Lahore: A meeting was held between Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in which promotion of Pak-China cooperation and projects under Pak-China economic corridor were discussed in detail.
Talking to the Chinese Foreign Minister, the Chief Minister said that Chinese cooperation for the progress and development of Pakistan is highly commendable. He said that China is a sincere and trustworthy friend of Pakistan which has stood by it in every hour of need. He said that both the countries have always supported each other’s stance on regional and international issues. He said that Pak-China friendship is higher than Himalayas, sweeter than honey, stronger than steel and deeper than ocean. He said that China has proved to be a true friend of Pakistan by helping it in the development of various sectors.
Shahbaz Sharif said that exploration work of mineral reserves in Chiniot-Rajwa was also given to a Chinese company in a transparent manner which has discovered deposits of iron, copper and gold through hard work of ten months. He said that Chinese cooperation and role in the exploration of mineral reserves in Punjab will always be remembered. He said that hearts of the people of China and Pakistan beat together. He said that during the tenure of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Pak-China friendship is turning into beneficial economic relations and new avenues of cooperation are opening in various sectors.
The Chief Minister said that Pak-China economic corridor is an important step towards strengthening of trade and economic relations between the two countries and will usher in a new era of progress and prosperity in Pakistan. He said that 2015 is being celebrated as the year of Pak-China economic cooperation due to which the friendship between the two countries will enter into a new phase. He said that people of Pakistan are waiting for the visit of the Chinese President as it will further strengthen friendly ties and bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
He said that China has made tremendous progress through struggle and hard work and become a great economic force. He said that the rapid economic progress made by China is a role model for the world.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that China will continue to cooperate with Punjab in energy, minerals, industry and other sectors. He said that China highly values its relations with Pakistan. He said that Chinese people and government consider Pakistan’s problems as their own and are also extending cooperation in overcoming energy crisis in the country. He said that Pak-China friendship is exemplary and the people of the two countries deeply respect each other. He said that Pak-China friendship is strengthening with the passage of time.