Chi­nese friend­ship cor­ner stone of for­eign pol­icy

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

HY­DER­ABAD—Di­rec­tor Area Study Cen­ter Far East and South East Asia Univer­sity of Sindh, Jamshoro Prof. Dr. Ha­madul­lah Kake­poto has said that friend­ship with China has be­come corner­stone of Pak­istan’s for­eign pol­icy and en­joys full sup­port in the coun­try.

Talk­ing to APP here, Prof. Dr. Ha­madul­lah Kake­poto said that friend­ship with China has been called “all-weather friend­ship”, “com­pre­hen­sive friend­ship” and re­cently “an in­dis­pens­able part­ner­ship” and added that it has also been de­scribed as “a model of friend­ship be­tween coun­tries with dif­fer­ent so­cial sys­tems”.

He said that Pak­istan and China en­joyed very cor­dial re­la­tions since long and their bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous fields in­clud­ing po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic, trade and se­cu­rity has worked for the mu­tual ben­e­fit of both coun­tries.

Prof. Dr. Ha­madul­lah Kake­poto said that Pak­istan and China shared strate­gic in­ter­ests as well. He said that re­cent visit of Chi­nese Pres­i­dent to Pak­istan and sign­ing of 51 MoUs in var­i­ous fields is another mile­stone in their bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion.

One of the main as­pects of their re­cent agree­ments was the es­tab­lish­ment of the Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor be­tween Pak­istan and China to fa­cil­i­tate trade and in­vest­ment ac­tiv­i­ties be­tween the two coun­tries, added.

Area Study Cen­ter Far East and South East Asia fur­ther in­formed that the eco­nomic cor­ri­dor is about 3000 kilo­me­ters long which con­sists of high­ways, rail­ways and pipe­lines and the cor­ri­dor will pro­vide an out­let to China via Gawadar port to the rest of the world.

He said that the eco­nomic cor­ri­dor is ex­pected to bring trade and in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties much in fa­vor of Pak­istan. It will con­nect all the prov­inces of Pak­istan with China.

This di­rect con­nec­tiv­ity with China will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to the busi­ness men of Pak­istan to carry out trade and in­vest­ment ac­tiv­i­ties with China, added.

Prof. Dr. Ha­madul­lah Kake­poto fur­ther in­formed about youth that the it is ex­pected to open new em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for the youth of Pak­istan and most sig­nif­i­cantly it will be ma­jor source of mon­e­tary ben­e­fit for gov­ern­ment of Pak­istan in terms of route charges. He said that this is great chance for Pak­istan to ad­dress so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and to elim­i­nate en­ergy cri­sis. He in­formed that China is one of the ma­jor oil im­porters in the world and with this eco­nomic cor­ri­dor they will have a route for safe and sus­tain en­ergy through pipe­lines. Fur­ther, it will fa­cil­i­tate its two way trade with rest of the world es­pe­cially, Mid­dle East­ern coun­tries. More im­por­tantly it will en­sure safe and un­in­ter­rupted sup­ply of oil from Gulf re­gion to China, added.—APP

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