Pakistan China seek third strategic partner in multi billions dollars CPEC Project

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Pakistan China seek third strategic partner in multi billions dollars CPEC Project

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan China seek third strategic partner in multi billions dollars CPEC Project.

China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are exploring opportunities for cooperation under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Chinese ambassador to Islamabad Yao Jing said on Sunday.

In an interview with *Arab News link*, the ambassador stressed that UAE was also a partner under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and has a lot of trade and economic links with Pakistan.

The BRI is a Beijing-led program to boost economic and trade ties in dozens of countries in Asia, Europe and beyond, mostly through investments in energy and infrastructure.

“Between China and UAE, maybe we have some opportunities to cooperate for Pakistan’s development,” Ambassador Yao said, adding that since the ninth meeting of a Pakistan China Joint Cooperation Committee held this month, both countries had stepped up efforts to promote “third party investment” in the bilateral project.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Senator Syed Shibli Faraz welcomed investment from UAE and other Arab countries in Pakistan.

“The government was discussing opportunities for Arab countries to join CPEC,” said Faraz. They had shown “willingness,” he added.

Mushahid Hussain Syed, Senator and Chairman of China-Pakistan Institute, said the participation of friendly countries like UAE would be a “great plus” for CPEC.