‘Pakistan only strategic partner of China’
ISLAMABAD – Vice-Chairman of Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China, Zhang Ping, on Monday said that Pakistan is the only all-weather strategic partner and time-tested friend of China and has an unrivalled importance in China’s strategic calculations.
While talking to National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz, Ping said that the leadership of both the countries has demonstrated an unflinching resolve to further strengthen bilateral relations. He said that the remarkable Speakers’ Conference has encouraged regional stakeholders to further strengthen parliamentary cooperation and connectivity to achieve sustainable peace and prosperity.
He reiterated that a vibrant Pak-China cooperation was central for tackling challenges in the region and beyond. He appreciated the initiative taken by the National Assembly speaker in organizing such an amazing event that reflected on promoting regional peace and interdependence among the neighbouring countries. Ping also extended his gratitude to Sadiq for his hospitality and warm welcome during the stay of the Chinese delegation.
Sadiq said that the historic Pak-China relations have entered a new phase of unprecedented cooperation. “Your visit will provide yet another opportunity to strengthen the existing warm and friendly relations between our two countries,” he said He said that Pakistan was fully committed to the timely completion of all projects under the CPEC and appreciated the support of China for socio-economic development of Pakistan.
He said that terrorism was a big threat to peace and stability in the region and needed closer cooperation among regional states to overcome the menace.