China, Pakistan vow to boost CPEC construction, promote bilateral ties
China and Pakistan pledged on Sunday to jointly promote the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and push forward the development of bilateral ties. The pledges were made as visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met separately with Pakistani President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad. Alvi, who was sworn in on Sunday, received Wang as his first foreign guest. He said friendship with China is Pakistan's national policy and over the past 50-odd years, Pakistan has always cherished the friendship with China, which is based on mutual benefit and is deeply rooted in the hearts of the two peoples. The president hailed the China-proposed Belt and Road (B&R) initiative as visionary, saying that the CPEC, an important part of the B&R initiative, has brought and will continue to bring tangible benefits to the Pakistani people. The new Pakistani government is committed to strengthening the construction of the CPEC, and is willing to learn from China in such areas as poverty alleviation, anti-corruption and job creation. Wang said the bilateral relationship and friendship between China and Pakistan remains despite the changing domestic and international situation, adding that his visit was aimed at getting in touch with the new Pakistani government so as to continue and facilitate bilateral cooperation in all fields.