CPEC to be milestone in Pak-China friendship: Aziz

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Islamabad—The Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz says, Pakistan China Economic Corridor (CPEC) will prove a milestone in the growing unique friendly relations between the two countries.
He was addressing the launching ceremony of the 100-page Special Report on President Xi Jinping here Thursday.
Pakistan Observer has prepared the special report highlighting the vision and world role of President Xi Jinping of People’s Republic of China.
A large number of Chinese residents and prominent people from various segment of society including Gen (R) Naseer Khan Janjua, National Security Advisor attended the function.
The hall was colourfully decorated with the dominating colour red of China reflective of the Chinese New Year festivity. The banners highlighted the State of China, and the powerful status of the great leader President Xi Jinping.
Speaking on the occasion the Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz said, Pakistan China Economic Corridor (CPEC) will prove a milestone in the growing unique friendly relations between the two countries.
The Advisor said Pakistan China relations are unique in nature and dimension. There is no parallel of such relationship between any two countries of the world. These relations are based on mutual interest and they signify win-win scenario.
He paid rich tributes to the leadership and vision of President Xi Jinping and the contribution he has been making to peace and development not only in the region but also worldwide.
He expressed confidence that China would play more and more important role at the international level with each passing day.
Sartaj Aziz recalled fond memories of his first interaction with the Chinese leadership in the 1960s and said, he was deeply impressed by Prime Minister Chou of China.
He said, China has achieved progress and prosperity on the basis of dedication and hard work of their leaders and the Chinese people.
He said, President Xi Jinping is a great leader with a vision and fresh ideas. His vision of One Road One Belt reflects his vision to promote peace and development in the vast regions of the world including his own country and Pakistan. His historic visit to Pakistan last year has further promoted friendship and cooperation between his country and Pakistan.
Ambassador Sun Weidong in his address to the launching ceremony of 100 Page Special Report on President Xi Jinping, said, Pakistan and China share common dream of peace, security and development. The two countries are working together in pursuit of these objectives. The two countries are bound by most cordial and cooperative relations and their friendship will continue to grow from strength to strength.
The Ambassador said China-Pakistan relationship has entered into a new phase of grand development with tremendous opportunities. “I look forward to working with the Pakistani friends from all walks of life to further promote our friendship and cooperation, so as to achieve the goal of China-Pakistan Community of Shared Destiny at an early date.”
He said President Xi Jinping attaches great importance to the China-Pakistan relationship. In April 2015, President Xi made a historic state visit to Pakistan. During the visit, both leaders agreed to uplift the China-Pakistan relationship to the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership and further advance the bilateral substantive cooperation with China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as the main component, which injected fresh momentum into their bilateral cooperation and ushered in a new chapter of brotherly relationship. As the pilot and major project of the Belt and Road Initiative, CPEC is being advanced with constant progress.
The Ambassador highlighted vision of the Chinese President saying that, since assuming office of General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in November 2012, H.E. Xi Jinping launched a series of guidelines and policies on governance of the state, covering a wide range of political, economic and social development and bringing fundamental changes to China’s outlook.
He said, President Xi Jinping, has associated Chinese Dream with the “Two Centenary Goals” namely, to double the 2010 GDP and per capita income of urban and rural residents to mark CPC centenary in 2020, and turn China into a modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced and harmonious when the People’s Republic of China celebrates centenary of communist revolution in 2049.
The Chinese ambassador welcomed the initiative of Pakistan Observer to publish a 100-Page Special Report on President Xi Jinping and was all praise for Mr. Zahid Malik, Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper for his efforts aimed at promoting relations between Pakistan and China.
He was happy that the newspaper has declared ‘President Xi Jinping as Statesman of the Year, 2015’. He said this is a strong testimony to the high esteem of the Pakistani people for Chinese leadership.
Former ambassador to China M Akram Zaki said that special report on ‘President Xi Jinping highlighted the fact that China had attained a great position among the countries both in East and the West. He said that God had amazingly created Pakistan and China as neighbours so that they could cooperate with each other for their mutual development and prosperity.
He observed that the electoral process followed in China for the election of leadership was better than the rest of the world. Chinese leadership rises from the grass-roots by dint of sheer commitment to serve their nation. He said that President Xi was well experienced and determined to take China to new heights of glory, development and prosperity. “President Xi has developed a new concept of security and he wants to see a stable, prosperous and developed Asia. In this regard, he is playing due role in Shanghai Cooperation Organization SCO.
Chairman Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) former ambassador to China, Khalid Mahmood said that Special Report on ‘President Xi Jinping as Statesman Of The Year 2015’ that President Xi enjoyed such a great stature as world leader which could not be attributed to anyone else. President Xi follows an emphatic foreign policy which has won prestige for his country in the comity of the nations”. In 2015, President Xi opened one the world’s most impressive project, China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in a bid to further cement already friendly ties between Pakistan and China.
Speaking on the occasion, former ambassador to China Masood Khan paid compliments to Editor-in-Chief Pakistan Observer and Chairman 101 Friends of China (FoC-101) Zahid Malik for doing such a marvellous job. He said that FoC-101 indicated that there were countless friends of China in Pakistan. He said that 100-page special report on ‘President Xi Jinping as Statesman Of The Year 2015’ was reflection of unique philosophy of President Xi for Chinese, regional and world development. President Xi has modified China as well as entire region in a unique way, as he has brought people closer to each other. Pakistan opened up a corridor for China when China was isolated in the past. The Chinese President in turn, announced the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)”, ambassador Masood Khan said. He observed that President Xi toured across the world in a bid to improve the lifestyle of people in Asia, South Asia and Central Asia. This region would become economic engine for the rest of the world in future.