The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project has made Pakistanis interested in learning Mandarin which, as some of them say, has transformed their careers.
An aid project is reviving traditional Afghan arts and helping past masters preserve and pass on their skills to the new generation.
Last year, Chinese firms won project contracts in Belt and Road countries worth $126 billion, state media reported. Chinese companies are now dominating Pakistan where contracts have been awarded for projects worth more than $28 billion.
Leaders from more than 20 countries, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin, are attending the Beijing summit on China's new Silk Road plan, dubbed as the Belt and Road Forum.
Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the infrastructure project, worth close to a trillion dollars, in a bid to revive, modernise and expand the ancient Silk Road trade route.
Leaders from both countries say the project is an important milestone to increase trade between Europe and Asia.
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