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Imran Khan calls for close cooperation with China

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Islamabad, Sep 9  Appreciating China’s support to develop Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan  said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will attract trade, investment and technology from Beijing  to Islamabad so as to help boost his country’s future development.

Khan made the remarks during his meeting on Sunday with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi here in Prime Minister House, adding that his country admires China’s achievements in development and is willing to learn the successful experience from China regarding poverty alleviation and anti-corruption, Xinhua reported.

The two sides also exchanged views on current situation in Kashmir. The Pakistani Prime Minister briefed on his country’s stance and welcomed China to continuously play a constructive role in maintaining regional peace and stability.

Wang, for his part, emphasized that China stands ready to continue to uphold fairness for Pakistan and both sides could keep close communication on developments of the situation.

He added that Pakistan is willing to enhance coordination and extend cooperation with the Chinese side in international and regional affairs.

He also said that his government attaches great importance to the development of CPEC and has formed a special authority to coordinate and push forward CPEC cooperation in all aspects.

Wang also said that China hails the great importance attached by Pakistan to CPEC and is willing to join hands with Pakistan to extend CPEC into industrial and socio-economic cooperation so as to accelerate the industrialization of Pakistan and increase local people’s sense of gaining.

He also said that CPEC should be extended to the western and other parts of the country to make its benefits reach the entire country.

Wang said that as the all-weather strategic cooperative partners, China and Pakistan always enjoy mutual understanding, mutual support and mutual trust. China appreciates Pakistan’s firm support over issues related to China’s core interests and will keep firmly supporting Pakistan in safeguarding its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

On the China’s request to allow Chinese nationals change their visit visas into work visas, Pakistan is planning to waive off Rs 40.2 million visa fees of over 2,000 Chinese nationals working on various development projects in the country under the USD 60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as a one-time dispensation.

 

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