China to help Pakistan ensure security of economic zone
14 November 2015, Nirapad News: Beijing will back Pakistan to ensure the security of a new special economic corridor providing access to the port of Gwadar that aims to create direct links between China and the Arabian Sea, a top Chinese general has pledged.
Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, told Pakistan army head Raheel Sharif on Thursday that Beijing looked forward to close cooperation “to ensure proper management and security of CPEC,” according to a Pakistan military statement.
The China Pakistan Economic Corridor is an ambitious $46 billion project giving Beijing greater access to the Middle East, Africa and Europe through Pakistan, via a new highway to Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea.
Fan’s visit, the first by a Chinese general of his seniority in 11 years, came two days after Pakistan handed hundreds of hectares of land over to China for development of a free trade zone in Gwadar as part of the project.