Published On: Sat, Jan 11th, 2014
Published in Category: Islamabad

Pak-China friendship characterized by unprecedented goodwill: Mushahid

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ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate’s standing committee for defence, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed elucidated dynamics of Pakistan-China relationship as being characterized by unprecedented and exemplary goodwill and mutuality.

He expressed these views at an in-house seminar organized by Centre for Pakistan and Gulf Studies (CPGS) here on Friday.

Senator Mushahid, who is also Chairman of Pakistan-China Institute, stated that China has always protected Pakistan’s interests on a number of key issues and supported Pakistan for economic revival, energy crisis mitigation, peace and security.

He further added that Pakistan has not been remiss in reciprocation, citing Pakistan’s unflinching support to China in its core areas of interests.

“We respect China’s territorial sovereignty, recognize the endeavours of Communist Party of China in transforming lives of the people, perceive the rise of China to be peaceful and a source of strength for the region, and support China in its discordant issues of Taiwan, Tibet and South China Sea,” the Senator mentioned.

Mushahid Hussain Syed termed Pak-China economic corridor to be part of that regionalism envisioned by President Xi Jinping that also incorporates Central Asia Economic Belt.

The Chairman also highlighted certain issues that have hindered a greater fostering of Pak-China economic cooperation.

He decried the security situation that has threatened Chinese workers and proposed an “industrial security force”, to be deployed on the Pak–China Economic Corridor to protect such industrial interests.

Furthermore, the senator demanded a window operation that by-passes bureaucratic red-tapism to cater to bilateral business ventures and make them expedient.

Syed concluded that Gawadar would be the test of Pak-China relations while a secure and peaceful environment in Gilgit-Baltistan and Balochistan would be critical for realization of the corridor.