More countries to be included in China's CPEC program
China has already invited Afghanistan -- west to Pakistan -- to join the CPEC. Iran, which is located further west, has expressed interest in joining the project.
The over $50 billion projects -- a key component of Beijing's Belt and Road programme -- is opposed by India as its planned route goes through the disputed Kashmir region.
"The two sides will advance the CPEC. In light of Pakistan's economic development and its people's need, we will identify the pathways and cooperation for the CPEC," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang.
The CPEC envisages linking China's Kashgar in Xinjiang to Pakistan's Gwadar port.