Islamabad: Pakistani Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan said that Pakistan will not change its relations with China under any pressure, because China supports us in every difficult period.
Imran Khan said in an interview with Chinese media on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China that the differences between China and the United States have brought complexity to the region. He added that Pakistan hopes to further strengthen economic, trade and political ties with neighboring countries.
Imran Khan said that the next phase of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is very encouraging for Pakistan. “We hope that Chinese industry will be interested in CPEC’s special zone,” he added.
Imran Khan congratulated the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China. He said that the Chinese President is considered a modern politician of Pakistan. He said that Pakistanis were deeply impressed by the Chinese President’s anti-corruption struggle.
“Chinese president s anti-corruption campaign remained effective and successful,” said Imran Khan adding that the Pak-China relations were very deep and close.
Imran Khan said that media and cultural relations between Pakistan and China were not as close as political relations and the session was intended at promoting media relations between two countries.
Imran Khan further said it was a great achievement for China to lift a large number of people out of poverty. He said China brought 70 crore people out of poverty in few years. China announced an end to poverty ehich is an outstanding achievement, he stated.
Imran Khan remarked that changing the prevailing system was very difficult in our society. The Communist Party’s success was result of a long-term plan, he added. He said one can only plan for five years in electoral democratic system.
The Prime Minister said that Pakistan is an agricultural country and we can benefit from China. We hope to cooperate with neighboring countries in the agricultural field.
Imran Khan further stated that the Chinese President and Prime Minister have started a struggle at the village level. “After 30 years of struggle, the Chinese President and Prime Minister have come to this point. The President of the United States does not have to go through such hard work and struggle,” he added.
Imran Khan said that when Chinese leaders reached the top positions, they had accumulated a lot of experience. He said that the Chinese leadership fully understands this system and they understand the living standards of the people at the grassroots level. He added that this is the only reason why China can escape poverty.
Imran Khan further stated that Pakistan will never compromise its relations with China. He said that Pakistan’s economic future is related to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, and under the protection of the Economic Corridor, relations with China are being further strengthened.
He said that a high-level committee has also been established to monitor the progress of CPEC-related projects and ensure that there will be no obstacles.
Imran Khan said that he will also go to Gwadar next week to monitor the progress of the corridor-related projects. He said that his visit to China is also about to begin and will focus on further strengthening bilateral relations.
In response to a question, Imran Khan said that China has stood out in its response to the Covid-19 pandemic. He said that we are also grateful to China for donating vaccines to help Pakistan better respond to the pandemic.
In response to the question, Pakistani Prime Minister stated that Pakistan accepts China’s statement on the situation in Xinjiang. He said that Western media did not mention the most serious human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, which was illegally occupied by India, which is hypocritical.
He said that the UN Security Council resolutions on the Kashmir dispute recognize the Kashmir people’s right to self-determination.
Regarding Afghanistan, the Prime Minister said that the outbreak of civil war in the country will have serious consequences for the region. Therefore, he said that Pakistan hopes to resolve the Afghan issue politically at all costs.