Wants to follow Chinese model of economic development: PM

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Published: 07:27 PM, 30 Oct, 2022
Wants to follow Chinese model of economic development: PM
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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Sunday said his visit to China will strengthen the strategic relations between Pakistan and China.

Appreciating China's rapid development in economic, social, and cultural fields, PM Shehbaz said that China believes in globalization and he wants to emulate the Chinese model of economic development.

Talking to China Global Television Network, PM Shehbaz said he is looking forward to talks with The Chinese President and Premier to enhance cooperation in various fields.

He thanked the Chinese leadership, people, and companies for their generous support to the flood-affected people in Pakistan.

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has entered the second phase of high quality. He said that the flagship project of the Belt and Road Initiative has transformed the energy sector and infrastructure in Pakistan.

He added that the road network constructed under CPEC in all parts of the country has reduced travel time and now people can easily move from one place to another.

The Prime Minister said that he will also discuss expanding the role of CPEC under the Belt and Road Initiative.

The Prime Minister's official visit to China on November 1 is scheduled. PM Shahbaz is among the foreign leaders who visited China after the conclusion of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in Beijing.

Separately, in an article penned in the Chinese newspaper Global Times, PM Shehbaz Sharif said, “Pakistan can serve as the manufacturing base for China and an extension of its industrial and supply chain network.”

He said Pakistan wanted to expand trade and investment ties with China by making optimal use of the second phase of the China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement and by enhancing industrial cooperation.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in the article said: Confucius once paid tribute to friends and friendship in these illuminating words;

“There are three types of good friends: one that is direct and honest; one that is trustworthy, dependable, and generous when you need help; and one that is knowledgeable and talented to guide you and show you what you can’t see.”

China-Pakistan's eternal friendship fulfills all three attributes as illustrated by the Great Master!

Longevity, love, and trust aptly describe the Pakistan-China friendship. There is no relationship like ours which so deeply touches the soul of our people and evokes such strong emotions. Poetic expressions with emotive diction are used to captivate the essence of these fabulous ties. Touching stories of mutual support and solidarity in difficult times, transferred from generation to generation, have become an ineffaceable element of our collective consciousness.

Nurtured by the enthusiasm of our peoples and steered by vision of the leadership, the seed of Pakistan-China friendship has blossomed into an evergreen tree with deep roots and strong branches. It has withstood the vicissitudes of international upheavals and vagaries of domestic changes.

For Pakistan, relations with China form the cornerstone of our foreign policy; in China, Pakistan is described as Ba Tie i.e. China’s Iron Brother, and elsewhere our ties are appreciated for their unique strength, enduring permanence and unfathomable trust.

I would be soon in Beijing on my first bilateral visit after assuming office, and that too at an opportune time, soon after the successful conclusion of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

I would like to express my heartiest felicitations to my brother General Secretary Xi Jinping and the Communist Party of China for starting a New Era of China’s progress; and I say with complete confidence that it heralds the dawn of a brighter era of China-Pakistan friendship too!

Ever since the beginning of my political career, China’s civilizational ethos, rich historical experiences and its odyssey to become the centre of global politics and economics has been a subject of irresistible curiosity for me.

In my previous visits to China, I tried to unlock the secrets of its rapid growth and development. I was deeply impressed to observe the selfless dedication, toil and labour of Chinese people, in particular the “Chinese speed” to achieve national targets set by the leadership. As the Chief Minister of Punjab, I tried to work with the same spirit for the province’s socio-economic development. As the Prime Minister of Pakistan, I am determined to work with similar passion to meet our common development goals!

Since my last visit to China, the international landscape has undergone a profound transformation unprecedented in its scale and scope. Geopolitical tensions are leading to conflicts, resurrection of ideological divide, economic and technological decoupling, and costly arms race. Sadly, this is happening when a multitude of humanity continue to suffer from poverty, disease and hunger.