These Are the Countries Hoping to Become Part of CPEC

CPEC, the economic corridor that promises to unleash endless possibilities for the growth and development of Pakistan, is a collection of projects aimed to facilitate overland trade.

The projects are expected to boost the country’s infrastructure by laying down a network of railways, optical fiber, pipelines and highways connecting Kashgar to Gwadar, as well as strengthen and expand economic links between Pakistan and the People’s Republic of China.

Still ongoing, the flagship project has started a major debate among the global community and many countries have shown interest in joining CPEC. Developing interest to join the project has been welcomed by both China and Pakistan as it encourages possibilities of global trade and better external relations.

We take a look at the list of countries which have expressed their intent to become part of the CPEC.

Central Asian Republics

Some Central Asian Republics have declared their intentions to enter CPEC as it can prove a game changer for the continent and allow easy connectivity between countries for trade and development.

Under China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, multiple projects have already been completed to link it with Central Asian states. Future plans to construct extensive railroads and land crossings blend well with the on-going projects under CPEC. The success of these projects will provide Central Asian Republics a route to access Pakistan’s deepwater ports, by passing Afghanistan.

Iran & Saudi Arabia

Iran’s backing of the project and growing interest was expressed by Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani when he met Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif in September 2016. He appreciated the positive bilateral relations between the two countries and showed his willingness to join the multi-billion project.

Later, Minister for Planning, Development and Reform, Ahsan Iqbal also revealed that Saudi Arabia desires to become part of the CPEC framework and will be cordially welcomed to promote brotherly ties between the two countries.

Russia to Join China-Pak Corridor

In an attempt to extend cooperation in multiple sectors and formulate a stronger bond, Russia wants to join hands and utilize the CPEC route for trade.

The Russian decision comes as a great opportunity to encourage bilateral relations and promote trade within the region. Pakistan has already granted Russia access to Gwadar port for its exports and hopes to grasp further chances for mutual cooperation.

EU Nations Ready to Invest

U.K. Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Boris Johnson was all praises for the potential Pakistan holds in his last visit to the country. He urged UK investors to turn to Pakistan and participate in various projects.

Calling CPEC “a wonder project”, Johnson hoped that the UK will join the ranks and invest in the growing economy. Following United Kingdom’s departure from the EU, they will need an alternative market for their goods and CPEC with its promising benefits seems the perfect platform for their investments.

Aside from UK, France and Turkey have voiced their eagerness to join CPEC. Jean Marc Fenet, head of the Embassy of France’s Regional Economic Department for India and South Asia on her last visit to Pakistan, expressed her country’s interest in the $54 billion project. With France’s inclusion in CPEC, her country’s advanced technology and expertise can help boost Pakistan’s economy.   

Romania, is also among the EU nations keen to become part of the CPEC project, owing to its speculated expansion and visible outreach. The country further plans to introduce its Dacia Cars in Pakistan and invest in different sectors.

With the addition of EU nations in the Pak-China corridor, the economic boost would prove to be phenomenal for Pakistan.

CPEC – A Game-Changer

The project has come as a gift for Pakistan and given birth to countless future possibilities. A country that had been targeted by the international media for being unsafe is now appraised as a budding economy.

Promising jobs and an unprecedented growth in the economy, CPEC is indeed a golden opportunity for Pakistan to regain its geographical importance and attract foreign investments.

  • A positive sign of hard work by the military and civilian leadership.I hope the our coming generations will benefit from this opening.Allah MAAA

    • Have you ever thought what would be the impact of CPEC to our local industry? How many Pakistanis have got jobs due to this vast project? How many Pakistani companies are working on it?
      Project is good but the major beneficiaries are Chinese only.

    • Sir ap ki b kami thi , aur b ksi k ghutne tikwana pasand kren ge?? india ne apna project launch kia hai iran ma , cHABAHAR PORT PROJECT , pak china se funding leta hai , india khud funding krta hai….difference feel hua????? bhai topic upar kuch aur hai ap bekaar ki tanqeed beech ma la kr apni insult krwa rhe ho hazoor :D

      • Lool india cant even manage to feed their armyn they r funding. ENDIA a toilet less nation infact whole india is full of sh#t with out toilets.
        N if u really love that country than go back to shiv sinha.

        • mairay bhai, apny competitor ko pechnoo gy nae o compete kaisay kro gay?????? agr aap ko kabe kisi doosray (taraqqi yaafta) mulk janay ka itteffaq ho to dekhyae ga, key posts pr indians he nazar aatay hain, PhD scholars main india ka kota kaafi ziyada hota hai, waja sirf itni c hai k vo sirf net pr baith k mimic nae kertay, kuch kr k daitay hain apni country ko

      • Janab agar koi gutnay tekwa bhi raha hai India k….to ap ko Q itna bura lag raha ha? Mtlab aik to hota ha bura lagna ap ko kuch zyada hi bura lag rha ha. Khairyat to hai na?

        Gutnay teknay ka hmesha ye mtlab ni hota k hum India se jung kr k India pe qabza kr lein ge. Us k kehne ka ye mtlab ho ga k India jo is project se jealous ha ( jo k bcha bcha janta ha. Un k media talkshows dekh lo ) or us mein her trah rukawat daal raha ha. Wo itne saray countries ka interest dekh k chup ho jae ga.
        *Ye us ka opinion ho skta ha. Is mein “tapne” ki kia zarurat hai?

        • Maher Ali sahab k kahnay ka matlab ye tha k hamaray sir pr sirf india he sawaar rehta hai, aik project tha jis ki vo mukhalifat kerta tha, agr vo project chal b gya to india ka kya jana hai!!!!!!! aap ny us k ghutnay he taikwanay hain to apni education level us sy ooper ly k jao, apni economy us sy ooper kro but vo cheezain koe nae daikhta
          Project pr saari investment china ki, over 90% worker china k, maal sara china ka guzray ga, hamara kya hai is main!!!!! jo local industry bni hai thori bohat, vo b band ho jani hai or hum loog bus center person (jo idher ka maal udher or udher k paisay idher kertay hain) rah jaien gy bus

          • Bhai Bangal Bhi Likha Hai INDIA He Nahi Likha Srif !
            Or Topic CPEC tha
            Na k Other’s warna Maher Ali Boltay LOL Beech Main Q A Gaye ! Topic Kuch Comments Kuch

            • firstly i understand your concern about Bengal , boht note kia unke attitude ma disturbance Pakistan se related , but wo hmara concern nhi hona chahye , Bangladesh was and will remain an ally of pakistan being a muslim country.hmari Kamyabi ma ( CPEC success ) humein apne hi allied countries ko tanqeed nhi krni chahye ( it gives a wrong impression of our country )

              Aur ap dono hazoor ki baton ka aek hi jawab du ga yahan pr INDIA se related:

              ma aek Pakistani hun aur agar hmare mulk se related koi ksi bhi level pr idiots wale comment de aur naam hmara b kharab ho to definitly koi bh “tape” ga. Secondly WOLVERINE i appreciate your gesture for re-stating both of our statements to remove any misunderstanding thanks you!

              ab INDIA pr wapis aate hain, mera jo first comment hai wo abhi b apni jaga pr correct khara hai , usko kindly dobara read kro Abdul Wahab , maine sawal pucha hai aur mention kia hai k apki “bilawaja” tanqeed is post ma , iska kya maqsad hai k india jale ga? CPEC ka rout through china hai , aur central asian countries se connect krne k liye future route afghanistan se hoga , india-irana CHABAHAR ka route already afghanistan se central asian countries ma hai , muje wese itni koi zaroorat nazr nhi arhi jealousy ki yahan pr? besides tanqeed krne ka aek khas tareeka hota hai jesa k maine kaha “apni insult ho rhi hai apki statement se”.

              finally mera comment apke vision ko defend kr rha hai.zra ghor se parhna.

      • +Oyee neech achoot jati hindu baniyai kai ghulam, kutto ki tarah bhokana bandh kaar

        • straight forward reply to you, aap haqiqat sy bohat door bhaag rhy hain, aap ki zubaan bta rhe hai k terbiyat kaise hoe hai. haqeeqat pasand banain, 5 time namaz perhtay nae or internet pr poora islam aglay k halaq main utaarna hai

          waisay aap meri DP daikh k mairay baray main andaza laga saktay hain

        • Jesa k Jawad Hussein sahab ne kaha, waqai apki tarbiyat bta rhi hai k ap kis ghar se belong krte ho and apke parents kis type k loag hain ,

          again i will cut the crap and come to the point here, ma “bhonkna” band kr deta hun agr ap humein apne ilam se istafada krwa den to? apka point of view boht khushi se sunna pasand kren ge hum.please share your opinion!

      • India Se Itni Muhabbat !
        Bhai Apko to INDIA Main Hona Chahyeh tha
        INDIA Jo Bhi Kary Hamay Kiya
        Hamay APNE CPEC Se Matlab Se Na K Chabahar Port Project Se
        Apni Kun Si Khud ki Funding hai Jo Unko China Fund Kary to Hamay Aetraz Hoga
        LOL ! Itni takleef to Injection Lagwa lete

        • sir ye india sy muhabbat nae hai, dushman ka kaam hota hai aap ko toorna, us k liyae aap dushman ko sirf blame nae krain gy…… main cheez hai k aap itny taqatwer bnain k dushman aap ki taraf daikh he na sakay
          or fund kernay pr eiteraz nae hai, bal’k funding ly k us pr akarnay pr eiteraz hai, definitely CPEC is a game-changer but kis k liyae. agr hum china ko khud offer kertay to is pr fakhar kiya jaa sakta tha, ab to vo khud aaya hai. humain to apny positives ka idraak he nae hai…… daikhain jaa k baloachistan main, SENDAK shaied bhool gaey hain aap jo hamaray (Pakistanio) k sir pr rha tha

            • we must think twice before commenting. ooper Murtaza Rangwala ka comment perh k dili afsoos hova tha. agr perhy likhay loog aise baatain krain gy to baqi 50% jo nae perhy vo kaise kertay hon gy!!!!!!

        • Jawad Hussein bilkul theek keh rahe hain , mera kaam tha being Pakistan pure forum k samne apki mistake sahe krwana taake hum Pakistani Desperate nazar na ayen is kaamyabi ki waja se, jesa k maine pehle b kaha tha apke comment se humara ( matlab pakistan ) ka naam khrb ho rha hai….. aur umeed hai ap khud b nahi chaho ge k koi indian ab yahan pr ya kahin b humein desparate and opportunist kahe….kiu k hum aese bilkul nhi hn.

          • We are Pakistani & We Support to our Supporter !
            Hamara Matlab Or Maqsad Sirf Itna tha
            K Ek Na Ek Din Dusray Mumalik ki tarha
            INDIA & BANGAL Bhi Tareef Karegy Or Sath Deengy :
            Kam Az Kam Apas Ki Jang to Band Ho Is CPEC Ki Wajh Se.
            That’s my mean :

            I am Sorry to any one hurting you !

  • Thanks to PM Nawaz Sharif leadership skills– your favourite leader IK tried really hard to not allow CPEC.

    • hahahaha…..dude good joke….kn se leadership skills…ohh bhai yeh ARMY ke waja sae ban raha hae project..aur srf army ke waja sae…main sahab mae itne aqal kidher….aur china nae investment bhee srf army ke guarantee pa kee hae..yeh sare politicians aik he trhan ka hote hae mian sahab ho ya IK…

      • Bhai Jaan yea sirf Army ki waja sa nahi ..bayshaak unka bhi kirdar hay but is govt ka bhi cradit hy agar both same page per na hotay tu mushkil thaa, apni information ko update karlain,yea hi Army thi 5 saal phalay bhi but china was agree to investment for CPEC after zardari perposel (Cpec was former ppp’s govt idea) but China was not satisfied with them: after new govt China forward these things.

    • Magar Zardari tou keh raha hai k yeh uska start kiya huwa project hai jis ka sirf inauguration kiya hai Mian ji nay.


      • oh ARMY kon hai? Army govt ka hissa hai aur govt kay under kaam krne wala idara hai. to sara credit govyt ko jata hai aur army ko bhi

  • Salam: I don’t know when our negative approached politicians will wake up and join hands with this Allah-gifted opportunity of success. Hosh k nakhun lo….

      • Sure ,it was the Army that went to China and not nawaz Sharif and made all the deals with the Chinese. Get your head out of your arse.Probably this comment ain’t gonna get approved cuz this website is propotian lol.

  • Pakistan is “Mumlikat e Kudada, and established to grow. Alhamdulliah, CPAC is great gift from Allah. we need sincerity and honesty and InshaAllah “success”is our only destination. Ameen.
    We do not need any support with nut cases i.e India and Bangladesh.

  • Cpec will be a big test for both present and incoming govt and army, if baloch people were deprieved of their due share in cpec as they were in case of sui gas then it will further fuel freedom movement in balochistan, and india and afghanistan are out there to start their game……….

    • Haaa saraa pakistan ghalat hay aur tm saray balochi theek hoo!!

      Pagal insaan jab tak tm in sardaroon kay chungal say ni nikloo gay kuch ni badalnay wala. Pehlay khud ko to theek kar loo phir dusroo par unglii uthanaa. Tum logoo ko pehlay bhi royalties miti rahi hain but tmharay sardar sab kuch khaa jatay hain. Unkay talway chatna choro gay to kuch acha hogaa.

      Fazul bakwasiat say tm logo ko kuch ni milnay wala.

      • Ap bhi un logon ki zuban bol rahe ho jo baloch and punjabiyon ko ladne aur ladane pe tule hue hain, situation ko dekho samjho aur us ke upar thora research bhi karo, jahil nai bano insan bano ap insane k bache ho.

        • Its not that I hate balochis or sindhis. Its just kay BAlochis hamesha baqi Pakistan ko bura kehtay hain aur inka yahi rona rehta hay kay humain haq ni milta, jabkay reality main inkay apnay sardar sab kuch kha pee kay foreign main bethay hotay hain aur inko kehtay hain kay haq ni milta, Bull Shit…….
          I am fed up with this argument every time…………

    • Because we have Mir Sadiq/Mir Jaffar.traitors within us Kana Dajhal surrendered Siachin & SirCreek & the Ganja Yaar of Suwar Modi surrendered Kargil to please their sCumbag hindu baniya masters :)

  • Unless Pakistan starts to invest in the core of economy , it will never stand on its own feet. This core is intensive & prolonged education , education & still more education!

    This requires tough education national programme , modern schools , state of art colleges & universities .

    If this happens, in 10 years time Pakistan will be investing billions in other countries !

    • Everything have its own time. I agree Education is the core part of development. But this time we got what we need. Allah do better for us than we think. Education is important but only education can never do everything. Everything have its own part in development of nations (even an house) Education, Investments, Technology, Transport, roads etc. Each remains incomplete without others.

    • Agreed Mani Hussain! Education plays a vital role in enhancing our capability to benefit to our fullest from projects like CPEC ,

      Enterpreniership emerges from education , even the idea of CPEC is itself a success from the later.

      Wolverine’s point of view still stand correct here that we do need other factors involved as they play an important role as well.That is right.

      in the end CPEC is a success, but it will need another 40 years to get fully functional according to pak-china officials as there remains more berth tho be constructed to allow heavy tonage ships to dock here.Lets hope for the best.


      • bhai kuch respect dikha liya kro? guzarish hai apse, samaj apko ati nhi aur jo bhi nazar ae pakistani ho ya indian shuru ho jate ho bdtmeezi. uska question tha CPEC ki importance se related , tm lage hue ho galian dene ma.

    • Moti Daku that is a very great question , i apologize on behalf of the trolls above who are bad-mouthing here ,

      so about far-off countriess involvement , well CPEC provides a better cost-effective route into central asia , with proper roads infrastructure, low tax and transportations cost due to opening of worlds deepest warm water port “Gwadar”, As u can see European nations like U.K. (european nations NOT commission) have a vast export projects with asia ( north , south , central) and this region is the biggest customer, hence CPEC will prove to be the best transportation/trade route for them.

      • Ah, I see. So it’s not only from China to Gawader but the other way round too. Thanks for you kind reply. And don’t worry about the troll. The best way to deal them is to not feed them.

  • These countries are willing to join One Belt One Road initiative. CPEC is just one part of the said project and is specifically limited to road between China & Pakistan.

    The title of article should be corrected.

  • Welcome to new future of educated people of pakistan as chungi collector and loading unloading supervisors and labourers

  • All credits goes to present Government of Pakistan and regardless of local issues being created by the PTI Nawaz Shareef has became real leader of the Nation as in the past Nawaz Shareef has build MOTOR WAY and during this tenure C-PEC.
    Requested PTI please appreciate good jobs being done by Government and you may show your progress in KPK to win the harts of the public. Please refrain from the cheap tacts of poor politics.

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