Pakistan, China reaffirm resolve to further strengthen strategic partnership in all fields

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Pakistan, China reaffirm resolve to further strengthen strategic partnership in all fields

Pakistan and China have affirmed the resolve to further strengthen their strategic cooperative partnership in all fields including political, security, economic and trade, and people-to-people exchanges.

This committment was made at a meeting between Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Bejing today.

Prime Minister Imran Khan thanked President Xi for the warm and gracious welcome accorded to him in China and for China's steadfast support to Pakistan on all issues.

He also reaffirmed Pakistan's support to China on all issues of its core interest.

Imran Khan congratulated President Xi on the successful convening of the 2nd Belt and Road Forum .

Reaffirming Pakistan's unflinching commitment to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the Prime Minister highlighted CPEC's next phase and its extension into new areas of agriculture, industrial development, and socio-economic uplift with livelihood projects.

President Xi Jinping reiterated China's unwavering support to Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity and appreciated the government's agenda for socio-economic development and people-centered progress.

He affirmed that China-Pakistan ties would continue to acquire greater strength and deepen practical cooperation in the time to come.

The two sides also exchanged views on the regional situation, including in Afghanistan and South Asia.

President Xi expressed China's appreciation for Pakistan's sustained and successful efforts in the fight against terrorism and to create a peaceful neighborhood.

Both sides expressed satisfaction over the close cooperation between the two countries at multilateral fora and resolved to further deepen communication and coordination at all levels.

PM Imran Khan meets Chinese Premier Li Keqiang 

Prime Minister Imran Khan held a bilateral meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the conclusion of the 2nd Belt and Road Forum in Beijing.

The two Prime Ministers were accompanied by Ministers and senior officials.

Both leaders reaffirmed the time-tested and strong friendship between Pakistan and China and exchanged views on the myriad facets of bilateral engagement.

The Prime Minister extended felicitations to the Chinese leadership on the successful holding of the 2nd Belt and Road Forum.

Noting the depth and breadth of the Belt and Road Initiative, the Prime Minister said it was of immense significance for the world in terms of connectivity and shared prosperity.

The two sides exchanged views on bilateral collaboration in context of CPEC and prospects of further deepening economic linkages.

The Prime Minister underscored the importance of CPEC for Pakistan's economy and noted with satisfaction its expansion into new areas of development, including industrial development, livelihood projects, social uplift, and agriculture in line with the priorities of government.

He hoped that Chinese investment in Specialized Economic Zones would expand Pakistan's industrial base and assist in diversifying its export basket.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang expressed satisfaction at the positive momentum of CPEC projects. He hoped conclusion of the Second Phase of China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement will give further boost to trade and economic relations between the two countries.

The two sides agreed to maintain the existing momentum of high level exchanges between the two countries.

The two leaders also exchanged views on regional issues including peace efforts in Afghanistan and peace and stability in South Asia. They also agreed to closely coordinate in their endeavours.

The two sides signed MoU on Second Phase of China Pakistan Free Trade Agreement, Declaration for Completion of Preliminary Design of Phase-I for Up-gradation of ML-1 and Establishment of Havelian Dry Port under CPEC, and Cooperation in the field of Marine Sciences between the China Geological Survey.

The Prime Ministers of Pakistan and China also witnessed the signing ceremony at which the Second Phase of the Pakistan-China Free Trade Agreement was signed.

Underlining the steady growth of bilateral cooperation since the Prime Minister's last visit to China in November 2018, Premier Li Keqiang expressed satisfaction at the positive momentum of CPEC projects. He hoped that the conclusion of the Second Phase of China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement would give further boost to trade and economic relations between the two countries. The two sides agreed to further deepen the political, security, economic, education, science and technology, cultural, and people-to-people relations.

It was agreed to maintain the existing momentum of high level exchanges between the two countries.

The two leaders also exchanged views on regional issues including peace efforts in Afghanistan and peace and stability in South Asia. They also agreed to closely coordinate in their endeavours.

The two Prime Ministers also witnessed the signing ceremony at which the Second Phase of the Pakistan-China Free Trade Agreement was signed. The two sides signed MoU on Second Phase of China Pakistan Free Trade Agreement, Declaration for Completion of Preliminary Design of Phase-I for Up-gradation of ML-1 and Establishment of Havelian Dry Port under CPEC, MoU on Cooperation in the field of Marine Sciences between the China Geological Survey, Ministry of Natural Resources of China, the Institute of Oceanography, Ministry of Science and Technology, MoU between CIDCA and Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform on Implementation of the Projects under JWG of CPEC on Socio-Economic Development, China-Pakistan Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement and Rashakai SEZ Joint Venture and License Agreement between KPEZMDC and CRBC.