Pakistan, China reaffirm mutual support on core issues

Pakistan and China have reaffirmed the unwavering support to each other on core issues and expressed continued commitment for the high-quality development of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

This came at delegation level talks between the two sides at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing today.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif led the Pakistani delegation while the Chinese side by Premier Li Qiang.

The two sides emphasized timely completion of all ongoing projects with special focus on industrial development, agriculture modernization, Science and Technology and development of Special Economic Zones for mutually beneficial and socio-economic development of Pakistan.

They discussed the significance of Gwadar as an important pillar of CPEC and agreed to expedite the timely completion of all related infrastructure projects to transform Gwadar into a regional economic hub.

They also expressed their firm commitment to protect CPEC from its detractors and adversaries and to upgrade CPEC in the form of
enhanced cooperation.

The Prime Minister reaffirmed Pakistan’s unflinching resolve to ensure the safety and security of Chinese personnel and projects in Pakistan.

They agreed to maintain high-level exchanges including strengthening institutional linkages at all tiers and in all spheres of bilateral cooperation.

Pakistan and China will also continue to consult closely on issues of regional and global significance and multilateral fora especially during the two-year tenure of Pakistan as non-member of UN Security Council.

The two sides noted that Pakistan-China All- Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership was characterized by mutual trust, shared principles and strategic convergence.

Premier Li Qiang congratulated Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Pakistan election as non-permanent member of UN Security Council.

The delegation level talks were followed by an MoU signing ceremony, witnessed by Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif and Premier Li Qiang, where both sides signed 23 MoUs and agreements deep
ening cooperation in transport infrastructure, industry, energy, agriculture, media, health, water, socio-economic development and other areas of mutual interest.

The meeting was followed by an official banquet hosted by Premier Li Qiang in honour of the Prime Minister.

Source: Radio Pakistan