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Pakistan’s Engagement with China and Russia: Impacts on the Regional Order
Pakistan is now the gateway to Eurasia and this is increasingly becoming a reality in the light of the integration wave launched by China and patronized by Russia. It is a land bridge to Eurasian Economies and a part of Belt Road Initiatives. 9/11 led to many fundamental changes in the South Asian security framework. Most significant was the rise of Sino-Pak cooperation and the US shifting its priority towards India. The Silk Route analogy often has been drawn upon Afghanistan, but the close interface between Great Powers rendered it unstable for most of the time. Pakistan offers a maritime opportunity to most of the landlocked states of Inner Asia. Russia and China have been securing Eurasian space post-Cold war from the US hegemony. This has led to military and economic cooperation between the two. South Asian Regional Security Complex narrative that rests on India-Pak conflict is witnessing a change with Pakistan looking to engage Russia and China on the economic front and perhaps the Russian option to join defence framework at some later stage. The development is the best option for creating strategic autonomies within the SARSC.
Ph. D Scholar, Department of Political Science, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Dr. Rana Eijaz Ahmad
Professor, Department of Political Science, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan