A new corridor to the Central Asian Republics

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.

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