What Malaysia and Pakistan could teach both China and the US about the Belt and Road Initiative
- James Schwemlein says despite the differences in the two economies, Malaysia and Pakistan are both rethinking their involvement in China’s infrastructure plan
- The vulnerabilities in belt and road projects due to lack of transparency and local participation present opportunities for the US, he says
James Schwemlein is a non-resident scholar in the South Asia Programme at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a consultant working for the World Bank. He is a former US diplomat experienced in South Asia and US foreign economic policy. From 2011 to 2017, he served as senior adviser to the US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.