[The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will be extended to Afghanistan] Recently, the Chinese Foreign Minister and the Pakistani Foreign Minister met in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. During the conversation, China and Pakistan jointly issued a statement that the Belt and Road Initiative and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will be extended to Afghanistan. Prior to this, the Taliban in Afghanistan had already made such applications when they met with senior officials from both China and Pakistan. According to previous assessments, once the Belt and Road Initiative and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor are settled in Afghanistan, billions of dollars in infrastructure funds will be brought in, especially the construction and improvement of Afghanistan’s railway network and highway system, which will be greatly relieved. At the same time, once the infrastructure project is confirmed, it is very likely that Chinese companies will undertake the construction, which can increase many jobs for local Afghans. Editor / Zhao E
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  • [Six Nordic countries have agreed to protect undersea energy infrastructure]
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