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Muhammad Shafique ur Rehman
Tahir Mahmood Azad
Muhammad Sadiq


China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a game changer because it offers comprehensive plans for socio-economic progression and regional
integration at the global level by providing linkages through land and sea routes. As for South Asia is concerned, it is the least integrated and backward
region and BRI’s two plans, China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Bangladesh China India Myanmar Corridor (BCIM) have the potential to
upraise the regional economy. The main obstacles on the way to South Asia’s economic progression are the persisting mistrust between India and Pakistan
and ongoing Sino-Indian standoff. The CPEC and BCIM will create winwin scenario for China, India and Pakistan that compel them to cooperate
with one another. To realise the association between economic development and stability, the theory of neo-functionalism provides understanding to
comprehend this debate. The connectivity between CPEC and BCIM will be advantageous to India and Pakistan for their economic rise and eradicating
mistrust between them which will lead towards regional peace and stability.

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