“It is not acceptable that European Union countries are divided into those who give and those who take.”

–Jean-Claude Juncker

Since the last two and a half decades, the world has come to understand that economic integration and connectivity is the way to progress. Nations have opened their markets, and are now much more dependent on other nations in terms of economic gains. This paradigm has also been asserted with the establishment of regional economic networks such as, the European Union, and CPEC. With Britain voting to leave the EU earlier this year, the debate regarding the functioning of these economic networks has been ignited once again. Oftentimes seen as an uneven relationship, it is argued that some nations gain more and some nations gain less, leading to growing skepticism regarding these regional agreements. As CPEC is close to becoming a reality, we must understand that a good amount of delicacy surrounds the project. We should not put all of our eggs in the same basket, and work towards human development and nation building while simultaneously extracting benefits from the economic agreement. One-sided development can prove to be dangerous.