PM Khan terms CPEC ‘mechanism’ for trade and connectivity at Shanghai expo


Shanghai, Nov 05 (TNS): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday termed the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as a “mechanism” which would not only help the regional economy but also increase connectivity.

In his keynote address at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, the PM said: “CPEC is a mechanism that will forge even closer connectivity between the Middle East and China and between central and South Asia.”

PM Khan lauded Chinese President Xi Jinping’s vision to open the “doors of China” to the world “at a time when the international trade system is under attack, when unilateral commercial benefits are being sought aggressively by some [and] when protectionism is on the rise”.

He highlighted Pakistan’s importance to President Xi’s ambitious Belt and Road economic initiative — of which CPEC is a part — and said that access to Gwadar Port is vital for China to gain access to the rest of the region.