ISLAMABAD: (APP): The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is an important consensus reached by the Chinese and Pakistani governments and of great significance in enhancing bilateral connectivity, improving people's livelihood and fostering pragmatic economic and trade cooperation.
"It is reported on an Urdu newspaper recently that the Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan informed Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and KP government that western route doesn't exist in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). This is untrue and misreporting," remarked a spokesperson in Chinese Embassy in a statement here on Wednesday.
He said, China and Pakistan had put in place a sound mechanism of communication and coordination on the development of CPEC .
On November 12, 2015, the 5th meeting of Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) of CPEC approved the principle of "one corridor with multiple passages", aiming at directly benefiting the socio-economic development of Pakistan, especially the western and north-western regions and providing effective connectivity to Gwadar Port, he added.
The Spokesman said, the Monographic Study of Transport Plan, approved in 5th JCC, clearly mentions that Burhan-D.I.Khan-Quetta-Sorab section would provide much needed connectivity between major connection points of CPEC and would connect the western areas of Pakistan.
He said, CPEC was for Pakistan as a whole and would bring benefits to all Pakistani people including the people from the western parts.
He said, CPEC projects in the western parts of Pakistan are making progress.
A number of livelihood projects have also been implemented.
"We are committed to join hands with Pakistan to make continuous headway on the CPEC and deliver benefits to the people at an early date," he added.