Former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said on Sunday that the relationship between Pakistan and China has stood the test of time and the two countries are looking to deepen that relationship through the Belt and Road Initiative.
“The two countries have maintained a close friendship based on mutual respect, peace and harmony and the relationship is not against any third country,” Aziz told ‘China Daily’ on the sidelines of the Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan province.
He said, the two countries already have cooperated closely on multiple infrastructure projects under the Belt and Road Initiative and will continue to work on more projects that will take place in the future.
Shaukat Aziz said that the Belt and Road Initiative have strengthened the links between China and Pakistan in the areas of telecommunication, transport and digitalization.
He also expressed high expectations of Chinese President Xi Jinping, who he sees as a “great leader” and “man of peace” who is doing what it takes to move China forward.