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CPEC to revolutionize regional connectivity


Pakistan has shifted its focus to geo-economics, and connectivity is the newly emerging phenomenon in international politics that "can provide us enormous opportunities for national and regional development," said Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

ISLAMABAD, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- The transformational China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a hallmark of Pakistan's all-weather strategic cooperative partnership with China, is an ideal connectivity framework that is poised to revolutionize regional connectivity, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Thursday.

Addressing a seminar in Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad, an Islamabad-based think-tank, Qureshi said that Pakistan offers the shortest route to international seas for the western parts of China and the Central Asian countries through its southern port of Karachi and southwestern port of Gwadar.

He said Pakistan has shifted its focus to geo-economics, adding that connectivity is the newly emerging phenomenon in international politics that "can provide us enormous opportunities for national and regional development."
The foreign minister said that the regional countries should shift their focus from security-centric policies towards development and prosperity. "This is the real challenge that South Asia faces today," he said.

Highlighting Pakistan's policy framework, he said that the country has decided not to become a part of any global or regional conflict, and has chosen to be a partner in peace and development. Pakistan is calling for inclusive and cooperative approaches based on enhanced economic partnerships, Qureshi added.

The foreign minister said that Pakistan's priority is to pursue enhanced cooperation in trade and investment, infrastructure development, energy security, agriculture, tourism, and people-to-people exchanges. The primary interest is in seeking a peaceful and stable international order that takes everyone on board, he added.

Qureshi said that Pakistan will remain committed to peaceful co-existence, cooperative multilateralism, and consensus-driven outcomes, adding, "We will always support an inclusive global order, for advancing the shared objectives of peace, progress and prosperity in the region and beyond."


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Pakistan and China have launched Air Cargo Service on the Kashgar-ICT (Islamabad) route. With the successful landing of Pakistan Faxon Airlines Air Cargo plane at Kashgar Airport in the Xinjiang region of China.
According to China Radio International:

“This is the second international cargo route from Kashgar Airport to Pakistan after the Kashgar-Karachi cargo route in 2019.”

As the main aviation fulcrum of the Silk Road Economic Belt, Kashgar Airport has opened international cargo routes. To provide air traffic and service platforms for economic and trade development between Xinjiang, South Asia, West Asia and Europe.
The construction of the International Transport Corridor and the International Aviation Center is of great importance to the Xinjiang region.

Pakistan and China have launched Air Cargo Service on the Kashgar-ICT (Islamabad) route. With the successful landing of Pakistan Faxon Airlines Air Cargo plane at Kashgar Airport in the Xinjiang region of China.
 
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