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China’s engagement in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Xinjiang

November 26, 2018 - 10:00-12:00

Will China’s Root Cause model provide regional stability and security?

The seminar will discuss China’s westward policy by analyzing the opportunities and obstacles related to its flagship Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), as well as discussing the potential of China’s approach to stabilizing the troubled areas in Afghanistan and Pakistan through development.

The logic behind China’s policy is that economic development will lead to more stability by addressing what is seen as the root causes to extremism, e.g. poverty and unemployment.  This Root Cause model draws on China’s experience of successfully lifting more than 600 million of its own citizens out of poverty through the reform and opening up policy that has changed China rapidly over the past forty years. However, the model has had mixed results in western China, especially in Xinjiang province.

As this domestic issue can shed light on the kinds of problems that China will face in Afghanistan and Pakistan, DIIS has conducted a study that seeks to identify the challenges that China could face in trying to stabilize conflict-torn parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan ‘the Chinese way’. The main points of the study are now published in a new DIIS report, China’s Engagement in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Xinjiang, and will be presented at the seminar.

Dr. Miwa Hirono, Associate Professor, College of International Relations at Ritsumeikan University
Mona Kanwal Sheikh, Senior Researcher, DIIS
Luke Patey, Senior Researcher, DIIS
Yang Jiang, Senior Researcher, DIIS
Lars Erslev Andersen, Senior Researcher, DIIS

Deadline for registration: 25 November, 12:00


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China’s engagement in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Xinjiang


November 26, 2018


DIIS – Danish Institute for International Studies, University of Copenhagen


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