Pak-China all weather friendship is time tested: NA speaker


ISLAMABAD: National Assembly (NA) Speaker Asad Qaiser has said that the exemplary friendship between Pakistan and China is based on the strong foundation of mutual trust, respect, strong strategic partnership and economically viable cooperation.

He said that the all-weather friendship between two friends is time-tested. He expressed these views while talking to a 15-member delegation of National People’s Congress of China (NPC) which met him under the leadership of Standing Committee of NPC Vice Chairman Zhang Chunxian at the Parliament House on Friday.

The speaker said that by close interaction between the parliaments of two countries, the existing friendly relations can be further strengthened. He said that the result of the recent visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to China will prove to be long-lasting.

He said that cooperation between the two countries would be further enhanced by the implementation of agreements during this visit.  He said that with the transfer of technology and the establishment of an economic zone from China, employment opportunities will be generated and the standard of lives of the people of Pakistan will be increased.

Asad Qaiser said that China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC) will prove to be a gateway for the development and prosperity of the region. He said that Pakistan wanted early completion of CPEC project.

He said that China got a respectable place in the comity of nations through its achievements. He further said that Pakistan wanted to take benefits from Chinese experiences. The speaker stressed the need for equal opportunities for both countries in bilateral trade.

He assured that Pak-China Friendship Group in the National Assembly will be reactivated soon to strengthen the relations between the parliaments of both countries.  He also extended the invitation to NPC chairman to visit Pakistan.

Standing Committee of NPC Vice Chairman Zhang Chunxian said that China gives great importance to its friendly relations with Pakistan and considered it strategic partner.

He said that the leadership of both countries was committed to taking the relations between Pakistan and China to new heights.

He said that close interactions between the parliaments of both countries would provide opportunities to the parliamentarians to benefit from each other’s exposures. The delegation termed the recent visit of PM Khan very successful.

They were of the view that the agreements signed between the two countries during this visit will prove fruitful for the people of both countries.

The vice chairman said that China wanted to see Pakistan a prosperous and developed country and assured all-out support for its economic and social development.