Islamabad: The Chinese Embassy Spokesperson gave his remarks over the reporting of an Urdu newspaper which recently stated that the Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan informed Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and KP government that western route doesn’t exist in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has said this is untrue and misreporting.
The Spokesperson said that CPEC is an important consensus which is reached by the Chinese and Pakistani governments and is of great significance in enhancing bilateral connectivity in improving people’s livelihood and fostering pragmatic economic and trade cooperation. He said China and Pakistan have put in place a sound mechanism of communication and coordination on the development of CPEC.
On November 12th, 2015, the 5th meeting of Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) of CPEC approved the principle of “one corridor with multiple passages”, aiming at directly benefiting the socio-economic development of Pakistan, especially the western and north-western regions and providing effective connectivity to Gwadar Port. The Monographic Study of Transport Plan, approved in 5th JCC, clearly mentions that Burhan-D.I.Khan-Quetta-Sorab section will provide the needed connectivity between major connection points of CPEC and will connect the western areas of Pakistan.
CPEC is for Pakistan as a whole and will bring benefits to all Pakistani people including the people from the western parts. With the joint efforts of both sides, CPEC projects are running well throughout Pakistan, and the CPEC is being comprehensively implemented he said. CPEC projects in the western parts of Pakistan are making progress and a number of livelihood projects have also been implemented. He added that we are committed to join hands with Pakistan to make continuous headway on CPEC and deliver benefits to the people at an early date.