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Pakistan terms strategic ties with China anchor for regional stability.

RAWALPINDI -- Mr Zhang Chunxian, Member of the Political Bureau of Communist Party, China visited GHQ Tuesday and called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif. During the meeting, matters of mutual interest, regional stability and measures to enhance bilateral defence and security collaboration were discussed.

Mr Zhang Chunxian acknowledged Pakistan efforts towards fighting terrorism and appreciated the successes achieved in the ongoing operation Zarb-e-Azb.

While underlining the importance of CPEC, Mr Zhang Chunxian said that CPEC will have highly significant and long term impact on the region and is equally beneficial for people of Pakistan and China. COAS reiterated Pakistan commitment to ensure secure environment for timely completion and subsequent management of CPEC in the best interest of prosperous region.

Meanwhile, Pakistan top foreign affairs adviser, Sartaj Aziz, said Tuesday that the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between Pakistan and China is an anchor for regional peace and stability.

Talking to Member Political Bureau of Central Committee of Communist Party of China (CPC) and Secretary (CPC) Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Mr. Zhang Chunxian, he emphasized that friendship with China is the cornerstone of Pakistan foreign policy.

The two sides discussed a wide range of bilateral issues such as trade, investment, economic cooperation including CPEC, people to people contacts, culture, education, science and technology, the Foreign Ministry said.

Enhancement of cooperation between Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China and Pakistan including at the provincial level was also deliberated upon at length, a statement said.

Mr. Zhang Chunxian, accompanied by a large delegation of officials and businesspersons, had arrived in Pakistan on four-day visit on April 3. During his ongoing visit, Mr. Zhang earlier visited Karachi and Gwadar port.

Mr. Zhang thanked the Adviser for the warm hospitality and said that Pakistan and China are iron brothers joined by land, mountains and rivers. He reiterated China unflinching support to Pakistan sovereignty, national security and territorial integrity.

The Member Political Bureau of Central Committee of CPC and Xinjiang Party Secretary lauded Pakistan efforts in combating terrorism and recognized the sacrifices made by its people in this campaign. Reiterating commitment to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), he said that it was a flagship project of President Xi Jinping One Belt-One Road initiative to which the Chinese leadership attaches great importance. Mr. Zhang emphasized that CPEC will be of mutual economic benefit to the people of China and Pakistan as well as the region, the Foreign Ministry said.

During discussion, Mr. Zhang emphasized the importance of connectivity and for realizing the full objective of the Quadrilateral Agreement on Road Transportation between China, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Mr. Zhang also highlighted the importance of setting up of Industrial and Science and Technology Parks in Pakistan which could attract large investment from enterprises in Xinjiang.

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Publication:Frontier Post (Peshawar, Pakistan)
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Date:Apr 6, 2016
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