PM Sharif arrives in Shenzhen city on official visit to China

says we have serious plans to make our friendship become much higher than the Himalayas

SHENZHEN (CHINA): Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has arrived in Shenzhen on the first leg of his five-day official visit to China.

He was welcomed at the airport by Vice Mayor of Shenzhen city Luo Huanghao.

During his two-day stay in Shenzhen, the prime minister and his delegation will meet the leadership of the Guangdong province and Shenzhen Municipal Government.

Mr Sharif will also inaugurate the Pakistan-China Business Conference in line with his vision to support, promote and lead collaboration between the businessmen of the two countries.

Pak-China friendship unshakable

Meanwhile, in an interview with the Chinese Xinhua news agency before departure on the visit, the prime minister said, “We are coming with serious plans to make our friendship become much higher than the Himalayas and deeper than the deepest ocean of the world.”

At the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Qiang, Mr Sharif is on an official visit to China.

“We are two iron brothers, our friendship is unshakable and our hearts beat together,” Sharif said in an interview with Chinese media in Islamabad ahead of his China tour.

China has supported Pakistan through the most difficult times, and Pakistan considers China as one of the most trusted friends around the globe, he said.

Pakistan firmly adheres to the one-China principle, and this commitment will, as always, be unwavering, said the prime minister.

“There is absolutely total unanimity that people from all walks of Pakistan believe that Taiwan is an integral part of China, which, as our policy, comes from the core of our heart with no discussion at all,” he said.

Sharif first visited China about 40 years ago when he noticed that though underdeveloped, China was dedicated to meeting the basic needs of its people while vigorously developing modern science and technology.

“Today, China has become a giant through vision, hard work, and serious and untiring efforts,” said Sharif.

“All doubts about the Chinese model have been rubbished by the evidence of history,” he said.

Sharif said when he was elected as prime minister in March, Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated him at the earliest time.

Expressing his gratitude to Xi, Sharif said the congratulations reflected the two countries’ friendship, which will always be fresh in his mind.

Under Xi’s leadership, China has alleviated millions of its people out of poverty, Sharif said, adding that one of the agenda items for his visit is to learn from the Chinese model about how to alleviate poverty in Pakistan and help people stand on their own feet.

Through the visit, Pakistan hopes to promote interaction between enterprises in both countries, utilize special economic zones and Pakistan’s labor advantages to establish joint ventures, facilitate the transfer of industries and technologies, and enhance Pakistan’s manufacturing output, to promote constructing upgraded China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the prime minister said.

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