China Plans To Make World’s Biggest Building Project in Tashkurgan
At the point when the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, disclosed what some call the most ambitious development plan ever, Zhou Jun chose to set out toward the slopes.
The 45-year-old businessman packed his bags and set off for one of his nation's most staggeringly wonderful corners: a sleepy, high-altitude fringe station called Tashkurgan that - at around 5,000km (3,100 miles) from Beijing - is the most westerly settlement in China.
"I saw an incredible chance to transform this little town into a moderately sized city," Zhou clarified amid a tour through 'Europa Manor', a conspicuous roadside spa he recently opened for Chinese visitors along the Karakoram, the amazing 1,300km Parkway that snakes through China's rough western mountains towards the 4,700m-high Khunjerab Pass.
As the last stop on the Karakoram before the outskirt with Pakistan, Tashkurgan remains on the front line amongst Xi's most ambitious projects: the $62bn China-Pakistan financial corridor (CPEC).
Authorities in Beijing and Islamabad assert the corridor – an immense web of planned infrastructure running diagonally from the rich area of Xinjiang in western China to the deepwater port of Gwadar on Pakistan's Arabian drift – will start a "financial unrest" in the south Asian country.
Tashkurgan, a segregated town on China's border with Pakistan, is set to witness significant changes as Beijing pushes ahead with a $900bn development plan.
The stunning landscape of meadows and glaciers around Tashkurgan, that is home to China's Tajik ethnic minority, has changed very little in hundreds, if not thousands, of years. "It is worth a trip from England simply to see this place," the British traveler Robert Shaw described after trekking through the district's "staggering peaks" in the late 1860s.
However, this dark and separated town is currently prepping for its very own revolution, as the authorities concoct excellent plans to change it and the encompassing district.
Over the coming years, Tashkurgan is probably not going to be the only place to feel the impacts of China's infrastructure crusade, which some compare with USA’s post-war Marshall plan to modify Europe. From Thailand to Turkmenistan, Mongolia to Malaysia, and Indonesia to Iran, a large number of Chinese projects, including power plants, motorways, solar farms, bridges, ports, etc. are set to be built with help of China's banks and workforce.
As per a few assessments, China will bankroll some $150bn on infrastructure in countries that embrace Xi's foreign policy signature.
Story and Image Credits: TheGuardian
December 22, 2017 AT 11:50 AM
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