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Sun Weidong Says Developing Relations with Pakistan is the Top Priority of Chinese Diplomatic Policy

Date : 11-08-2017
Sun Weidong Says Developing Relations with Pakistan is the Top Priority of Chinese Diplomatic Policy
ISLAMABAD, AUG 11 : The internal changes in Pakistan could not affect the all-weather bilateral relationship as developing relations with Pakistan was the top priority of Chinese diplomatic policy, Chinese Ambassador in Pakistan, Sun Weidong said on Thursday.

Sun Weidong was speaking at a seminar titled “Pakistan-China Relations: CPEC and beyond” was organized by Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), a research center based in Islamabad.

Leader of opposition in Senate, Raja Zafar-ul-Haq, was the chief guest of the seminar.

 “I called on the new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi recently, and told him that the China-Pakistan all-weather relationship is time tested, and China believed that under his leadership, Pakistani government will be committed to safeguard national unity and stability and promoting economic and social stability”, ambassador added.

Highlighting the impact of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in the country, Sun Weidong said China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) had become the most important forum of bilateral relationship.

“Construction on CPEC projects had entered into the early harvest stage”, he further added by saying “19 projects worth over $18 billion were under construction out of which 11 were related to energy sector”.

On energy production projects under CPEC, Sun Weidong said “keeping in view the energy crisis in Pakistan, the two countries decided to give priority to energy projects in a bid to give boost to the economic development of the country”.
The Chinese entrepreneurs have employed over 60,000 Pakistani people under the umbrella of CPEC, he noted.

Highlighting the development projects at Gwadar, ambassador said the Chinese businessmen had also invested in Gwadar city in fish processing sector, and this move is helping the local fishermen and fisheries related businessmen to improve their lifestyles by earning more after adding value to the sea foods.

China wanted to see Pakistan a powerful and economically strong country therefore it was investing heavily in Pakistan to strengthen the country’s industrial and other sectors, he noted.

On China Pakistan partnership, Sun Weidong said China would support Pakistan to export more products to meet international needs and it would also like to help Pakistan to accelerate the industrialization process, and to enhance international competitiveness of Pakistani products.

 “Our cooperation is not against any third country; however it would be beneficial for the peace and prosperity of the whole region”, he added.

Raja Zafar-ul-Haq in his remarks said that CPEC was not confined to any particular part, and it was owned by the entire nation, therefore work on projects under the umbrella of CPEC would continue irrespective of the internal change in the country.

The fruits of CPEC have been started coming in as few of energy projects under CPEC had been completed and the completion of road network across the country was also helping to inter-connect the small populations in far flung areas of the country, he noted.

He PML-N leader also said that the bilateral relationship was vital to the global peach and prosperity.


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