Pakistan PM starts China visit to enhance ties, expand CPEC cooperation

June 5, 2024

Pakistan PM starts China visit to enhance ties, expand CPEC cooperation

Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif kicked off his visit to China on Tuesday, which marks Sharif’s first China visit since he started his second term as prime minister in March.

Chinese experts from state media said this high-level visit will further enhance ties between China and Pakistan, push forward the development and upgrade of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and expand cooperation in emerging sectors such as new technologies.

They also believe that while security issues along the CPEC still remain a challenge, Sharif’s visit will elevate mutual trust and push for new cooperation between the two countries to inject strong momentum into the CPEC.

“We are coming with serious plans to make our friendship become much higher than the Himalayas and deeper than the deepest ocean of the world,” Sharif said in an interview with Chinese media in Islamabad ahead of his China trip.


China congratulates Sheinbaum on election as president of Mexico

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday congratulated Claudia Sheinbaum on her election as president of Mexico. The Chinese Foreign Ministry also expressed willingness to work with the new Mexican government to continuously enrich the China-Mexico comprehensive strategic partnership and bring the bilateral relations to a new level.

Sheinbaum, a climate scientist and former mayor of Mexico City who is 61 years old, gave an acceptance speech in the early hours of Monday morning after winning the presidency with between 58.3 percent and 60.7 percent of the vote, according to media reports. She will become the country’s first female president in its more than 200 years of independence.

Mexico is a major country in Latin America and an important emerging market. Under the strategic guidance of the presidents of China and Mexico, our bilateral relations have maintained a sound momentum of growth, with deepening political mutual trust, fruitful practical cooperation, vibrant cultural and people-to-people exchanges, and close coordination on multilateral affairs, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said at a regular press conference on Tuesday.

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