Pakistan's economic problems are caused by the nation's reliance on imports, political upheaval, corruption, and a lack of fundamental reforms.
Imran Khan seems to have already pushed the ‘militablishment’ to the corner and forced it to tread carefully. However, he does not seem inclined to rein in the military; he is only sulking over the former army chief’s alleged inaction to save him from losing his prime ministership…
Besides expanding the debt trap, the BRI projects have faced accusations of corruption, environmental pollution, and labour violations across these countries. The South Asian countries should play their cards right and avoid getting sucked into the 'debt trap' being laid by China.
What makes this agreement quite significant is Beijing’s willingness to shed its image of a silent power and go beyond its usual emphasis on pursuing its economic interests to not only actively encourage détente between two regional hostile powers but also but bring them on the table and get them to sign an agreement “to resume diplomatic relations between them and re-open their embassies and missions within a period not exceeding two months”.
The Tibetan culture that has an originality and specificity of its own, distinct from the Chinese culture, is being subjected to disuse with the expectation that it would ultimately lose its shine and appeal. This is cultural hegemony at its very worst with a brazen effort to steamroll diversity.
Chinese policy of engagement is not aimed at enhancing the capacity of the Nepalese state and bringing prosperity to the Nepalese people; it is meant to perpetuate a master-client relationship where Nepal is sucked into the trap of China’s debt-diplomacy, loses its strategic autonomy and is reduced to a client state of China.
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