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CPEC News Summary – September 2020

CPEC to boost regional connectivity, benefit Central Asian countries: Pakistani president

Pakistani President Arif Alvi told his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in a recent phone conversation that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would boost regional connectivity, the president said. This article details .

Alvi said countries of the region particularly Afghanistan and Central Asian countries would benefit tremendously from CPEC’s road and railway infrastructure, according to a statement issued by the president house.

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China, Pakistan agree to boost cooperation in transport sector

China’s Minister for Transport, Li Xiaopeng had a meeting with Pakistani Ambassador to China, Moin-ul-Haque and both sides agreed to boost cooperation in transport sector.

Li Xiaopeng welcomed the newly appointed Ambassador of Pakistan, and expressed satisfaction at the state of bilateral cooperation in the transport domain, and reiterated China’s complete support for joint efforts to forge even stronger multi-modal linkages, China Economic Net (CEN) reported on Friday.

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Gwadar to be linked with railway line under CPEC

Chairman CPEC Authority Lt Gen (retired) Asim Saleem Bajwa added some small updates regarding the construction of the Gwadar airport and shed further light on other transport matters.

After completion of the Main Line one (ML-1) railway up-gradation project, the Gwadar port city would be linked with the rest of the country through railway line.”A new railway line would be laid from Quetta to Gwadar to link the port city with rest of the country and beyond,” Asim Bajwa said. 

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Addition of agricultural component to CPEC to help scientific farming

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz on Wednesday said that the addition of agricultural components in China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would help in developing scientific farming, increasing crop yield and ensuring food security in the country.

Talking to Chinese Ambassador in Pakistan during a farewell meeting here, the minister said that cultural diplomacy was vital in promoting people-to-people contacts and enhancing understanding of each other’s values and traditions.

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Op-ed: Impacts of CPEC on Asian region and beyond

From a strategic perspective, the CPEC will bring many benefits to China and one of them is the development of the western region. The project is being considered a vital component in realizing the perspective of regional connectivity and improving trade with regions like Central Asia, Africa, the Middle-East, and Europe. A detailed opinion piece that frames CPEC’s progression as a way to further economics in the region. 

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Gwadar City & Port coming up fast due to seriousness of Centre, Quetta: Asim Bajwa

Chairman CPEC Authority Lt Gen (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa has said collaboration of central and provincial governments for development of Balochistan would transform the region and bring prosperity for the locals.

In a Tweet, he said as Gwadar City and Port is coming up fast, an unprecedented level of seriousness is being shown by the governments in Islamabad and Quetta for uplifting South Balochistan.

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CPEC & Regional Perspectives

CHINA Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) initiative is a hope for achieving greater levels of regional connectivity, energy security, socio-economic prosperity and last but not the least, sustainable regional peace and harmony. It is the flagship project of the BRI. It was meant for prosperity, progression, participation and, of course, protection. BRI and CPEC are the projects of the 21st Century. Both are custodian for the rise of Asian Century. Both supplement the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s (SCO) vision of regional connectivity and economic integration too.

Recently, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, while attending the Foreign Ministers meeting of the SCO in Moscow, upheld the strategic importance of the CPEC and termed it supplemented to SCO. He appreciated SCO potential for enhancing closer relations with regional partners and realising the benefits of the emerging connection between the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and South East Asian countries and labelled CPEC as connecting hub for both the regions. He said CPEC would bring economic prosperity for Pakistan and the region.

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