By Our Staff Correspondent
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China Sunday signed five documents of cooperation on different projects under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to further enhance bilateral engagement in multiple spheres. The signing ceremony was held here during the three-day visit of Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan, who arrived earlier in the day along with a high level delegation.
Prime Minister Imran Khan and the Chinese Vice President witnessed the signing ceremony also attended by Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Planning Minister Khusro Bakhtiar, Finance Advisor Abdul Hafeez Sheikh and members of the Chinese delegation. Both the countries signed a Framework Agreement on Agricultural Cooperation signed by Chinese Vice Minister Zhang Taolin and Secretary Ministry of National Food Security Dr Muhammad Hashim Popalzai.
A memorandum was signed on the “Requirements of FMD free zone where vaccination is practiced between General Administration of the Customs of China and Animal Quarantine Department of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research of Pakistan.” Chinese Ambassador in Pakistan Yao Jing and Dr Hashim Popalzai signed the document.
The two sides also signed China Pakistan Economic Cooperation Agreement signed by Chinese Vice Minister Deng Boqing and Secretary Economic Affairs Division Noor Ahmed. Chinese Vice Minister Deng Boqing and Secretary EAD also signed a Letter of Exchange for Disaster Relief Goods between the two countries. The two friendly countries also inked agreement between CMEC and Government of Balochistan and Lasbela University in Modern Agriculture Comprehensive Development in Lasbela.
The document was signed by Vice President of CMEC from China and Vice Chancellor Lasbela University Professor Dr Dost Muhammad Baloch and PS to Governor Balochsitan.
Chinese Vice President conferred with Pakistan’s highest civil award
President Dr Arif Alvi conferred Nishan-e-Pakistan award to visiting Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan in recognition of his services in promoting Pakistan-China relations at an impressive ceremony held at President House on Sunday. Nishan-e-Pakistan is the highest civil award that is granted for the highest degree of service to the country and nation of Pakistan.
The ceremony was attended by Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, Services Chiefs, cabinet members, MNAs and foreign dignitaries, reported Radio Pakistan.
Following ceremony at President House, VP Wang visited Prime Minister House where he was received by PM Imran Khan. According to the officials, delegation level meeting between both the countries held. Chinese vice president arrived in Islamabad on Sunday afternoon on a three-day official visit.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and other high officials received him at Noor Khan Airbase. The visit, pegged to strengthen ties and cooperation, is a continuation of high-level exchanges between the two sides following the premier’s visits to China and participation in the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing last month. A spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministery has said that Wang Qishan’s trip “will further deepen high-level exchanges, friendship and mutual trust between the two countries”.
“The visit will also advance the development of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) besides bilateral cooperation across the board.” He added that China and Pakistan are all-weather