CPEC and Gwadar project, an opportunity for geo-economics

By Fatima Javed | Gwadar Pro Feb 11, 2022

Prime Minister Imran Khan said that Pakistan sees China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Gwadar project as a great opportunity for its geo-economics.

He invited other countries to join and invest in CPEC project, emphasizing the government's foremost priority is geo-economics and to uplift the economy.

In an interview with Director of the Advisory Committee of China Institute of Fudan University Dr. Eric Li, he said raising suspicion on the corridor project makes no sense.

The Prime Minister said his priority is the people of Pakistan and lift the people out of poverty while taking a cue from China. 

Imran Khan said both Pakistan and China have always stood by each other in difficult times. He said this all-weather relationship has transformed into a people-to-people friendship.

When asked about the Western concerns on the situation in Xinjiang, a province in northwestern China, the Prime Minister said "our ambassador in China visited the area and the report he gave us is different from the one that is coming on the western media. " He said what is being told by the western media does not exist on the Uighurs.

He said according to the envoy's report, unprecedented development is taking place in Xinjiang.

Responding to a question, Imran Khan said Kashmir is a disputed territory between Pakistan and India. He said India unfortunately is denying the right of self-determination to Kashmiri people guaranteed by the UN Security Council resolutions.

When asked about China-US relations, the Prime Minister said the world does not want another cold war. He said Pakistan may replicate the role it played in 1970 when it brought China and the US together.

About Afghanistan, the Prime Minister said the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Afghanistan should be avoided. He warned that sanctioning the new Afghan setup will only descend Afghanistan into chaos and a weak setup will not be able to take on the international terrorists.

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