Chinese team takes up CPEC security with minister

ISLAMABAD – A Chinese delegation comprising of 12 members headed by Ambassador of China to Pakistan Yao Jing met with Interior Minister Brigadier (Retd) Ijaz Ahmad Shah to discuss security matters pertaining to China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). “To further strengthen cooperation with China in all aspects of our bilateral relations, the security of economic development is very vital,” said the minister.

Ministry of Interior is playing a lead role in CPEC security and has established multiple operational and working mechanisms to achieve the desired objectives, he added. It is important to note here that the Joint Technical Expert Working has offered technological assistance on security management of CPEC. The Chinese ambassador put emphasis on increased use of technology in operational matters to ensure efficiency and smooth functioning of projects.

Beijing says ready to further expand CPEC

The delegation shared their ideas and future prospects with the minister that were positively welcomed and both sides agreed on mutual cooperation to make sure that CPEC becomes a success. The security matters pertaining to Gwadar Port and surrounding areas were also discussed and possible measures were proposed. “I feel pleased to have talks with Chinese delegation and look forward to even stronger relations between the two countries,” The minister said and concluded with the promise to ensure effective execution of decided matters for protection and successful completion of CPEC.

APP adds: Terming the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) a symbol of cooperation between the two neighbourly countries, the spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said that his country would like to work with Pakistan to enrich and expand the corridor in order to achieve high quality growth so that more benefits could be delivered to peoples of the two countries and the region. While responding to a question about the completion of CPEC in Balochistan in Beijing, Geng Shuang said that recently the trial of China Power Hub Generation Company’s 1,320 MW coal-fired project was over, and it was now put into commercial operation in Balochistan.

“This is an important energy project under the CPEC, and it would meet the power needs of millions of Pakistani households,” the foreign ministry spokesperson added. The spokesperson reiterated that both China and Pakistan were all-weather strategic partners and the CPEC was a symbol of practical cooperation between the two countries.

The Hub Power Company Ltd (HUBCO) and China Power International Holding had announced Commercial Operational Date (COD) of their 1,320MW imported coal power plant and integrated jetty with coal transshipment capacity of 4.2 million tonnes per annum (MTPA). Developed in record time, as per the schedule and within projected costs, the CPHGC project is a part of the early harvest energy projects under the CPEC framework, making it truly a project of national and strategic significance. The plant will add 9 billion kWh of electricity to the national grid every year, meeting power needs of four million households in the country.

Source: The Nation

Date: 21/8/2019

Author: Imran Mukhthar

PM Imran orders authorities to expedite CPEC work

ISLAMABAD: 

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday directed authorities to expedite work on half a dozen projects of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that have been facing significant delays, as he seeks to quell impression of abandoning the strategic bilateral initiative.

The premier took a detailed briefing on the delayed energy and infrastructure projects of the multi-billion dollar CPEC.

The strategic initiative came to almost a grinding halt during past one year due to reservations expressed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) cabinet and enhanced fiscal controls under the $6 billion International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme.

The change in government’s priorities has also put the jobs of around 50 employees at stake who are currently working under CPEC Support Secretariat Project and CPEC Centre of Excellence. Their fate hangs in balance after the government decided to setup a CPEC Authority.

The IMF has placed a ceiling on the amount of the stock of the government guarantees that cannot exceed Rs1.6 trillion by end of this fiscal year and there is also continuous ban on accumulation of external public payment arrears by the government.

These restrictions have affected the government’s ability to contract a big project like mainline-I project of the CPEC, said sources in the Finance Ministry.

The premier was given a briefing on the status of 300MW Gwadar Power Plant, 1100MW Kohala Power Plant, $9 billion ML-I project of the CPEC, the Eastbay Expressway, Gwadar Master Plan and pending tax concessions for Gwadar Free Zone.

The sources said that the premier expressed a resolve to address all the pending issues that have delayed implementation of the CPEC and asked the bureaucracy to address the bottlenecks at the earliest.

In order to remove the hindrances in the construction of Kohala Hydel Project AJK, PM Imran asked the secretary power and secretary water resources to hold a meeting with the chief secretary AJK.

The final meeting will take place between PM Imran and Prime Minister AJK. The project is being delayed due to AJK government’s reservations about its implications on water supply to the region.

Prime Minister Imran Khan again directed the Ministry of Planning to fast-track work on the much-delayed $9 billion ML-I project. The PC-I of the first phase of the project, valuing $2.4 billion, is currently pending with the Ministry of Planning for a decision.

However, the ministry has sought clearance from the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority and investigation agencies about the legal status of the ML-I Framework Agreement signed between Pakistan and China in 2017.

The bureaucracy is reluctant to move forward due to the ongoing investigations in two mega road projects of the CPEC by National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The premier said that the planning and finance ministries should simultaneously address the issues of financing of the project and hiring of consultants. He also sought fresh commitments for the rail project.

It is yet to be seen whether the finance ministry can afford to take the $9 billion loans on its books during the three-year IMF programme period.

The prime minister directed Balochistan chief secretary, Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Ministry of Power to resolve all the outstanding issues that have caused a delay in the implementation of 300MW Gwadar Power Plant, the Eastbay Expressway and Gwadar Master Plan.

The National Development Council had proposed a new mechanism for Gwadar Master Plan, which PM Imran on Monday directed the planning ministry for further review.

The construction of Eastbay Expressway is the main artery of Gwadar Port through which the entire traffic of port will flow. There are serious issues hampering implementation of the Eastbay project.

The PC-I of the project had been approved by ECNEC in January 2015 and approved Rs12.9 billion for construction. However, the contract was awarded at Rs15.1 billion construction cost without securing approval of the revised PC-I from the ECNEC. The 17% increase in construction cost was also above all permissible limits.

The China Communication Construction Company (CCCC) that is executing the project also conducted the technical feasibility and design of the project and yet its cost estimates varied by 17%, according to the Planning Ministry’s objections.

There is also no clarity whether China would increase the interest-free loan component as proportionate to the increase in the construction cost. The issues of provision of land to the operators of Gwadar port and Cost Guard also remained unresolved.

The ECNEC had approved to complete the project in 30 months, which has been increased to 42 months without securing the body’s approval.

The planning ministry has inquired whether the Ministry of Maritime Affairs has acquired approval of the Framework Agreement from the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA).

The question has been raised after NAB decided to investigate Multan-Sukkur project of the CPEC that has also been implemented under the same framework agreement.

The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority has not yet approved a tariff for Gwadar coal-fired power plant project. The PM sought to expedite the process.

PM Imran also directed to prepare electricity demand and supply projections till 2040, while keeping in mind the economic growth projects for next 20 years.

The power secretary informed that China had shared a draft of demand-supply situation study till 2025.

PM Imran directed the Ministry of Finance to give concurrence to the proposal of hiring new staff for Motorway Police to make Multan-Sukkur motorway operational. He ordered to finalize a date for performing the groundbreaking ceremony.

Source: Express Tribune

Date: 20 August 2019

Author: Shahbaz Rana

China ready to further expand CPEC for high quality growth: Spokesperson

BEIJING: Terming China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as a symbol of practical cooperation, a Chinese foreign ministry’s spokesperson Tuesday said that his country would like to work with Pakistan to enrich and expand the CPEC and achieve high quality growth to deliver more benefits to peoples of two countries and the broader region.

“China will like to work with Pakistan to enrich and expand the essence of CPEC and achieve high quality growth to deliver more benefits to people in our two countries and in the broader region,” Geng Shuang said while responding to a question about completion of a big power project in Balochistan province.

He said that recently, China Power Hub Generation Company’s 1,320 MW coal-fired power project had finished its trial operation and it was now put into commercial operation in Balochistan province.

“This is an important energy project under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and it will fulfill the power demand of millions of Pakistani families,” he added.

The spokesperson remarked that China and Pakistan were all-weather strategic cooperative partners and the CPEC was a symbol of practical cooperation between the two countries.

The Hub Power Company Ltd (HUBCO) and China Power International Holding announced Commercial Operational Date (COD) of its 1,320MW imported coal power plant and integrated jetty with coal transshipment capacity of 4.2 million tonnes per annum (MTPA).

Developed in record time, as per the schedule and within projected costs, the CPHGC project is a part of the early harvest energy projects under the

CPEC framework, making it truly a project of national and strategic significance.

The plant will add 9 billion kWh of electricity to the national grid every year, meeting electricity needs of four million households in the country.

Source: Business Recorder

Date: 21/8/2019

Completion of CPEC projects priority: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the completion of ongoing projects under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on time is the first and foremost priority of the government.

Chairing a high-level meeting to review progress on various ongoing projects under CPEC here at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Monday, he maintained that CPEC is realistic example of wide-ranging and strategic partnership between the two countries.

Imran Khan said the CPEC Authority is being established to ensure progress on projects without delay. The prime minister emphasized that the establishment of authority willprove effective in enhancing cooperation and collaboration between different departments and on time completion of the projects. He expressed optimism that the completion of CPEC will not only benefit the two countries but the whole region will also gain.

Planning Minister Khusro Bakhtyar briefed the Prime Minister on progress in various projects under CPEC including in energy, infrastructure, and digitalization of PTV, Orange Line, ML-1, Gwadar Port and others.

The meeting overviewed the progress on Port Qasim coal-fired plant, Gwadar Power Plant, Kohala Hydropower Project, and Hubco Thar coal power project. The Prime Minister was apprised that Multan-Sukkur Motorway (M-5) has been completed that will soon be inaugurated.

Source: The News

Date: 20/8/2019

M-5 reflective of rapid progress on CPEC

 ISLAMABAD: The recently completed Sukkur-Multan Motorway (M-5) is a reflective of rapid progress on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), that brings huge benefit to the people, in term of their socio-economic uplift.

It employed more than 30,000 people, approximately 97 percent of which belong to the local community from the surrounding areas, says a report published by China Economic Net (CEN).

It is a core portion of the Peshawar-Karachi Motorway (PKM) that charged up the local industries involving construction materials, sand, cement and other materials besides a diverse array of businesses languishing over the past many years.

The M-5 has helped shrink the distance and cut almost in half the travel time from almost 7 hours to 3 and a half hour.

Since the new situation will lead to reduction of fuel consumption, the swelling burden of the oil import bill on the national exchequer stands to be minimized.

Owing to shortening of traveling time, comparatively less fuel will be used causing less emission of greenhouse gases. The pleasant effect will go a long way in healing the regional ecology.

According to report, for local residents, the Sukkur-Multan Motorway is not just a simple road, but instead a corridor of prosperity and progress that has opened the flood gates of life-transforming fortunes.

After opening for traffic, the project will open up the major north-south traffic artery in central Pakistan, greatly improving the inter-city traffic situation of Pakistan, and directly drive the social and economic development of the areas along the project and benefit the Pakistani people.

Credit definitely goes to world-renowned Chinese company China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) for making all this happen.

According to the report, at a time when anti Pak-China lobbies condemned CPEC, terming it a disaster for Pakistan, the Sukkur-Multan Motorway (M-5), is making a splash as a symbol of shared destiny.

Ammar Yasir Magsi, a manager of project said that the miracle project M-5 is known as a livelihood project providing everyone, especially women opportunities to grow together.,

The project is almost 13 days ahead of its completion schedule, as it started on August 5, 2016 and completed on July 23, 2019.

The local market witnessed a boom because during all procedural requirements of construction of the Sukkur-Multan Motorway, all materials were procured locally. It gave new life to the local economy which was struggling to improve,” he opined.

A total of 100 million cubic meters of earth, 30 million cubic meters of stone, 500,000 tons of bitumen, 60 million bricks, 6 million tiles, 1 million tons of cement, 500,000 tons of steel, more than 9,200 sets of machines and tools, 500 million liters of oil, 16.11 million square meters of turf, 360,000 seedlings and a large number of daily supplies have been purchased from the local market.

These material purchases directly boosted the development of the local earth-and-stone mining, transportation, equipment leasing and sales and other related industries, and indirectly provided impetus to downstream industries, injecting vitality into the local economy.

Keeping in view environment scenario, the Sukkur-Multan Motorway has helped changed the fate of the ecosystem in the region, putting in a positive contribution in achieving the national goals set by the government of Pakistan.

Technically speaking, owing to broken roads and the time duration required to cover the distance, vehicular carbon emissions have been peaking in a number of parts of Sukkur and Multan. However, after completion of M5, the distance has been cut to half, which will lead to lower transport generated carbon emissions.

Xiao Hua, general manager of the Peshawar-Karachi Motorway (PKM) project of CSCEC said through careful planning and reasonable arrangement, challenges were met in a befitting manner, the production efficiency was ensured and eventually all goals were completed in time.

Ding Zhaojie, a senior official of CSCEC said that the company had always been carrying out the policy of “quality first” during the construction process.

“Chinese, Pakistani and the American standards were considered, and the highest quality standard among the three standards was selected for quality control.

Source: The News

Date: 19/8/2019

CPHGC’s coal-fired power project under CPEC becomes operational

ISLAMABAD: China Power Hub Generation Company’s (CPHGC) 1320MW coal-fired power project in Balochistan under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has declared Commercial Operations Date (COD) and is now commercially operational.

CPHGC is a joint venture between The Hub Power Company Ltd. (HUBCO) and China Power International Holding, announced this COD of its 1320MW imported coal power plant and integrated jetty with coal transshipment capacity of 4.2 million tonnes per annum (MTPA).

Developed in record time, as per schedule and within projected costs, the CPHGC project is a part of the early harvest energy projects under CPEC framework, making it truly a project of national and strategic significance. The plant will add 9 billion kWh of electricity to the national grid every year, meeting electricity needs of four million households in the country. The project’s two units achieved synchronisation with the National Grid on December 28, 2018 and May 28, 2019, respectively, while the Integrated Coal Jetty became operational in December 2018 with arrival of the first shipment of coal.

“The successful completion of CPHGC project has fortified the dream of energy independence of Pakistan. Since the synchronisation earlier in May, we conducted extensive testing of the systems to make sure we deliver quality while keeping HSE [health, safety & Environment] as our top-priority. I am glad that this Pak-China synergy has resulted in engineering excellence and has fulfilled our promise of providing Pakistan with affordable and ample energy” said Khalid Mansoor, CEO HUBCO.

It is important to note that the project has also delivered on various social commitments for improving the lives of the local community of Hub and Lasbella. Together with its partners, CPHGC has set up a school in Gadani, a floating jetty for fishermen in Abbas Village and has conducted various training and development programmes for the local youth of Balochistan.

The Pakistani principal of the project, the Hub Power Company Limited currently produces over 2920MW through its four plants spread over Balochistan, Punjab and Azad Jammu & Kashmir. HUBCO is the only power producer in Pakistan with four projects listed in the CPEC out of which three are under-construction namely Thar Energy Limited (TEL) and Thalnova Power Thar (Pvt.) Ltd. and Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) at Thar Block II and after the completion of these projects, the power generation capacity of the Company will enhance to over 3580MW.

Source: The News

Date: 19/8/2019

Formation of CPEC ‘authority’ approved by NDC

The National Development Council (NDC) on Thursday approved, in principle, the constitution of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority for ensuring fast track implementation of CPEC projects. The maiden meeting of the NDC chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan discussed development plan of Balochistan, master plan of Gwadar, creation of CPEC Authority and Accelerated Development Plan 2019-20 for erstwhile FATA/merged districts.

A detailed presentation was made on the development plan of Balochistan that included measures to further improve security environment in the province especially the border management, improving the writ of state and development of critical sectors for socio-economic betterment of the people of province.

The meeting was informed that the past neglect of the province, lack of connectivity and economic integration, security challenges and underutilisation and mismanagement of resources contributed towards poverty in the province. A study of utilisation of development budget for past 08 years revealed that out of total expenditure made on the development of the province, approximately 45% were wasted due to pilferage. The meeting decided that every possible effort shall be made to enhance annual development spending of the province over the next 09 years, enabling the province to overcome development challenges, reduce budget deficit and enhance its revenue- generation capacity. Discussing various sectoral development plans, the meeting was informed that communication and infrastructure projects such as completion of M-8 Motorway project, construction of 819 km Chaman-Quetta-Karachi Motorway, Basima-Khuzdar Road and 124 km Awaran-Bela Road project would significantly improve connectivity and communication infrastructure in the province.

On development of coastal areas of the province, the forum approved, in principle, undertaking feasibility studies for port at Gaddani and establishment of special economic zone at Hub.

The forum also approved constitution of National Coastal Development Authority for development of tourist resorts and promoting tourism along the coastal areas of the province including Jiwani, Gwadar, Pasni, Makola, Ormara, Kund Malir, Hingol Park and Miani Hor. On development of ports, the forum endorsed the proposal for development of 08 landing sites and promoting local boat industry including provision of 10,000 green boats. On strategy for development of mines and mineral resources of the province, the forum was informed that the province will be divided into four zones (Chagai Zone, Quetta-Duki Zone, Khuzdar-Lasbella Zone and Coastal Zone) and appropriate model will be put in place to encourage private investment in large-scale mining.

On development of oil & gas sector, the forum was apprised of efforts being made to develop 4 new blocks i.e. Block-28, Zhob, Zorgarh, Jandran & Kohlu for exploration, in addition to carrying out seismic survey at 30 onshore sites. The meeting was also briefed about various plans for improvement of agriculture and water management in the province.

The forum approved, in principle, constitution of CPEC Authority for ensuring fast track implementation of CPEC projects. Discussing development of Gwadar and master plan of the city, the forum approved, in principle, the conceptual framework of Gwadar Special Economic District.

The forum also discussed, in detail, accelerated ten-year development plan for erstwhile FATA. The forum reiterated the commitment of the federal government to ensure availability of allocated funds, timely releases and special dispensation for procurement of specialised execution agencies (NESPAK, FWO, NHA) and facilitation for screened NGOs to operate within merged areas for smooth and uninterrupted development of the merged areas. The meeting was attended by foreign minister, minister for planning, adviser on commerce, adviser on finance, chief of army staff (COAS), chief minister KPK, chief minister Balochistan, SAPM on information & broadcasting, finance minister KP, MNA Asad Umar, commander southern command, foreign secretary, secretary finance, deputy chairman Planning Commission and others.

Source: Business Recorder

Date: 8/9/2019

Media has played a key role in promoting CPEC: Chinese envoy

The media in Pakistan has played an invaluable role in promoting the CPEC. As a result of the Media, the understanding of CPEC and Pakistan-China relations has increased manifold. These were the remarks of Yao Jing, ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, during his keynote address in a Seminar on “Role of Media in Promoting CPEC” organised by Centre for Belt and Road Initiative and China Studies-Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies (IPDS) in collaboration with the External Services, Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC).

Ambassador further said that media is contributing to the advancement and promotion of CPEC by dissemination truth to the public. CPEC is aimed to upgrade Pakistan’s society, alleviate pecuniary and other socio-economic malaise. The fundamental purpose of media is to safeguard the national interest of a state. Thereby, the promotion of CPEC is in the best interest of Pakistan that is a win-win situation for both countries.

In her introductory remarks, Farhat Asif, President of the IPDS said that over the years, media has played a significant role to advance CPEC project in Pakistan and articulate its efficacy to the citizens and explained about hosting such an important discussion.

Ms. Shaheera Shahid, Director General, Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation has acknowledged the optimistic role of media in the promotion and advancement of CPEC. It is dispensable to counter the negative propaganda aimed at undermining the success of the project and bilateral ties. The role played by the media is positive and vibrant in this regard. Benefits of CPEC will reach the grass-root level and would benefit Pakistan’s populace.

Mrs. Tang Tianru, Anchor of CPEC Time PTV said that CPEC is the flagship project of BRI. It has been observed that negative propaganda is promoted to avert this mega-project. It has brought socio-economic opportunities in Pakistan and has alleviated poverty. CPEC Time is a television program that is entirely devoted to CPEC and has over 120 million viewership in Pakistan.

Sultan MHali, former PAF officer, and current defense analyst at PTV acknowledged the Pak-China friendship and their long-standing partnership in different realms such as economy, defense. He further said that the fourth-generation hybrid warfare is trying to destabilise the bilateral ties and the media is playing an indispensable role to aware the general citizenry of Pakistan. He urged that the media practitioners must seek truth and discern fake news that is being propagated by the foes.

Outgoing DCM Zhao Lijiang, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China also was present along with from other large numbers of ambassadors, diplomats, academicians, students, faculty members, journalists and member of the civil society organisations.

Source: Daily Times

Date: 8/8/2019

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Revised FTA with China ‘silver lining’ for Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: 

Experts have urged the government to build the country’s export capacity in order to cater to the demand from Chinese markets at competitive prices, amid finalisation of second phase of the free trade deal between Pakistan and China.

At a seminar on ‘Pakistan-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA): Where we are and where we are going?’ on Monday, they termed the FTA a silver lining for Pakistan’s economy and a splendid opportunity for both countries.

Speaking on the occasion, Chinese Embassy Economic and Commercial Section Minister Counsellor Wang Zhihua said though the trade volume between Pakistan and China had increased over the years, the trade imbalance remained the biggest challenge. “The main reason behind the trade imbalance between the two countries is of structural nature, where China has a strong manufacturing base to export goods as compared to imports,” he remarked.

Wang said the finalisation of the second phase of FTA between the two countries on the sidelines of the second Belt and Road Forum would help resolve such issues and further strengthen bilateral trade ties.

He argued that as per FTA phase two, China had agreed to eliminate duties on more than 300 products, especially in the agriculture sector, where Pakistan had the potential to expand its export basket. “We hope that the government will adopt a new industrial policy at the earliest to help improve business environment and ease of doing business,” he said, adding that it would also help Chinese investors bring more investment.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 6th, 2019.

 

Pakistan-China ties based on mutual trust: CJCSC

BEIJING  –    Pakistan-China relationship is close and solid, and it is based on mutual respect and mutual trust, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Zubair Mahmood Hayat told Chinese media.

He also stressed that Pakistan-China relationship is far beyond the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, but the projects of CPEC are a mega initiative that Pakistan is very proud of and pleased to have, according to China Global Television Network (CGTN).

Gen Zubair Hayat briefed Chinese media and shared his thoughts on China-Pakistan relations and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) during his recent visit to China for the 13th Defence and Security Talks by China and Pakistan.

When mentioning the construction process of CPEC, Gen Zubair said that the initial part of the projects are focused on energy and infrastructure. Most of the energy- and infrastructure-based projects have come online and are making tangible contributions, he said. According to a Chinese news website, Gen Zubair said that Pakistan is pleased to have the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as centerpiece of the country’s economic growth and prosperity.

Pakistan embraces and fully supports the BRI, and the CPEC, which encompasses investments in two major areas of energy and infrastructure and has already achieved significant progress, he added.

The CJCSC said that the China-Pakistan relationship is not a transitional, issue-based or interest-driven one; rather, it is a solid friendship based on mutual trust and respect dating back to the era of the ancient Silk Road. Faced with some common challenges in the 21st Century, Pakistan and China share an identical world view and vision of development, since the two countries both value peace, stability and prosperity, he added.

“China was, is and will remain our friend,” the official said, “and we will help each other in times of need.”

During the visit, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan also held a meeting with Gen. Zubair and said that China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic cooperative partners. No matter what changes take place in the international and regional landscapes, China and Pakistan will always trust and support each other, he said.

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has achieved fruitful results in the past five years, he added. It is moving towards a new stage of substantial, expanding and high-quality development, he stated.

Wang stressed that the two sides should implement the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, firmly promote the construction of the CPEC and deepen cooperation in various fields such as counter-terrorism and security.

During the visit, Vice Chairman of China Central Military Commission, Gen. Zhang Youxia and a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and head of the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of the CPC Guo Shengkun also held separate meetings with the visiting dignitary.

Source: The Nation

Date: 2nd  August 2019