by: Mr. Inam ul Haque,
Former Foreign Minister of Pakistan. At the PIPS Seminar on 18th August 2015, Islamabad.
I am greatly honoured to deliver the Keynote address at this international seminar organized by the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies on the Economic, Political and Security Perspectives of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
I should start with the disclaimer that I am not an expert on this subject. Nor am I privy to the finer details of the agreements and the MOUs signed by the two sides. As such, I would request you to overlook and correct any errors of fact or judgement on my part.
The CPEC is a part of the vision articulated by President Xi Jinping of China to create linkages and connectivity among the nations of the world through the implementation of the ‘One Belt One Road’ concept, which would include the revival of the age old Silk Route and also establish a maritime Silk Route in the Indian Ocean.