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CPEC core project of Belt and Road initiative: PM Nawaz


BEIGING, MAY 14, (DNA) –  Prime Minister (PM) of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif has declared China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) a core component of the visionary initiative of the One belt and One Road project while addressing the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on Sunday.

In his remarks, Nawaz Sharif said this project will link three subcontinents and affirmed that One belt and One Road project is a gift for next generations while speaking to the event that was attended by leaders of 29 countries.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Chinese initiative of One Belt and One Road would take humankind to a higher level of prosperity, peace and stability through connectivity and close contact.

The Prime Minister said Peace and development go hand in hand, and nothing can pave the path for peace and security more than economic development achieved through regional collaboration.

He said the initiative signifies that geo-economics must take precedence over geo-politics, and that the center of gravity should shift from conflict to cooperation.

The Prime Minister said as One Belt and One Road unfolds across continents, we see it fostering inclusion, creating tolerance, and promoting acceptance of cultural diversity. Pakistan sees it as a powerful tool for overcoming terrorism and extremism.

Nawaz Sharif said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a central project of One Belt One Road that aims to connect the neighborhoods of East and West Asia. He said CPEC makes Pakistan both a conduit and destination for cross-regional investment and trade.

The Prime Minister made it very clear that CPEC is an economic undertaking open to all countries in the region having no geographical boundaries.

He said it must not be politicized. He said in implementing this Corridor, we are not striving to merely leverage geography for economic prosperity; we are also trying to build a peaceful, connected and caring neighborhood.

It is time we transcend our differences, resolve conflicts through dialogue and diplomacy, and leave a legacy of peace for future generations.

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