A detailed master plan for the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) stretching out till 2030 has been revealed by Pakistan daily Dawn. The plan reportedly details China’s intentions and priorities in Pakistan for the next decade and a half.
According to the daily, the Pakistan Government has two versions of the long term plan. It is 231-pages long and has been drawn up by the China Development Bank (CDB) and the National Development Reform Commission (NDRC).
Following are some of the highlights of the plan:
. Thousands of acres of agricultural land will be leased out to Chinese enterprises to set up “demonstration projects” in areas ranging from seed varieties to irrigation technology.
. A full system of monitoring and surveillance will be built in cities from Peshawar to Karachi, with 24 hour video recordings on roads and busy marketplaces for law and order.
. A national fibre-optic backbone will be built for the country not only for internet traffic, but also for terrestrial distribution of broadcast TV, which will cooperate with Chinese media in the “dissimenation of Chinese culture”.
. At the outset, the CPEC will connect the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and Pakistan.
. The main aim is to connect South Xinjiang with Pakistan. This region will be divided into a “core area” and what the Chinese call “radiation zones”, those territories that will feel the knock on effects of the work being done in the core area.
. The core area includes Kashgar, Tumshuq, Atushi and Akto of Kizilsu Kirghiz of Xinjiang from China, most of Islamabad’s Capital Territory, Punjab, and Sindh, some areas of Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, and Balochistan from Pakistan.
. The CPEC will include one belt, three passages, and two axes and five functional zones. The belt will be the strip area formed by important arterial traffic in China and Pakistan.