China’s security as important as Pakistan’s, Nawaz tells Chinese president

Published: April 20, 2015
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PHOTO: AFP An Express News screengrab of Chinese premier and First Lady Madam Peng Liyuan. PM Nawaz arrives at Islamabad airport to welcome his counterpart. PHOTO COURTESY: SOUTH ASIAN DAILY

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China signed 51 agreements on Monday during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s historic visit to the country.

“We have resolved to continue to cooperate to fight terrorism,” PM Nawaz said, while addressing the media and top diplomats in Islamabad.

“I have assured Xi, China’s security is as important to us as Pakistan’s security,” he added.

Nawaz said the two countries have decided to increase regional and economic cooperation and signed 51 agreements in this regard.

“Friendship with China is the cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy.”

“We have taken a momentous decision that will raise Pakistan, China relations to new heights,” Nawaz said, referring to the agreements signed.

Nawaz added, “We have agreed to make coordinated efforts for peace and economic growth in the regions.”

Regarding the economic corridor, the premier said, “The economic corridor will benefit all provinces and areas of Pakistan.”

“It will enable China to create a shorter and cheaper route for trade with other countries,” he added.

Speaking at the occasion, the Chinese president said, “We held very fruitful talks and signed agreements.”

The Chinese president appreciated Pakistan’s efforts to eliminate terrorism and welcomed Pakistan’s membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

The Chinese president arrived at the Prime Minister House after receiving a rousing welcome at the Islamabad airport earlier today.

Xi is on a two-day state visit to Pakistan to sign a number of important agreements and MoUs worth $46 billion. The two countries are set to cooperate in gas, coal, and solar energy projects to provide 16,400 megawatts of electricity — roughly equivalent to the country’s entire current capacity.

 

Express News screengrab of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

Eight MoUs were signed during the meeting pertaining to Chinese investment in the country.

 

 

 

Express News screengrab

During his meeting with the Chinese president, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan is fully resolved to deepen its relations further with China.

“China is our trusted and close friend,” he added.

Nawaz said people of Pakistan were anxiously waiting for the visit of the Chinese President.

“We warmly welcome a great leader from our great friend.”

He also welcomed the first lady of China who is accompanying the President Xi Jinping.

The Chinese President said promotion of Pak-China relations is the joint heritage and bright future of the two countries.

“Strengthening of cooperation with Pakistan is part of the economic agenda of China,” the Chinese president said.

Jinping expressed confidence that implementation of the economic corridor would open a new chapter of cooperation between the two countries.

The Chinese president said he chose Pakistan as the first country to visit abroad during the current year.

Further, he thanked Pakistan for providing assistance in evacuation of stranded Chinese nationals in Yemen.

Upon arrival, a fleet of eight JF-17 Thunder fighter jets received the President of People’s Republic of China and escort him to airport.

Express News screengrab of JF-17 Thunder fighter jets

A 21-gun salute was also presented to the honorable guest at the airport.

 Xi Jinping walks with his Pakistani counterpart Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: AFP

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel arrived at the airport to welcome the Chinese premier.

 Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Pakistan’s Army Chief Raheel Sharif. PHOTO: AFP

 

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The Chinese president was accompanied by First Lady Madam Peng Liyuan, senior ministers, high-level functionaries of the Communist Party and senior government officials.

Chief executive officers from a wide spectrum of business houses of China also accompanied the president.

The entire route right from the airport to Constitution Avenue was decorated with colourful banners inscribed with slogans reading: “Long Live Pak-China Friendship”, “Pak-China Friendship Deeper than Oceans”, Brothers” “Pak-China partners in Peace and Development.”

Portraits of Chinese President Xi Jinping, President Mamnoon Hussain and PM Nawaz were on display on both sides of the route.

Horticulture Wing of Capital Development Authority was also tastefully decorated all the major avenues in the city with plantation of beautiful seasonal flowers, Radio Pakistan reported.

 Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan wave as they arrive at Nur Khan air base in Rawalpindi PHOTO: AFP

President Mamnoon Hussain also hosted a luncheon in honour of the visiting dignitary.

President Xi Jinping will be conferred the country’s highest civil award, the ‘Nishan-e-Pakistan’ at a special investiture ceremony at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.

 Read: Chinese president due on Monday

Xi is the first Chinese head of state to visit Islamabad since 2006. He was originally scheduled to travel to Pakistan in September last year but cancelled his trip due to political unrest in the country.

‘Xi’s visit to usher a new era of development’ 

PM Nawaz said Chinese president’s visit will usher in a new era of development in Pakistan and open a new chapter in bilateral ties between the two countries.

The premier held separate meetings with top executives of three leading Chinese companies, including Huaneng Group, ICBC Corporation and Zonergy Corporation at the PM House today (April 20).

The prime minister said establishing linkages among the business communities of the two countries would further strengthen bilateral relations.

Read: Festooned in colour, capital awaits Xi

While welcoming the delegations to Pakistan, the premier appreciated efforts taken by the organisations to undertake various projects including Pakistan-China Economic Corridor.

PM Nawaz also said that Pakistan is facing an energy shortage and the government has made a commitment to nationals to overcome the shortage during his tenure.

“Therefore, I am emphasising on timely completion of these projects, particularly those related to the energy sector,” he added.

PHOTO: AFP

The premier said the government would provide all possible facilities to the Chinese companies.

“We will work with the organisations to remove any kind of obstacles affecting the completion of these planned projects,” he said.

PM Nawaz was also pleased to note that Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the largest bank in the world, will look into the possibility of setting up economic zones in Pakistan and encourage Chinese businesses to invest there.

The Chinese executives extended their best wishes to the premier and government.

Read: Chinese president to visit Pakistan on April 20, hammer out $46-billion deal: FO

The members of the delegation also said that strong Pakistan-China friendship ties provide an excellent platform for increasing commercial activities between the two countries.

The federal minister for water and power, chief minister Punjab, Pakistan’s ambassador to China, Secretary water and power were also in attendance.

Regarding the Chinese president’s visit, the Foreign Office said, Pakistan and China are ready to work together for peace and prosperity in South Asia.

Further, Foreign Office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam tweeted the two countries agreed to strengthen cooperation and support the Afghan reconciliation process.

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Reader Comments (32)

  • riz
    Apr 20, 2015 - 11:35AM

    welcome to pakistanRecommend

  • Shah
    Apr 20, 2015 - 12:10PM

    We Welcome Our Great Chinese FriendRecommend

  • Malatesh
    Apr 20, 2015 - 12:57PM

    Good luck..
    One advice from across the boarder, Please don’t make deal which can harm India, but make a deal which can give maximum benefit to to Pakistan.Recommend

  • Aafaq
    Apr 20, 2015 - 1:20PM

    Welcome to Pakistan our great friend China. Long live Pakistan-China friendship. Pakistan is China and China is Pakistan :)Recommend

  • Blithe
    Apr 20, 2015 - 1:21PM

    This should have happened last year .
    Unfortunately , pti miscreants – sponsored by enemies of Pakistan – tried to come ki the middle of Pak-China friendship . Recommend

  • HG
    Apr 20, 2015 - 1:35PM

    @Malatesh:

    We can make any deal we wish. Mind your bussiness. Recommend

  • Salman Husen
    Apr 20, 2015 - 1:44PM

    Welcome President…….in our motherland Pakistan zindabad….Recommend

  • Cynic Waheed
    Apr 20, 2015 - 1:51PM

    @Malatesh – Thanks mate, your advice has reached the chinese leadership. Now they will think a 100 times before making any deal that harms India. Infact they will consult you and Indian leadership before signing anything because China is just like Nepal and you can control it!

    If you missed it, it was sarcasm – For once perhaps, just mind your own busines? Just once? No?

    Sincerely,

    A Pakistani.Recommend

  • Fatima Malik
    Apr 20, 2015 - 2:06PM

    Warm Welcome to the Chinese President Xi !! Recommend

  • Fatima Malik
    Apr 20, 2015 - 2:08PM

    Warm Welcome to the Chinese President Xi!! Long live Pak-China Friendship Recommend

  • Kushal
    Apr 20, 2015 - 2:49PM

    Hahaha, Just some feel good factor for the hapless and poor Pakistanis. Nothing concrete can be achieved in this visit.Recommend

  • Malatesh
    Apr 20, 2015 - 2:52PM

    @Cynic Waheed:
    Both China and Nepal are the sovereign nations I believe.
    Time will tell you weather addressing someone’s concern is sarcasm or real. Remember once Russia also got isolated from the world just because its mistake in Crimea.

    I hope China will not do that mistake. China can’t even dare to support you on Kashmir. Recommend

  • Omar
    Apr 20, 2015 - 3:27PM

    @HG:
    Maltesh did not say it in a bad way. HG, please mind your manners. Thank you!Recommend

  • kashif iqbal
    Apr 20, 2015 - 4:30PM

    @Malatesh: what about your deals with US, FranceRecommend

  • Malatesh
    Apr 20, 2015 - 4:53PM

    @kashif iqbal:
    How India’s deals with US, France affects Pakistan?
    We have lack of electricity, in order to generate electricity we need power plants, Russia, US, France Canada are supporting us.

    Growth of Pakistan and its stability is India’s interest.. Trust me, India is not obsessed with your deal China in terms of economic progress.

    But be cautious while making any deal.. Recommend

  • mehr
    Apr 20, 2015 - 5:00PM

    @Malatesh:
    One of Indian guy was ceo of some one multinational group posted in China once met me in flight .He told me that before his posting to China he was specially briefed about pak China relations and was told never give any statment against pak in China at any forum in China. ..so malatesh do not b concerned what ll b signed…it’s unaffected time tested relation …Recommend

  • Majazi
    Apr 20, 2015 - 5:19PM

    @Malatesh:
    Dear Malatesh,
    How much India cares while making it’s international deals reg. ‘No Harm to Pakistan’?
    India, a nation which does not care about its own minorities ,leaves no stone unturned in belittling and bothering minorities, should not advise others even if it’s not in bad spirit.
    Your suggestion would have been welcomed when India were a true SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC…which unfortunately is not the case.
    Thanks anyway.Recommend

  • shabi
    Apr 20, 2015 - 5:25PM

    Burnol please for some keyboard warriors… calm down neighbours you are not going to get flower in return of slap you will be paid back with intrest tooRecommend

  • kulwant singh
    Apr 20, 2015 - 5:33PM

    @Malatesh: Why are you worried, it is up to them to do any thing they deem fit, giving advice without any one asking is a bad manner. Will your leadership consult any other Nation before signing any deal with any country..I wish good look to my Pakistani friends only peace and progress in Pakistan is in favour of India and whole world.Recommend

  • Apr 20, 2015 - 6:47PM

    I’ve heard that China is going to build a super highway of $46 billion through the middle of Pakistan. Such a huge investment!! Who knows that oneday China will not demand Pakistan as one of their disputed lands and then successively annexe it. Then, there will obviously be no country (neither US, Russia or India) who will oppose it because till then China will be an aggressive powerful country in the world and for the sake of their relations with China. So, Pakistan needs to be quite concerned while giving its own land to such a nation who has already many territorial claims not only over Indian lands but also on many South China Sea nation’s waters and territories.Recommend

  • Muneeb Gul
    Apr 20, 2015 - 10:27PM

    All this Is a political show off.. PMLN has now started it’s politics again by blaming PTI for cancelling this trip last year which they say was earlier planned..lol. What a rubbish. These buffoons damn care about the country and just do business.
    Moreover this investment will be looted by the Noora’s gang.. telling u In advance
    May Almighty save us from these two brothersRecommend

  • Apr 20, 2015 - 11:18PM

    (PLF) appreciated the Pakistan and China signed 51 agreements by the Chinese President His Excellency Xi Jinping’s
    Long Live Pak-China Friendship. Haji Muhammad Saeed Arian Founder/Secretary General Pakistan Labour Federation (PLF) said that the historic visit of His Excellency XI JINPING to Pakistan will be increasing More cordial and Economic Relations and also to cooperate to fight terrorism. He said that the Pak China Friendship is the cornerstone. And to make coordinated efforts for peace and economic growth in the regions.” He said that “The economic corridor will beneficial for the workers of Pakistan as well as “It will enable China to create a shorter and cheaper route for trade with other countries. He said that this very fruitful talks and signed an agreements between the Two Government. He said that the two countries cooperation in gas, coal, and solar energy projects to provide will be helpful for the workers in Garment, Leather and other Industries in Pakistan. He said that “China is our trusted and close Friend, and this visit of the Chinese President will be promoting of Pak-China relations in future and strengthening of cooperation. He said that due to the implementation of the economic corridor it would be open a new chapter of cooperation between Pakistan .and China He said that Industrial and Commercial Bank of China will look into the possibility of setting up economic zones in Pakistan and encourage Chinese businesses to invest there and this will be increasing more jobs opportunities to the peoples of Pakistan. Mrs. Atia Saleem Chairperson (PLF) said that the strong friendship will be an excellent platform for increasing commercial activities between the two countries.
    (Haji Muhammad Saeed Arian)
    Founder/Secretary General
    Pakistan Labour Federation (PLF)
    Affiliated with World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU)Recommend

  • Apr 20, 2015 - 11:47PM

    (PLF) appreciated the Pakistan and China signed 51 agreements by the Chinese President His Excellency Xi Jinping’s
    Long Live Pak-China Friendship. Haji Muhammad Saeed Arian Founder/Secretary General Pakistan Labour Federation (PLF) said that the historic visit of His Excellency XI JINPING to Pakistan will be increasing More cordial and Economic Relations and also to cooperate to fight terrorism. He said that the Pak China Friendship is the cornerstone. And to make coordinated efforts for peace and economic growth in the regions.” He said that “The economic corridor will beneficial for the workers of Pakistan as well as “It will enable China to create a shorter and cheaper route for trade with other countries. He said that this very fruitful talks and signed an agreements between the Two Government. He said that the two countries cooperation in gas, coal, and solar energy projects to provide will be helpful for the workers in Garment, Leather and other Industries in Pakistan. He said that “China is our trusted and close Friend, and this visit of the Chinese President will be promoting of Pak-China relations in future and strengthening of cooperation. He said that due to the implementation of the economic corridor it would be open a new chapter of cooperation between Pakistan .and China He said that Industrial and Commercial Bank of China will look into the possibility of setting up economic zones in Pakistan and encourage Chinese businesses to invest there and this will be increasing more jobs opportunities to the peoples of Pakistan. Mrs. Atia Saleem Chairperson (PLF) said that the strong friendship will be an excellent platform for increasing commercial activities between the two countries.
    (Haji Muhammad Saeed Arian)
    Founder/Secretary General
    Pakistan Labour Federation (PLF)
    Affiliated with World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU)Recommend

  • Arijit Sharma
    Apr 21, 2015 - 2:13AM

    China’s security as important as Pakistan’s, Nawaz tells Chinese president

    The heading does seem to suggest that the tail is wagging the dog.Recommend

  • Warm Welcome to the Chinese President Xi .We are proud on pak china relations .God bless on our relations. pak china friendship zindaabad.Recommend

  • Warm Welcome to the Chinese President Xi .We re proud on the relations of Pak China friendship .God bless on Pak China Relations. Pak China friendship Zindaabad.Recommend

  • Warm Welcome to the Chinese President Xi .We re proud on the relations of Pak China friendship .God bless on Pak China Relations. Pak China friendship ZindaabadRecommend

  • rp
    Apr 21, 2015 - 9:29AM

    Pakistan is a international beggar …this is another occasion China has his personal interestRecommend

  • Aschraful Makhlooq PK
    Apr 21, 2015 - 10:59AM

    “@Malatesh:One advice from across the boarder, Please don’t make deal which can harm India, but make a deal which can give maximum benefit to to Pakistan.”
    One advice for India also,id est,don’t make any deal with any country which could harm Pakistan because India never misses out any chance and leave no stone unturn to harm Pakistan on every world’s platform and any where whenever India has opportunity in any forms and manifestations and in India and Pakistan every deal only must be for the economic prosperity,country’s defence and security and for the betterment of country and people but never for the negative and aggressive designs against each others….Recommend

  • Prada
    Apr 22, 2015 - 3:25PM

    Given the appalling security situation in Pakistan, I don’t think China will be too happy to hear that.Recommend

  • Apr 26, 2015 - 12:28PM

    Ghulam Nabi Malik​— Pakistan a country laden with problems of economics, terrorism, extremism and now with threat from donors Arab friends, is striving for real friend in the world, who could whole heatedly help him, to take out from aloofness suffering due to terrorism and its policy of deficit of trust with immediate neighbors Iran a oil rich Muslim country, Afghanistan, itself sufferer of Terrorism with economic problems and India who is now rising economic elephant in Asia after China and Japan.
    Pakistan had undergone so much problems, being a nuclear country, now is under fear of its existence, due to threats from East
    ern and western border of enemies,like talibans and India nuclear and convention weaponry piled up for Pakistan.Pakistan’s Parliament being a Democratic country had refused to jump into Yemen conflict, as required by Arab friends, financial supporters and funds raiser for terror outfit moving freely, for support of KSA.in the streets of Pakistan. Chinese President Mr. XI is a wave of coolest air in the hottest season,is a blessing of dying soul.It was not only warm welcome, it is an exemplary welcome in the history of Pakistan, where civilian and Military leadership were present at the Benazir Bhutto Airport, scribe had seen in 1958, on the visit of US president Eisenhower at Mauripur Air Base while serving in PAF. We all Pakistani expect and think that now all hopes lie with China to take us out from dungeons of darkness of despair.Recommend

  • shah
    Apr 27, 2015 - 10:34AM

    @Arijit Sharma: On Behalf Of Pakistan I Would Like To Thank You And All Other Indian Trolls.Your Mental Insecurities Have Been A Source Of Unlimited Entertainment For Us LOL Recommend

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