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Chinese minister assures PM Imran of China’s support in fighting corruption

ISLAMABAD: Minister of International Development of Communist Party of China (CPC) Song Tao has assured Prime Minister Imran Khan China’s support in addressing the agenda of poverty alleviation, fighting corruption and agricultural development.

Assuring China’s support to Pakistan at all regional and international fora, he underscored the importance attached by the leadership and people of China to Pakistan-China relations.

He said this in a meeting with the PM at the Prime Minister’s Office in Islamabad on Monday.

Song Tao said that exchanges between political parties would help in sharing ideas to achieve common and shared development. He termed the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as a flagship project of Belt and Road Initiative, which would make significant contributions towards building a ‘New Pakistan’.

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Prime Minister Imran said that the “all-weather friendship” between Pakistan and China held particular significance to the people of Pakistan.

He said President Xi Jingping’s terming of this friendship as that of “iron brothers” reflected an undeniable reality.

“President Xi is a great statesman for whom there is much admiration from the people of Pakistan,” he said.

Appreciating the growing relations between the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the CPC, the premier emphasised on further enhancing these ties through exchange of delegations and sharing of ideas.

On his upcoming visit to China, he stated that he looked forward to his meetings with the Chinese leadership. “This would provide an opportunity to underscore the importance of ‘the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership’ between the two countries,” he said.

Imran said that Pakistan would like to learn from Chinese experience in poverty alleviation, fighting corruption and agriculture development through sharing expertise, technology and best practices in the sector.

“The China International Import Expo would provide an opportunity to the two sides to look into export possibilities from Pakistan to China,” he said.

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