Interactive map: China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Take a journey through the environmental and political challenges that could derail the project

Pakistani politicians have a colourful arsenal of metaphors to describe the strength of their friendship with China: higher than the Himalayas, deeper than the oceans, stronger than steel, dearer than eyesight, sweeter than honey, and so on.

The US$46 billion (306 billion yuan) China Pakistan Economic Corridor was expected to cement these bonds and prove a “game changer” for the troubled region. But a year after launch the initiative is struggling with security concerns and pressure on scarce natural resources in the arid region.

This story map explores the environmental and political challenges along the way from the mountains to the sea.

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