China and Pakistan have agreed to add more corridors to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), said the Chinese Consul General in Lahore Zhao Shiren.
The agreement between the two all-weather friends was reached during Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s inaugural official visit to China.
Addressing a seminar over the weekend, the Consul General said that PM Shehbaz’s first official was highly successful. During his visit, both sides vowed to add four more corridors to CPEC. The new corridors will be digital, industrial, green, and health.
When asked about the recent slow speed of work on CPEC, the Consul General clarified that no one in China or Pakistan can be blamed for slowing down work on the CPEC. He, however, assured me that the work on CPEC will now pick up the pace.
The Consul General added that both Pakistan and China will reap huge benefits from CPEC, but the former will benefit more from the unprecedented project. Pakistan is in the driving seat while China is only playing the role of facilitator in CPEC.
Notable dignitaries also addressed the seminar. Muhammad Mahdi, a foreign affairs expert, urged all political parties to add a commitment to the CPEC in their manifestos in the coming elections.
Nazeer Hussain, Dr. Amjad Magsi, Dr. Khalid Jalal, Dr. Qais Aslam, Dr. Waheed Ahmed Khan, Tayyab Aijaz Qureshi, Sajjad Mir, Javed Nawaz, Yasir Habib, Dr. Hussain Paracha, and others also addressed the seminar.
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