China for jointly resisting foreign interference
Having once-in-a-decade change of ruling party leadership besides deep-routed strategic partnership with Pakistan, China envisages a common "resistance to foreign interference" in the region.
Briefing a select group of journalists at the Chinese Embassy on Thursday, Ambassador Liu Jian underscored the need for a common ground to resist, jointly, what he termed as foreign interference.
"We (China and Pakistan) should support each other in resisting the foreign inference in the region," he said while answering to a question of China's greater role in collective efforts for peace and stability in the region.
"China appreciates Pakistan's contribution to peace and stability in the region especially in terms of fighting terrorism.
Being a friendly, brotherly and partner country China realises that Pakistan has paid a huge price in fight the threat of terrorism. And we would go to every possible extent to support Pakistan in its endeavor to secure peace and stability in the region," the Ambassador maintained.
He was explaining to journalists about the document called report of the outgoing Secretary General of the Communist Party of China when he highlighted the pursuit of independent foreign policy. "China will unswervingly follow the path of peaceful development and firmly pursue an independent foreign policy of peace," the Ambassador quoted from the report. "We are firm in our resolve to uphold China's sovereignty, security, and development interests and will never yield to any outside pressure," it added.
According to the Ambassador, China would assume a greater role in the regional and global economic development by assisting less developed countries including Pakistan. As per the targets fixed in the report, a master plan of economic development has been launched. "China would continue to follow the path of reforms and balanced opening up of the economy," the Ambassador said.
Quoting from the report, he said, it is a challenge for the new leadership to strike a balance between the responsibility of government and liberty of the market.
Short listing areas of furthering economic cooperation between China and Pakistan, the Chinese top envoy in the capital said energy, Infrastructure development, and agriculture sector were on top priority.
Focusing on economic cooperation, we also need to enhance people to people to contact and cement our ties on the cultural front. "This is the area where you the media people could play a vital role in bringing the two people closer," the Ambassador observed.
The Ambassador was of the view that Pakistan and China should focus now the success beyond the existing bilateral Free Trade Agreement. "Last year Pakistan and China signed a currency swap agreement that is quite advantageous for the Pakistani side," he added.