China visit to focus on CPEC revitalization, says PM Shehbaz

PM will be among first world leaders to visit Beijing after President Xi Jinping’s re-election: Chinese Foreign Ministry says Beijing wants to further enhance cooperation with Islamabad

By: News Desk
Published: 09:08 AM, 1 Nov, 2022
China visit to focus on CPEC revitalization, says PM Shehbaz
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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that the focus of his visit to China, beginning today, will be on the revitalization of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as the project’s second phase promises to usher a new era of socio-economic progress in Pakistan, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

In a couple of tweets before his departure to Beijing on Tuesday, Shehbaz Sharif said that he was honoured to be among the first few leaders who have been invited after the historic National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

He said Pakistan and China stand together as friends and partners at a time when the world is grappling with multiple challenges.

The prime minister further said “My discussions with Chinese leadership will focus on revitalization of CPEC among many other things. 2nd phase of CPEC promises to usher in a new era of socio-economic progress that will uplift quality of our people's lives. There is a lot to learn from Chinese economic miracle.”

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Shehbaz Sharif left Islamabad on a two-day official visit to China on the invitation of Prime Minister of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China Li Keqiang. This will be Shehbaz Sharif’s first visit to China since assuming office in April 2022 and follows his meeting with President Xi Jinping in Uzbekistan on September 16, 2022.

Shehbaz Sharif will be among the first leaders to visit China following the historic 20th National Congress of the Communist Party (CPC) of China that elected Xi Jinping as general secretary of the party.

A high-level delegation will accompany the prime minister, the PM Office said in a statement. “The prime minister’s visit represents the continuity of frequent leadership level exchanges between Pakistan and China,” the PM Office said.

During his stay, the prime minister will meet President Xi Jinping and hold delegation-level talks with Premier Li Keqiang. The two sides will review the All-Weather Strategic Cooperation Partnership and exchange views on regional and global developments.

“The visit is also expected to advance the wide-ranging bilateral cooperation agenda with the conclusion of a number of MoUs/Agreements in diverse areas, and consolidate the momentum of CPEC cooperation in the wake of the 11th meeting of the CPEC Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) on October 27, 2022,” the FO statement added.

China wants to further enhance cooperation with Pakistan

Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Zhao Lijian during his briefing in Beijing said China warmly welcomes Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s upcoming visit. He said China looks forward to further advancing high-level strategic cooperation with Pakistan and bringing more fruitful outcomes from Sino-Pak friendship to the benefit of the two peoples.

The spokesperson said no matter how the international or domestic situations evolve, China-Pakistan friendship has been carried on from generation to generation. He said both countries have always supported each other on issues concerning respective major interests and have stood together.  

“We would also like to take this opportunity to commend the major outcomes of CPEC. As a flagship programme of the Belt and Road Initiative, CPEC has become a landmark of China-Pakistan cooperation. It has effectively boosted economic development, improved people’s livelihood, and generated positive socioeconomic effects in Pakistan. The recent 11th meeting of the Joint Cooperation Committee of CPEC was a success. Multiple common understandings were reached about CPEC’s future development,” he added.