Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chairman National People’s Congress Li Zhanshu agreed to carry forward momentum of bilateral relations

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Prime Minister Imran Khan held meeting with Chairman, National People’s Congress Li Zhanshu today at the Great Hall of the People’s Republic of China. The Prime Minister expressed appreciation for Chinese hospitality and traditional warmth which he and his delegation have received in China. He lauded China’s phenomenal success in improving governance, poverty alleviation and anti-corruption drive as key elements of Chinese development model.

The Prime Minister appreciated the crucial role of CPEC in Pakistan’s economic growth and prosperity. He highlighted his government’s focus on socio-economic development and livelihood projects. He expressed the hope that development of special economic zones and industrial cooperation would bring new opportunities for the peoples of the two countries.

Mr. Li Zhanshu reaffirmed China’s commitment to relations with Pakistan which have grown at a fast pace with the development of CPEC. He said China would continue to stand with Pakistan at all times.

During the meeting, Prime Minister and Chairman NPC agreed to carry forward the momentum of bilateral visit and enhance parliamentary linkages. They further agreed that parliamentary exchanges between two sides would play a crucial role in further cementing their bilateral ties. They also underscored commitment to enhance cooperation in political, cultural, educational and people to people ties.

Heads of major Chinese business groups called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in Beijing today. The executives included Mr Chen Fenjian, Chairman China Railways Construction Corporation (CRCC), Mr Chen Siqing, Chairman Bank of China Group (BOCG), Mr Yan Zhiyong,
Chairman POWER CHINA, Mr. Da Can Like, Chairman China Rainbow International Investment, Mr. Charles Yang, President Huawei Middle East Region and Mr Lyu Zexiang President China Gezhouba.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Mr. Asad Umar, Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Adviser to PM Mr. Abdul Razzak Dawood, Minister for planning Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Minister for Maritime Mr. Ali Zaidi and Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan were present during the meeting, Foreign Secretary Ms. Tehmina Janjua, Ambassador Masood Khalid and other senior officials were present during the meeting.

The business leaders congratulated the Prime Minster on victory in the elections and assuming the office of the Prime Minster. They said that under the leadership of the Prime Minster, Pakistan would enter into new era of development. They expressed their gratitude for the support Pakistan is extending to the Chinese companies in hydropower, renewable energy, construction, infrastructure development. ICT and other sectors particularly under the CPEC projects. The executives expressed their desire to further invest in Pakistan’s socio-economic sectors.

Prime Minister Imran Khan appreciated the business ventures of the Chinese companies in Pakistan particularly under the CPEC projects. The Prime Minister shared his socio-economic reform agenda with the Chinese business leaders. The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction over the progress on projects under the CPEC. Highlighting immense market potential and geo-strategic advantage of Pakistan, the Prime Minister encouraged the business leaders to explore investment opportunities in the diverse socio-economic sectors of Pakistan. The Prime Minister assured maximum facilitation to the Chinese business companies for doing business in Pakistan.

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