China’s Transport Minister, Li Xiaopeng has said that an “early harvest” is expected for projects involving transportation, infrastructure and energy in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a major project of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
“These projects not only form the strategic framework for bilateral cooperation, but also enhance regional interactivity thus serving as an example for the Belt and Road international cooperation,” Li said while speaking at ceremony held to mark Pakistan’s Day.
While warmly congratulating leadership and people of Pakistan on the Pakistan Day, Li Xiaopeng said, as close and deep rooted friend of Pakistan and its people, China was very happy to witness economic progress and development in Pakistan.
He said, China has been maintaining its exemplary relations with Pakistan since its independence. In recent years, the way Pakistan and its people showed their firm resolve and commitment against extremism and terrorism and rendered sacrifices were appreciable. “The exemplary and longstanding friendship between China and Pakistan and the cooperation for economic development and common prosperity was a model for other nations,” he added.
Li said, Chinese President Xi Jinping during his state visit to Pakistan in 2015 signed several agreements and translated China-Pakistan all weather friendship and strategic relations into economic cooperation and partnership.
He said, China would continue to give priority to China-Pakistan relations and work together with Pakistan to further enhance and cement existing bonds.—Agencies