Why is Saudi Arabia interested in CPEC? China Pakistan Economic Corridor

Recently an envoy from Saudi Arabia reached Pakistan and told that they are interested in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Nawaf Saeed Ahmed Al-Malkiy, being part of the envoy, claimed that Saudi Arabia would be taking part in the mega project at Gwadar port by investing in it.

He also added that this is a kind gesture in return of the role Pakistanis are playing in the development of the Kingdom. He claimed that more than 2 million Pakistanis are involved in development and progress of Saudi Arabia. By investing in CPEC, the Kingdom can contribute in the development of Pakistan.

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As they play a kind role for our country’s development, so we ought to play a role in their country’s development. Pakistan and China hold a strong friendship bond. China initiated billions of dollars’ project named CPEC that would allow establishing a link between Kashgar with Gwadar and further strengthening the diplomatic and economic ties between the two countries.

This project was initiated under the China’s One-Belt-One-Road (OBOR) project. It has brought the two allies, Pakistan, and China more close to each other. The ambassador also assured that the countries will be starting the cultural and educational exchange programs. Even though Pakistan had gone through a political, no change in the diplomatic ties among two countries was observed.

The newly elected Prime Minister of Pakistan also visited the Kingdom. He appreciated the Vision 2030 and assured that the Pakistan is keen to collaborate with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The new Army chief of Pakistan also opted for Saudi Arabia for his first official visit. The country is keen to boost up relations with the Kingdom.

Al Malkiy said that new avenues of cooperation shall be explored. He added that Saudi Arabia is keen to become a part of the CPEC as it can help both countries reap the benefit. It is a great investment opportunity.  However, India and United States have shown opposition towards the project. India even boycotted the Road summit this year as an act of opposition.

On the other hand, United States is backing up with India just to shrink China’s economic power and emerge as a greater power. Saudi Arabia and Iran don’t have good ties with each other. Pakistan bending towards Saudi Arabia also caused a wave of disturbance in Iran.

Further disturbance in Iran is being caused by Saudi Arabia’s strong motivation for investing in CPEC. If Saudi Arabia invests in CPEC project, it would strike up sectarianism in the country as it is believed that the Wahabi ideology would flourish. Saudi Arabia and China have also started a partnership strategy since 2016.

Both the countries are ready to cooperate with each other and have decided to set up committees. These committees shall not only provide guidance for cooperation but also shall coordinate for cooperation.

The sectors chosen for cooperation are industrial capacity, equipment manufacturing, energy, trade, investment, finance, science and technology, culture and security. So of all this explains Saudi Arabia’s interest in CPEC project!

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