Beijing- China and Pakistan have agreed today to facilitate the construction of a China-Pakistan economic corridor, with focus on cooperation in energy, industrial parks and transportation infrastructure.

The consensus was reached in a meeting between the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and President Mamnoon Hussain at the Great Hall of the People.

Both agreed to speed up the building of the economic corridor and facilitate key projects in energy and infrastructure construction.

Calling the construction of the corridor an important strategy, Li said it has opened up new opportunities for substantial cooperation between both sides.

He hoped the two countries would seriously implement major cooperation projects such as power and new energy schemes, the Gwadar port, and speed up road and railway projects to promote all-round development of the economic corridor.

He also called on Pakistan to take effective measures to ensure the safety of Chinese people and organizations based in Pakistan. Hussain vowed his country would do so.

Hussain, on his first China trip since taking office last September, said the Pakistan-China friendship is a pillar of his country's foreign and security policy.

The two sides were committed to consolidating their traditional friendship and jointly countering global challenges.