ISLAMABAD - Sun Weidong, Chinese Ambassador on Monday said that a high level Chinese delegation including representatives of Chinese financial institutions is expected to visit Pakistan shortly to discuss the project with their counterparts in Pakistan. While talking to Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, the Chinese Ambassador said that the recent visit of PM Nawaz Sharif was very successful. He said it was unprecedented that the PM of China and the PM of Pakistan met twice within six weeks, “We cherish our friendships with Pakistan which has lasted for decades” said the Chinese Ambassador.

The Ambassador said that the landmark agreement on the construction of an economic corridor stretched over a thousand Kilometer would connect Kashgar with Gwadar. This corridor, he said, will have great impact on the trade and bilateral relations between the two countries, besides economic impact on the region. The Chinese Ambassador said that China was keen to work closely with Pakistan on infrastructure and energy projects. He also informed the Finance Minister about his meetings with provincial authorities in Punjab. The Chinese Ambassador said that establishment of economic zones along the corridor will help create employment and generate economic activity which will be mutually beneficial. While talking to Chinese Ambassador Senator Ishaq Dar said that both the Chinese and Pakistani Prime Ministers are on the same length and we admire the vision of the Chinese leadership.

He thanked Chinese leadership and government for waiving off 6pc compulsory insurance, which speaks volumes of the friendship between the two nations and Chinese cooperation and assistance to Pakistan. Senator Ishaq Dar said that PM Nawaz Sharif has already chaired a high level meeting on the economic corridor as this project was very close to his heart. Senator Ishaq Dar appreciated the idea of creation of economic zone along the economic corridor and said that this will be a win-win situation for both countries. Senator Ishaq Dar accepted an invitation to participate in the Euro- Asia Forum, which is being hosted by China and would be held in September, this year.