Islamabad, 22 January 2024(TDI): Vice Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China, Sun Weidong, and President Dr. Arif Alvi at Aiwan-e-Sadron meet as Pakistan and China has reiterated the desire for enhanced cooperation in key areas such as the economy, information technology, agriculture, and human resource development.
The meeting, which took place on January 22, also included the presence of the Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan, Jiang Zaidong.
President Dr. Arif Alvi extended a warm welcome to the visiting Chinese delegation, acknowledging China as a steadfast friend who has consistently supported Pakistan during challenging times.
Collaboration and mutual development
He emphasized the positive impact of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects on Pakistan’s economic development and energy requirements.
Moreover, the President reaffirmed Pakistan’s unwavering commitment to the high-quality development of CPEC and highlighted the crucial role of Chinese support in the upcoming phase of Pakistan’s industrial growth.
Strengthening economic ties, he noted, would further solidify the bilateral relationship, expressing gratitude for China’s contribution to stabilizing Pakistan’s economy.
Furthermore, President Alvi expressed a keen interest in learning from China’s experiences, particularly in information technology, education, health, agriculture, and poverty alleviation. He articulated Pakistan’s commitment to leveraging China’s successful models for its socio-economic development.
President Alvi supports China on regional issues
Additionally, highlighting the alignment of Pakistan and China on various regional and international issues, President Alvi assured continued support for China on core matters, including the “One China” Policy, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tibet, Xinjiang, and the South China Sea.
He expressed gratitude for China’s unwavering support in Pakistan’s national development and its principled stance on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
Vice Foreign Minister Sun Weidong acknowledged the enduring history of friendly relations between Pakistan and China, emphasizing its continuous strengthening. He commended the fruitful outcomes of CPEC and identified substantial potential for expanding cooperation across diverse sectors.
However, expressing gratitude, he thanked President Alvi for his visit to China in March 2020, particularly noting the support and solidarity extended during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The discussions underscored the shared commitment to fostering robust collaboration, paving the way for enhanced partnerships in key sectors between Pakistan and China. Both nations expressed their eagerness to deepen collaboration, emphasizing mutual benefits for their friendly countries.
In conclusion, the Vice Foreign Minister highlighted the long history of friendly relations between Pakistan and China and emphasized that CPEC has yielded fruitful results.
He identified significant potential for increasing cooperation in various fields, further solidifying the strong ties between the two nations.
The shared vision for economic development, technological advancement, and human resource development reflects the strength of the enduring friendship between the two countries.
Meeting with Minister Prof. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary
Similarly, In the previous meeting in April Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary, met with Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Sun Weidong, accompanied by SAPM Tariq Bajwa, Ambassador Moin ul Haque, and officials.
The bilateral meeting, characterized by warmth and mutual trust, reaffirmed the ‘All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership’ between China and Pakistan.
Discussions encompassed CPEC progress, economic cooperation, cultural exchanges, and people-to-people ties.
Minister Chaudhary expressed gratitude for China’s support during economic challenges and the pandemic, highlighting the transformative impact of CPEC on Pakistan’s socioeconomic landscape.
Both sides pledged to make CPEC a model for high-quality development under BRI, discussed third-country involvement, and emphasized ongoing tourism exchanges.