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president Xi Jinping on Tuesday (21) hailed a $46 billion (£31bn)
economic corridor as a “historic development opportunity” for Pakistan,
but security fears linger over the project which involves major
construction in highly unstable areas.
and Chinese officials on Monday signed more than 50 accords to
inaugurate the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which will create a
network of roads, railways and pipelines linking China’s restive west to
the Arabian Sea through Pakistan.
project is part of Beijing’s ‘Belt and Road’ plan to expand its trade
and transport footprint across Central and South Asia. It will give
China easier access to Middle Eastern oil via the deepwater port of
Gwadar in southwest Pakistan.
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