BREAKING: In an unusual series of tweets today, Zhao Lijian, Deputy Chief of Mission at Chinese Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, explained four provinces’ share of projects in CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor).

Zhao’s tweets came in response to criticism in the local press and on social media about the Western route of CPEC and alleged absence of CPEC benefits to KPK and Balochistan. And that with P in CPEC for Punjab, this is more of a China-Punjab Economic Corridor.

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There have been planned protests by Awami National Party (ANP) against ‘change of Western route of CPEC and deprivation of Pakhtoon and Baloch interests.’

Chinese ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong says reports that he told KPK Chief Minister Pervez Khattak that the Western route is not included in CPEC are “untrue”. A press statement below.

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Make no mistake: China is no USA.

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And China knows how to play hardball. With each stakeholder in each country.

According to Zhao, here is the breakup of 40 CPEC projects:

Balochistan 16


Sindh 13

Punjab 12

Summing up, Zhao asks: Is this China Punjab Economic Corridor?

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At least 16 projects under CPEC are related to Balochistan, tweets Zhao.

These are:

  1. Khuzdar-Basima Highway (N-30)
  2. D.I.Khan-Quetta Highway (N-50)
  3. Hubco Coal Power Plant
  4. Gwadar Power Plant
  5. Gwadar-Nawabshah LNG Terminal and Pipeline
  6. Gwadar Eastbay Expressway
  7. Gwadar New International Airport
  8. Gwadar Smart Port City Master Plan
  9. Expansion of Multi-purpose Terminal including Breakwater & Dredging
  10. Wastewater Treatment Plants for Gwadar City
  11. Gwadar Primary School
  12. Gwadar Hospital Upgradation
  13. Gwadar Technical & Vocational College
  14. Gwadar Eastbay Expressway II
  15. Fresh Water Supply
  16. Gwadar Free Zone

Zhao tweets: I used five tweets to name the CPEC projects in Balochistan. Is Balochistan short of CPEC projects?

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In another series of tweets about Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Zhao writes:

At least eight projects under CPEC are related to KPK:

  1. Joint Feasibility Study for Upgradation of ML1
  2. Establishment of Havelian Dry Port
  3. KKH II (Havelian-Thakot)
  4. Upgradation of ML-1
  5. KKH III (Raikot-Thakot)
  6. D.I.Khan-Quetta Highway (N-50)
  7. Suki Kinari Hydropower Project
  8. Optical Fiber Cable from Rawapindi to Khunjrab


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In a series of tweets about Sindh, Zhao writes:

13 CPEC projects are related to Sindh:

  1. Matiari-Lahore Transmission Line
  2. Matiari-Faisalabad Transmission Line
  3. Port Qasim Power Plant
  4. Engro Thar Power Plant & Surface Mine in Block II of Thar Coal Field
  5. Dawood Wind Farm
  6. Jhimpir Wind Farm
  7. Sachal Wind Farm
  8. China-Sunec Wind Farm
  9. Upgradation of ML-1
  10. Thar Coal Block I & Mine Mouth Power Plant
  11. Gwadar-Nawabshah LNG Terminal & Pipeline
  12. Karachi-Lahore Motorway (Sukkur-Multan)
  13. Joint Feasibility Study for Upgradation of ML1

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It is reported in an Urdu newspaper recently that the Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan informed Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and KP government that western route doesn’t exist in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). This is untrue and misreporting, says the press release by Chinese Embassy in Islamabad.

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In another series of tweets about Punjab, Zhao writes:

Only 12 projects under CPEC are related to Punjab:

  1. Optical Fiber Cable from Rawapindi to Khunjrab
  2. Haier & Ruba Economic Zone II
  3. Karachi-Lahore Motorway (Sukkur-Multan)
  4. Joint Feasibility Study for Upgradation of ML1
  5. Upgradation of ML-1
  6. Sahiwal Coal-Fired Power Plant
  7. Rahimyar Khan Coal Power Plant
  8. Karot Hydro-Power Plant
  9. Lahore Orange Line Metro Train
  10. Matiari-Lahore Transmission Line
  11. Matiari-Faisalabad Transmission Line
  12. Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park in Bahawalpur

China has already invested $14 billion in 40 early-harvest projects to be completed under CPEC, a flagship project of the One Belt One Road initiative launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Out of the 40 projects, 16 were under construction, a statement quoted Chinese Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Zhao Lijian as saying.

Zhao Lijian also dispels a widely-circulated false impression that CPEC was planned in Musharraf or Zardari regimes. His recent tweet:


Zhao Lijian, Deputy Chief of Mission, Chinese Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan

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This story has gone viral, globally. Some reactions to this story on Twitter and Facebook:

Theresa Fallon, Director, Centre for Russia Europe Asia Studies (CREAS), tweets: Chinese Embassy in Pakistan at pains to communicate how much they have invested & where as rumors swirl.

In a tweet, says Diana: When China promises to achieve something, we really mean it, commit to it and focus on it!

Aamir Riaz TuTu: Playing with CPEC is to make it controversial and many players including some media men are involved in it.

Javed Malik: I think they have responded to Sanaullah Baluch’s piece yesterday. Why govt has not reached out to him? Why another govt had to do it?

Nasir Mahmood: Shame for those so called Pakistanis and media persons who want to create doubts in the minds of people like they did in case of Kalabagh Dam.

Mohammad Ali Toosy: It is unfortunate that some people are spreading false information about CPEC.

Muhammad Asif Noor, Co-founder at Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies, Country Chapter Coordinator Pakistan at United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and Editor-in-Chief at The Diplomatic Insight & Media Diplomacy: CPEC is for whole Pakistan.

  • Tahir

    Come what may the circumstances be, the CPEC project be completed. Perhaps u dont know punjab gets 51% share of total cost. therefore all dub this as China-Punjab Economic Corridor..

  • Amanullah Khan

    Dear Zhao Lijian the Deputy Chief of Mission Chinese Embassy in Pakistan! We feel happy to read the clarifications with regard to CPEC. We the people of Gilchistan a new suggested name instead of GB which covers all the four Divisions (namely Gil for Gilgit, Chi, for Chitral illegally occupied by KpK, S, Shina speaking belt of Kohistan illegally occupied by KpK spread from Chilas to Pattan and Tan for Baltistan) feel proud to be the neighbors of our great friend China and its people. Let me allow to narrate some facts with regard to the CPEC and our share. We are surprised to find an empty plate in front of Gilchistan where all the 4 provinces are enjoying their share in the 51.5 billion US project and we are looking towards them helplessly. A tragic scene one can not expect. We do not doubt in the wisdom of great leaders of China. They are visionaries. Unfortunately we are a tool in the hands of our shortsighted selfish leaders who are even not ready to share the details of our share in CPEC if any which we doubt. Gilchistan is a region which has been blessed by god with enormous natural resources those included two rivers (Indus and Chitral which has been given the name of Kabul), unlimited deposits of granite mountains of top quality, mountains of marble in huge quantity, rare metals and minerals, enormous potential for tourism and many more opportunities. Our problem despite having a number of selected hydro power sites is non availability of electricity even for the purpose of light. Without having the electricity the development of our region is a dream. We are experiencing dreams shown to us by the bureaucracy who has been ruling since liberation of our area from the forces of Maharajah (India) in 1947. Except Bhutto no body took care of us in our history. He had made a commitment with us in 1974 to declare our area as the fifth province of Pakistan. Unfortunately he was martyred by General Zia the worst dictator in the history of Pakistan and we are left remained like orphans. Ours is a history full of bitterness not possible to narrate in a couple of Paras. Who knows more than China that we are the most sufferers with the result of developing the CPEC. Despite our sufferings we welcome the project with the hope that a couple of projects those are instrumental to the development of our region are needed to be included in the CPEC on priority basis. 1. Bounji and Doyan Dams both have the capacity of 7100 MG and 425 MG respectively. 2. Express ways from Gilgit to Skardu and Chitral. 3. Establishment of processing plants of metals at Gilgit and Skardu. These plants can be included in the 2nd phase. The top most is the declaration of Gilchistan as the fifth constitutional province. China can help us in the determination of our political status.

  • Alam jan

    Why there isn’t even a single project for GILGIT-BaltistAn ?

    • Amanullah Khan

      Because our political status has not been declared till date. We have no voice in the parliament of Pakistan to raise our issues.

  • Javaid Akbar

    What about projects in AJK?

  • moin khan

    One of the requirements for this wonderful project is steel. What is the estimate of requirement? In order to cope with it we need to revive Pakistan Steel urgently and at the same time expand Peoples Steel Mill urgently.

    Moin Khan, Institute of Business Management, Karachi

  • Marjan Gul

    yeah so i am supposed to compare gawadar primary school with Karachi lahore motor way, and fresh water supply scheme with Lahore orange line ????
    wait! orange line was not part of CPEC according to Mr Ahsan Iqbal.

  • matloob shah

    what about FATTA,PESHAWAR

  • A.Samad Khattak

    Wonderful response from Chines representative, seems to have been prepared by Ahsan Iqbal . Projects of Baluchisitan include project like … Primary School at Gawadar ….. and KPK projects include projects such as fiber optic cable form Khunjarab to Gawadar . Is that specific to KPK. Whether that should be counted in the projects of KPK.. strange very strange … why number have been given why not its value and cost ignored. Projects like primary school cannot be considered equal to Motorway from Lahor to Mutan. Motorway from Multan to Sukkur. Lahore orange line ,which cost billons instead of few lacs.

  • Muhammad Ibrahim

    Why are the Federal government & Chinese embassy concealing details of each province’s projects with allocated amount? Why the low cost hydel energy projects in KPK preferred by high cost coal/ other projects in Punjab? Why shortest route of Indus High Way changed/ignored? Why the most backward & dewar stated FATA totally ignored? Why one who demands for his right is straight away labelled as traitor & foreign agent?

  • Fazal

    why kohistan is including in GB, it has own culture and tradition so don’t think over it that it was a part of GB. Actully kohistani are secrifiying their lives and properties for construction of Dassu and Bahasha Dame, the CPEC project should be launched also in kohistan we hav’t electercity colleges communication facalities. so kohistan should included in CPEC

  • Amanullah Khan

    Dear Fazal! please read some facts appearing in the background material in Gilchistan. Click Gilchistan on Facebook. Mr. Ahsan Iqbal or any other person who has selected the costly projects to be run on coal, a non environmental friendly project, solar energy projects etc. The coal fired projects are being discarded globally. Similarly the solar energy is a high cost option. But going for such projects when there are a number of SITES for hydro power projects already identified, those are declared economically viable seems to me a none sense decision. These include; Bounji Dam, Dassu Dam, Diamer Dam etc of clean energy and cost efficient projects. These three dams collectively can generate over 16000 MW electricity. All the three projects could be offered to Chinese government instead of the above referred costly ones. It could help in reducing the overall per unit cost to less than half. It could also reduce the burden of cost of living of the poorest of the poor and further lessen burdening the cost of doing business. During yesterday’s meeting of the PM with the potential investors in Lahore the speakers from amongst the businessmen have showed their reluctance main reasons being the costly and short and insufficient electricity and security risks.

  • Gohar

    A blind and illetrate can see the difference of projects between sindh, punjab and KPK. the only two projects in pkp are in hazara division, dry port and hydro power, the rest of the projects are mostly roads which they can not ignore as the only way to get to china, so my ask to chinese is to stop following our leaders in behaviour rather teach them how to behave properly and not cheat ines own people.

    Compare the projects and their vlaue in terms of revenue generation and services to the area and you will see that kpk is only getting roads. Above all DIKhan to quetta is the only road (this only highway and not motorway) apart from hazara division in whole kpk.

    We have no grudges against china but rather thankful to them but to be honest we the ppl of KPK see china agreed and have no objection to these projects because they started the deal with sindhi president and confirmed with punjabi.

    We know now that china is no different to the global powers who will deal anything with any corrupt leaders unless they fulfill china’s benefits. We hve gone through this 100 times and we have not lost our focus.

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