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BEIJING/ISLAMABAD – After successful talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Wednesday, Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced a revamp of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
In their joint meeting PM Khan and President Jinping finalised the restructuring of the CPEC, which will now be known as the China Pakistan Eating Corridor — one of the joint projects of the Chinese government and the Pakistan government’s Ehsaas Programme.
According to a statement released by PM Khan’s office in Islamabad, the Pakistani premier thanked Xi and the Chinese government for China’s financial support to Pakistan in difficult times, and confirmed that the multi-billion dollar CPEC will now see Chinese langar throughout its route.
“We will never forget China’s culinary cooperation in this regard,” Khan was quoted as saying by Radio Pakistan, adding that he’s grateful that China is helping Pakistan out in the kitchen.
New CPEC head Dr Sania Nishtar said that the joint Sino-Pak governments venture now intends to open 1,112 soup kitchens in the first phase of the scheme. “The soup kitchens will feature both Chicken Corn and Hot & Sour soups along the western CPEC route, to avoid any controversy,” Dr Nishtar told The Dependent.
Dr Nishtar added that Prime Minister Imran has instructed that the food at the soup kitchens must be hygienic and provided to people in ample proportions.
“He also insisted that steamed dumplings be made mandatory for all so that the government can fulfill its promises made on health,” she said.