Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif held bilateral meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People here today and discussed matters of mutual bilateral interest including energy, economic relations and regional situation.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif conveyed that Pakistan-China friendship enjoys across-the-board political, institutional and popular support in Pakistan. He stressed that his visit will further strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries. Chinese side reiterated to continue to support Pakistan in developing economy and maintaining stability, since China and Pakistan are “iron friends” and all-weather partners of strategic cooperation.
Chinese side stated that they would create a green channel for timely release of funds for development projects initiated by China in Pakistan.
The Prime Minister was pleased that over the last year both sides have achieved better understanding on various projects related to energy, road and infrastructure.
He pledged that Pakistan supports China’s stance on all major issues, especially on those involving China’s core interests.
The Prime Minister agreed that Pakistan will strengthen cooperation with China in building infrastructure, cracking down on terrorist forces such as the East Turkistan Islamic Movement, and maintaining regional stability.
The meetings were held in a cordial and friendly atmosphere displaying strong mutual trust, cooperation and convergence of views of the two countries.
On this occasion the two countries also signed following 19 agreements/ MoUs mainly on projects relating to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and electricity generation, which were witnessed by the two Prime Ministers:
1. Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
2. Framework Agreement on Provision of Concessional Loan by China to Pakistan between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
3. Minutes of the 3rd JCC of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
4. MoU on the outline of the Long-Term Plan of CPEC.
5. MoU on Capacity Building for Development of CPEC between NDRC of China and Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform of Pakistan
6. Agreement on CPEC Energy Projects Cooperation.
7. Government Concessional Loan Agreement on Construction of Cross-border Optical Fiber Cable System between China and Pakistan for International Connectivity of Voice/Data Traffic Project.
8. MoU on Surface Mine in Block-II of Thar Coal Field and the Engro Thar 2x330MW Coal Fired Power Plant.
9. Framework Facility Agreement on Suki-Kinari Hydro Power Project between China EXIM Bank and Suki-Kinari Hydro Power Project.
10. Memorandum of Facilitation Agreement on Muzaffargarh 660MW Coal Fired Power Project between CMEC and Government of Punjab, Pakistan
11. MOA relating to development of 2x660 MW Coal Fired Power Project at Qadarabad, District Sahiwal.
12. 99MW UEP Power Project EPC Framework Agreement.
13. Quaid-e-Azam Solar Energy Park 900MW Solar Power Station Project between ZTE Energy and Government of Punjab.
14. Implement Agreement on Dawood 50MW Wind Farm between Hydro China Corporation and AEDB Pakistan.
15. EPC Agreement of 6.5 Mt/a Open Pit Mine in Thar Block I.
16. Coal Supply Contract under the Project of Integrated Mine Mouth Coal Power Plant in Thar Block I.
17. MoU for Development of Thermal Power Assets in Pakistan.
18. Framework Agreement on Ruyi-Masood Textile Industrial Park and 2x135MW Self-generation Coal-fired Power Plant between Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) and Ruyi-Masood Textile Company of Pakistan.
19. MoU on Coal Power Plant in Port Qasim.
Chief Minister Punjab, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and Federal Ministers for Water and Power, Khawaja Muhammad Asif; Petroleum and Natural Resources, Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi; Planning, Development and Reforms, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, Mr. Tariq Fatemi attended the meetings.