A new corridor to the Central Asian Republics

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The heads of various Central Asian republics have expressed their desire to connect their infrastructure networks to the CPEC project via China. With the advent of CPEC-related infrastructure projects, transit times between Kashgar and Pakistan’s coast will be greatly reduced, which in turn will also reduce transit times to the Kyrgyzstan and hydrocarbon-rich Kazakhstan through already existing overland routes.

These crossings complement the CPEC project to provide Central Asian states access to Pakistan’s deepwater ports by completely bypassing Afghanistan – a country which has been ravaged by civil war and political instability since the late 1970s.