acutally, both nations have virtually no shared culture, history, or economic ties.
China has provided Pakistan with much of its nuclear weapons program, an even greater portion of its ballistic missile program, a steady stream of conventional arms, and steadfast diplomatic support that has spanned over half a century.
China's pro-Pakistan state media blitz may be more about convincing its own people.
percent of respondents view China favorably —
Chinese maintain a far less enthusiastic attitude toward their South Asian neighbor; only 30 percent of Chinese view Pakistan favorably
The recent flurry of close, floridly worded Chinese affirmations of friendship with Pakistan seem designed not just to cement the official relationship between the two countries, but perhaps also to bring public opinion into closer alignment with the official relationship.
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The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a collection of projects currently under construction at a cost of $46 billion which is intended to rapidly expand and upgrade Pakistani infrastructure, as well as deepen and broaden economic links
between Pakistan and China.
CPEC will be a game-changer for the region.
The CPEC, some believe, will also boost tourism in the 73,000 square km region.
The corridor is considered to be an extension of China’s ambitious proposed 21st century Silk Road initiative, and is considered central to China–Pakistan relations.
the inclusion of this project as part of China's 13th five year development plan.
Beijing has urged Islamabad to resolve the internal differences on the CPEC to create favourable working conditions for the project to roll out smoothly.
will eventually link the Pakistani city of Gwadar in southwestern to China's northwestern autonomous region of Xinjiang via a vast network of highways and railways.
Proposed infrastructure projects are worth approximately $11 billion, and will be financed by heavily-subsidized concessionary loans at an interest rate of 1.6% that will be dispersed to the Government of Pakistan by the Exim Bank of China, China Development Bank, and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.
worth approximately $11 billion, an 1,100 kilometer long motorway will be constructed between the cities of Karachi and Lahore,
while the Karakoram Highway between Rawalpindi and the Chinese border will be completely reconstructed and overhauled.
A network of pipelines to transport liquefied natural gas and oil will also be laid as part of the project, including a $2.5 billion pipeline between Gwadar and Nawabshah to transport gas from Iran.
Currently, nearly 80 per cent of China’s oil is transported by ship from the Strait of Malacca to Shanghai, a distance of more than 16,000 km, with the journey taking between two to three months.
But once Gwadar begins operating, the distance would be reduced to less than 5,000 km.
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