China committed to the strategic relationship with Pakistan: Ambassador

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ISLAMABAD: Chinese ambassador Yao Jing, Friday, reiterated commitment of his government to the strategic relationship with Pakistan and hoped that appointment of Federal Minister for Economic Affairs will further strengthen relationship between the two countries

 

In a meeting with Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Muhammad Hammad Azhar on his elevation as Federal Minister here the Ambassador updated the Minister on the progress made on account of implementation of CPEC related projects. The Ambassador stated that priority in the second phase is on socio-economic sector projects, with grant financing for direct benefit of common man. To promote B2B relationship for technological and industrial development in order to augment Pakistan’s capacity to export was also a priority area for the Chinese government. Establishment of Special Economic Zones remained an important milestone.

 

The Minister stated that the CPEC is a flagship programme of Belt and Road initiative which is now entering into a new phase. The Minister reiterated commitment of his government for implementation of next phase of CPEC for the benefit of people of Pakistan. Muhammad Hammad Azhar acknowledged the historic relationship with China and the generous support it has been extending to Pakistan.

 

The Minister also acknowledged the economic and financial assistance provided by China to Pakistan during difficult times. China’s position on the current situation in occupied Kashmir was vehemently appreciated. The Minister highlighted that priority of this Government is now more on developing human capital, giving health and education, clean drinking water and sanitation services to the common man.

 

The Minister also highlighted Prime Minister’s flagship programme Naya Pakistan Housing Project for the poor and homeless people. The vision of the government is now on building institutions, improving governance, bringing accountability and transparency and spending tax payer’s money for the greater welfare of common man. In Conclusion the both sides reiterated the mutual resolve to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two sides.

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