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Pakistan China A better way forward after Boao Forum

Islamabad: The Chinese Ambassador, Mr. H.E. Yao Jing, shared the details of the Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s visit to China of the recently conducted Boao Forum. Speaking to a select group of media personnel and think-tanks at the Chinese Embassy, Mr. Jing shared key insights of the meeting between Mr. Abbasi and the Chinese President Mr. Xi Jinping.

In the meeting between Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Chinese president raised the following points which are set to serve as a stepping stone for Pakistan and China’s bilateral relationship.

  1. China sees Pakistan as a pillar for peace and stability in the region, citing paramount importance to Pakistan’s security.
  2. As an advancement of Pakistan-China relations, China sees the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as a benchmark for the larger Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and sees it pivotal to the success of BRI as a whole. China believes CPEC to be the next stage of cooperation between Pakistan and China.
  3. China seeks to expand the bilateral relationship between the two countries by involving the civil society in the project.
  4. Vocational training institutes’ agreements have been signed to promote the manpower of Pakistan in training and skills as a method to reap true benefits out of CPEC.

The Chinese Ambassador on the occasion made a few remarks on the relationship between Pakistan and China as well. In his address he highlighted the following points:

  1. China and Pakistan are two countries working together for inclusiveness to promote connectivity in the entire region and are extremely opposed to isolation.
  2. China supports Pakistan’s quest to safeguard its sovereignty and feels that nobody should be involved in the internal affairs of the country.
  3. Pakistan occupies a very important place in China’s foreign policy and is part of an openness and good neighborhood policy.
  4. In the upcoming Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit, it’s the first time that Pakistan and India are going to participate together and take part in top-level decision making.

The Defence Minister’s meeting is set to take place on the 25th of April with the Chief Justice’s meeting and the Information ministers meeting set to take place at the end of May.

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