Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani has said that China is our closest friend and both are joined together in a broad-based, long-term ‘All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership.’ This was said in a virtual meeting with Mr. Wang Yang, Chairman of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference which took place here in Islamabad. Chairman Senate observed that in recent years our ties have further deepened. He said that Pakistan adheres to One-China Policy and Pakistan has always stood by China in matters of its core national interest. Pakistan values Chinese support in upholding our sovereignty, territorial integrity and national development, said Sadiq Sanjrani. “We are grateful for the support provided by China at the UN in the wake of India’s illegal unilateral steps in IIOJK”, the Chairman Senate said. He further said that both Islamabad and Beijing have maintained high level exchanges of parliamentarians on a regular basis and all political parties in Pakistan support further deepening of Pakistan-China bilateral friendship. He said that China is Pakistan’s largest single investment and trading partner. While mentioning bilateral cooperation in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, Chairman Senate said that both the countries share the finest traditions of standing by each other through thick and thin. He appreciated the role played by China in controlling the virus in a country with population of 1.4 billion people. He observed that China extended tremendous support to Pakistan to fight the pandemic and the Chinese government and people have firmly stood by their Pakistani brethren in the fight against COVID-19. He said that Pakistan received critical medical supplies and a team of Chinese medical experts also visited Pakistan on the instructions of President Xi Jinping to assist Pakistan to contain the pandemic. Chinese doctors’ experience, the Senate Chairman said, greatly helped Pakistan understand COVID-19 and find better and practical ways to deal with it. Sanjrani also appreciated President Xi Jinping’s declaration of COVID-19 vaccine as ‘global public good.’ Regarding cooperation under Belt and Road Initiative and CPEC, Chairman Senate observed that Pakistan has great potential for regional connectivity connecting South Asia with Central Asia, West Asia, and China and inversely connecting the region with the Middle East and Africa. He said that CPEC will bring prosperity to 3 billion people of the region, including China, Central Asia and the Middle East. “We are developing Gwadar as an energy, trade and logistical hub for the region, which will deepen regional connectivity” Chairman Senate remarked. He said that Pak-China relationship has stood the test of times. The support extended by our two nations in the fight against COVID-19 is no different. He highlighted that the Senate of Pakistan unanimously passed a resolution on 10th February, 2020 wherein it expressed support to the Government, Parliament and people of China in combating COVID-19. He emphasized the need for more bilateral exchange visits to further deepen our understanding of the legislative and oversight practices observed by our Parliaments.
The Chairman of CPPCC appreciated Chairman Senate’s views on Pakistan China relations. He lauded Chairman Senate efforts for strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two countries. He said that Pakistan is an important country for China and we greatly acknowledge Pakistan’s support on various issues. Both sides agreed to further enhance bilateral and multilateral linkages in diverse sectors for benefit of the people of both sides.
Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed , Sajjad Hussain Turi , Mirza Muhammad Afridi, Manzoor Kakar, Dilawar Khan, Muhammad Ali Saif and Secretary Senate Mohammad Qasim Samad Khan were also present during the meeting.