China willing to upgrade work on CPEC phase 2

China has decided to further promote the efforts for the second phase of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). During a recent meeting of a high level delegation in China it was decided that work needs to be renewed on the second phase of CPEC.

Foreign Minister Senator Ishaq Dar met with Foreign Minister Wang Yi. During the meeting it was decided that the second phase of CPEC should focus on five corridors namely, growth, innovation, open, livelihood, and green corridors.

Foreign minister Ishaq Dar also co-chaired the 5th round of China-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue with Member of the Politburo of CPC Central Committee and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing.

The deputy prime minister highlighted the threats posed to regional peace and security due to India’s illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir, and appreciated China’s principled stance on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

“Both sides reiterated the resolve to further deepen the bilateral ties through continued high-level exchanges and bilateral consultative mechanisms. They also renewed the commitment to advance the high-quality development of CPEC in its second phase with its focus on five corridors namely, growth, innovation, open, livelihood, [and] green corridors,” read the Foreign Office statement.

Noting the China-Pakistan “All Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership”, the deputy prime minister underlined relations with China as the cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy.