China to enhance cooperation with Iran through CPEC: envoy


news5s56f56sfISLAMABAD: China’s Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong on Monday said China is looking forward to enhance its cooperation with Iran through China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project (CPEC).

In an exclusive interview with IRNA, Weidong said if Iran joins the CPEC it would be win-win cooperation for both China and Iran.

Iran had shown willingness to become part of the CPEC in a meeting between President Hassan Rouhani and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in New York on the sidelines of the latest session of the United Nations General Assembly.

China-Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC) is a mega project between the two countries under which China will invest $46 billion in Pakistan.

The economic corridor is about 3,000 kilometres long consisting of highways, railways and pipelines that will connect China’s Xinjiang province to Pakistan’s Gwadar port. The project is crucial for both countries.

Sun Weidong added that China shares very good relations with Iran. “We think that Iran can also be a very important country along the Belt and the Road initiative, so we really look forward to enhance our cooperation with Iran.”

“CPEC is a win-win cooperation so we are looking forward to explore the possibilities of cooperation among the all the regional countries,” said the ambassador.

To a question that CPEC could be an energy line from Iran to China in the future, Weidong said, “We can explore such a possibility.”

There are many projects under the CPEC framework that are being implementing or under construction in Pakistan, said the ambassador.

“There are 16 major projects that are under construction and Chinese side has already invested more than $13 billion,” he added.

The diplomat went on to say that CPEC has created tens of thousands of jobs opportunities in Pakistan, “so we can see that CPEC can bring lot of benefits to Pakistani people”.

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