Pakistan and China to launch 3 more corridors: report

The corridors would become sources of strengthening relations between Pakistan and China, according to reports. (Representative)

Islamabad:

Pakistan and China have decided to jointly launch three new projects in addition to the multi-billion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), as the all-time allies seek to strengthen bilateral relations in various sectors, including l agriculture, health and science and technology.

Speaking at China Economic Net (CEN) in Beijing, Pakistan’s Ambassador to China Moinul Haq said the three new projects are China-Pakistan Green Corridor (CPGC), China-Pakistan Health Corridor (CPHC ) and the China-Pakistan Digital Corridor (CPDC). , The New International newspaper reported on Saturday.

The first will focus on agricultural environment, food security and green development and the second will help Pakistan gain efficiency in the medical field, while the third will boost Pakistan’s IT industry, he said. .

Ambassador Haque said that Pakistan has a rich repertoire of talents and human resources in different fields of science and technology, saying that computer-based science and technology has become very important for the Pakistan.

“We would be an important source of help for China in terms of software development. So we are working together to set up training centers in Pakistan to develop software in different areas of IT,” he said.

Haque attaches great importance to new projects which are launched with great enthusiasm.

The report cites Pakistani sources as saying the official launch of the projects could take place during Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s visit to China next month, invited by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The schedule and relevant details of the trip are being worked out through diplomatic channels on a priority basis, he said.

The new corridors would become sources of strengthening Pakistan-China relations and provide a new unbreakable bond of closeness between the two nations, he said.

The sources recalled that the scope of friendship and cooperation between Pakistan and China would help Pakistan overcome its economic complexities and start moving towards fiscal self-sufficiency, he added.

Launched in 2015, the CPEC, which connects the port of Gwadar in Pakistan’s Balochistan to China’s Xinjiang province, is the flagship project of China’s ambitious multi-billion dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). India opposed the CPEC as it is set up across Pakistani-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

CPEC was launched in 2015 during President Xi’s visit to Pakistan. Energy and infrastructure projects worth billions of dollars have been completed under the scheme which has been touted as a “game changer” by senior officials in both countries.

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