PML-N, CPC agree to strengthen ties

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Shahbaz in China

Our Correspondent

Beijing—Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif met Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli in Beijing Monday. It was agreed in the meeting to take effective measures to promote contacts between Communist Party of China (CPC) and Pakistan Muslim League-N. Chinese Vice Premier said that there is a need to explore new avenues for strengthening contacts between the two political parties and all out cooperation will be extended for this purpose. He said that China is fully aware of the importance of Punjab with regard to economic cooperation between the two countries.
Chinese Vice Premier also expressed good wishes for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and said that the whole Chinese leadership is praying for his early recovery. Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif said that Communist Party of China has full support of the people of the country. He said that socialist ideology and the force of great historical heritage of China are behind the unprecedented progress of the country. He said that all necessary measures are being taken for the security of Chinese nationals in Pakistan and on the occasion of 65th anniversary of Pak-China relationship, there is a need to pledge that mutual cooperation between the two countries will be fully utilized for the betterment and prosperity of the masses. He said that Pakistan is the best partner of China in the strategy for transfer of Chinese technology and industries and joint efforts will be made for this purpose.
Meanwhile the Chief Minister also met Chairperson Exim Bank of China Madam Hu Xiaolian in Beijing today. The Chairperson of Exim Bank of China paid historic tributes to the speed of implementation of projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. She said that term Shen-zhen Speed was used for speedy completion of projects in China but now Punjab has left this term far behind and the term Punjab Speed is used in China with regard to rapid execution of projects.
She further said that Chinese investment in Pakistan will increase manifold in the days to come and a number of projects are being completed in Punjab with the investment of billions of dollars by Exim Bank. It may be mentioned that Shen-zhen is among those cities of China where the first industrial economic zone was set up and the Chinese surprised the whole world by its speed of construction.

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