ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has felicitated the Communist Party of China (CPC) on its 102nd anniversary and thanked the CPC leadership for its firm support to Pakistan’s sovereignty, integrity and economic development.
Talking to the Chargé d’Affaires of the People’s Republic of China Ms. Pang chunxue who met him in Islamabad on Tuesday, the prime minister said that as Iron Brothers and old friends, Pakistan and China have always stood together in difficult times and have extended unflinching support to each other on issues of mutual concern.
Recalling his substantive interactions with the Chinese President Xi Jinping and more recently with Premier Li Qiang, the prime minister appreciated strong personal commitment of the Chinese leadership for strengthening bilateral ties between the two Countries.
Noting the upward trajectory in Pakistan-China ties and deepening economic and financial relationship, the prime minister thanked China for its support for Pakistan’s economic stability and expressed his firm commitment to further deepen development cooperation between the two Countries under the rubric of Global Development Initiative and CPEC.
Conveying the best wishes and felicitations of the Chinese government for Pakistan, Ms. Pang chunxue underscored that Pakistan is an All-weather Strategic Cooperative Partner of China and a time-tested friend.
The Chinese Chargé d’Affaires highlighted that Chinese government and the Communist Party of China accorded a special place to Pakistan in its neighborhood diplomacy and looked forward to further deepening relationship in all fields of bilateral cooperation.
Thanking the prime minister for his virtual participation in the first High Level Forum on Global Development Initiative (GDI), the Charge d’ Affaires expressed China’s resolve to implement GDI projects in Pakistan as envisaged by the leadership of two countries.
Ms. Pang chunxue underscored that CPEC was a flagship project of the Belt and Road Initiative and that Chinese leadership would continue supporting Pakistan’s efforts for developing CPEC as the high-quality demonstration project of the BRI.
The Chinese Chargé d’Affaires reiterated that China regarded Pakistan as an important economic partner and would continue its efforts for promoting socio-economic development and financial stability of Pakistan.