CPEC contributes to Pakistan’s economic development and promotes regional connectivity (Pakistani FM-Xinhua)

Photo taken on Feb. 4, 2021 shows the Lahore converter station of the ±660 kV Matiari-Lahore high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission project under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in eastern Punjab province of China. Pakistan. (SGCC/Handout via Xinhua)

“We envision Pakistan becoming the gateway to the western regions of China, Afghanistan and Central Asia” through CPEC, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said.

ISLAMABAD, April 3 (Xinhua) — The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) contributes to the country’s economic development while promoting regional connectivity and prosperity, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Saturday.

“We envision Pakistan becoming the gateway to the western regions of China, Afghanistan and Central Asia” through CPEC, Qureshi said at the two-day security dialogue in Islamabad.

Pakistan is striving to reap the dividends of peace in Afghanistan in the form of improved connectivity and trade, he added.

Orange Line metro trains are seen at the terminal station in Lahore, Pakistan, December 29, 2021. (Photo by Jamil Ahmed/Xinhua)

Underlining Pakistan’s policy of shifting from geopolitics to geoeconomics, Qureshi said the country advocates peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation, adding that its location makes it a natural hub of economic confluence for different States.

“We are positioning Pakistan as an economic hub, a melting pot of positive global interests focused on improving connectivity, development partnerships and peace within our borders and beyond.”

Qureshi said Pakistan will continue to support a fair and inclusive world order where no one is left behind, adding that zero-sum perspectives must be abandoned.

“We must focus on cooperation rather than confrontation and we must strive for a world of peace, progress and prosperity in which the benefits of development are shared by all.”

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