Pakistan has shown positive attitude towards One Belt One Road: Masood

Beijing—Ambassador of Pakistan to China Masood Khalid has said that Pakistan has shown a positive attitude towards the ‘One Belt One Road’ initiative. From Asia Pacific region to South Asia and from Middle East to Europe, ‘One Belt One Road’ aims at strengthening cooperation between countries along the belt and road to realize the goal of policy coordination, connectivity of infrastructure, trade and investment facilitation, people to people exchange and so on.
While giving interview to the People’s Daily ambassador said that the political and economic growth dividend brought by the ‘One Belt One Road’initiative would be unprecedented and all of Pakistan’s political parties and sections of society are very supportive of the construction of ‘One Belt One Road’.
Ambassador got straight to point and reiterated the firm support of Pakistani government and society to “One Belt One Road”. He said last April, during Chinese President Xi’s visit to Pakistan, the bilateral relations of China and Pakistan were upgraded to all-weather strategic cooperative partnership. The two sides identified the “1+4” cooperation layout, including the construction of China Pakistan Economic Corridor, Gwadar Port, Energy, Infrastructure, Industrial cooperation.
Ambassador Masood Khalid said that the construction of CPEC has achieved steady progress this year, the two big road projects Karachi to Lahore motorway project (Sukur to Multan) and Karakorum highway upgradation project will start soon; Orange Line project in Lahore has started. CPEC is becoming an important platform for deepening the two countries’ concrete cooperation and really is the flagship project of “One Belt One Road”.
To date, Pakistan government has identified 29 industrial parks. Among them, initially the free trade zone of Haier-Ruba industrial park, phase two, and free trade zone of Gwadar will be launched. Other industrial parks will be decided by both sides through mutual consultations. Ambassador Masood Khalid expressed hope that these industrial parks will be along the entire route of CPEC and thus lead to the whole economic development of Pakistan.
When it came to the significance of “One Belt One Road” initiative, Ambassador Masood Khalid said: “‘One Belt One Road’ sticks to the notion of ‘build and share’ and it shares the same development goal and direction with Pakistan.
The construction of CPEC is an important consensus reached by the leaders of China and Pakistan. It will optimize the trade and energy cooperation between China and Pakistan and benefit 3 billion people in China, South Asia and Middle East.” He pointed out that CPEC is the catalyst of regional economic integration, peace and stability.
People say that the territory of Pakistan is like a corridor which connects China and Arabian Sea and Pakistan is a bridge between China and the world. —INP

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