China has reiterated its commitment to collaborating with Pakistan to increase the level of overall strategic cooperation and speed up building a stronger community between the two countries with a shared future in the new era.
Nong Rong, the ambassador of China to Pakistan, spoke at the Awarding Ceremony for Outstanding Pakistani Staff of the CPEC Projects 2022 in Islamabad and stated that his country aims to further promote trade and investment between China and Pakistan.
According to the ambassador, China recently changed its COVID prevention and control rules, removing restrictions on the number of overseas flights and restoring exchanges between people for academic and business purposes.
According to the recent amendment, he said, Pakistani students could continue their education in China and then return to work on the CPEC projects, maintaining the goodwill between our two countries.
The Ambassador said a series of good news are coming from different sectors under the CPEC umbrella.
He said that the Gwadar port’s Eastbay Expressway, built with help from China, has been in service since June and has improved port connection while transporting two hundred thousand tonnes of fertilizers.
Nong Rong said that Karot Hydropower, which offers cheap and clean electricity and can cut 3.5 million metric tonnes of carbon emissions annually, commenced commercial business in June based on other CPEC projects.
The TEL and Nova power plants in Thar also started operations with the local coal.
The national grid has been joined by the Shanghai Electric Thar tar power plant. With a projected production of 700 tonnes of dried chilies, six model farms under the Pakistan-China Red Chilli Contract Farming Project are harvesting in the provinces of Punjab and Sindh.
He said that this is essentially an example of the excellent possibilities for agricultural cooperation between our two countries.
The ambassador stated that CPEC will always provide a broad stage for people to showcase their skills and fulfill personal ideals because it is the BRI’s pilot project and a symbol of China-Pakistan cooperation in the new era.
He expressed the expectation that the Chinese and Pakistani employees will value the chance, contribute in a constructive way to the CPEC’s construction, and continue to strengthen their enduring relationship.
Pan Jiang, China’s Deputy DG National Development and Reforms Committee, said Pakistan has always been a top priority in China’s neighbor diplomacy and that China considers its relations with Pakistan from a strategic and long-term perspective.
He said that the two or more parties will fully utilize the CPEC Joint Cooperation Committee, promote the project with greater efficiency, and transform CPEC into an example of excellent Belt and Road cooperation.
Later, Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, who was chief guest of the event, distributed shields among the outstanding Pakistani staff of CPEC projects.