ISLAMABAD: (APP) Deputy Chief of Mission here at Chinese Embassy , Zhao Lijian Wednesday explained the share of four provinces in the $51.5 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.
Zhao response came in response to criticism in the local press and on social media about the Western route of CPEC and alleged absence of CPEC benefits to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. And that with P in CPEC for Punjab, this is more of a China-Punjab Economic Corridor.
There have been planned protests by Awami National Party (ANP) against `change of Western route of CPEC and deprivation of Pakhtoon and Baloch interests.'
Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong said reports that he had told KPK Chief Minister Pervez Khattak the Western route was not included in CPEC were "untrue."
Giving the break-up of CPEC project, Zhao wrote in a series of tweets pasted at Wali Zahid's blog that the number of projects included: Balochistan 16, KPK 8, Sindh 13 and Punjab 12.