China plans to launch cargo service to Pakistan through PoK

Last November, China launched the first trade convoy carrying Chinese goods for export through the western route of the USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) being laid through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and shipped it through Gwadar port.

By: PTI | Beijing | Updated: July 6, 2017 6:08 pm
Petya ransomware attack, Jawaharlal Nehru Port, AP Moller-Maersk, Shipping ministry The CPEC plans included a train service connecting both Pakistan and China in addition to the road connectivity. (Reuters Photo)

China is planning to launch a road and rail freight service to Pakistan through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, a move which could raise concerns in India. The new line will start from Lanzhou, capital of northwestern China’s Gansu Province, travelling through Kashgar in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region to the Gwadar Port of Pakistan, Xu Chunhua, director of Lanzhou International Trade and Logistic Park, was quoted as saying by state-run Xinhua news agency.

However, it has not been specified when the service will be launched. In May last year, a rail and road cargo service opened between Lanzhou and Kathmandu. Xu said the cargo service has been welcomed by south Asian countries.

In 2016, bilateral trade between China and Nepal was over 3 billion yuan (about USD 440 million), and the volume is forecast to hit 10 billion yuan this year. Last November, China launched the first trade convoy carrying Chinese goods for export through the western route of the USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) being laid through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and shipped it through Gwadar port.

The CPEC plan included a train service connecting both the countries in addition to the road connectivity. The goods were brought by train till Xinjiang and then taken by trucks through the Karakoram mountains. The goods will be exported to countries in the Middle East and Africa.

India has objected to the USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, (CPEC) which is part of the Silk Road. Pakistan’s Gwadar forms the southern Pakistan hub of a USD 57 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) of infrastructure and energy projects Beijing announced in 2014.

Last year, Pakistan welcomed the first large shipment of Chinese goods at Gwadar, where the China Overseas Port Holding Company took over operations in 2013. It plans to eventually handle 300 million to 400 million tonnes of cargo a year. The route through Gwadar offers China its shortest path to the oil-rich Middle East, Africa, and most of the Western hemisphere, besides promising to open up remote, landlocked Xinjiang.

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    Raj Parwani
    Jul 7, 2017 at 2:00 am
    After Chahbahar failure of India even Iran now realised that India is good for nothing, so instead of supporting Indian claims Iran is now supporting freedom fighters in Indian held Kashmir. it is funny, they cannot control Indian occupied Kashmir with more than five lakhs of army men there and they claim POK, crazy way of thinking lol!! may that happens when people don't eat beef for long, they loose the ability of thinking straight.
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      Raj Parwani
      Jul 7, 2017 at 1:49 am
      Well done Pakistan and China, that's how projects are done with determination. India tried to develop Chahbahar in Iran to compete CPEC but just like anything else done by India ten years are gone by and nothing happened in Chahbahar except some more huts in the villages. lol!. This is typical to Indian quality of work, they tried to make basic guns and even Indian army rejected to use those guns twice already saying that these guns are really unreliable and low quality. India has quan y but not quality, yes you have 1.3 billion people but you have more rapists and mob lynchers than anywhere else in the world, your farmers are suiciding daily, you cannot compete with a strong nation like Pakistan, Pakistan has quality, India has quan y, that's how simple it is.
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        ni360
        Jul 6, 2017 at 10:04 pm
        It really looks funny when india claim Pakistan part of Kashmir, ignoring the fact that their own kashmir is getting out of hand and people of kashmir don't want to live with india.
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          Raj Parwani
          Jul 7, 2017 at 1:52 am
          yes, it is funny, they cannot control Indian occupied Kashmir with more than five lakhs of army men there and they claim POK, crazy way of thinking lol!! may that happens when people don't eat beef for long, they loose the ability of thinking straight.
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          Maniktripathy
          Jul 6, 2017 at 9:42 pm
          Amazing, why India is not raising the same and time has come to build our forces to a level which these two twins towers of rogue nation can understand...Meak spineless leadership has become hallmark of this governance...
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            Anand
            Jul 6, 2017 at 8:31 pm
            Chinese are always not trust worthy at all the time- that is the reason people do not like their products anymore now days.
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              Indian
              Jul 6, 2017 at 7:03 pm
              Time to claim pack POK. But wait... let the road be built first.. and then take it over.
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                l s
                Jul 6, 2017 at 6:27 pm
                Is P O K, China's father's property. China, just get out of India's P O K , or else you will be kicked out.
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                  Jean Marie
                  Jul 6, 2017 at 6:47 pm
                  Nehru and the British gave it to them on a platter,when instead of using the powerful British trained world war 2- experienced Indian army at his disposal to kick out the raiders and butchers and rapists from Pakisthan at the time of Independence instead listened to Lady Mountbatten and went to the UN. Even Gandhi must be blamed for not making Sardar Vallabh bhai Patel the first PM. There would have been no POK had Gandhi made the right man the PM.
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                  Kumar
                  Jul 6, 2017 at 5:40 pm
                  Love, use and patronize only your own make Bharat products/goods. Stop buying all enemy products/goods/equipment/drugs. Conserve your own natural resources and don't sell it to enemies at cheap price- it is better not to sell but to conserve them for your own future use. Build unity among all Bharatiyas through love, amity and fellow feelings. Build strong Bharat.
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