Sabena Siddiqi

Sabena Siddiqi

Sabena Siddiqi is a foreign affairs journalist with a special focus on the Belt and Road Initiative, the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor and South Asia. 

Latest from Sabena Siddiqi

Macroscope | China’s belt and road: what’s holding up the trains from Pakistan to Turkey via Iran?

While the three countries involved in the rail project have announced it will be revived this year, it must still overcome infrastructural hurdles before it can kick-start important rail routes under China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

While the three countries involved in the rail project have announced it will be revived this year, it must still overcome infrastructural hurdles before it can kick-start important rail routes under China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

China’s belt and road: what’s holding up the trains from Pakistan to Turkey via Iran?
17 Feb 2021 - 4:41PM
Eye on Asia | Himalayan pink salt was never a source of Pakistani pride. Then it became ‘made in India’

Pink salt has become a matter of sovereignty in Pakistan, after the public discovered that India had been re-exporting it. Pakistan must come up with a new strategy for processing, marketing and reclaiming the salt.

Pink salt has become a matter of sovereignty in Pakistan, after the public discovered that India had been re-exporting it. Pakistan must come up with a new strategy for processing, marketing and reclaiming the salt.

Himalayan pink salt was never a source of Pakistani pride. Then it became ‘made in India’
26 Nov 2019 - 1:55AM
Macroscope | China’s growing demand for clean energy and natural gas sparks contest in the Middle East

First Qatar, and now Saudi Arabia, are competing to dominate China’s fast-growing natural gas market, already the third largest in the world, as Beijing encourages the switch from coal to cleaner, greener energy.

First Qatar, and now Saudi Arabia, are competing to dominate China’s fast-growing natural gas market, already the third largest in the world, as Beijing encourages the switch from coal to cleaner, greener energy.

China’s growing demand for clean energy and natural gas sparks contest in the Middle East
29 May 2019 - 10:36PM
Opinion | The Middle East pivot to China and neighbouring markets is a win-win situation
  • China’s search for cleaner energy means it will require more oil and gas, becoming the consumer of choice for hydro-carbons produced in the Middle East
  • China’s search for cleaner energy means it will require more oil and gas, becoming the consumer of choice for hydro-carbons produced in the Middle East
The Middle East pivot to China and neighbouring markets is a win-win situation
3 Mar 2019 - 9:57PM
How Bollywood is giving Hollywood a run for its money in China

Hollywood films seem to have lost their lustre in China, with domestic releases and films from India fuelling box-office revenue.

Hollywood films seem to have lost their lustre in China, with domestic releases and films from India fuelling box-office revenue.

How Bollywood is giving Hollywood a run for its money in China
8 May 2018 - 7:25PM