China: (China to support Pakistan on all regional issues: Xi Jinping)

ISLAMABAD: Chinese President Xi Jinping says his country attaches high priority to its strategic partnership with Pakistan and will always support it on all international and regional issues.

The Chinese President in a meeting with President Mamnoon Hussain said China values its deep-rooted friendship with Pakistan and considers it a high priority in its foreign policy.

Briefing about the meeting of the two leaders, Prime Minister’s Special Assistant Tariq Fatemi told official media that the Chinese President mentioned about the level of excellent and strong relations between Pakistan and China and also termed it an example for other countries.

He said both leaders stressed the need to materialize the joint vision of Pakistan and China for prosperity in the region. President Xi assured President Mamnoon that he had the firm resolve that the Chinese government and companies would keep their maximum focus on the on-going projects in Pakistan and would ensure their timely completion.

President Mamnoon expressed satisfaction over the progress of China Pakistan Economic Corridor and added that the project would usher in peace and prosperity not only Pakistan, but also the entire region.

He reiterated Pakistan’s desire to have peaceful relations with its neighbours including India and apprised the Chinese President that Pakistan had always been willing to hold dialogue with India for resolution of all outstanding issues.

He said Pakistan valued China’s efforts in promoting intra-Afghan dialogue for sustainable peace in Afghanistan.

Addressing a luncheon jointly hosted by China International Culture Communication Centre and China-Pakistan Friendship

Association in Beijing, President Mamnoon Hussain said that regional economic integration, connectivity and infrastructure development was the collective vision of Pakistan and China.

He urged the Chinese companies to explore the Pakistani markets and invest in mutually beneficial and profitable areas including manufacturing, energy, infrastructure, textiles and agriculture sectors. The President mentioned that Pakistani forces had struck major blows to terrorists through the Operation Zarb-e-Azb, and it would continue till the elimination of terrorism from the Country.

He emphasized on further expanding exchanges between think-tanks, media, youth, academics and artists of the two countries to make the friendship more deep-rooted at public level.

President CPFA, Sha Zukang emphasized the importance of Sino- Pak relations and said 100 Chinese entrepreneurs would visit Pakistan this year to further consolidate business and trade relations.