Sino-pak ties: ‘Silk Road will be fully revived’

Published: September 3, 2011

President Zardari received by the Vice Governor of Xinjiang on his arrival in Urumqi. PHOTO: PPI/ FILE

BEIJING: 

Xinjiang plays a strategic role in strengthening the relationship between China and Pakistan, President Asif Ali Zardari has said in an interview in Urumqi.

“The region is the closest point to my border and it is where the future of Pakistan and China meets, so we are hoping that it acts as the linking point of a communication network between the two countries,” Zardari said during an exclusive interview with China Daily on the sidelines of the first China-Eurasia Expo, taking place in Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region from September 1-5. “The Silk Road will be fully revived,” President Zardari said.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 3rd, 2011.

Reader Comments (1)

  • Hari Sud
    Sep 3, 2011 - 4:41PM

    Silk road turning south to Pakistan was myth. It never existed. Foot travellers and caravans did travel the pathway route which recently China built into a road network. This road goes south and reaches Pakistan. It never was a trade route for large scale transfer of goods and services either way. It is a myth built by Chinese to justify their expansionist activities in area and by Pakistan to transfer military goods without using the much easier sea route.

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