BEIJING: China and Pakistan should build a railway network in addition to the proposed $ 46-billion economic corridor to boost trade with South Asia and Arabian Peninsula, a top Chinese official said.
“We should prepare to build a railway between China and Pakistan as soon as possible,” He Sanqiu, head of transport in Kashgar was quoted as saying by state-run Xinhua news agency today.
Kashgar, the Chinese city in volatile Xinjiang region, borders Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), which will be connected with the 3,000-kilometre-long China-Pakistan Economic Corridor ( CPEC) with Pakistan’s port city of Gwadar.
The corridor, proposed to pass through the PoK, is objected by India due to the disputed status of the region.
The report said that the construction of roads, railways and pipelines across Pakistan is expected to take around 15 years.
Rail is “the easiest way” to link Kashgar with South Asia, the Arab Peninsula, and even parts of east Africa around the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, He Sanqiu said.
China and Pakistan have plans to increase trade to around $ 20 billion within three years from the current $ 16 billion.
The economic corridor will create new business opportunities for enterprises in many economic sectors, Sun Weidong, Chinese ambassador to Pakistan said.
外文标题：China, Pakistan should build railways to link with South Asia: Official
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Sushil Seth (Lucknow)
It is better to wait & watch instead of reacting.
Ayush Jha (Bihar)
lol.. Pakistan? Can they even make it in Pakistan?
Vijay Bali (India)
never allow China
Jeet Khoker (india)
Reason for poor numbers with pakistan is the buying power of pakistani public. rail and road is fine and should be built and extended to india as well. can’t compare pakistan with oil rich kazakhstan
valid Sach (delhi)
India will never allow China to build or use any land in POK.
Khan (Denmark) replies to valid Sach
China should build rail network with Pakistan and import the terrorists and suicide bombers from them.
rajiv agrawal (LONDON)
hope it helps pakistan n its citizens….
guptaashok1948 Gupta (India)
In the next fifteen years, many things will happen in South Asia which may change the map of South Asia which will be quite different than what it is today.
nam hyd (Hyderabad)
On one hand China gives subtle threats to India whenever plan are discussed for building Road an railway infrastructure in Arunachal Pradesh and on other hand plans for mega investment in POK. Goes on a huge reclamation projects in South China Sea with total disregard to its smaller neighbors and asks India not to venture in to Oil exploration in International waters. Height of hypocrisy and all due to its perceived Military and Financial superiority. India has to move much faster on the Growth and Development plank to stand any chance of competing with China.