Pak-China relations touching new heights: Shahbaz

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif Tuesday said that Pak-China relations were touching new heights during tenure of Prime Minister, Mohammad Nawaz Sharif.

The CM was talking to media persons in Chinese city Zhengzhou during his visit to China, says a handout here.

The Chief Minister said that work was in progress on several projects of power generation in Pakistan with the cooperation of China to cope with the shortage of electricity while projects for generation of energy under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) were also being implemented speedily.

He said that full attention was being paid to energy sector and thousands of megawatts electricity would be added to the national grid with the completion of a number of power projects by the end of 2017 which would help in controlling loadshedding.

The Chief Minister said the role of China was of vital for promoting regional cooperation and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) could play a key role in this regard.

He said that it was need of the hour that all member countries of SCO should make collective efforts for development of the region and further promote regional cooperation.

Shahbaz said that China-Pakistan relations were improving with the passage of time and Pakistan’s energy sector was developing with the cooperation of China.

He said that work was being carried out under the vision of Chinese President “One belt, one road’ for promoting regional contacts under CPEC.

He said that unprecedented efforts had been made by the present government under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for controlling energy crisis.

He said that work had also been started on power projects under CPEC adding no effort was being spared for their early completion.

He said that implementation of CPEC project would usher in a new era of progress and prosperity in Pakistan as well as the region.

He said that new avenues of relation have opened between China and Pakistan and the ties between the two countries would be taken to new heights.