China wants to include Iran in CPEC: Chinese Ambassador

China wants to include Iran in CPEC: Chinese Ambassador

ISLAMABAD (APP): Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong has said that China is looking forward to enhance its cooperation with Iran through China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.

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In an interview with IRNA, he said if Iran joined the CPEC, then it would be win-win cooperation both for China and Iran.

Sun Weidong said that China shared very good relations with Iran adding "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," the ambassador added.

To a question, he said CPEC could be an energy line from Iran to China in the future.

"'We can explore such a possibility," he added.

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The ambassador said there were many projects under the CPEC framework that were being implementing or under construction in Pakistan.

"There are 16 major projects that are under construction and Chinese side has already invested more than 13 billion US dollars," he added.

The diplomat went on to say that CPEC had created tens of thousands of jobs opportunities in Pakistan, so we could see that the project could bring lot of benefits to Pakistani people.

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CPEC was a mega project between the two countries under which China would invest $51 billion in Pakistan, he added.

The economic corridor is about 3,000 kilometers long consisting of highways, railways and pipelines that will connect China's Xinjiang province to Pakistan's Gwadar port.

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Iran had shown willingness to become part of the CPEC in ameeting 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.