Taliban Say They 'Desire' To Join China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Projects

Taliban Say They 'Desire' To Join China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Projects

Raghavan Mayur

On Monday, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid stated that the group "wishes" to join the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Mujahid also confirmed an upcoming meeting between Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Chief Lt General Faiz Hameed and Taliban senior leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.

In 2015, China announced the 'China Pakistan Economic Corridor' (CPEC) project worth USD 46 billion.

With CPEC, Beijing aims to expand its influence in Pakistan and across Central and South Asia to counter the influence of the U.S. and India.

The CPEC would link Pakistan's southern Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea to China's western Xinjiang region. It also includes plans to create road, rail, and oil pipeline links to improve connectivity between China and the Middle East.

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