PM Imran, Xi Jinping Agree to Further Cement Bilateral Ties

October 26, 2021

Pakistan and China agreed to strengthen bilateral economic and commercial ties, including fully realizing the potential offered by Phase II of the China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement to overcome economic headwinds.

According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the decision was reached during a phone conversation between Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

During the conversation, PM Imran congratulated President Xi on the centennial of the Communist Party of China, the Chinese people’s unprecedented victory in the battle to eradicate absolute poverty, and praised China’s stellar development over four decades of reform and opening up.

“The Prime Minister praised the CPEC projects’ successful, on-time, and high-quality implementation, and welcomed Chinese investments in the CPEC Special Economic Zones.” He emphasized that starting work on the ML-1 railway project as soon as possible would complement Pakistan’s geoeconomic vision for national and regional development.

PM Imran also lauded China’s leadership in combating climate change. He briefed President Xi on Pakistan’s extensive climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, including the Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Initiative.The two leaders agreed to “enhance Pakistan-China cooperation in relevant areas and to promote CPEC’s green development as a high-quality demonstration of the Belt and Road Initiative,” according to the MoFA. The premier also praised China’s successful containment of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as relief and assistance measures for developing countries, including vaccine cooperation with Pakistan.

The two leaders also congratulated each other on the important milestone of the 70th anniversary of Pakistan-China diplomatic relations, reviewed the entire scope of the bilateral strategic cooperative partnership, and discussed the regional and international situation. Concerning the situation in Afghanistan, both leaders urged the international community to provide immediate humanitarian and economic assistance to the Afghan people in order to alleviate their suffering, prevent instability and migration, and to remain engaged in the country’s reconstruction.

PM Imran emphasized the importance of maintaining the momentum of high-level exchanges in order to diversify the two countries’ “All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership.”

The Prime Minister Imran Khan invited President Xi to visit Pakistan at his earliest convenience.

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