Islamabad: President Arif Alvi said that the Pakistan should learn from the Chinese experiences of socio-economic development and poverty alleviation. The president highly appreciated the socio-economic development achieved by China, including the lifting of 700 million people from poverty over the last 30 years through its prudent political and economic policies. He was addressing a reception hosted by Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing held here at the Chinese Embassy to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China [October 1, 1949].
Dr. Arif Alvi said China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) entering its second phase, the historic friendship between the two countries was rapidly gaining strength through increased cooperation in diverse areas. The reception was attended among others by Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, federal ministers, members of the parliament, diplomats, and senior civil and military officials. Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan also attended the reception. He said the description that “Pak-China friendship is deeper than oceans and higher than mountains” was also felt by him whenever he talked to common people in Pakistan and China.
Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing, in his welcome remarks, spoke high of Sino-Pak friendship spanned over the last seven decades and said Pakistan was the first country which established diplomatic relations with China. He said with Pakistan being a best friend of China, the two countries stood together in economic development, promotion of peace and stability in the region and the eradication of poverty.
The Chinese ambassador while lauding the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan, said he was leading Pakistan to a prosperous future. He said since China Pakistan Economic Corridor had entered its second stage, the focus was on enhanced cooperation in the areas of industrial and agricultural development.
Ambassador Yao also spoke on the socio-economic achievements made by China over the last 70 years especially under the leadership of President Xi Jinping. He said China having a GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of around 14 trillion dollars at present was the second largest economy in the world. President Arif Alvi along with the Senate chairman, Chief of the Air Staff, Ambassador Yao Jing and others also cut a cake to mark celebrations of 70th anniversary of the founding of China.
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