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    Re: Pakistan-China ties growing exponentially: PM

    I hope the management of Gwadar port is in Chinas hands. Don't trust the Pakistan admin.

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    Pakistan an 'irreplaceable' friend, Chinese foreign minister tells army chief

    RAWALPINDI: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, during a meeting with the army chief, said that Pakistan is China’s irreplaceable, all-weather friend, and that both the countries are part of a community of shared heritage.

    According to Director-General Inter Services Public Relations Major General Asim Bajwa, army chief General Raheel Sharif met senior Chinese leaders, including Chairman People’s Conference HE Mr Yu Zhengsheng, State Leader Yu Zhengsheng and the Chinese foreign minister, among others, on Monday.

    Meng Jianzhu, member Politburo, the second highest council within the Communist Party assured the army chief that China has consistent policy on Pakistan that is beyond individuals, adding that Pakistan’s concern is China’s concern.

    Zhengsheng said that Pakistan has always stood by China, terming it as its “the most reliable partner.”

    The Chinese government, and the people will help Pakistan in all respects, added the state leader.

    General Raheel thanked the Chinese leaders for inviting him, saying the world must understand the evolving environment. “Greater international focus, coordination is needed to end the fight against terrorism.”

    Earlier on Sunday, General Raheel held an extensive meeting with his Chinese counterpart, General Qi Jianguo, and discussed regional security and defence-related issues.

    The army chief is on a two-day official visit on the invitation of Chinese officials to meet the political and military leadership.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/827836/c...ceable-friend/

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    China, Pakistan vow closer parliamentary links

    BEIJING, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- China's top legislator Zhang Dejiang called for closer parliamentary exchanges and anti-terrorism cooperation with Pakistan on Thursday.

    Zhang, chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC), made the remarks in his talks with Pakistan's National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.

    They agreed to step up bilateral cooperation in fighting against terrorism, to jointly safeguard regional peace, stability and security.

    Zhang called on Pakistan to ensure the safety of Chinese organizations and people in the country, in a bid to ensure safe environment for cooperation.

    Hailing the fruitful cooperation between the two strategic partners in recent years, Zhang said the construction of the China-Pakistan economic corridor is a key to cement cooperation, as well as an important part of China's initiatives of building the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

    "China treasures its traditional friendship with Pakistan, and always considers the ties as an priority of the country's foreign policy," he said.

    China sticks to a policy of equality and mutual benefit in boosting cooperation with Pakistan, and encourages Chinese companies to positively participate in Pakistan's energy and infrastructure projects, Zhang said.

    He urged closer exchanges between the NPC and Pakistan's National Assembly, and suggested they formulate and improve bilateral legal documents in a timely manner, to offer legal guarantee for expanding bilateral cooperation.

    Zhang also proposed to closer cooperation in such areas as education, culture, youth and tourism, as well as stronger dialogue on regional and global issues.

    Sadiq said the two countries firmly support each other on issues regarding each other's core interests and major concerns.

    Applauding China's efforts in combating terrorism, he said Pakistan's National Assembly is ready to beef up exchanges with the NPC and facilitate new progress of bilateral cooperation in various areas.

    Sadiq is visiting China from Jan. 25 to 30.

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/ch..._127437741.htm

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    Pakistan’s unique relations with China!

    The news that the president of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, will be the chief guest at the March parade this year has been warmly received in Pakistan. President BarackObama’s presence in New Delhi on India’s Republic Day parade and the heavy tilt of Narendra Modi towards aligning his country’s policies with Washington created unease both in China and Pakistan. President Xi’s visit will be reassuring and will provide good optics reflecting the strong bonds that exist between the two countries who have stood the vagaries of time. More recently, the extreme warm reception that General Raheel Sharif was accorded in Beijing and the strong statements made by the Chinese military leadership reiterating full support to Pakistan were also expressions of the same policy.

    Sino-Pakistan relations, since the early 1950s, have been consistent, multi-faceted and span strategic defence, political, economic and diplomatic ties. China considers Pakistan useful in countering India, values its geostrategic position and considers it an important ally in the Muslim world.

    In the field of defence, China has extended invaluable cooperation that extends to all three services. It has not only provided weapons and equipment but has also assisted Pakistan in developing a strong a defence industrial capability. The Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Heavy Industries Taxila, several factories and production lines in the Pakistan Ordnance Factories, maritime projects for the navy and missile factories have been set up with Chinese assistance. In the 1970s and the 1980s, China set up major industrial units like the Heavy Mechanical Complex and the Heavy Forge Factory that helped build Pakistan’s intrinsic technological and industrial base.

    The proposed $45 billion Pakistan-China Economic Corridor, which has strategic connotations when implemented, should provide a huge boost in transforming Pakistan’s economic landscape by linking south, central and western Asia. Development of the economic corridor and the Gwadar port as an energy hub by China are mutually beneficial projects. It will provide China access to the Straits of Hormuz, the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. The economic corridor will link Kashgar in China with Gwadar and open up enormous economic opportunities for both countries.

    China today is clearly Pakistan’s top arms supplier, a position until recently held by the US. Chinese and Pakistani militaries carry out joint exercises and there is continuous exchange of high-level visits demonstrating that relations are robust. The PLA’s training establishments are major destinations for the Pakistan military. In September 2014, a flotilla of the PLA Navy ships made a friendly visit to Karachi. These were followed by several other visits of naval ships. At the diplomatic level, both countries cooperate closely at the bilateral and multilateral levels, and take common positions on global and regional issues.

    China has, however, genuine concerns regarding growing radicalism in Pakistan. First, for its impact on Pakistan’s own stability and more importantly, its influence on the restive northwestern autonomous Chinese region of Xinjiang that has a significant majority of Muslim Uighurs and other minorities. While Pakistan is undertaking serious measures to ensure that dissident Chinese groups do not find sanctuaries in the tribal region, it remains a constant challenge to prevent their infiltration due to the porous nature of the border and the support they receive from different militant groups. If militants were to make major gains in Pakistan, Beijing would be very concerned of the impact and could review its policy.

    While assessing Pakistan-China relations, one has to factor the latter’s current global interests and how these will play out in the long-term. Beijing’s economic and commercial links with the US are so closely intertwined that it is difficult for either country to disassociate itself from the other. China owes much of its phenomenal economic rise to the opportunity that the American market offered. No other country’s consumer market could absorb China’s huge manufacturing base. Moreover, China realises American power and its economic and political clout, and would like to retain a cooperative relationship.

    Despite the border dispute and current tensions arising out of the US-Indian strategic alliance, China’s leadership has opted for maintaining good working relations with India. It has a growing economic and commercial relationship and trade between the two countries has reached $70 billion and is fast growing. Beijing understands the fallout of an adversarial relation with India on its economy. Its primary focus is on domestic development. China has always taken a position that time is on its side and it has shown extraordinary foresight in handling foreign relations with regional and global powers.

    Pakistan will have to factor in China’s global perspective while formulating its future policy and expectations. There is also a lot that our leaders need to learn from the sophistication of China’s foreign policy. Despite US strategic convergence and growing support to India’s role at the regional and global level, China remains unruffled and poised. As President Obama stated, the “scope of our cooperation with China is unprecedented, even as we remain alert to China’s military modernization” while unveiling the US national security strategy of 2015.

    Because of the very complex nature of its relations with India, Beijing is uncomfortable when India- Pakistan tensions aggravate. Clearly, China would remain supportive of Pakistan but would like it to manage relations with its adversary more subtly to retain an environment whereby it is not forced to take sides, especially when the two countries have growing economic and commercial interests, despite their strategic incongruence. Surely, the age of zero-sum diplomacy is over and China, like other world powers, would want to be on the winning side so as not to create problems for itself. On Kashmir, it would like Islamabad to take a more pragmatic attitude in its expectations. It has demonstrated great patience and maturity in dealing with the question of Taiwan and when it comes to the border dispute with India. Most striking in China’s foreign policy conduct is the balancing between economic, political and strategic interests.

    China-Pakistan relations that are based on mutuality of interests seem destined to grow. Pakistan should, however, remain sensitive to the complexities that surround this relationship and factor these in.

    Published in The Express Tribune, February 11th, 2015.
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    PM Nawaz hails strong China-Pak relations

    SLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while talking to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday, said that strong relations with China is the cornerstone of Pakistan's foreign policy, said a report published on Radio Pakistan.

    Speaking to the Chinese foreign minister in Islamabad, PM Nawaz expressed his resolve to further deepen and diversify relations with China.

    Adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz was also present on the occasion.

    The premier said implementation of the Pak-China Economic Corridor project will lead to a new era of progress and development not only in Pakistan but the entire region. He said that the project will also promote trade and enhance regional affinity.

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    Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Pakistan yesterday for a two-day visit to hold bilateral talks, promote economic and trade cooperation and discuss the regional situation with the Pakistani leadership.

    Pakistan and China also reiterated their resolve to give new boost to their existing ties and further deepen their cooperation in various sectors for the benefit of both countries.

    The announcement was made yesterday by the Chinese FM and Aziz during a joint news conference.

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    Cabinet okays Pak-China economic corridor


    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chairing a meeting of the federal cabinet. — APP/File

    ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet during its meeting on Monday gave approval for the Pak-China economic corridor. Approval was also given along with for starting negotiations with Beijing for importing 1000 megawatts of electricity from China by laying a new transmission line.

    Read: Analysis: China-Pakistan corridor or labyrinth?

    The Pak-China Economic Corridor (PCEC) is the country’s biggest road project recently launched by the government. Work on one of the sections of the PCEC was initiated in December last year, under which a motorway from Havelian to Thakot as phase-I of the Islamabad-Raikot section of the corridor would be constructed.

    The Havalian to Thakot section of the corridor is being financed by China while other phases will be carried out on the basis of Built Operate and Transfer (BOT).

    Know more: Bids invited for Pak-China Economic Corridor project

    Also during today's meeting, the cabinet took notice of alleged horse-trading taking place prior to the Senate elections of March.

    During the meeting, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directed that constitutional amendments must be made to make changes in the Senate elections procedure from secret balloting to show of hands.

    The premier also constituted a four member legal committee consisting Attorney General of Pakistan Salman Aslam Butt, Federal Minister Anusha Rehman and Special Assistants to the Prime Minister Khawaja Zaheer Ahmad and Barrister Zafarullah Khan. The committee has been tasked with submitting a report by Monday evening regarding reforms to stop horse-trading.

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    He further directed all federal ministers present at the meeting to contact all political parties and brief them on Senate elections reforms.

    Also during the meeting, a minute of silence was observed in light of Justice (retd) Rana Bhagwandas' demise.

    The cabinet was also scheduled to be briefed on the country's energy situation. It is expected to give approvals on an agreement for a discounted loan from China for the Karachi Nuclear Power Projects I and II as well as okay loans from Japan in order to carry out energy reforms.

    The approval for commencing talks with Afghanistan for an agreement to hold preferential trade was also scheduled to be discussed in the meeting.

    Agreements on protection of security-related information with Egypt and exchange of criminals with Malaysia were also on the meeting's agenda.

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    China expresses interest in KPT projects

    KARACHI: A high-level Chinese expert group during their visit to Karachi Port on Monday expressed keen interest in future projects, especially in the construction of elevated expressway to provide connectivity to Pakistan Deep Water Container Port (PDWCP).

    Headed by Hu Dongsheng, Deputy Director-General of China Development Bank, the 21-member delegation, comprised members from the Chinese ministry of foreign affairs, transport, agriculture, industry, information technology, planning and research.

    Karachi Port Trust (KPT) chairman Vice Admiral (retd) Shafqat Jawed and Ports and Shipping Director-General Abdul Malik Ghauri informed the delegates about KPT’s role and contribution in country’s trade and commerce.

    The KPT chairman dilated that the Karachi Port would be capable of handling bigger post-Panamax mother ships by the end of this year when the first phase of deep-water container port is expected to be completed.

    He said that the new port would open up avenues for trade and commerce of the country and pave way for the port to become transshipment hub of the region.

    The chairman said that the decision to develop deep-water container port was timely as the Karachi Port was strategically located and would meet the needs of growing Asian economies.

    Responding to some of the question raised by the visiting Chinese delegation members, the KPT chairman said the elevated expressway project besides giving connectivity to PDWCP would also address the traffic forecasts and congestion at the port.

    Published in Dawn March 10th , 2015

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    Smile China Says Pakistan 'Most Reliable Friend', Vows To 'Help In All Respects'!

    COAS Raheel Sharif had met his counterpart Gen Qi Jianguo at the headquarters of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on Sunday. Gen Sharif held extensive talks with General Qi during which views were exchanged on full range of regional security and defence-related issues.

    They agreed to enhance long-term defence collaboration and strengthen security and counter-terrorism cooperation and intelligence sharing and training exchanges.

    The army chief had also called on Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission, Gen Fan Changlong on Sunday.

    According to ISPR, Gen Fan described Pakistan and China as strategic cooperation partners and “iron brothers”.

    Expressing solidarity with the people and the armed forces of Pakistan, Gen Fan had praised the success of Operation Zarb-i-Azb which he termed “decisive, bold and a hard blow for terrorists”.

    Meng Jianzhu, member of Politburo — Communist Party's second highest council — termed China's relationship with Pakistan "beyond individuals" adding that "Pakistan's concern is China's concern".
    Chinese State Leader Yu Zhengsheng termed Pakistan as the "most reliable friend" and said just as Pakistan has always stood by China, Chinese government and its people will stand with Pakistan and help it in all respects.
    General Raheel thanked the Chinese leadership for its support to Pakistan and said, "The world must understand the evolving environment ... greater international focus, coordination [is required] to logically conclude the fight [against] terrorism."
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