–PM Li Keqiang felicitates Imran Khan on assuming the office
ISLAMABAD: Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China Li Keqiang Monday called Prime Minister Imran Khan and felicitated him on assuming the office at which the latter said he was keen to learn the Chinese experience in battling corruption.
The Chinese premier congratulated the prime minister on his party’s victory in the general election and forming the new government.
Premier Li said that Pakistan and China were all-weather friends and expressed the desire to work closely with Prime Minister Imran Khan to further strengthen the bilateral relations.
He hoped that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would be completed as per schedule.
Prime Minister Imran Khan thanked Premier Li and people of China for their good wishes and said that Pakistan and China were close friends and strong partners.
The strategic cooperative partnership between Pakistan and China would be further strengthened during the PTI’s government.
Imran Khan conveyed that he was keen to learn from Chinese experience in poverty alleviation, anti-corruption and social sector reforms like health and education as those were his government’s priorities for domestic reforms.
The prime minister said that CPEC was a project of national significance and would remain a priority during his government. He lauded the services of Chinese workers in the development of Pakistan.
The prime minister vowed to continue to closely coordinate with China on all regional and international issues of mutual concern.
The Chinese prime minister extended an invitation to Imran Khan to visit China. He thanked Premier Li Keqiang for his invitation and said that he was eagerly looking forward to his first visit to China.
The prime minister also extended an invitation to Premier Li Keqiang to visit Pakistan at his earliest convenience.
CHINA VALUES IMRAN’S STANCE:
China values and appreciates PM Imran’s positive statement on China-Pakistan relations and the CPEC, said a spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Monday at a regular news briefing.
China has conveyed warm congratulations to Imran Khan on his appointment as Prime Minister of Pakistan.
The spokesperson said, “China and Pakistan are all-weather partners. We are willing to work together with the new Pakistani government to enhance friendly exchanges and cooperation in various fields, accelerate the construction of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, and promote greater development of China-Pakistan all-weather strategic partnership.”