Pakistan’s Ambassador to China Naghmana Hashmi said in an interview that Pakistan and China have deepened their all-time strategic cooperation partnership and, on the basis of mutual benefit and win-win, expanded bilateral cooperation in various fields in recent years. The two countries have signed a number of bilateral cooperation agreements to deepen cooperation in the areas of trade, infrastructure, industry, and culture, and formulate various cooperation mechanisms to ensure the implementation of the cooperation.
She said, “I am glad to see that the cooperation between the two countries has achieved positive results of mutual benefit.”
She said, thanks to the bilateral cooperation between the two countries, Pakistan has successfully built a solid infrastructure network, which provides strong support for Pakistan’s economic growth and provides a guarantee for coping with the energy shortage problem that constrains economic development.
The two countries hope to further expand cooperation areas on the basis of existing cooperation achievements.
To a question regarding the fight against coronavirus, she said, Pakistan hopes to join forces with China to fight the new coronavirus epidemic. Chinese public organizations, state agencies, and enterprises actively responded to our request and donated a lot of key materials and medical equipment to us, which effectively supported Pakistan’s fight against the epidemic.
The Pakistani government and people highly appreciate the friendliness and warmth shown by Chinese friends.
She said, the new corona pneumonia epidemic is the biggest challenge facing the world since World War II. This crisis may be a heavy blow to global economic growth, regional integration, and globalization.
“I am very happy to see the resilience of the Chinese economy in the crisis of the new coronary pneumonia epidemic. China is one of the first countries in the world to control the domestic epidemic situation and has won precious time focusing on future economic growth”, she added.
She expressed confidence that the revitalization of the Chinese economy will give new impetus to the global economic recovery. After successfully repelling the new epidemic of coronary pneumonia, the world economy will recover and China will undoubtedly play an important role.
On China’s achievements in poverty reduction, she said, since China’s reform and opening up in 1978, China has managed to lift more than 800 million poor people out of poverty, which is the most profound impact on improving the well-being of all humanity.
For developing countries such as Pakistan, the Chinese model is worthy of reference. This has inspired us to show that poverty is not inborn, and as long as we make unremitting efforts, we will definitely eradicate poverty, she added.
Ambassador Hashmi said, 2020 is the year when China will complete the construction of a moderately prosperous society and the 13th Five-Year Plan, which is of great significance to China.
Pakistan is pleased with China’s extraordinary achievements and draws inspiration and energy from it. The two governments have launched a series of cooperation projects to share Chinese experience.
Pakistan particularly hopes to learn from China its experience in poverty alleviation and development, agricultural development, industrial cooperation, disease prevention and control, tourism development and anti-corruption, she said.
Regarding cooperation in the field of science and technology, she said, the rapid development of 5G, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and big data is bound to profoundly change the global economic and social form and the international political landscape.
Today, Huawei, ZTE, Tencent and other Chinese information and communication industry giants have become leading providers of information and communication technologies and smart devices.
She appraised that Pakistan is focusing on expanding transportation and communications infrastructure and improving the investment environment.
We have established a number of IT-based information technology industrial parks, and plan to build more such parks in the future.
In March this year, during President Arif Alvi’s visit to China, Pakistan and China signed a memorandum of understanding, and the two sides agreed to establish a joint working group on science and technology.
We are preparing to put forward more proposals to deepen scientific and technological cooperation between the two countries, hoping to obtain investment and support from China, she added.
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