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Monday, April 15, 2024

President confers Hilal-e-Pakistan on outgoing Chinese Ambassador

President Dr. Arif Alvi has conferred Hilal-e-Pakistan award on outgoing Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan, Yao Jing, in recognition of his efforts for further strengthening Pakistan-China relationship in diverse fields. The special investiture ceremony was held at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad on Tuesday.

The ceremony was attended by Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser, federal ministers and senior officials.

Highlighting CPEC as a project of great importance 

Later, the ambassador called on the President and discussed matters pertaining to bilateral relations between the two countries. While talking to the ambassador, the President said that China being a close ally has always supported Pakistan in matters and issues of national interest.

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Highlighting the economic and strategic significance of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the President stated that the corridor would increase regional connectivity between China and Pakistan and that Afghanistan and Central Asian countries would enormously benefit from it.

He emphasised the need for further strengthening defense cooperation between the two all-weather friends.

He added that Pakistan was looking forward to the visit of President Xi Jinping which would further boost bilateral cooperation in the areas of trade, economy and defense.

President appreciated the efforts made by outgoing Chinese ambassador

The President appreciated the efforts made by the outgoing ambassador for further promoting and solidifying bilateral relations. He said that many infrastructure and development projects were completed during the tenure of Mr Yao Jing.

The Ambassador assured that China would continue its efforts to promote peace and connectivity in the region. He specially thanked the president for being the only head of state to visit China during COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.

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Chinese Ambassador meets PM to bid farewell 

Yesterday, China’s Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing bid farewell to Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The prime minister lauded efforts of the outgoing Chinese envoy in further deepening and strengthening bilateral relations. He conveyed that the people of Pakistan were keenly looking forward to welcoming President Xi Jinping.

PM Imran Khan appreciated Ambassador Yao Jing’s contribution to the Pakistan-China partnership and wished him well in his future endeavours. Ambassador Yao Jing served in Islamabad from October 2017 to September 2020. This was his third assignment in Pakistan.

The Chinese Ambassador also lauded Pakistan’s policy of smart lockdown in the meeting with the PM. He said that the policy was internationally recognised, and that should be followed as a model by other nation states.