Interior Minister urges Chinese envoy to send back Pakistani students to universities in China
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has approved a new visa policy for the Chinese citizens working on various projects wherein the minimum duration of new visas for Chinese workers would be two years.
Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed said the above while briefing the Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong about the new features of the visa regime approved by the federal cabinet for the Chinese workers during a meeting at the Ministry of Interior.
Under the new policy, the interior minister said that Chinese citizens will now be issued two-year work visas within 48 hours from the relevant missions.
“A separate visa category has been created for Chinese citizens under the China, Pakistan Economic Corridor. Special desks are being set up at airports to facilitate the Chinese citizens,” said the interior minister.
Sheikh Rasheed added that the visa facilities were being made exclusively for the Chinese citizens working on various projects including the CPEC projects. The meeting also discussed the bilateral cooperation between China and Pakistan.
Talks on the issues of mutual interest including Pakistan-China bilateral relations were also held.
Expressing happiness over the completion of 70 years of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China, Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong said that China is grateful for facilitating visas for Chinese citizens.
Chinese Ambassador said that the visa facilitation will further enhance trust and expansion in relations between the two countries. He said the CPEC-related projects will create new investment and employment opportunities in Pakistan.
Rasheed thanked the Chinese government for providing the Covid-19 vaccine to Pakistan. The ambassador remarked the Pakistani government has made very good arrangements to control the epidemic.
On the occasion, Rasheed urged the Chinese government to make arrangements for the return of Pakistani students enrolled in various Chinese universities who are now stranded in Pakistan.
He said Pakistani students risk losing their precious academic years due to the measures taken in wake of the pandemic.
The Chinese Ambassador acknowledged the issues faced by the Pakistani students and said the Chinese Embassy will make the utmost efforts for the return of Pakistani students to China as soon as possible.
“The everlasting friendship between Pakistan and China is based on mutual trust and confidence,” Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, adding that Pakistan is proud of its friendship with China.
He said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a manifestation of the long-standing relationship between the two countries.
Ambassador Rong Nong said that Pakistan is China’s iron brother and is proud of its bilateral relations with Pakistan.
China willing for “more extensive, deeper strategic cooperation” with Pakistan
ISLAMABAD – China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi has expressed desire to fully implement the vision of the leaders of Pakistan and China to initiate “more extensive” and “deeper strategic cooperation” for a shared future in the new era.
Wang Yi, in his letter addressed to Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Pakistan said the practical cooperation centered on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has made fruitful achievements and greatly improved the well-being of the two peoples.
“Under the new circumstances, I am willing to work with Your Excellency to fully implement the consensus reached by the leaders of both countries, and to initiate higher quality, more extensive, and deeper strategic cooperation, and to step up our efforts in building an even closer China-Pakistan community of shared future in the new era,” he said.
The Chinese State Councilor extended warm felicitations to Foreign Minister Qureshi and said the establishment of diplomatic ties, China and Pakistan have always enjoyed mutual understanding, trust and support.
He mentioned that both countries have established high-level relationship termed as “All-weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership”.
Wang Yi wished Pakistan and its people prosperity and happiness. “May the friendship between China and Pakistan last forever,” he concluded.
Alvi, Xi vow to deepen Pak-China ties, achieve high quality CPEC development
ISLAMABAD – As Pakistan and China observe 70th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations on Friday, President Dr Arif Alvi and Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed to deepen bilateral cooperation and achieve high quality development of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Both the leaders exchanged congratulatory letters to each other wherein they extended greetings to each other on behalf of their respective governments and people.
“On this historic occasion, we reaffirm our commitment to further elevate Pakistan-China friendship to new heights and build Closer China-Pakistan Community of Shared Future in the new era,” President Alvi said in his letter to President Xi Jinping.
He also conveyed his best wishes for the Chinese president’s good health and happiness, and continued progress and prosperity of the people of China.
In his letter, Xi Jinping said China and Pakistan were all-weather strategic cooperative partners that stood firmly by each other on issues of core interests and major concerns.
“The mutual trust and friendship between the two countries have gone through the test of 70 years of international changes and remain rock-solid, and have become the most valuable strategic asset of the two peoples,” he stated.
He said in recent years, with the joint efforts of both sides, the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) had achieved remarkable results, bringing tangible benefits to the people of both countries, and adding strong impetus to the regional prosperity.
“In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, China and Pakistan have shared weal and woe, and sincerely helped each other, and the ironclad friendship between the two countries has been further sublimated,” President Xi said.
He said he attached great importance to the development of China-Pakistan relations.
“I am ready to work with Your Excellency to deepen strategic communication and pragmatic cooperation between the two countries, promote the high-quality development of the CPEC, and work together to build a closer China-Pakistan Community of Shared Future in the new era, for the benefit of the two countries and the two peoples,” he concluded.