These talks started in 2004.
Let that sink in. 2004. Over a decade. And now the two parties are apparently trying to sprint to the finish line. Then again, the new China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is probably going to light a fire under the Gulf States. Trade with China is becoming a must. All the cool kids are doing it. And the REALLY cool kids get to name everything “One-Something”. One China. One Belt, One Road. Singular whatevers are definitely China’s bag, man.
Still, the chances of crossing the finish line before October is slim. There is no recent news about upcoming talks, and no sign that this deal is coming to a close. I give it about half the chance the consensus does.

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