Hard work key to unlock true potential of Pak-China ties: Bilawal

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that the “harder” Pakistan and China work, the more both countries can “unlock the true economic potential of the Islamabad-Beijing relationship”.

In an interview with China’s state-run broadcaster CGTN on Monday, Bilawal said: “We feel that the harder we work, the more we can unlock the true economic potential of the Pakistan-China relationship.”

He emphasised that the ties with Beijing are the “cornerstone” of Pakistan’s foreign policy.

Bilawal, who was on an official visit to China from May 21 to 22, said that all the coalition partners in the current government attach great importance to the country’s relationship with China.

He labelled China’s proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) a “truly inspirational” project, adding that “it has enormous economic potential globally.”

“The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship cooperation program under the BRI, “has contributed immensely” to the economic cooperation between Pakistan and China and created economic opportunities for both Pakistani businesses and Chinese investors,” he was quoted as saying by CTGN.

The foreign minister highlighted that the Shehbaz Sharif-led government “is very keen” to enhance ties with China in building CPEC.

Commenting on China’s dynamic zero-Covid approach, the country’s top diplomat said it shows that Beijing “attaches utmost importance” to the people’s lives and health.

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