BEIJING, Jun 27 (APP): On behalf of the President of Pakistan, Pakistan Ambassador to China Moin ul Haque conferred Pakistan’s civil award Hilal-e-Pakistan upon Li Xiaopeng, Minister of Transport of China, in a special investiture ceremony held at the Embassy of Pakistan here on Tuesday.
The event was attended by the senior officials of Chinese Ministry of Transport, representatives of media organizations and officers of the Pakistan Embassy.
Li Xiaopeng, a member of 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, is the son of Li Peng, the former Premier of China and Chairman of Standing Committee of the National People Congress.
Minister Li Xiaopeng is an ardent advocate of China-Pakistan friendship and spearheaded implementation of several transport infrastructure projects in Pakistan under the framework of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Speaking at the occasion, Ambassador Moin ul Haque paid a rich tribute to Minister Li Xiaopeng for his endeavours for strengthening Pakistan-China friendship and his role for completion of important road connectivity projects in Pakistan.
Ambassador Haque highlighted that CPEC was a central pillar of Pakistan’s socio-economic development vision and that the two countries would ensure its smooth and steady implementation as envisaged by their leadership.
Appreciating the role of former Premier Li Peng for the consolidation of bilateral relationship, Ambassador Haque underscored that ironclad friendship between Pakistan-China was the fruition of untiring efforts of a successive generations of the leaders of two countries and drew its strength from the unanimous public and institutional support in both Pakistan and China.
In his remarks, Li Xiaopeng expressed his gratitude to the government and people of Pakistan for the conferment of civil award.
He underlined that the ‘all-weather strategic cooperative partner and Iron Brother,’ China would continue to support key transport projects under CPEC in Pakistan contributing to overall progress and development of the country.
He also underscored the support of his ministry to meet Pakistan’s essential needs for the upgradation of its transport infrastructure network.