Pakistan, China vow to further boost bilateral trade

Web DeskWeb Editor

10th Aug, 2021. 12:58 pm

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China have reaffirmed their resolve to further boost bilateral cooperation in various fields for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

Both sides also emphasised the need for making collective efforts to promote peace, prosperity and development in the region.

This was discussed at a meeting between President Dr Arif Alvi and Ambassador of China to Pakistan Nong Rong, who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.

The meeting also underlined the need to enhance cooperation in the field of information technology.

Talking to the ambassador, the president said China and Pakistan enjoyed excellent relations and the “All-weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership” between the two countries would further take the bilateral relationship to new heights.

Both time-tested friends had always stood by each other through thick and thin, he said, adding that the president reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to “One-China Policy” and firm support to China on the core issues of its national interest, such as Taiwan, Tibet, Hong Kong and the South China Sea.

He appreciated China’s support for Pakistan’s core national issues such as the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and the Financial Action Task Force.

He also thanked the Chinese government for providing support to Pakistan in containing the Covid-19 pandemic.

The president underlined that Pakistan was committed to the timely completion of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project that had huge potential to contribute to the socioeconomic development of Pakistan.

He said certain hostile players were not happy over the project and were trying to sabotage it but they would not succeed as both the iron brothers were strongly committed to implement it.

Offering condolences to the government of China and the bereaved families who lost their dear ones in Dasu attack, President Alvi underscored that the security of Chinese nationals, working in various projects in Pakistan, was the highest priority of Pakistan and the government was making all-out efforts for their protection and security.

Rong said that Pakistan was the closest friend of China and his country wanted to further strengthen bilateral cooperation with Pakistan.

China would share its experiences with Pakistan that would help in its social and economic prosperity, he said, and also lauded the steps taken by the government of Pakistan that successfully contained the Covid-19 pandemic.

The ambassador said China would provide six million vaccine doses this week, while 100 million vaccine doses would be provided by the end of the year.

He also referred to the recently held strategic dialogue between the foreign ministers of the two countries in July 2021 and expressed the hope that the dialogue would further push forward the relations between the two brotherly countries.

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