Chinese envoy meets PM; says next CPEC stage to focus on investing

APP67-14 ISLAMABAD: February 14 - Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing called on Prime Minister Imran Khan at PM’s Office. APP

–PM Imran reiterates Pakistan’s commitment to timely completion of CPEC

ISLAMABAD: Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing on Thursday met Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan and said the next stage of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would focus on investing and buying more form Pakistan.

The ambassador updated the premier on CPEC-related projects and said Pakistan and China were the closest friends and partners, a PM Office statement said.

He also reaffirmed his government’s resolve to work closely with Pakistan to further strengthen the bilateral relations.

Later, talking to media, the ambassador termed his meeting with the prime minister “very successful”.

He said he had conveyed that the Chinese leadership, government and the business community were encouraged by the vision, agenda and priorities set by PM Imran and also lauded the government’s policies for inviting direct and indirect investment to the country besides enhancing its exports.

The ambassador also said he had assured the prime minister that China would continue to be a strong partner of Pakistan in the latter’s future development. “We are confident that under the leadership of PM Imran, Pakistan will achieve its destination of prosperity and development.”

Earlier, during the meeting, the premier said Pakistan and China were close friends and strong partners. Praising the vision of President Xi Jinping for socioeconomic development of China, he said Pakistan could learn much from the Chinese experience for the social uplift of the people of Pakistan.

PM Imran was of the view that CPEC had added a new dimension to bilateral ties and reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to its timely completion.

He also expressed satisfaction over the significant progress made on the CPEC projects.

Underscoring his government’s priorities for the transfer of technology and capacity building in the agricultural sector, the premier said it would have a direct impact on poverty alleviation in rural areas.