China ready to support Pakistan in curbing terrorism: Envoy

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Chinese Ambassador to Islamabad Sun Weidong said on Tuesday that China was prepared to extend all possible support to its iron and time-tested brother – Pakistan – to curb the menace of terrorism, to which he described as their common enemy.

“Pakistan has made tremendous progress in improving its security situation which is strong source of strength to further improving China-Pakistan socio- economic partnership,” he made remarks while talking to students of Peshawar University (International Department) here.

His country, he said appreciates Pakistan’s aggressive fight against terrorism, adding, “We value the sacrifices rendered by the people and armed forces of the country to this effect.”

Ambassador Sun said, “China highly appreciates the improved security situation in Pakistan, as it helps push forward the country’s economic agenda and to implement economic corridor project.”

He said Pak-China cooperative relationship was getting stronger and stronger with the passage of time, with CPEC as a driving force.

“These exemplary relations are based on five principles of peaceful co-existence and popular public support from both the countries,” he added.

About the CPEC, he said, its fruits would be shared by the people of both sides, and it would also lead to peace and prosperity of whole of the region and the world as large.

“The implementation process of this mega project was going on very smoothly and some its hydel projects in KPK have already been completed,” he added.

Expressing sympathies with victims of recent earthquake in KPK and some other parts of the country, he said the Chinese leadership and the people were deeply moved over the human and material losses and immediately extended their moral and financial support to the affected people.

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They are considering for more donation to take part in rehabilitation process.

Talking about China’s progress, Ambassador Sun said China has emerged world second largest economy and has become important engine for global economic development. Referring to their five-year plan (2016-2020), he expressed his confidence that it will improve the living conditions of their people.

“We are now enjoying fastest growth, highest in the world in term of GDP and per capital income,” he added.

They, he said, now laying maximum focus on quality and efficiency in their production. Innovation is most important area, which is biggest force for ensuring sustainable development.

The five-year plan, he hoped will ensure balanced development of all regions of the country. They are also attaching high importance to widening the scope of their economy and social welfare agenda for the benefit of other counties for equal prosperity, he added.

Ambassador Sun announced, the embassy will donate books to the Peshawar University for establishing China’s corner in their library. Students of this University will also be invited to China.

The University’s Prof. Hussain Shaheed thanked the ambassador for his support and invited him to visit the University.

Chinese Ambassador’s wife Bao Jiqing and Chinese Cultural Counsellor Zheng Guojin were present on the occasion.

A film on China’s social and cultural transformation was also shown on the occasion, besides presentation of martial art by a Chinese artist.

Source: APP

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