Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that China and Pakistan are considering to expand there $57 billion worth China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to Afghanistan.
China has taken the position of a mediator to encourage discussions between Pakistan and Afghanistan, as both the countries had strained relations since 1947, Pakistan’s Independence. Furthermore, the relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan had worsened when Afghanis accused Pakistan of supporting Taliban rebels fighting the U.S. Pakistan denied the accusations and said that it wants to see Afghanistan prosperous and stable.
During the first trilateral meeting between China, Pakistan and Afghanistan’s foreign ministers Wang said that he hopes CPEC can benefit the whole area and bring development and economic prosperity all over the region.
Wang further said that Afghanistan needs help to further develop and bring betterment in lives of Afghani people thus it is willing to be part of inter-connectivity initiatives
He added, “So China and Pakistan are willing to look at with Afghanistan, on the basis of win-win, mutually beneficial principles, using an appropriate means to extend the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to Afghanistan.”
Wang furthermore said that in order for this to happen the three countries would have to sit down and come to a gradual consensus.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said, “The successful implementation of CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor) projects will serve as a model for enhancing connectivity and cooperation through similar projects with neighboring countries, including Afghanistan, Iran and with central and west Asia.”
The reason China is bringing Pakistan and Afghanistan together is partly to overcome the fears of China about the spread of Islamist militancy to Chinese region of Xinjiang from Pakistan & Afghanistan.
Apparently, the reason China is pushing for better relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan is to ensure that both nations can fight violence in their respective countries in a better way.
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