China hails Pakistan as special partner country at China-ASEAN Expo
BEIJING, Sept 14 (APP):China on Tuesday hailed Pakistan for its participation as special partner country second time in a row at the 18th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) held from September 10-13 at Nanning, China's Guanxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. One again, Pakistan attended the exhibition and meeting as a specially invited cooperation partner. President Dr Alvi delivered a video address at the opening ceremony of the expo. China appreciates all this, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said during his regular briefing.
Pakistan again attended the annual in this year's expo as a special partner country. It also participated in the 17th China-ASEAN Expo as special partner country. President, Dr. Arif Alvi in a video message screened at the opening ceremony said there would be a lot of discussions between the Pakistani, Chinese and other ASEAN nations businessmen and traders to further enhance trade. Zhao Lijian remarked that as all weather strategic copter partners, China and Pakistan have also deepened economic cooperation in recent years.
China has been Pakistan's largest trading partner for six years in a row. "We stand ready to work together with Pakistan to promote high level development of bilateral relations, and constantly deepen cooperation in various sectors including in trade and work together to build the China Pakistan community with a shared future for the new era, and provide impetus for regional prosperity and development, he added. The spokesperson said the Expo was an important platform for China and ASEAN cooperation and added, "In recent years with the upgrading of China ASEAN relations, the expo's influence and appeal has also increased."
He said the expo had promoted and witnessed the deepening economic integration, expanding trade cooperation, enhanced connectivity and closer people to people exchanges between the two sides.
Pakistan's Ambassador to China, Moin ul Haque addressed the China-Pakistan Investment and Business Forum on the sidelines of the expo and invited the Chinese businessmen to take benefit from the present government's investment-friendly policies and conducive atmosphere. Pakistani traders and businessmen showcased marble, wood handicrafts, carpets, leather garments and other products at the expo. With an exhibition area of 81 square meters, Pakistan has set up a pavilion as well as 14 booths to showcase its national image and display its products to further promote its exchange and cooperation with China and ASEAN countries.