CPEC being flagship project of BRI comes as a blessing for Pakistan: Imran Khan [APP] 26 Apr, 2019

BEIJING, April 26 (APP)::Prime Minister Imran Khan Friday said that the whole country was behind the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as this flagship project of the Belt and Road Initiative had come as a blessing for Pakistan.
“The CPEC has given us an opportunity to catch up with other nations and attract investment from China and other countries,” he said while addressing the participants of a reception hosted in his honour by China International Cultural Communication Center here.
The prime minister observed that China was the fastest growing economy in the world now and so obviously China was main home from where the government hoped to invite investors.
He however said that because of CPEC, other countries were now looking to invest in Pakistan.
He said, in the beginning, the CPEC was just a road and a couple of power stations for energy. But now CPEC has gone far ahead.
The prime minister mentioned the diversified cooperation between Pakistan and China and said that Pakistan was seeking cooperation in agriculture, science and technology, artificial intelligence and poverty alleviation.
The way China took over 700 million people out of poverty during the last 30 year had impressed people in Pakistan, he added.
He said his government was looking forward to Chinese investment in special economic zones, which were in the process of being set up in Pakistan.
“These special economic zones are part of CPEC and we are hoping the investment from China and the relocation of Chinese industries in these special economic zones,” he added.
He pointed out that labor cost in Pakistan was low as compared to China and Pakistan would really benefit from the relocation of certain industries in Pakistan which would help increase exports and achieve economic prosperity.
Pakistan, he said, was focusing to establish peace and stability in the region and hoping for a political solution of Afghanistan through dialogues between the relevant parties.
He said that peace and stability in Afghanistan was in the best interest of Pakistan as whatever happened in Afghanistan affects Pakistan border areas.
About relations with Iran, he said, “We have a decent relationship with Iran and we are trying to strengthen them.”
He hoped that after the general elections in India, the two countries would resume dialogue.
He remarked that unless there was peace and stability, the region could not achieve economic prosperity.
The prime minister said that the relationship between Pakistan and China had always got stronger as both the countries stood with each other in difficult times.
“China has always been there for our most difficult times. And therefore there was a very strong relationship between the people of Pakistan and the people of China.”
Earlier, Chairman, China-Pakistan Friendship Association, Sha Zu Kang welcomed the prime minister and his delegation for their visit to China and expressed the confidence that the relationship between the two countries would further grow in the future.

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