Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif met the Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi, in Beijing on Wednesday, where they discussed ongoing development projects being implemented in Pakistan with China’s cooperation.
The meeting lasted an hour and Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal accompanied the chief minister on the occasion.
Shahbaz said he brought a message of goodwill from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for the government and people of China, according to a handout released by the Punjab government. He also thanked Foreign Minister Wang for his role in the implementation of the economic package announced by China for Pakistan.
There has been considerable progress on the Pak-China Economic Corridor during just one year, Shahbaz said, which is reflective of the relationship between the two countries.
The chief minister said the Pakistani government is speedily implementing the Gwadar project and the process of acquisition of land has been completed.
Foreign Minister Wang said the doors of China are always open to Pakistani guests and no hurdle will be allowed in the way of projects such as the Karachi-Lahore Motorway. He said China is ready to relax rules and regulations for Pakistan in this regard, he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 10th, 2014.
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