Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing and Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed agreed that unity and cooperation are two pillars of China-Pakistan friendship, which has been demonstrated through their joint fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and solid support for each other on major issues of the international community.
They made the remarks while attending the webinar on New Opportunities and Challenges of China-Pakistan Cooperation in the Post-epidemic Era as guest speakers last week.
The webinar, upholding the spirit of putting people and life first, connectivity, and openness and inclusiveness, aims to deepen the friendly cooperation between China and Pakistan and make it the best practice of the Belt and Road construction.
Joint Initiative on Promoting International Cooperation in COVID-19 Prevention and Control and High Quality Development of CPEC was released at the conference.
Under the guidance of Silk Road Think Tank Association, the webinar was co-hosted by China Center for Contemporary World Studies, National Institute of Int’l Strategy of CASS, BRI Int’l Think Tank of CASS, Sustainable Development Policy Institute and Research and Development Int’l, and Pakistan-China Institute.
Hailing the valuable mutual support between China and Pakistan, Yao Jing said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor had not once stopped during the coronavirus outbreak, and meanwhile no one working at the CPEC projects has found infected.
Bearing in mind the progress of the CPEC projects, at least 10 chartered flights have been arranged so far to transport Chinese technicians to Pakistan.
Yao said, at this challenging time, China and Pakistan are more united in pushing forward the development of CPEC, a major force in driving the economic revival and export of Pakistan.
The recently-launched Kohala hydropower plant, Azad Pattan hydropower plant, and Diamer Basha hydropower plant that will bring investments and thousands of job opportunities to local communities are vivid examples of CPEC’s inner-power.
Yao also stressed the importance of building the Silk Road of Health in Pakistan, adding that the 2nd phase of CPEC will endeavor to improve the social welfare by building hospitals, laboratories, and provide medical equipment to relevant organizations.
Echoing the remarks of Ambassador Yao, Mushahid Hussain said the unity and cooperation are proven to be two pillars of Pakistan-China relationship and expressed thankfulness to China for sending medical supplies and experts to help Pakistan combat the pandemic.
He recognized the success of the 1st Phase of CPEC and took delight in the good start of the 2nd phase with three hydropower plants rolling out.