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ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has called for enhanced Chinese investment in various sectors of Pakistan’s economy, particularly in the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) to further strengthen bilateral economic cooperation.

He said that Pakistan was desirous of Chinese cooperation and support to strengthen its agriculture, information technology (IT), transport, and textile sectors.

The president made these remarks while talking to the Special Representative of Chinese President Xi Jinping, and the Vice-Premier of the State Council of China, He Lifeng, who along with members of his delegation called on him, at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, on Monday.

The president highlighted that Pakistan and China enjoyed an All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership and always stood by each other in difficult times. He added that Pakistan and China had a unique relationship and the world must learn from the time-tested friendship between the two brotherly countries. He appreciated that bilateral relations between the two countries had continued to expand to new areas of cooperation.

Talking about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the president said that CPEC would transform the economic landscape of Pakistan, besides bringing prosperity to the region. He added that CPEC had considerably helped in overcoming the shortage of electricity in Pakistan. He maintained that Pakistan would continue to extend firm support to China on all its core issues.

The president expressed gratitude for China’s principled stance on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, apart from thanking the Chinese government for providing financial support to Pakistan in difficult times.

The president congratulated the vice-premier on the conferment of the award of Hilal-e-Pakistan on him and appreciated his contributions towards promoting Pakistan-China friendship and successfully overseeing the implementation of CPEC projects.

Conveying his gratitude to the president, the Chinese vice-premier recalled President Dr Alvi’s solidarity visit to China in March 2020, saying that the visit would be remembered by the people of China as he undertook it during a difficult time despite the risks of the Covid-19 pandemic.

He noted with delight that the CPEC had brought significant transformation in Pakistan’s socio-economic and infrastructural landscape and was now poised to further enhance Pakistan’s economic, trade, and connectivity profile in the entire region and beyond.

The vice-premier apprised the president of the measures taken by the Chinese government for the elimination of poverty in China. He thanked the president for the conferment of Hilal-e-Pakistan upon him in recognition of his services.

He also conveyed the best wishes of Chinese President Xi Jinping to President Dr Alvi.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023

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