Pak­istan hopes to learn from its ‘iron brother’

China Daily (USA) - - 19th CPC NATIONAL CONGRESS - By MO JINGXI mo­jingxi@chi­

China is a giant that has moved with great ease and has achieved the type of suc­cess few other coun­tries have, Pak­istani For­eign Sec­re­tary Tehmina Jan­jua has said.

Pak­istan can learn from the hard work and the com­mit­ment from its “iron brother”, she said, as she hailed China’s “amazing de­vel­op­ment”.

“With a pop­u­la­tion the size that China has, it’s dif­fi­cult for that kind of leap for­ward to be made,” she said. “China has made that leap. We con­grat­u­late its lead­er­ship and peo­ple for that.”

Speak­ing of the changes that have taken place in China over the past five years, Jan­jua said lift­ing mil­lions of peo­ple from poverty to a higher level of de­vel­op­ment is a strate­gic global event that China has taken the lead in.

She was also amazed at the ur­ban­iza­tion pro­grams that have taken place, as “China has done what few coun­tries have been able to do at a na­tional level”.

“Take a look at Chi­nese cities. They match those of any de­vel­oped coun­try,” she said.

Jan­jua said a key fac­tor “com­mit­ment at all lev­els”.

China has al­ways been an im­por­tant player on the global stage, but has re­cently as­sumed its le­git­i­mate and right­ful lead­ing role, she said.

“This has been demon­strated not only in its re­la­tions with var­i­ous parts of the world, but also at the United Na­tions.”

The diplo­mat said China’s greater role on the in­ter­na­tional stage will help in pro­mot­ing the le­gal as­pects of the global or­der.

“We are happy with this role be­cause China is a coun­try whose ac­tiv­i­ties are within the UN sys­tem and based on the prin­ci­ples iden­ti­fied in the UN Char­ter,” she said.

Jan­jua said the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive is an ex­am­ple of China’s readi­ness to sup­port the rest of the world.

Projects un­der the ini­tia­tive, such as the China-Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor, will not only ben­e­fit Pak­istan and its peo­ple, but also the en­tire re­gion, she said. is


Tehmina Jan­jua,

for­eign sec­re­tary of Pak­istan

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