China eager to expand FTA with Pakistan

Published: June 28, 2018
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. PHOTO: REUTERS

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: China wants to expand and promote its free trade agreement (FTA) with Pakistan, said Chinese Deputy Head of Mission Lijian Zhao on Wednesday.

Speaking at a regional conference on “Connectivity and Geo-economics in South Asia”, Lijian pointed out that China was interested in exploring more trade opportunities with Pakistan.

Key to CPEC success

The diplomat expressed confidence that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would lead to regional connectivity for the benefit of not only Pakistan and China, but all neighbouring countries.

However, he stressed that there was a need for further improvement in matters related to CPEC for its effective implementation.

Lijian called for settling cross-border issues between the two countries and said Karakoram Highway was a significant project for linking the two sides.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 28th, 2018.

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