Afternoon Voice

Imran says friendship with China cornerstone of Pak’s foreign policy

The ‘all-weather’ friendship with China was a cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said as he pledged to implement the controversy-hit $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Pakistan and China pledged on Sunday to complete the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on Khan and expressed desire to further enhance the bilateral strategic partnership.

Wang, who arrived on a three-day visit on Friday, met Khan in Islamabad with a high-level delegation.

Wang conveyed the desire of Chinese leadership to work with the new government for further enhancing the strategic partnership between Pakistan and China.

He underscored the significance of China-Pakistan relationship which served as a model of friendship in interstate relations.

The two countries pledged to jointly promote the construction of the CPEC and push forward the development of bilateral ties.

Pakistan’s new president Arif Alvi said friendship with China is Pakistan’s national policy and over the past more than five decades, Pakistan has always cherished the friendship with China, which is based on mutual benefit and is deeply rooted in the hearts of the two peoples.