Islamabad: Chinese Vice Premier He Lifeng arrived in Islamabad to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. As a chief guest, he participated in a government-sponsored ceremony, underscoring the significance of this collaboration under China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif welcomed the Chinese Vice Premier and the members of his delegation to Pakistan in a tweet stating “It is my pleasure to warmly welcome the Chinese Vice-Premier H.E. He Lifeng and members of his delegation to Pakistan. They are visiting Pakistan to join us in celebrating the 10th anniversary of CPEC and witnessing first-hand the transformations brought about by this game-changing initiative.”
It is my pleasure to warmly welcome the Chinese Vice-Premier H.E. He Lifeng and members of his delegation to Pakistan. They are visiting Pakistan to join us in celebrating the 10th anniversary of CPEC and witnessing first-hand the transformations brought about by this…
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) July 31, 2023
During his visit, He Lifeng met with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and President Dr. Arif Alvi, reaffirming the strong bond between the two countries and their commitment to deepening bilateral ties.
CPEC, launched in 2013, has been a transformative initiative for Pakistan’s infrastructure and economy, with over $25 billion in direct Chinese investment, focusing on modern transportation networks, energy projects, and special economic zones. This mega undertaking has created nearly 200,000 local jobs and added 8,000 megawatts of electricity to the national grid, significantly improving the country’s connectivity and power supply.
The presence of Vice Premier He Lifeng in Pakistan highlights the fruitful results achieved over the past decade, making CPEC a new benchmark for China-Pakistan friendship. Both countries reaffirm their status as “all-weather strategic cooperative partners and iron-clad friends.”
Pakistanis flocked to Twitter to joyously celebrate the 10th anniversary of CPEC, highlighting the strong friendship between Pakistan and China and the numerous benefits the CPEC project will bring to both nations.
The visit underscores the continued high-level exchanges and dialogue between Pakistan and China, further promoting economic and financial cooperation, and exploring new opportunities for strengthening trade and investment ties between the two nations.
The Pakistani government celebrated the 10th anniversary of CPEC with great enthusiasm and welcomed Vice Premier He Lifeng and his delegation to witness firsthand the positive transformations brought about by this game-changing initiative. The event showcased the successful collaboration between China and Pakistan and the mutual commitment to achieving high-quality development within the framework of CPEC.