Xi Jinping plans to control Pakistan’s politics, economy via CPEC authority


According to an article by Ali Salman Andani published in the Asia Times, Khan, a puppet of the military establishment, was able to manipulate the law to fulfil Xi Jinping’s desires to control the planning ministry of Pakistan.



Over the years China has made several attempts to take ultimate control of the political and economic affairs of Pakistan.


Since 2016, President Xi Jinping has pushed for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and a CPEC authority that would bring the country’s infrastructure and power-generation projects under his direct control.


Though the proposal was rejected by the Nawaz Sharif government, it was finally accepted by Prime Minister Imran Khan.


According to an article by Ali Salman Andani published in the Asia Times, Khan, a puppet of the military establishment, was able to manipulate the law to fulfil Xi’s desires to control the planning ministry of Pakistan.


“I consider Pakistan’s Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives as one of the most crucial state institutions, whose senior bureaucrats could implicitly scrutinise and resist Xi’s draconian CPEC scheme, as they had access to all of the secret documents on the agreement and were involved, directly and indirectly, in the decision-making process,” Andani opined.


“So long as the reins were under the control of civilian institutions led by representatives of the people and civil servants, thorough accountability of Xi’s master plan at least at some level and at some point in time - if not at once - was possible. Sidelining the civil institutions altogether