Chinese ship opens new trade route via Gwadar port

Chinese ship opens new trade route via Gwadar port

Troy Powers
November 13, 2016

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will kick off the shipment of trade goods from Gwadar Port to global markets on Sunday (today), marking the historic launch of trade activity through China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The first China trade convoy yesterday reached Gwadar amid tight security arrangements.

Chinese vessels are ready at the Gwadar Port for shipment of Chinese goods to Middle East and African countries.

Director General FWO Major General Mohammed Afzal has emphasized the need of hour to complete development of mega project (CPEC), consists not only the Roads but Railways network along with Oil and Gas Pipelines from Chinese Xinjiang to the Pakistan coastal city of Gwadar. The corridor passes through the occupied territory of Balochistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The government has already allocated land for Gwadar Free Trade Zone and the government has also announced concessions for Gwadar Port and Free Trade Zone in Balochistan.

The federal government gave a free hand to the provincial government in that regard that designed the project considering Gwadar's basic needs. A university and a technical and vocational training institute are also being set up in Gwadar to produce required manpower.

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Once a part of the ancient Silk Route, this road will become a vital link for China to Gwadar.

Meanwhile, the Baloch people and activists have continually protested against the CPEC, alleging Pakistan of being only concerned about the resources in Balochistan and not its people and exploiting the region's resources and trading it to Beijing.

Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Khalid Iqbal Malik said that CPEC was considered a game-changer for Pakistan, as it would create opportunities for progress and prosperity in the region, especially for Balochistan.

India has formally opposed the CPEC because it runs through disputed PoK.