Extending CPEC to Afghanistan

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China has expressed willingness to promote the extension of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to Afghanistan in order to make the country a bridge for regional connectivity. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin appreciated and welcomed Afghanistan’s active participation in the joint construction of the Chinese Belt and Road initiative.

China appreciated and welcomed Afghanistan’s active participation in the joint construction of the “Belt and Road”, and is willing to promote the extension of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to Afghanistan in order to make the country a bridge for regional connectivity.

It is of great significance to promoting the peaceful reconstruction of Afghanistan and maintaining regional peace and stability and will have a positive impact. Pertinent to mention, China respects Afghanistan’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity, respects the independent choice made by the Afghan people, and respects Afghanistan’s religious beliefs and ethnic customs.

It is also important to mention that China never interferes in Afghanistan’s internal affairs, never seeks any self-interest in Afghanistan, and never seeks the so-called sphere of influence. As Afghan friends often say, China is the only major country that has not hurt Afghanistan. China is willing to continue the traditional friendship between the two peoples, develop normal and friendly neighborly relations with Afghanistan on the basis of the five principles of peaceful coexistence, help Afghanistan achieve true independence and independent development, and take Afghanistan’s future and destiny into its own hands. The Afghan side attaches great importance to China’s security concerns and will take practical and strong measures to achieve security throughout the country and contribute to maintaining regional security. Afghanistan is willing to give full play to its unique geographical advantages; more fully participate in the joint construction of the ‘Belt and Road’, and become a bridge for regional connectivity.

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