Parliamentary diplomacy between China, Pakistan stressed


ISLAMABAD: The high-ups of both Pakistan and China have urged upon the need for parliamentary diplomacy between the parliamentarians of both the countries.
Senate Foreign Affairs Committee headed by Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, held a detailed and substantive dialogue with their counterpart Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) on Tuesday.
The meeting was held in the Parliament House and attended by the Ambassador of China to Pakistan, Yao Jing as well as the Director General (China), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Ayesha Ali.
Senator Mushahid Hussain said that Pakistan and China have a strategic relationship based on a track record of supporting each other on their respective “core interests”.
He said that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was today the centerpiece of Pakistan-China friendship and he lauded the Belt and Road initiative of President Xi Jinping as the biggest diplomatic and developmental initiative of 21st century.
He said that a unique feature of Pakistan China friendship was that all political forces, the government and parliament, the armed forces and civil society were united on this one issue that this relationship was the most vital component of Pakistan’s foreign policy since it serves the national interests of Pakistan.
He said the balance of economic and political power is shifting from the West to the East and China is a pillar of the Asian Century.
The Chinese delegation led by Mr. Kong Quan, said that they all feel at home on coming to Pakistan and the Chinese government and people as well as the parliament strongly support Pakistan in their efforts to protect its independence and build a strong economy relying on their talented manpower.
He said that China would continue to support CPEC including strengthen cooperation with the youth as well as strengthen Pakistan’s industrial and manufacturing base. There was a very positive interactive discussion between the parliamentarians of both sides who represented the media, diplomacy and the business sectors.