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ISLAMABAD, May 12 (APP):Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Sherry Rehman has said that high level
contacts and multi-sectoral cooperation between Pakistan and China are a
manifestation of the fact that both sides accord high importance to bilateral
relations and desire to further deepen ties for mutual benefit.
She expressed these views while talking to Chinese Ambassador Yao
Jing Ambassador who called on her at the Parliament House on Saturday.
Senator Sherry Rehman said that Pakistan and China have a history
of friendship which was built by former Prime Minsiter Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto
and Mao Tes-Tung and both the countries have stood by the side with
each other and seen the vicissitudes of time.
She said that this historic friendship has remained beneficial for both
in economic and strategic fields while initiatives like CPEC and BRI have
added further impetus to bilateral relations between the two sides.
She said the former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, former President
Asif Ali Zardari and Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto–Zardari always placed
Pak-China relations in highest regards and consensus exists across party
lines on relations with China.
Sherry Rehman said that it is clear that Asia is rising and that its
people need to be the master of their own destiny by controlling their
own resources and harnessing the tremendous economic potential of
a connected continent. China’s BRI will connect one ocean to another
with its projection of economic power and infrastructure across
Euroasia, she said.
She said “We hope that CPEC will generate more jobs at very
fast pace, more opportunities for Pakistani youth, and expediting
social and economic development.”
She appreciated the fact that Chinese envoy was further proactive
in consolidating the Pakistan and China friendship.
The Ambassador informed the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate
about the projects initiated under CPEC and said that fourteen projects under
CPEC have able to generate seventy thousand employment opportunities for
the youth of Pakistan and more projects are in the pipeline which would provide
additional opportunities to the youth of the country in terms of jobs.
He said that locals are a priority in all the CPEC projects, said a press
Leader of Opposition in the Senate, Sherry Rehman termed it a big step in
the right direction. “ Our youth is highly capable and has the potential contribute
towards the socio-economic growth of the country”, she added
She also expressed her good wishes to the government and people of China
and underscored the need for further parliamentary interaction to promote people-
to-people contacts.
She said that the Pakistan-China Friendship group in the Senate would be
revived to institutionalize the bilateral relationship.