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As a result, in the short term, China must either switch from rail to sea or bypass the northern Russia-Belarus route in favour of the southern route. To avoid sanctions, the southern route must pass through the Caspian Sea and Turkey, but this route is in its infancy, with limited transportation capacity, longer transit times, and higher prices.

Xi’an opened a new route on April 2nd that bypasses Turkey while also crossing the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea, but this route is likely to be longer and more inconvenient.

Even the CCP’s director of the Ministry of Commerce’s Eurasian Institute admitted that the prospects for Sino-European trade were bleak.

The “China-Pakistan Economic Corridor” poses significant security challenges

There is also a route on the South Road of the “Belt and Road”, that is, through Pakistan’s “China-Pakistan Economic Corridor” to reach the southwest port of Gwadar. This route is under construction, and its final use is yet to come. To make matters worse, the CCP’s ambitious project has serious security risks. The economic prosperity promised by the “China-Pakistan Economic Corridor” has not been fulfilled; people live in poverty; there is a lack of water and electricity; and the local ethnic independent armed group, the “Baluchi Liberation Army,” is opposed to any Chinese investment.

On April 26th, in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi, a bus carrying Chinese nationals exploded, killing three Chinese and one Pakistani. (RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP via Getty Images)

Since November 15th of last year, thousands of locals have staged a series of peaceful sit-in protests, and Chinese citizens have become the target of suicide bombings carried out by the national independent armed group “Balochi Liberation Army.”

On August 20th, 2021, four vehicles escorted by the Pakistani military and police and carrying a number of Chinese engineers were attacked by suicide bombers while passing through the Gwadar East Bay Expressway project area in Balochistan, killing two and injuring three. One of those hurt was Chinese.

The Chinese consulate in Karachi was attacked by several militants in November 2018, resulting in two deaths and one injury. This is also the fault of the “Baluchi Liberation Army.”

On April 26th, a suicide bomber targeting Chinese people in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi killed four people, including the director of the local Confucius Institute and two Chinese teachers. The armed group “Baluchi Liberation Army” admitted to planning the attack.

The Chinese in Pakistan began to panic after three Chinese nationals were attacked and killed on April 26th. Over 2,000 Chinese nationals have left Pakistan through Karachi.

Europe’s attitude toward the CCP has shifted

The Russian-Ukrainian conflict has also changed Europe’s attitude of the CCP. The differences in values, democracy, and totalitarianism between the CCP and the West have been highlighted. If the CCP does not change, Europe will not assume that free trade and technological exchanges with the CCP will continue in the future.

At the EU-China summit on April 1st, von der Leyen implicitly warned the CCP that “All companies are paying attention to the attitudes of countries…” Support for Moscow will severely harm China’s reputation in Europe, where daily trade between Europe and China is nearly 2 billion euros, while trade between China and Russia is only about 330 million euros.

According to Sarah Kirchberger of the University of Kiel’s Institute of Security Policy,

China’s reputation in Europe has shifted. Continue reading on next part.

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