Pakistan and China solidified their commitment to strengthening bilateral relations through a series of Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) and agreements signed on Wednesday. These pacts, covering diverse sectors such as commerce, transport, food security, and health, were finalized in a ceremony in Beijing, coinciding with the Third Belt and Road Forum (BRF). Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar and Chinese Premier Li Qiang, along with other high-ranking officials, marked a new chapter in their countries’ long-standing alliance by endorsing these initiatives.
The agreements aim to intensify various facets of the two nations’ partnership, including political, economic, educational, cultural, and interpersonal relations. Both leaders, celebrating their countries’ robust, enduring friendship, pledged to continue high-level engagements and deepen mutual cooperation across these domains.
CPEC: A Cornerstone for Future Economic Collaboration
Most of the discussion between PM Kakar and Premier Li focused on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship component of China’s broader Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Acknowledging the BRI’s global importance for enhanced connectivity and mutual prosperity, the leaders explored avenues to consolidate their economic ties through CPEC further.
PM Kakar emphasized CPEC’s critical role in invigorating Pakistan’s economy, welcoming its expansion into new sectors such as ICT, industrial development, agriculture, and mining. He expressed optimism that forthcoming Chinese ventures in Pakistan’s Special Economic Zones (SEZs) would broaden the country’s industrial and export capacities.
Conversely, Premier Li commended the consistent advancement of bilateral projects under CPEC, anticipating that a unified leadership approach would propel economic and trade relations even further. In addition to CPEC-related engagements, the nations concurred on cooperative ventures in areas like urban development, research, climate change, and vaccine development, heralding a multifaceted expansion of their collaborative efforts.