Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed the significance of strong ties with China as the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) marked its 10th anniversary and entered its second phase. During the ceremony, PM Shehbaz praised the success of the CPEC and acknowledged China’s vital role in its progress. He addressed concerns about attempts by certain countries to sideline Pakistan in the process of connectivity, reassuring that both Pakistan and China would collaborate to extend the corridor’s reach and promote regional integration and connectivity. Chinese Vice Premier He Lifeng, attending the event as the chief guest, reaffirmed China’s commitment to stand firmly with Pakistan and deepen their bilateral relationship for mutual benefit.
On this occasion, six agreements were signed to enhance economic cooperation between the two nations. PM Shehbaz expressed gratitude to China’s President for sending a senior official to Pakistan, demonstrating the strength of the friendship between the two countries. He highlighted the importance of the agreements, which would facilitate investments in agriculture and IT, allowing Pakistan to export products according to Chinese government standards with China’s support.
The PM also acknowledged the prompt implementation of the CPEC, which saw over $25 billion invested in power, energy, public transport, and other sectors. He praised the contributions of Chinese Vice Premier He Lifeng, who played a pivotal role in ensuring the rapid progress of the project. Following the ceremony, delegation-level talks were held, covering various areas of bilateral cooperation between Pakistan and China.