Pakistan, China Strategic Partnership Ensures Global Development: President

Islamabad: President Dr. Arif Alvi Saturday said that all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between Pakistan and China envisioned a prosperous region with the establishment of economic and trade linkages through the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship of Chinese One Belt, One Road initiative.

The last seventy years ties between Pakistan and China had been a good example for the world to show how countries could be friendly and forged relations based upon principles and mutual understanding, he added.

The president also cautioned that Pakistan and China should also understand what was happening in the world as the global relations were like a kaleidoscope with changing colours and should be on their guards that their government systems and institutions should not be threatened on false security perception. Dilating upon the long history of ties between the Iron Brothers, the president said both the countries had been cooperating in diverse fields through China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The president further said that under CPEC, the initial projects were energy-based as Pakistan had been facing serious shortage of energy, subsequently, in the second phase, there were huge areas of cooperation in food, health agriculture and poverty alleviation. During an interaction with the Chinese media, the president said Pakistan and China enjoyed excellent relations which were based upon all-weather strategic cooperative partnership.

China and Pakistan required to be firewalled against hacking, the ability of the non-state actors to launch cyber-attacks; for example, to affect their banking and financial institutions and utilities as everything was available on internet, the president added. The president opined efforts at poverty alleviation in Pakistan had been linked with the mutual cooperation.

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