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China has spent hundreds of billions of dollars on its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to connect Eurasia. Pakistan is the BRI’s “pilot project” but critics accuse Beijing of failing to live up to the hype. Meanwhile, headline grabbing Chinese projects in Afghanistan have largely come to a grinding halt. What is the future of Chinese development in South Asia and is it a threat or an opportunity for the United States? Can Beijing and Washington find common ground and avoid the pitfalls of a zero-sum competition for influence in the region?
Join a discussion that explores one of the most opaque areas of China’s foreign policy and one with significant consequences for security in a region Washington views as a terrorism hotbed. We will be joined by Andrew Small of the German Marshall Fund and author of The China-Pakistan Axis, Ammara Durrani of the Jinnah Institute who has served in management roles at UNDP Pakistan, Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd., and USAID Pakistan, and Adam Weinstein of the Quincy Institute. The conversation will be moderated by Michael Kugelman, Deputy Director & Senior Associate for South Asia at the Wilson Center’s Asia Program.
The panel will take place on Wednesday, December 2 at 12 pm EST.