The chief of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority has accused the U.S. of sabotaging the multi-billion dollar project, the economic lifeline of Pakistan, a media report said.
The ambitious CPEC was launched in 2015 when Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Pakistan. It aims to connect western China with the Gwadar port in southwestern Pakistan through a network of roads, railways and other projects of infrastructure and development.
“From the point of view of the emerging geo-strategic situation, one thing is clear: the United States supported by India is inimical to CPEC. It will not let it succeed. That’s where we have to take a position,” Khalid Mansoor, the Special Assistant to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on CPEC affairs said at while addressing the CPEC Summit in Karachi on Saturday. Islamabad is the seventh largest recipient of Chinese overseas development financing with 71 projects worth $27.3 billion under way as part of the CPEC.
Mr. Mansoor said the U.S. and India continue to “make attempts to manoeuvre Pakistan out of” China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) under which the Chinese government has been investing heavily in about 70 countries, the Dawn reported.