Pakistan and China agree to boost CPEC cooperation in industry, IT, farming and mining during PMʼs visit to China

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on June 8 completed a five-day visit to China, where he met with key leaders, mutually agreeing to deepen cooperation in various sectors, including industry, agriculture, IT, and energy.

During his visit, the PM met with various prominent leaders including, President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Qiang, and Zhao Leji, Chairman of the National People’s Congress.

The discussions led to significant agreements to enhance the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Both countries emphasized their long-standing mutual trust and support, celebrating 73 years of diplomatic relations.

The joint statement highlighted the importance of CPEC as a major project of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), pledging to expand and improve the corridor in line with Pakistan’s development goals. Commitments were reaffirmed for ongoing projects like the ML-1 railway upgrade and Karakoram Highway realignment.

The two nations recognized the strategic importance of Gwadar Port and committed to accelerating its development as a key transshipment hub.

China expressed its readiness to align development efforts, focus on upgrading CPEC, and increase investment in Pakistan.

The visit concluded with the signing of multiple cooperation documents in sectors such as transport, industry, and agriculture.

Before his five-day visit to China, the Prime Minister told Chinese media that he planned to engage with Chinese business leaders to secure investments that would benefit companies in both countries.

“We are coming with serious plans. We will engage with you and return to Pakistan with great dividends that will benefit Chinese and Pakistani companies and the two countries will have their relations strengthened and become much higher than the Himalayas or any other highest peaks and deeper than the deepest oceans,” he had remarked.

In an interview, Pakistani minister Ahsan Iqbal highlighted future CPEC cooperation in industry, agriculture, and IT, noting recent successes like Pakistan’s satellite launch with Chinese support.

Pakistan, China Sign 23 agreements

Pakistan and China, on June 7, signed 23 agreements and Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) to enhance cooperation in various fields such as transport, industry, energy, agriculture, media, health, water, and socioeconomic development.

The signing took place after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Chinese Premier Li Qiang held talks, reaffirming the strong partnership between the two countries. Both leaders witnessed the signing ceremony where representatives from each side signed the documents.

Key agreements included:

Co-production of films and media cooperation between Pakistan Television Corporation and China Media Group.

  • Feasibility studies for major highways and a tunnel construction project.
  • Modalities for third-party participation in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
  • Cooperation in agriculture, anti-monopoly efforts, and industrial development.
  • Protocols for scientific and technical collaboration in energy management and surveying.
  • Initiatives for capacity building in governance and industrial park development.
  • Handing over certificates for projects in Gwadar, including a hospital and desalination plant.
  • Letters of Exchange for rebuilding schools in Sindh and health worker projects.

Prime Minister Sharif expressed confidence that these agreements would bring significant benefits to both countries, strengthening their relationship further.

Pakistan to send 1,000 students to China for agri-training

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif announced on June 8, that the government will send 1,000 students to the Yangling Agricultural Demonstration Base in China for advanced agricultural training. The government will cover all expenses for the students.

The Prime Minister instructed the Pakistani Ambassador in China and other officials to finalize this plan with Chinese authorities, according to a press release from the PM Office Media Wing.

Additionally, the Prime Minister invited the North West Agriculture and Forestry University to establish a campus in Pakistan, promising full government support. He directed the ambassador and relevant officials to work out the details.

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