Beijing (May 15, 2017): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday made it very clear that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was an economic undertaking open to all countries in the region having no geographical boundaries.
The Prime Minister was addressing the ‘RoundTable Conference’ at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing today.
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He said that the CPEC must not be politicised. “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 neighbourhood,” he added.
Nawaz Sharif said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor was a core project of One Belt One Road that aims to connect the neighbourhoods of East and West Asia. He said CPEC makes Pakistan both a conduit and destination for cross-regional investment and trade.
that the ‘One Belt and One Road’ initiative of Chinese leadership will 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 centre 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.
It is time we transcend our differences, resolve conflicts through dialogue and diplomacy, and leave a legacy of peace for future generations.