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Beijing will always stand by Pak's 'core interests': Chinese Vice President

The Chinese leader said that China and Pakistan were all-weather strategic partners

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

will always stand by Pakistan's "core interests" no matter how the landscape changes, visiting Chinese Wang Qishan has said as he cited the USD 60 billion CPEC as the manifestation of their all-weather relationship.

Addressing a meeting on Sunday organised by the Pakistan-Institute (PCI), the senior Chinese leader said the world was passing through a time of major developments and transformation.

The situation, he emphasised, had been further complicated by traditional and non-traditional challenges and conflict between opposing schools of thought and culture.

"No matter how the landscape changes, will always stand by Pakistan's core interests, and both and China have made the right choice based on equality and mutual benefit," Wang said.

Wang, a member of the politburo of the ruling Communist Party of China, said that the spirit of the Silk Road binds the two countries together with a common heritage and history.

He also appreciated the success of the China-Economic Corridor (CPEC) and said that the second phase of the project would even bring more benefits for both and China.

The CPEC, launched in 2015, is a planned network of roads, railways and energy projects linking China's resource-rich Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region with Pakistan's strategic on the

"The CPEC has come a long way over the past five years. The CPEC is rapidly extending to new priority areas including industrial parks and livelihoods," he said.

The Chinese leader said that China and Pakistan were all-weather strategic partners. He recalled Pakistan's support for China at critical moments and said that his country always supported Pakistan to achieve core interests.

He said that the CPEC was a manifestation of their collaborative relations.

Wang also referred to the situation and said that despite challenges, the way forward is globalisation, free trade and people-to-people connectivity.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the CPEC was a binding force between Pakistan and China.

Citing the recent visit of Prime Minister to China for the Belt and Road Forum, he praised the CPEC for contributing to the progress of Pakistan.

First Published: Mon, May 27 2019. 13:05 IST