Lavinia MOICEANU, PhD student
Abstract. Access to resources has always been one of the main quests for states of all kinds and sizes. From the ancient times to the modern days, resources have played a vital role in the development, security and wealth of nations. The aim of this article is to observe the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and the diplomacy of access to resources from five different angles: geographic, economic, political, military and ideational. Each of these angles focuses on how access diplomacy brought the CPEC project to the stage that it has reached nowadays. Announced in 2013 as a mainly infrastructural project and one that was aimed to develop relations between various regions from China and Pakistan, the CPEC is now one of the most ambitious infrastructural masterplans. Through it, China, the second largest economy of the world, has created itself a new access to the Arabian Sea and the resources from the Persian Gulf. And all by building and developing the Port of Gwadar at the end of the route that crosses Pakistan from the Chinese Xinjiang province.
Ph.D. student of the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Switzerland; focused on the political and strategic implications of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)