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China’s ‘reliable friendship’ with Pakistan, explained by Andrew Small

This week, Kaiser and Jeremy chat with Andrew Small, senior transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund in Washington, D.C. Andrew is one of surprisingly few scholars with specialized experience researching China’s relations with what it calls its “all-weather friend” — Pakistan. His book from 2015 on the subject is titled The China-Pakistan Axis: Asia’s New Geopolitics.

Kaiser, Jeremy, and Andrew discuss how Sino-Pakistani ties have been impacted by the recent election of Imran Khan to prime minister, Pakistan’s economic difficulties, and the numerous projects that comprise the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, or CPEC – one of the most important components of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

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Kaiser Kuo is co-founder of the Sinica Podcast and editor-at-large of SupChina.