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Ambassador Yao Jing Met with Pakistan Minister of Planning, Development & Reform

On August 30th, Ambassador Yao Jing met with Mr. Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, the new Minister of Planning Development and Reform of Pakistan. Dr. Wang Zhihua, the Economic and Commercial Counsellor of Chinese Embassy in Pakistan and Secretary Ministry of Planning Development & Reform Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui also attended.

Ambassador Yao congratulated Mr. Bakhtiar for taking up the post of the Minister of Planning Development and Reform of Pakistan and the Chairman of Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) from the Pakistani side. He said CPEC is an important pilot project of the Belt and Road Initiative and a significant platform for all-round cooperation between the two countries, making great contribution to Pakistan’s economic, social and people’s livelihood development. Both sides should pursue in-depth and substantial development of the Belt and Road Initiative to benefit countries and people along CPEC, and build a community of shared future for humanity, as emphasized by Chinese President Xi Jinping on the symposium to promote the 5th anniversary of the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative. China is willing to enhance CPEC cooperation with the new government of Pakistan by carrying out the projects under construction, perfecting the cooperation plan in the next stage, and exploring for third-party involvement, with the aim to build CPEC into an open, inclusive and win-win cooperation platform and a symbol of successful cooperation of the Belt and Road Initiative, according to Yao.

Minister Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar spoke highly of China’s remarkable achievements since China adopted the reform and opening-up policy. He said, President Xi Jinping proposed Belt and Road Initiative on the need for common development and international governance. As an iconic and mutually beneficial project of the Belt and Road Initiative, Pakistan’s new government will attach great importance to the CPEC project as before, and look forward to the Chinese counterpart to jointly strengthening the cooperation between the two countries in various sectors, like energy, industry, transportation infrastructure and people’s livelihood, and will welcome any third parties to join in the construction of CPEC, bringing benefits to people of the two countries and the region at large.

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