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PM Abbasi, Chinese president reaffirm to take bilateral relations to new heights

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chinese President Xi Jinping have re-affirmed to take Pakistan-China relations to new heights through Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

They made the resolve at their meeting on the sidelines of Boao on Tuesday.

The prime minister said Pakistan was an iron friend of China and their friendship had been further strengthened by China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

He said Pakistan intended to promote cooperation with China in finance, energy, agriculture, infrastructure and human development sectors.

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Lauding the role of China for global peace and stability, Premier Abbasi said Pakistan desired to deepen cooperation with Beijing in international affairs.

He said China’s BRI had become an international product for global development in the 21st century.

“Chinese reforms and open policy are no threat to any country,” he said.

The Chinese president appreciated the prominent progress in strategic partnership between the two countries since his visit to Pakistan in 2015.

“As the regional and international scenario is undergoing massive changes today, the cordial and friendly relations between Islamabad and Beijing carry much importance,” he said.

President Xi said China wanted to take relations with Pakistan to a new height, which should serve as a great example of bilateral cooperation under BRI.

He assured China’s cooperation to accomplish development projects under CPEC, including Gwadar Port, industrial zones, and power houses.

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