PM holds meetings with Chinese counterpart, Uzbek & Egypt’s President in Beijing

PM emphasizes importance of Pak-China relationship, ensuring regional stability

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan held meetings with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang and Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Egypt’s President Abdelfattah Elsisi in Beijing on Saturday.

In a tweet, Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Chaudhary Fawad Hussain said that Kashmir and Afghanistan were important topics of discussion in both the meetings.

He said China has always played an important role as Pakistan’s political, economic, and strategic partner.  Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday reaffirmed Pakistan’s support for Kashmiris and called on the international community to step up and act to stop India’s “genocidal acts” in India-occupied Kashmir (IoK). Prime Minister Imran Khan has emphasized the importance of the Pakistan-China relationship and ensuring regional stability and prosperity. During an exclusive session with the heads and representatives of Chinese Think Tanks, Universities, and Pakistan Study Centers in Beijing, he reaffirmed Pakistan’s firm commitment to One China Policy and other issues of core interests.

Prime Minister said the world does not need another cold war in view of the myriad of global challenges.

He said Pakistan is, therefore of the belief that the key driver in international politics should be cooperation, rather than confrontation.

Reaffirming Pakistan’s all-weather strategic partnership with China, the Prime Minister highlighted the importance of CPEC as a flagship project of President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative.

He said that the next phase of the CPEC will focus on industrialization, cooperation in information technology, and agricultural transformation.

He said Pakistan is offering incentives for investments that are at par with or better than other investment destinations.

The Prime Minister also thanked China for its unwavering support on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

Discussing the regional dynamics, the Prime Minister said it is in the mutual interest of Pakistan and China to cooperate in ensuring peace and security in Afghanistan.

He called on the international community not to leave alone Afghans in this time of need.

The Prime Minister stressed further strengthening people-to-people contacts including cultural and academic linkages between Pakistan and China.

Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan invited the Chinese companies to invest in Pakistan and benefit from the business-friendly policies of the government.

The prime minister, who held a series of meetings with the executives of Chinese State-owned and private corporate sectors, said Pakistan was offering a conducive environment for investment in Special Economic Zones (SEZs) under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.

In his remarks, the prime minister appreciated the keen interest of the Chinese companies to invest in Pakistan.

The executives who met the prime minister included leadership of China Communication Construction Company (CCCC), Huazhong Technology, Zhejiang Seaport Group, Challenge Apparel, Hunan Sunwalk Group, Royal Group, China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), Zhengbang Group and China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC).

The corporate leaders briefed the prime minister on the progress of their ongoing projects in Pakistan.

They evinced keen interest in expanding investments in Pakistan in projects related to the recycling of metals and paper, energy, textile, fiber-optics networks, housing, dairy, and water management.

The CCCC is a leading global construction and infrastructure development company; Huazhong Technology, specializes in integrated papermaking equipment; Zhejiang Seaport Group is one of China’s largest port operators; Challenge Fashions is a leading textile company; Hunan Sunwalk’s core business is in communications, 3D printing, and construction; Royal Group is China’s largest buffalo milk producer; CRBC focuses in civil engineering and construction projects; Zhengbang Group is Jiangxi Province’s largest agricultural enterprise, and CMEC is one of Chinese top agro-industrial machinery company. The prime minister was joined in the meetings by federal ministers, advisers and senior officials.

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