Ambassador Lu stated this at a roundtable with a visiting Chinese delegation organised by the Institute of Regional Studies (IRS) here on Friday, adding that Chinese people viewed Pakistan as China’s brother and that Chinese friendship with Pakistan was a time-tested. Ambassador Zhao Gang, another former Chinese ambassador to Pakistan and head of the visiting delegation, said that China’s relationship with Pakistan is a mutually beneficial in which both countries treat each other as equal partners.
Ambassador Lu called the Karakoram Highway (KKH) a symbol of Pak-China friendship and added that the Chinese government would do all it can to resolve problems arising out of the blockade of KKH.
Ambassador Zhao saw great potential in Pak-China relations in the fields of energy, economic cooperation and infrastructure development.
“Roads, railways, energy infrastructure, and ports are a must for economic progress,” he said adding that economic development an important source of political stability. He said that Chinese companies were interested in investing in Pakistan, but were usually deterred by the security concerns of their personnel.
Ambassador Lu and Ambassador Zhao, were strongly of the opinion that China and Pakistan needed to improve their relations not only at the political and strategic levels but also at the economic level. Zhao stressed the need for implementation of already concluded agreements and Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) between the two countries.
On the subject of the future of Afghanistan, Ambassador Zhao said that China wanted a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan that would have friendly relations with all its neighbours including China and Pakistan.