Islamabad: Pakistan and China have agreed to use armored vehicles for Chinese nationals working on CPEC projects on their way out, to protect them from terrorist attacks. This information was given in a television news on Sunday. The move was taken after China expressed concern over the safety of its personnel. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) connects the Pakistani port of Gwadar in the Arabian Sea with Kashgar in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northwest China.
The $60 billion CPEC is a major project of President Xi Jinping as part of China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The safety of its workers has been a major obstacle in the implementation of various projects in China. The two sides also agreed to build the capacity of law enforcement and investigators in the CPEC’s 11th Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) project, The Express Tribune reported.
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“It has been decided that armored vehicles will be used for all outdoor activities of Chinese people working in the projects,” said project details from XI JCC, which said it was “deeply concerned” about the safety of nationals. Chinese working in Pakistan. on the projects and spoke with Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif during his first visit to Beijing to create a “credible and safe environment” for Chinese workers.
The details of the project show that China is committed to providing security-related equipment for the capacity building of Pakistani law enforcement agencies. It was decided to develop the National Forensic Science Agency (NFSA) along modern lines to speed up the investigation of crimes against Chinese citizens. According to the project, Pakistan has requested cooperation from China to upgrade the National Laboratory of Forensic Sciences in Islamabad. China has assured its full cooperation in this regard.
According to sources, China had also asked Pakistan to hand over the security of Chinese citizens to its security personnel due to repeated attacks on its workers. The draft also suggests that Pakistan has been unable to achieve its goal of accelerating work on some CPEC energy projects. However, he recommitted to “maintaining stable tax and customs policies”.
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FIRST POST: 06 November 2022, 16:04 IST