China and Pakistan will look at extending the USD 57 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to Afghanistan, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Tuesday. The CPEC, which passes through Pakistan China’s ambitious Belt and Road plan to link China with Asia, Europe and beyond.

Speaking after the first trilateral meeting between the foreign ministers of China, Pakistan and Afghanistan, Wang said China hoped the economic corridor could benefit the whole region and act as an impetus for development.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said his country and China were “iron brothers”, “The successful implementation of CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor) projects will serve as a model for enhancing connectivity and cooperation through similar projects with neighbouring countries, including Afghanistan, Iran and with central and west Asia,” he said.