Russia’s joining of CPEC to enhance China, Russia and Pakistan cooperation

Russia’s joining of  CPEC will be an opportunity for China, Russia and Pakistan to enhance cooperation, Chinese Tabloid Global Times said in a report on Saturday.

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), as a flagship project of the One Belt and One Road (OBOR) initiative, has drawn a great deal of investments. Pakistan has already approved a Russian request for using the Gwadar Port, for its exports.

What’s more, Russia as China’s strategic partner, a member of BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has been advancing the Sino-Russian “the Belt and the Union” (the Silk Road Economic Belt and the EAEU) and a broader Eurasian partnership. Russia’s participation in the CPEC, including the use of the Gwadar Port, could give a boost to Sino-Russian cooperation and be a demonstration project of OBOR that will enhance future multinational cooperation, the newspaper argued.

Second, Russia and Pakistan are both friendly toward China. Pakistan, the now observer of the SCO, officially submitted its full membership application to the organization. The SCO has launched its decision process on the admittance of Pakistan and India.

As for Russia-Pakistan relations and Russia’s role in the CPEC, China is deemed as a stakeholder in the affairs and has certain influences. But China will not intervene in Russia-Pakistan relations.

In addition, Pakistan follows the balance of power theory and conducts open diplomacy in a bid to maximize its national interests, which is beyond reproach.  The Gwadar Port can also be used by countries like Iran and Turkmenistan for trade.

Given the prevailing globalization and regional integration, it is not possible, realistic or necessary, for any country to monopolize one country’s economic affairs.

Third, India has been opposed to the CPEC due to the long-term tension between New Delhi and Islamabad, and its historical border disputes with China. Traditionally, Russia has developed a very good relationship with India, as well as China and Pakistan.

Russia’s presence in the CPEC would help prevent the international community, including India, from paying excessive attention to China and remove the unnecessary worries over the so-called China threat. The cooperation between BRICS countries like China, Russia and India is the key to the success of OBOR development, the newspaper emphasized.

Russia’s involvement in the CPEC is to serve its own interests in economy and geopolitics, which may complicate regional affairs. But if all parties stick to the market rules, China’s interests wouldn’t be harmed given that China has gained first-mover advantage, as well as capital and geographic advantages.

If Russia joins the project, it will be a stakeholder which shares economic risk, especially security risk, and has the same or similar goals.

 



5 Comments

  1. Muhammad Riaz Khan said:

    CPEC IS GOING TO BE AN INTEGRATING FACTOR IN THE REGION. CHINA, RUSSIA,PAKISTAN,CENTRAL ASIAN COUNTRIES,IRAN AFGHANISTAN ARE GOING TO BECOME AN IMPORTANT REGIONAL ECONOMIC POWER. IF INDIA JOINS TOMORROW,TO WHICH THERE IS NO OPPOSITION BY ANY COUNTRY. IN FACT ALL THE COUNTRIES HAVE ALREADY WELCOMED THE PAKISTANI INVITATION TO INDIA FOR JOINING THE CPEC. IF THAT HAPPENS THE PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES WILL BE COMPELLED TO SOLVE THE POLITICAL AND BORDER ISSUES. THIS WILL PROVE A JOINT DEFNCE AGAINST TERRORISM WHICH IS NUMBER ONE CONCERN OF ALL THE COUNTRIES.

  2. Tariq said:

    In the greater interest of the region India have to join in the cpec this the last chance for India.if India go against the wind then he divided in three or four pieces think about it.

    • manjeet singh said:

      India don't need to join CPEC because India already have very good geographical location in central and India is next supper power and you all Pakistani will become China pet after this. CPEC is all about China Profit may be in starting you will get some profit share but after this you all become a dog for China and its very difficult to exist you people already sale your country to China.

  3. Najam said:

    Why is that that such literate country such as India a supper or high tea power has citizens that cannot string a few legible articulate comments together

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