China to Fund and Install Modern Reception Centers, Drinking Water & Cold Storage Facilities on Afghan-Pak Border

China plans to finance and install modern reception centers, drinking water and cold storage facilities at main entry points on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The cold storage facilities will be established at the busy northwestern Torkham and southwestern Chaman crossings while the water schemes will be installed at the Ghulam Khan Khel terminal in North Waziristan district.

This Chinese project aims to better serve the daily movement of tens of thousands of people as well as trade convoys, and will help ease tensions between the two countries, officials said, as per Voice of America.

The deputy chief of mission at the Chinese embassy in Islamabad, Zhao Lijian, told VOA in a wide-ranging interview that the border development program is an outcome of recent high-level talks held in Kabul between foreign ministers of the three countries.

“We are trying to promote these projects so that it can help with the improvement of relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan and also finally it would be helpful with peace and development in Afghanistan,” Lijian noted.

13 / February 2019
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