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Pakistan Prime Minister in China Promoting Belt and Road

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EIRNS—Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was in China through June 8, where agreements on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) were expanded. Their joint statement vowed to build the CPEC into an “exemplary project of high-quality building of Belt and Road cooperation,” saying the project has changed the development landscape of Pakistan, benefited its people’s well-being, and promoted the integrated development of the two countries.

The two sides have also recognized the significance of Gwadar Port, a terminal on the Arabian Sea, as an important node in cross-regional connectivity. They reiterated the need to speed up the development of the auxiliary infrastructure of the Gwadar Port in order to fully realize the potential of the coastal city, especially as a transshipment hub, with its own shipyard, Global Times reported.

CPEC extends from Kashgar, Xinjiang in China south and west through Pakistan terminating at Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea, down the coast from Chabahar in Iran. [mob]

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Pakistan Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif (sixth from left in the second row) witnesses signing multiple Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) between China and Pakistan in Beijing, China, on June 6, 2024. (Government of Pakistan) arab.news