HYDERABAD, (APP): Director Area Study Centre Far East & South East Asia University of Sindh, Jamshoro Prof. Dr. Hamadullah Kakepoto has said that friendship with China has become corner-stone of Pakistan’s foreign policy and enjoys universal support in the country.
Talking to APP here on Friday Prof. Dr. Hamadullah Kakepoto said that Pakistan and China enjoy very cordial relations since very long and their bilateral cooperation in various fields including political, economic, trade and security has worked for the mutual benefit of both the countries.
Prof. Dr. Hamadullah Kakepoto said that Pakistan and China share strategic interests, adding that last visit of Chinese President to Pakistan and signing of 51 MoUs in various fields was another milestone in their bilateral cooperation. One of the main aspects of these agreements was the establishment of an Economic Corridor between Pakistan and China to facilitate trade and investment activities between the two countries, he added.
Area Study Centre Far East & South East Asia further informed that the economic corridor was about 3000 kilo meters long which consists of highways, railways, pipelines and the corridor will provide an outlet to China via Gawadar port to the rest of the world. He said the economic corridor was expected to bring trade and investment opportunities much in favor of Pakistan. It will connect all the provinces of Pakistan with China. This direct connectivity with China will provide an opportunity to the businessmen of Pakistan to carry out trade and investment activities with China, Kakepoto added.
Prof. Dr. Hamadullah further informed that CPEC was expected to open new employment opportunities for the youth of Pakistan and most significantly it will be major source of monetary benefit for Government of Pakistan in terms of route charges. He said that this would be a great chance for Pakistan to address socio-economic development and to resolve long awaited energy crisis of the country.
Highlighting the historical background of the friendship between Pakistan and China, he said that both countries are the heirs to ancient civilizations going back thousands of years. He claimed that first recorded contact took place in 200 BC when a Chinese delegation crossed the mountains separating the two regions.
Prof. Kakepoto said that Pakistan had won independence in 1947 and it was among first Countries to recognize People’s Republic of China and diplomatic relations were established between two brotherly countries in May 1951.
He said that Pakistan played a pivotal role of a frontline state over the decade of 1979-89 and there were frequent consultations between the two countries. In addition, the range of cooperation between the
two countries expanded constantly, with a Treaty for cooperation in Peaceful uses of Nuclear Technology being signed in 1986, he added. He said that both Pakistan and China have become allies of the US in
the war against terror and this had transformed their relations with the United States of America.
He said that China today was a major stabilizing force in global economic and fiscal system and had become an important part of the international cooperation on combating terrorism, the major mediating force and organizer of the tri-party and the six party talks aimed at resolving the Korean peninsula nuclear issue and major player in the UN security council and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
He said that global environment needs to be stabilized through consistent conflicts prevention and peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with the modalities prescribed in the charter of the United Nations. In the years to come, he said this friendship was bound to blossom further, remain ever green and reap dividends for our future generations.
He said both countries looked forward to have further exchanges of visits, to have more high level contacts to promote mutual friendship and cooperation in various fields including politics, economy and people to people contacts. He said China Pakistan Economic Corridor would be further promoted, particularly cooperation in trade, investment, energy and communications would be strengthened.