China to dou­ble its im­ports from Pak

The Financial Daily - - CONTINUATIONS -

MUL­TAN: For­eign Min­is­ter Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan's first of­fi­cial visit to China was a suc­cess­ful one.

The pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment had only fo­cused on in­fra­struc­ture projects but the cur­rent gov­ern­ment had turned the strate­gic re­la­tion­ship with China into eco­nomic ties, the min­is­ter said on Thurs­day.

Qureshi said that China sees its friend­ship with Pak­istan with re­spect, adding that the joint state­ment is­sued by China has re­moved the ru­mours sur­round­ing around the Chi­naPak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor.

Pak­istan's ex­ports with China will be dou­bled, Qureshi said with­out men­tion­ing the time pe­riod. How­ever, he said that the per­cep­tion of an eco­nomic cri­sis in Pak­istan will van­ish soon.

He added that Pak­istan will make the most of the Chi­nese ex­pe­ri­ence to in­crease its ex­port.

The min­is­ter said that Pak­istan wasn't dis­cussing bi­lat­eral ties with the US and only fo­cus­ing on the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in Afghanistan.

The US ap­pre­ci­ates Pak­istan's co­op­er­a­tion for the restora­tion of peace in Afghanistan.

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