CPEC: China official says security for personnel satisfactory

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ISLAMABAD: Expressing satisfaction over progress on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in Beijing that most of the projects had entered the implementation stage.

“To build the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is an important consensus between leaders of the two countries,” the spokesman said in his remarks released by the Chinese Embassy here.

“The Chinese side will keep advancing the relevant projects in a step-by-step manner on the principle of scientific planning, and make long-term plans to achieve constant progress in building the corridor,” he said.

The spokesman said the Pakistan government had made tremendous efforts to protect Chinese institutions and personnel for which his country was grateful.

“I believe that with the collaborative efforts of China and Pakistan, the building of the corridor will make smooth progress, deliver benefits to all the Pakistani people and promote peace and prosperity in China, Pakistan and the region,” he added.

Meanwhile, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Syed Tariq Fatemi met China’s Executive Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The two leaders discussed bilateral relations, the CPEC, cooperation in multilateral areas and regional and global issues, a press release said.

Mr Zhang, while welcoming Mr Fatemi, reiterated the importance China attached to its relations with Pakistan.

Expressing satisfaction over bilateral strategic ties, he expressed China’s willingness to celebrate 2016 in a befitting manner, together with Pakistan, to mark the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations.

The relationship between Pakistan and China was special and time-tested, he said, underscoring Pakistan’s unswerving support to Chinese sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Mr Zhang reaffirmed China’s support to Pakistan.

Recalling the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Pakistan in April last year, Mr Fatemi expressed satisfaction over the unanimity of views on regional and global issues.

He underlined the significance of the CPEC in economic development along with peace and stability in the region.

Mr Zhang agreed that the CPEC was a flagship project of the ‘One Belt-One Road’ initiative which would help generate economic growth.

Mr Fatemi invited the Chinese leader to visit Pakistan, which he accepted.