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China pledges to build hydropower dam, improve Afghanistan-Pakistan connectivity

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: China has pledged to build a hydropower dam in eastern Kunar province as well as highways and railways to improve connectivity between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Hua Chunying, spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, told media-men that his country stands committed to construct a 1,500-megawatt hydropower dam in Kunar province and build highways and rail route to connect Afghanistan with Pakistan. She said that construction of the highways and railways was aimed at improving connectivity and economic integrity between the two countries.

“China extended the support during the first strategic dialogue between Kabul, Islamabad and Beijing held in Kabul on Monday” she added.

During this dialogue, Kabul also urged Pakistan and China to play a constructive role in bringing lasting peace and stability to Afghanistan.

Hua said that both Islamabad and Beijing reiterated their support to an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process.

Describing trilateral strategic dialogue as a useful and meaningful practice, Hua hoped for practical collaboration between the three countries.

Sirajuddin Siraf, a spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the other day said that China has pledged to lend its all-out support to Afghanistan.

It is worth mentioning that Pakistan pledged in 2013 to build a highway to connect Kabul to Peshawar and a railway to connect Kandahar to Chaman city of Baluchistan.

A number of political experts believe that China can play a very important role in the peace process of Afghanistan as the country has influence over Pakistan. They said that China can pressure Pakistan to bring Taliban to the negotiation table.

According to reports, China has recently hosted a delegation of Taliban to discuss resumption of peace talks.

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