CPEC Opens

Southasia - - BRIEFS -

The China-Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor for­mally be­came op­er­a­tional when a fleet of trucks from China ar­rived last month at Sost Dry Port in Gil­git-Baltistan (G-B), the north­ern­most ad­min­is­tra­tive ter­ri­tory of Pak­istan. Loaded on more than 250 trucks, the first con­sign­ment was re­ceived by G-B Chief Min­is­ter, mark­ing the for­mal ini­ti­a­tion of a trade cor­ri­dor that con­nects China to the rest of the world through Gwadar Port. The route will re­duce the dis­tance be­tween western China and Gwadar by 9,000 km. For the se­cu­rity of Chi­nese trade con­voys, Pak­istan has in­stalled 285 high-res­o­lu­tion, closed-cir­cuit cam­eras with night vi­sion ca­pa­bil­ity along the route. Equipped with mod­ern se­cu­rity gear, some 25 ve­hi­cles have been do­nated by China as well.

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