China, Pakistan Kick Off Economic Corridor Project Despite India’s Reservations

Islamabad/Beijing:  China and Pakistan have kicked off their multi-billion dollar Economic Corridor project that passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) by laying the foundation of a fenced four-lane motorway.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif performed the groundbreaking of a section of the motorway in the country’s northwest on Saturday, setting in motion the mammoth project connecting the two countries.

The 60-km-long four-lane fenced Hazara Motorway in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province would cost US $297 million and take two years to complete.

India has expressed its reservations to China over the corridor as it will pass through the PoK. China, meanwhile, defends the project saying it will help in regional development.

During his November 8 visit to China, Mr Sharif has promised full security to Chinese personnel involved in construction of the mammoth project.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has called the corridor a “flagship” project to strengthen China’s connectivity with neighbouring countries and an initiative set to aid strategic framework for pragmatic cooperation between the two nations.

Full article: China, Pakistan Kick Off Economic Corridor Project Despite India’s Reservations (NDTV)

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