Pakistan, China ink accords on Economic Corridor Plan, maritime cooperation


Pakistan and China on Wednesday inked several agreements and memoranda of understanding (MoUs) that mainly included the long-term Economic Corridor Plan, maritime cooperation and satellite navigation.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang witnessed the signing ceremony as the representatives of the two countries inked the documents at a ceremony held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.

The visit of the Chinese premier marked the signing of important documents aimed at long-term cooperation between the two countries in multiple areas.

The MoU on maritime cooperation between the two governments, an agreement on Boundary Management System between China’s Xinjiang and Gilgit-Baltistan area, and another agreement on border ports and their management system was signed by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani.

The MoU on cooperation for long-term plan on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor was signed by China National Development and Reform Commission Chairman Xu Shao Shi and, Advisor to the Prime Minister Shahid Amjad Chaudhry.

China’s Minister for Commerce Gao Hucheng and Pakistan’s Economic Affairs Secretary Shahzad Arbab signed the Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation and the handing over certificate of Seismographic Network.

The MoU on cooperation in the field of marine science and technology between the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) of China and the Ministry of Science and Technology of Pakistan was signed by SOA Administrator and Ministry of Science and Technology Secretary Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar.

The agreement between China Satellite Navigation Office (CSNO) and Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission for Cooperation (SUPARCO) was inked by CSNO Director Ran Chengqi and Major General (r) Ahmed Bilal.

The agreement on establishment of Confucius Institute at the KarachiUniversity was signed by Xu Lin, head of National Office for Chinese Language and Muhammad Qaiser, KarachiUniversity vice chancellor.

The other documents that were signed by the Pakistani and Chinese authorities included Annual Blister Purchase Contract and Greige Fabric Contract.