BEIJING – China on Friday said third party will be introduced in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on the basis of consensus with the Pakistani side through consultation.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying made this announcement during a regular press conference.

Responding to a question, the spokesperson said, “I wonder whether the Indian side takes this offer made by the Pakistani general as a goodwill gesture.”

She added, “For us, we regard the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as a framework for cooperation built by the two sides with a focus on the long-term development of bilateral cooperation in various fields.”

Hua Chunying said, “We hope that the CPEC will not only promote the economic and social development of China and Pakistan, but also contribute to regional connectivity, peace, stability and prosperity,” adding, “In this sense, the CPEC, as an important component of China’s Belt and Road initiative, is an open initiative.”