Though a section within Pakistan, especially Punjab, considers the CPEC as a game changer, there are serious challenges to the project. Though the political opposition by non-Punjabi provinces – especially Balochistan and Khyber Paktunkwa are projected as a major issue, there are serious economic, environmental and fiscal concerns relating to the CPEC.
What is the contemporary need for Pakistan to change the status of GB? Is it responding to internal demands from GB, or external pressure from China? Or is there a slow burn in the recent years, in terms of fully integrating GB, but through an administrative salami slicing? What is likely to become of the GB status?
How should South Asia respond to the rise of China? Should China be seen as a threat, or as a competition or as an opportunity? Or as a combination of all three? Though individually countries in South Asia are pursuing independent approaches vis-a-vis Beijing, can the region collectively look at some of the larger projects of China?