China attaches valuable relations with Pakistan: Chinese Envoy

ISLAMABAD: Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong on eve of launching of a special report on President Xi’s dream and vision towards peace and prosperity for China and the region as well.

Ambassador added that Chinese President Xi Jinping attached great importance to his country’s relations with Pakistan and was looking forward bringing these to a new height for socio-economic benefit of their people.

In April 2015, he made a historic state visit to Pakistan. During the visit, both leaders agreed to uplift the China-Pakistan relationship to the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership and further advance the bilateral substantive cooperation with China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as the main component, which injected fresh momentum into our bilateral cooperation and ushered in a new chapter of our brotherly relationship.

As the pilot and major project of the Belt and Road Initiative, CPEC is being advanced with constant progress. Both sides are now working closely together to fully implement the important consensus reached by both leaders.

The ambassador said the China-Pakistan relationship has entered into the new phase of grand development with tremendous opportunities. The Chinese leadership looked forward to working with the Pakistani “friends from all walks of life to further promote friendship and cooperation between the two countries so as to achieve the goal of China-Pakistan Community of Shared Destiny at an early date.

Sun Weidong said he was pleased to learn that Xi Jinping has been declared ‘Statesman of the Year 2015’ by local English daily. This is the strong testimony to the high esteem of the Pakistani people to the Chinese leadership as well as the profound friendship of the Pakistani people to the Chinese people.”

The ambassador said, since assuming General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in November 2012, President Xi Jinping launched a series of guidelines and policies on governance of the state, covering a wide range of political, economic and social development and bringing fundamental changes to China’s outlook.

He raised the Chinese Dream with the “Two Centenary Goals” as the core, namely, to double the 2010 GDP and per capita income of urban and rural residents and finish the building of a society of initial prosperity in all respects when the CPC celebrates its centenary in 2020, and turn China into a modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced and harmonious when the People’s Republic of China marks its centenary in 2049.

President Xi Jinping proposed the “Four Comprehensives” policy, namely, comprehensively build a moderately prosperous society, comprehensively deepen reform, comprehensively implement the rule of law and comprehensively strengthen Party discipline. It provides comprehensive guidance and vigorous momentum to the great drive of socialist modernization of China.

He put forward and made systematic exposition on the “Five- Point Development Philosophy” of innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development at the Fifth Plenum of the 18th Central Committee of CPC. It is the essence of the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) and provides the guidelines of action to speed up the pace to finish the building of a society of initial prosperity in all respects.

President Xi Jinping raised the Initiative of jointly building the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (or the Belt and Road Initiative) in October 2013, which has won positive response and extensive support from the international community. The Belt and Road Initiative is aimed to strengthen the connectivity and achieve win-win outcome of the countries along the Belt and Road.

The report will be formally launched here on Thursday. Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz is likely to be chief guest on the occasion.

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