Pakistan Institute of Conflict and Security Studies organized a roundtable on “CPEC Development in line with Belt Road Initiative, China Pakistan Cooperation”, on 19th September 2019.
Raja Amir Iqbal, former President Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was the keynote speaker during the roundtable.
Major General (Retd) Saad Khattak Chairman PICSS, Abdullah Khan Managing Director PICSS, Dr. Azhar Ahmad head of department International Relations Bahria University, Brig. (R) Saif Malik, Head of Department IR Muslim Youth University, Dr. Talat Shabir Director China Pakistan Study Center (CPSC) ISSI, Brig (R) Saad Muhammad strategic analyst, Brig. (R) Ahtisham defense analyst, Wajeeha Butt and others were among the participants shared their knowledge about the subject.
Raja Amer Iqbal discussed the topographical, cultural, social and economic structure of China that has set its footprints on the governance and political structure of China. The keynote speaker Raja Amer Iqbal, has discussed the possible outcomes of the China Pakistan engagements on CPEC, the various hurdles, futuristic options and its long term impacts of Belt Road Initiative on Pakistan’s economy.
Raja Amer Iqbal emphasized on developing strategic clarity among the various power circles of Pakistan so that Pakistan’s economy could be facilitated by the benefits of this initiative. The most important hurdle regarding CPEC is the difference in business ethics between Chinese and Pakistanis counterparts and that must be improved.
Participants have all stressed the need to bring structural reforms in the political and economic sphere of Pakistan to get the benefit of CPEC instead of shelving various projects under CPEC.
They also raised the question of the worries of the local producers and their capabilities in the wake of this Belt Road Initiative and also the role of the external elements and their interests in making the pendulum swung the other way. No Progress on CPEC due to external pressure would cost Pakistan more than China.
Chairman PICSS, Major General Saad Khattak (Retd) highlighted the strategic aspect of CPEC and China Pakistan relations and the perceptions of the general public that China initiated this for its own interest.