The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson, Zhao Lijian, said that Beijing is having discussions with third parties like Afghanistan; on their inclusion in CPEC. He further appreciated Prime Minister Khan’s remarks on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Zhao Lijian, while addressing a question regarding PM Khan’s remarks on CPEC, said “ We have noted the relevant remarks by Prime Minister Imran Khan and we appreciate it”.
On the 70th anniversary of Pak-China ties, on Monday PM Khan has met a Chinese envoy – Nong Rong. He appreciated the brotherly relations of both countries ensured the government’s support to complete CPEC. Endorsing CPEC Project, he said that it would open opportunities and bring economic development to the region and beyond.
BRI Would Enhance Regional Connectivity
Moreover, the spokesperson added that the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a wide international initiative. It promotes economic cooperation. It also dedicated to improve connectivity and achieve common development. Additionally, he said, “The CPEC, as pioneering projects of the Belt and Road Initiative, has made important and major progress in infrastructure, energy, ports, and industrial parks”.
Afghanistan’s Inclusion in CPEC
Furthermore, Zhao Lijian stated that China would further its work with Pakistan for the development of the CPEC and extending it to regional countries. This project would enhance regional connectivity and economic development. Moreover, it would help to improve people’s livelihoods.
In reference to the project’s extension, Lijian informed that they will extend it towards regional countries. He added that Afghanistan has been trading through Gawadar and Karachi ports. Therefore, high-speed highways will also stretch towards Afghanistan.