Western Route Is Part of The CPEC: Chinese Embassy
A spokesperson of Chinese Embassy in Islamabad has said that all parts of Pakistan including the western region will benefit from the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The spokesperson rejected the news attributed to the Chinese Ambassador circulating in the media that the Ambassador Sun Weidong had told the Chief Minister of KPK that Western route was not part of the mega project. He said that such news were false and misleading and being spread to create dissatisfaction among people regarding the CPEC.
He added that both countries had established robust systems for co-ordination and to deliberate upon the projects under the CPEC. He told that the joint Coordination committee on CPEC in its 5th session approved the different routes of the economic corridor in Novermber 2015. Socio-economic development of northern and western parts of the country was key to the project apart from building quality road network to connect Gwadar port with the Chinese Province of Xinjiang, he added. He further said that the motorway passing through Burhan, Dera Ismail Khan and Quetta would play an important role in linking of the important points of the corridor.