CPEC helping to improve Pak-China bilateral ties: PM Shehbaz

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Premier highlighted efforts being done to promote Chinese language in message on UN’s Chinese Language Day
ISLAMABAD
Prime Miniser Shehbaz Sharif said on Saturday that the burgeoning economic and cultural ties between Pakistan and China are primarily fostered through the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
The UN designates April 20 as Chinese Language Day, underscoring the influence of Chinese literature, poetry, and language on global culture.
Acknowledging the global significance of the Chinese language as a major means of communication, PM Shehbaz emphasized the increasing number of Pakistanis learning Chinese, which he maintained, “contributes to strengthening the bond between the peoples of both nations.”
According to the PMO press release, the prime minister remarked on the efforts being made at both official and public levels to promote Chinese language and literature, aiming to enhance people-to-people connections between Pakistan and China.
He emphasized the significant role of the Chinese language as a global communication tool, noting its inclusion in the UN’s roster of official languages.
Reflecting on the observance of Chinese Language Day as a global event, Shehbaz noted the language’s role as a custodian of Chinese culture, steeped in centuries-old traditions.
“In recent decades, China’s economic prowess has become increasingly evident, paralleled by the growing popularity of Chinese language and culture worldwide,” the statement added.
Earlier, Pakistan’s finance czar Aurganzeb met with his Chinese counterpart Lan Foan and assured him that work on the second phase of the CPEC would be expedited.
The finance minister appreciated China’s invaluable contribution to Pakistan’s development as an “all-weather friend” through initiatives such as CPEC and cooperation with international financial institutions.
On March 27, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lin Jian stated that Pakistan and China have the determination and ability to make terrorists pay the price for their actions, and any attempt to undermine China-Pakistan cooperation will not succeed
“China firmly supports Pakistan’s counterterrorism efforts,” the Chinese FO asserted.
Earlier, PM Shehbaz instructed a thorough joint investigation into the Bisham terrorist attack which targeted Chinese nationals at the Dasu hydropower project, utilising all state resources.