Chinese President To Discuss Massive Trade Route During Pakistan Visit

April 19, 2015 9:18 PM

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The sound of gunfire will echo around the capital of Pakistan tomorrow. For once, it has nothing to do with that country's battle with the Taliban. It will be a 21-gun salute honoring China's president, Xi Jinping. President Xi is arriving in Islamabad for a two-day state visit. It has great significance for the entire region and beyond. NPR's Philip Reeves joins us on the line from Pakistan. Philip, explain - why does this matter?

PHILIP REEVES, BYLINE: Well, as you know, China's increasingly reaching out across the world in search of energy supplies. This visit is about pushing ahead with a massive project that links China with a port in Pakistan. That port, Gwadar, is on the shores of the Arabian Sea, by the mouth of the Pe...

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