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World must pursue cooperation rather than confrontation: PM Imran Khan

BEIJING, China: Prime Minister Imran Khan held an exclusive session with the Heads and Representatives of Leading Chinese Think Tanks, Universities and Pakistan Study Centers in Beijing.

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During the session, the prime minister emphasized the importance of Pakistan-China relationship and ensuring regional stability and prosperity.

The prime minister highlighted China-Pakistan common position on multilateral forums and reaffirmed Pakistan’s firm commitment to One-China Policy and other issues of core interests.

The prime minister also thanked China for its unwavering support on Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

During the session, the prime minister spoke about importance of Pakistan-China ties in ensuring regional stability and prosperity.

Reaffirming Pakistan’s All-Weather Strategic Partnership with China, he highlighted the importance of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as a flagship project of President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Prime Minister Imran Khan emphasized that while Phase-I of CPEC was focused on infrastructure development and connectivity, the next phase will focus on industrialization, cooperation in information technology and agricultural transformation.

The prime minister highlighted that Pakistan was offering incentives for investment that are at par with or better than other investment destinations.

Imran Khan underlined that in view of myriad global challenges, the world did not need another Cold War. He said that divisions could result in mounting sufferings and prevent common benefits. Pakistan was, therefore, of the belief that the key driver in international politics should be cooperation, rather than confrontation.

The prime minister recalled that Pakistan in the past had played a role in building bridges and remained ready to do so again.

Referring to Pakistan’s National Security Policy, the prime minister stressed that his government put economic security at its core. This vision is built upon connectivity and development partnership for which China remains an indispensable partner for Pakistan.

Discussing the regional dynamics, he said that he believed that it was in the mutual interest of Pakistan and China to cooperate in ensuring peace and security in Afghanistan.

The prime minister called on the international community that Afghans are not left alone in this time of need. He underlined the importance of Pakistan and China working with Afghanistan to advance shared objectives of peace, development and connectivity.

The prime minister pointed to India’s aggressive behavior and the prevailing Hindutva ideology as a threat to regional peace and a cause of lingering instability of region. He called attention to India’s continued atrocities in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and stressed that the world must pay attention to India’s oppression against Kashmiris.

Finally, the prime minister stressed on the importance of further strengthening people-to-people contacts including cultural and academic linkages between think tanks, universities and research institutions of the two countries.

The prime minister also stressed on the need for greater efforts for joint research and intellectual dialogue to better appreciate the common threats and opportunities facing the two Countries.

The meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Shaukat Fayaz Tarin, Information Minister Ch Fawad Hussain, Planning Minister Asad Umar, Advisor on Commerce Abdul Razzak Dawood, SAPM on CPEC Affairs Khalid Mansoor, National Security Adviser Dr. Moeed Yousaf and senior officials.

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