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Alvi lauds Chinese support for Pakistan during ‘hard times’

–Chinese envoy says China, Pakistan stand together in economic development, promotion of regional stability 

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi lauded the “unflinching and firm Chinese support for Pakistan” over the issue of Kashmir, including at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), saying that China is a true friend and a trusted ally of Pakistan.

President Alvi said this during celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China held at the Chines embassy.

The reception was attended among others by Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, federal ministers, members of National Assembly (MNAs), diplomats, and senior civil and military officials. Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan also attended the reception.

President Alvi said as China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) enters its second phase, the historic friendship between the two countries was rapidly gaining strength through increased cooperation in a diverse set of areas.

President Alvi expressed his admiration for the Chinese development model which he said had lifted 800 million people out of poverty over the past 40 years and said that the prudent economic policies of the Chinese government were also highlighted by the Prime Minister Imran Khan during his visit to Washington.

Referring to the situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK), the president urged the international community to help address the issue through the implementation of 11 resolutions adopted by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

President Alvi added that while Pakistan’s government was committed to eradicating poverty in the country and in the region – on the lines of the Chinese model – the Indian government was more interested in establishing its hegemony over the region.

Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing, in his welcome remarks, said that Pakistan and China stood together in economic development, promotion of regional peace and stability and eradication of poverty.

He said that the success of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) could be gauged by the fact that CPEC had entered its second stage and that focus was now on enhanced cooperation in Industrial and agricultural development.

Ambassador Jing also spoke about the socio-economic achievements made by China over the last 70 years, especially under the leadership of President Xi Jinping. He said China has a GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of around 14 trillion dollars at present was the second-largest economy in the world.

Mian Abrar

The writer heads Pakistan Today's Islamabad Bureau. He has a special focus on counter-terrorism and inter-state relations in Asia, Asia Pacific and South East Asia regions. He can be reached at [email protected]

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