CPEC will thrive entire region: Aurangzeb

Staff Report
Monday - February 5, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Information minister Marriyum Aurangzeb in her meeting with China’s state council information office (SCIO) director Jiang Jianguo, in Beijing on Sunday, mentioned, “China Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC) is a harbinger of shared economic prosperity and peace in the region.”

According to an official statement, Aurangzeb is on a four days visit to China on the invitation of the Chinese government.

Welcoming Aurangzeb, Jianguo said that it was a pleasure to receive her on her first official visit to China. He said that their two people and countries shared a high level of mutual trust, respect and friendship.

Jianguo said that CPEC, being flagship project of belt and road initiative, is an initiative for their shared future.

He shared his pleasant memories of his visit to Pakistan in 2017. Aurangzeb thanked Jianguo for his warm hospitality. She termed her visit to China as a visit to her home. Aurangzeb said that Pakistan and China were carrying a legacy of cooperation, the foundations of which were laid by their ancestors.

She said that belt and road initiative, a vision of Chinese President Xi Jinping, will change not only the destiny of the people of China but also will benefit people of the region and beyond.

Aurangzeb said that CPEC represented a great leap forward for further cementing ties between two countries. She said that Pak-China relationship was perennial as it was anchored in respect and mutual progress.

This relationship, she added, has been interwoven in Pakistani culture through folk lore, which is a testament to the tensile, enduring, unique and special relationship.

Information minister said that since assuming power in 2013, the Pakistan Muslim league Nawaz (PML-N) government has successfully added 11,000 megawatts (MW) electricity to overcome the energy crisis with the assistance of their good friend China.

Aurangzeb informed the host that irrespective of party affiliations, all political parties in the country support CPEC, as it promotes connectivity among people which will go a long way towards regional peace and prosperity.

She assured that the Pakistani government was making all out efforts to ensure security of all Chinese nationals. Aurangzeb expressed her desire for enhanced cultural and media contacts by sharing cultural norms and exchanging media delegations. She called for closer co-operation in the field.

Aurangzeb said that Pakistan condemned terrorism in all its manifestations and forms and had achieved success in combating it, which was borne out by the fact that terrorist attacks which were 2,600 in 2013, had reduced, by 82 percent, to 160.