CPEC projects further expedited, entering fast-track growth: Chinese consul general

Lahore    –   Chinese Consul General Zhao Shiren has said that the 71-year old China-Pakistan diplomatic history reflects that the Chinese people have been in solidarity with the Pakistanis all along the way, and our two countries always stand by each other for better or for worse. Marking the 73rd anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China, he said, “I would like to sincerely wish all the Chinese compatriots living and working in Punjab to stay safe, healthy, happy and prosperous. I also take this opportunity to express my condolences to the victims of the floods in Pakistan, and share grief and sorrow with members of the bereaved families.” He said, since the devastating floods hit the country, China has rushed to Pakistan’s aid in the need of the hour. By the end of September, China has pledged and delivered its humanitarian assistance to Pakistan worth about RMB 600 million (equals to Rs 20 billion) in cash and kind. The Chinese community in Punjab has also given a helping hand to the relief efforts in the disaster-stricken areas of south Punjab. The timely support manifests once again the all-weather brotherly bonding between China and Pakistan. He said that they are committed to further helping Pakistani brothers in their post-calamity rehabilitation and reconstruction process. He said that over the past most than seven decades and the recent 10 years in particular, China has made tremendous progress in all fronts. We have followed the people-centric development philosophy, and the over 1.4 billion Chinese are working for a better life and shared prosperity with their hard work and ingenuity. He maintained that China has successfully eliminated absolute poverty, achieved rapid economic growth while enjoying long-term social stability. We have stood up, we have grown prosperous, and we are becoming strong. However, with recurring Covid-19 pandemic and the unfolding geo-strategic shockwaves in place, the year 2022 has been tough for almost all the countries. The world economy is heading untoward, and uncertainties are on the rise, making the sustainable development more difficult to attain. China and Pakistan are no exceptions. China registered 2.5 per cent economic growth in the first 6 months. But China’s economic fundamentals remain solid and strong, and our economy is resilient with tremendous potentials, he added. He said that the Chinese people, under the strong leadership of the Communist Party of China with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core, will continue to follow the Chinese path to modernization to realize the Chinese Dream and the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, and contribute the vision and strength to world peace, development and human progress. Zhao Shiren said China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic cooperative partners, and we have been through thick and thin for more than seven decades. Our friendship is deeply rooted in the history, touches upon the hearts of the people and aims at mutual benefit and win-win outcome. The relationship is weathering storms and time tested. President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif recently had a successful meeting on the sidelines of the SCO Samarkand Summit. From January to August 2022, China’s trade with Pakistan stood at $18.41billion, up 7.28 percent year on year. Pakistan’s export to China also reached $2.40 billion in the first eight months, up 6.23 percent from the previous year, creating a new record. The CPEC projects have also been further expedited, entering a fast-track growth and expansion. The Karot Hydro-power plant began generating electricity, and Gwadar port development produced substantive progress with East Bay Expressway operationalized. All the CPEC projects in Punjab are either successfully accomplished or meeting their pronounced targets, yielding early harvests to mutual satisfaction. The Chinese consul general, on the occasion, sent joyous message to PRC to say HA PPY BIRTHDAY, MOTHER CHINA, and expressed his best wishes to the Pakistani friends who have cared and are taking care of the China-Pak relationship.age on 73rd anniversary of China

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