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China, Pakistan to look at including Afghanistan in $57 billion CPEC

BEIJING: China and Pakistan will look at extending their $57 billion (42.63 billion pounds) China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to Afghanistan, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Tuesday, part of China’s ambitious Belt and Road plan linking China with Asia, Europe and beyond. China has tried to position itself as a helpful party to promote talks between Pakistan and Afghanistan, both uneasy neighbours ever since Pakistan’s independence in 1947. Their ties have been poisoned in recent years by Afghan…