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China pledges to strengthen Pakistan’s capacity in fight against coronavirus

China pledges to strengthen Pakistan’s capacity in fight against coronavirus

ISLAMABAD: Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing called on Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh.

During the meeting, both sides discussed matters of mutual concern and decided to further strengthen bilateral collaborations. The Chinese ambassador lauded the relief package announced by the government for the people and business community and also appreciated the government response to tackling the spread of coronavirus in the country.

Earlier, Chinese envoy  Yao Jing called on Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss Pakistan-China bilateral relations, fight against COVID-19, CPEC and other issues of mutual interest.

Thanking Bejing for extending support to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Global Initiative for Debt Relief at the recently-held G-20 meeting, FM Quershi underscored that Pakistan and China are all-weather strategic partners and have preserved the finer tradition of standing by each other through thick and thin.

While particularly appreciating the government and people of China for exhibiting solidarity and moral and material support to Pakistan in the wake of outbreak of COVID-19, the minister maintained that large amounts of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE’s) and medical equipment sent by Beijing have significantly strengthened our capacity to control the COVID-19.

Referring to CPEC as the transformational project, Qureshi noted that completion of CPEC projects was number one priority of the government.

“Both sides were working closely to further deepen cooperation during CPEC’s Second Phase which will have far-reaching impact on our industrial, agriculture, health, and socio-economic development sectors,” the official communique read.

In response, Ambassador Yao Jing said China is Pakistan’s close friend and steadfast partner and Islamabad had also extended valuable support in China’s fight against outbreak of the virus.

Recalling President Alvi’s visit to coronavirus in March 2020, Yao Jing said that the gesture communicated tremendous solidarity to the Chinese people and further cemented the ties between both countries.