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PM Shehbaz Sharif and Premier Li Qiang Vow to Protect CPEC from 'Detractors and Adversaries'

PM Shehbaz Sharif and Premier Li Qiang Vow to Protect CPEC from 'Detractors and Adversaries'


Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif engaged in significant discussions with Chinese Premier Li Qiang on Friday at the Great Hall of the People.

During their meeting, the two leaders explored various aspects of their bilateral relations and current regional and global developments of shared concern. They highlighted the enduring strength of the Pakistan-China strategic cooperative partnership, underlining the values of trust, shared principles, and strategic alignment.

Of particular focus was the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Premier Li commended Pakistan on its recent election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council and reiterated China's steadfast support on crucial issues. Both leaders pledged their continued commitment to the high-quality advancement of CPEC.

They underscored the importance of timely completion of ongoing projects, especially those concerning industrial development, modernization of agriculture, advancement in science and technology, and the establishment of special economic zones for mutual socio-economic progress.

Gwadar Port's significance within the framework of CPEC was emphasized, with both leaders agreeing to expedite infrastructure projects to elevate Gwadar into a regional economic hub. They also expressed determination to shield CPEC from detractors and to enhance cooperation for its further development.

PM Shehbaz reiterated Pakistan's dedication to ensuring the safety of Chinese personnel and projects within its borders. Additionally, both countries are committed to fostering high-level exchanges and strengthening institutional ties across various sectors. They vowed to maintain close consultation on regional and global issues, particularly during Pakistan's tenure on the UN Security Council.

Following the talks, a ceremony was held where Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Premier Li Qiang witnessed the signing of 23 memorandums of understanding (MoUs). These agreements covered cooperation in transport infrastructure, industry, energy, agriculture, media, healthcare, water management, and socio-economic development, among other areas of mutual interest.

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