Prime Minister Imran Khan has proposed that Chinese companies might relocate their industries to Pakistan due to unique advantages.
In a meeting with National People’s Congress Chairman Li Zhanshu at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, he stressed that completion of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is top priority of his government and hoped that its Phase-II would pave the way for further socio-economic development and livelihood opportunities for the people.
On the occasion, Chairman Li Zhanshu reaffirmed Chinese leadership’s commitment to support Pakistan on issues of its core national interest. Recognizing promise of Pakistan with its forward-looking policies, he maintained that China would support Pakistan in initiatives proposed by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
He also maintained that both China and Pakistan could propose new projects that could be included in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor. Congratulating Chairman Li on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Prime Minister Imran Khan underlined that China’s economic transformation in the last few decades had been very impressive and worth emulating.
He noted that Pakistan wanted to learn from China’s experience of poverty mitigation and expressed his determination to reduce poverty in Pakistan by following China’s model. He also solicited the support of China in improving Pakistan’s agriculture and AI (Artificial Intelligence) sectors.
Prime Minister Imran Khan also called on Chinese President Xi Jinping and discussed bilateral and regional matters of mutual interests. During the meeting, the prime minister thanked the Chinese leader and the government for its principled stand on Kashmir issue.
The two leaders resolved to further deepen strategic communication and strengthen all-weather cooperation as they led their delegations in a meeting held at the Great Hall of People. President Xi Jinping extended his country’s unwavering support to Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
He expressed support on all issues of Pakistan’s core national interest. Prime Minister Imran Khan was accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Minister for Planning Khusro Bakhtiar, Minister for Railways Sheikh Raheed Ahmed, Adviser Abdul Razzak Dawood, Special Assistant on Petroleum Nadeem Babar and Board of Investment Chairman Zubair Gilani and senior officials.