Corridors, Culture and Connectivity, a monograph series, is Pakistan China Institute’s latest research project that debut in 2015. The monographs encompass topics ranging from regional economic integration and development to geostrategic significance and socio-cultural dynamics in and of the Asian region, as well as international developments that have a bearing on Pakistan-China relations in particular, and the region as a whole. Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Pakistan facilitated PCI for publishing this insightful research.

President Xi Jinping’s One Road, One Belt initiative, a framework for regional economic development through the land based Silk Road Economic Belt and the ocean based Maritime Silk Road, is a core element of China’s foreign policy in 2015.

Envisioned as a cooperative framework connecting the developed European economy to the fast-growing Asia-Pacific economy, the Belt and Road is China’s grand strategic vision for regional integration. A core aspect of this vision is to link the development of the lesser developed regions to that of the more developed states that lie along the Belt and Road. In addition to socio-economic integration as well as the trade and commerce opportunities that will emerge from this initiative, it will also usher in the revival of centuries old networks of historical linkages, bringing new impetus to cultural connectivity and exchanges along the route.

In Pakistan it is considered a game changer and a fate changer. The Chinese term it as a flagship project of the ‘One Belt, One Road’, which will connect China to markets in Asia, Europe and beyond.