Pakistan, China discuss bilateral economic, trade relations

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BEIJING (Reuters) – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan held in-depth talks on Saturday with Li Keqiang, premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China.

The two leaders reviewed the full range of bilateral relations, including discussions on bilateral economic and trade relations, the forward march of CPEC and important issues of regional and global concern.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs; Minister of Finances ; Minister of Planning, Reform and Special Initiatives; Minister of Information and Broadcasting and senior officials.

Congratulating Premier Li for hosting the Beijing Winter Olympics, the premier stressed that the strategic ties between Pakistan and China serve the fundamental interests of both countries and are a factor of peace and stability in the the region. He added that the successful celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties held last year gave new impetus to the bilateral friendship.

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The premier thanked the Chinese government for its support and assistance to Pakistan in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and timely vaccine supply.

The Prime Minister appreciated the transformational impact of CPEC on Pakistan’s infrastructure, energy, socio-economic development and improved livelihoods of the people. He stressed that Pakistan is committed to high-quality development of CPEC through its mutually reinforcing industrial, trade, health, digital and green corridors.

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The Premier shared with Premier Li the measures taken by the government to provide policy guidance and support for improving Chinese investment in CPEC SEZs and Special Technology Zones, and for the safety and security of Chinese nationals, projects and institutions in Pakistan.

Exchanging views on the regional security situation, the Prime Minister stressed the seriousness of the situation in the IIOJK as well as the importance of urgent action by the international community to alleviate the suffering of the Kashmiri people. He also stressed the importance for Pakistan and China to work together to promote common goals of peace, stability and development in Afghanistan and regional connectivity.

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The two leaders agreed to work closely together to further deepen bilateral economic engagement and reaffirmed their commitment to further advancing the multifaceted strategic cooperative ties and building the Pakistan-China Shared Future Community in the new time.

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