Honorable Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan,
Honorable Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Planning, Development and Reform,
Honorable Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs,
Honorable Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs,
Honorable Masood Khalid, Pakistani Ambassador to China,
Respected entrepreneurs, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am very glad to attend the inaugural session of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Summit & Expo. On behalf of the Chinese Embassy, I would like to express my warm congratulations!
We feel very much honored to have Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif grace today’s inaugural session. I would like to appreciate the long-term efforts taken by the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and all the Pakistani friends in promoting the development of CPEC. I want to warmly welcome Ambassador Su Ge, President of China Institute of International Studies, Mr. Deng Jihai, Executive President of China Green Economy Association as well as the representatives from Chinese enterprises and financial institutions to attend today’s event.
This year marks the 65th anniversary of China-Pakistan diplomatic ties. During the past 65 years, we have always adhered to equality, mutual respect, mutual trust and mutual support. Our friendship has withstood the test of time and become good example of South-South cooperation. China-Pakistan relations have now entered into the new stage of grand development and are faced with historic opportunities. We are confident about the bright future of China-Pakistan relations.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed the Belt and Road Initiative in 2013. It provides the important network and platform of win-win cooperation among countries along the Belt and Road regions. It is the best reflection of the Silk Road Spirit featuring peace, cooperation, openness, inclusiveness, mutual learning and shared prosperity. China is ready to share its development opportunities and dividends with all the countries along the Belt and Road regions and would like to invite all the countries to board the fast train of China's development.
CPEC is a major and pilot project of the Belt and Road Initiative. Both sides stick to the principles of being voluntary, equality, mutual benefit as well as mutual consultation, co-construction and sharing. The progress of CPEC has played a leading and demonstrating role in the promotion of the Belt and Road Initiative and reflects the Silk Road Spirit.
Right now, CPEC has entered into full implementation and is making smooth progress in general. CPEC covers such wide-ranging areas as energy, roads, railways, ports, optic fiber, oil and gas pipelines and industrial parks, among others. CPEC is a broad framework of cooperation and is facing Pakistan as a whole. The Chinese government encourages qualified and competent enterprises to make investment in Pakistan and explore opportunities of industrial cooperation, technology research and development, etc.
CPEC is also about projects of livelihood. It is aimed to bring tangible benefits to the people and give the people more sense of ownership. The projects under construction have created tens of thousands of job opportunities for Pakistani people. With the further advance of CPEC, it will continue to create more job and training opportunities, and provide better health and education services for the Pakistani people.
We shall promote the two wheels of construction and safety of CPEC simultaneously and strive to build a Safe Corridor. China appreciates Pakistan's efforts to protect the CPEC projects and personnel. We look forward to creating a safe and sound environment for CPEC along with the Pakistani side.
The fundamental purpose of CPEC is to achieve win-win cooperation. We should take the common development as our maximum common interests and build more momentum for the promotion of community of shared destiny of our two countries.
I personally have visited many CPEC projects such as Port Qasim Coal-powered Plant and the projects in Gwadar. The Chinese enterprises are pushing forward the projects with high quality and standard. The Chinese engineers are working with high professionalism, great tenacity and sincere devotion. This is our commitment to the Pakistani friends! We sincerely hope to see a peaceful, stable and prosperous Pakistan and are ready to work with you to achieve the dream of national development and people’s well-being.
Ladies and gentlemen,
This weekend, the 11th G20 Summit will be held in Hangzhou, China. President Xi Jinping and other participating leaders will discuss ways to advance global economic cooperation and development. They will focus on the major challenges and outstanding issues facing the world’s economy. China will contribute its wisdom and work with other countries to find common approaches and promote common development.
China is making its own contribution to the development of the world. China founded the Silk Road Fund and advocated the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. China supports the Belt and Road Initiative and the construction of transport infrastructure, so as to promote regional connectivity and economic development. The ground-breaking ceremonies were successfully held for Karot Hydropower project which is the first Silk Road Fund financed project and, M4 (Shorkot-Khanewal Section) national motorway project which is the AIIB funded project. These projects will surely help Pakistan promote the development of energy and transportation infrastructure.
As a Chinese saying goes, a big tree grows from a downy tip. The promotion of CPEC today will help sow the seeds of hope for the grand forest of China-Pakistan friendship tomorrow. The CPEC is an unprecedented undertaking in the history of China-Pakistan relations. The completion of the mega project requires pioneering spirit, courage for struggle and perseverance. I am convinced that, with strong political ties as the guarantee and deep friendship as the support, China-Pakistan cooperation will embrace a better future for the benefits of the peoples of the region.
May I wish the Summit & Expo success!
Long live China-Pakistan friendship!