The newly-appointed Ambassador of China to Pakistan Nong Rong on Friday said Beijing wanted to build the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as a high quality model project of the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
The Chinese envoy called on CPEC Authority Chairman Lieutenant General (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa in Islamabad to exchange in-depth views on China-Pakistan relations and the construction of CPEC projects.
Minister Counsellor Pang Chunxue and Chief Executive Officer of Corridor Affairs Authority Ali Shah were also present on the occasion, a statement issued by the Chinese embassy said.
The chairman warmly welcomed Ambassador Nong to take up his new post, saying that the traditional friendship between China and Pakistan is deeply rooted in the hearts of the people and will grow stronger over time.
“The CPEC is an important project to change the destiny of Pakistan, and it has received the heartfelt support of the Pakistani government and people.”
Bajwa said, â€œthe CPEC Authority is committed to providing a windowed one-stop service for the corridor project, and is willing to further strengthen communication and coordination with China to jointly promote new progress in cooperation in important areas such as Gwadar Port, infrastructure, industry, agriculture, social-economy, and will effectively protect the safety of CPEC projects and personnel so that the corridor can exert greater economic and social benefits and better benefit the people of the two countriesâ€.
The Chinese envoy appreciated the chairmanâ€™s firm support for China-Pakistan relations, and thanked him and the CPEC Authority for their work.
Nong said China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic partners, and the CPEC is a pilot project of all-round cooperation between the two countries. “With the care and support of the top leaders of the two countries, the construction of the CPEC has continuously achieved positive results.”
The embassy in Pakistan, he said, is willing to strengthen communication and cooperation with the authority, further implement the consensus of the leaders of the two countries, actively prepare for the 10th JCC, deepen and expand cooperation in the areas of industrial parks, agriculture, and social-economy under CPEC.