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Britain eyeing to be ‘key partner’ of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor post-Brexit

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“The UK is poised to be a key partner of the CPEC,” said in an official statement.

(Tactical Talk) The UK government is eyeing to be a “key partner” of the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and is working on securing British business interests in the project to boost its trade ties post-Brexit. UK international trade minister Greg Hands held a roundtable with leading UK businesses, policy experts and senior representatives of the Chinese and Pakistani governments in April.
“The UK is poised to be a key partner of the CPEC,” said in an official statement. The statement said the UK will be hosting a key conference on CPEC in Islamabad. “Britain is a country of free-trade influence and can be an important partner for China and Pakistan in the delivery of huge infrastructure projects that are being planned between the two countries,” Hands said.
As part of an outward-looking Global Britain, we have a clear ambition to increase trade with both China and Pakistan and UK businesses are well placed to capitalize on the new opportunities the region,” he noted.
According to the UK’s Department of International Trade, China is supporting USD 62 billion of infrastructure development in Pakistan as part of the CPEC to develop key infrastructure projects like roads, railways and power stations which will modernize Pakistan’s economy and boost access to trade. It is part of China’s broader ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ to replicate the ancient Silk Road trade routes with modern trading relationships and investments across Asia, the Middle East and into Europe.
The meeting hosted by Hands in London in April included the Chinese Ambassador, Pakistani High Commissioner to the UK and British High Commissioner to Pakistan.
Experts from CityUK, the Royal United Services Institute, and the China Britain Business Council as well as representatives from HSBC, Deloitte and Standard Chartered discussed how they and other British firms can support the delivery of CPEC. A joint statement in 2015 between the UK and Chinese governments committed both countries to support each other’s commercial co-operation in new markets.

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