TIANJIN (China) - Terming the Great Wall of China as a reflection of unity and consensus among dynasties spread over thousands of years, Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf said the goal of national development could be achieved by consolidating the parliament.This could only be done if the major political stakeholders develop a consensus among themselves, ensure consistency and continuity of policies, the PM told Pakistani journalists accompany him here on Tuesday after attending the inaugural session of the 6th annual ‘Summer Davos’ conference being held under the World Economic Forum.Raja Pervaiz Ashraf said Chinese success story was phenomenal. “We also have potential and there is no dearth of talent. We can also achieve such a development level in half the time if all segments of society demonstrate unity and work with a missionary zeal.Qualifying his statement he said for the purpose of holding a free and impartial election, an independent Chief Election Commissioner had been appointed that would lead to strengthening democratic system. It would pave the way for consolidating the parliament. Raja said it was a false allegation that the government was trying to delay holding of general election. “It is nothing but negative propaganda against us. General elections will be held on time,” he assured.The prime minister said a strong opposition was part and parcel of parliamentary system and added that if the two sides develop a consensus on mega projects of national importance, the crumbling economy could still be put on the right track. A dedicated and committed leadership would emerge from within the parliament, he stressed.Raja Pervez Ashraf said Pakistan was exploring new vistas to take advantage of the massive cooperation being offered by the Chinese. He said Pakistan was particularly seeking Chinese investment in energy sector primarily to rid the people of the menace of power shortages. “Our objective is to produce more electricity and ensure that we provide it to our people on cheaper rates,” he added. He said he was very pleased to see great affection and enthusiasm for Pakistan by the top Chinese leadership.Earlier Prime Minister Raja Ashraf held a one-on-one meeting with his Chinese counterpart Premier Wen Jiabao on the sideline of the conference. The official meeting between the two leaders that was scheduled for 25 minutes lasted for 40 minutes. The two leaders discussed a whole gamut of issues ranging from bilateral ties, defence cooperation, infrastructure development, energy, agriculture and banking.At the outset of the meeting, Premier Jiabao conveyed best wishes for President Asif Ali Zardari and for the Pakistani people. Later he expressed appreciation for Pakistan’s role in fight against terrorism and extremism and called for greater international recognition of its efforts and sacrifices in this regard. He stressed for a regional approach for resolving regional issues that would be in the benefit of the people of all countries. He reiterated Chinese stance of supporting the sovereignty and integrity of Pakistan.The Nation has learnt on good authority that both Pakistan and China were in favour of holding second round of intra-Afghan dialogue. Pakistan has expressed its willingness to host the second round this year. To a question from this correspondent, a diplomat said it was unclear what plans Washington had after the 2014 troops’ pullout deadline expired. The US can only pullout safely if peace prevailed in the war-torn Muslim country, he said.The diplomat said that the US Administration was not against tri-lateral dialogue between China, Afghanistan and Pakistan. He said if America was keen to assign a larger role to India in Afghanistan, Beijing believed that Pakistan could play a vital role in creating conducive condition allowing the Afghan people to decide their future.During his meeting with Raja Ashraf, Premier Wen Jiabao said the Chinese assistance in carrying out mega projects in Pakistan was significant. He said it was high time to address the global economic crisis and find ways to counter its impact on growing economies. He informed Raja Pervaiz Ashraf that China would support the National Bank of Pakistan to launch the financial bonds worth 6.5 billion Renminbi in China. He also told the prime minister that the machinery from China to carry out work at Ata Abad Lake would reach Pakistan in October.Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf noted that his country attaches great importance to enhancing economic and trade links with China and seeks promoting closer collaboration in projects in energy, telecommunication and railways. He said Pakistan gives top priority to its relations with China and wants to convert this friendship into a strong partnership.The Chinese Premier said his country considers Pakistan a trusted friend and expressed the confidence that relations between the two countries will further expand in days to come. The two sides noted that Islamabad and Beijing share similar views on important regional and global issues and would continue to extend support to each other at all levels.Meanwhile, China’s Premier Wen Jiabao inaugurated the plenary session of the sixth annual meeting of the World Economic Forum at the Meijiang Convention Centre. Pakistani prime Minister also attended. The theme of this foremost global business gathering in Asia is: “New Champions 2012”. After five years, the annual meeting has come to be widely known as the Summer Davos.Welcoming the participants of the conference, Premier Jiabao said Chinese economy avoided the downward pressure through effective measures including shift in economic model, better allocation of resources and adopting scientific approach. The GDP grew by 10.7 per cent placing it from sixth to second rank, he remarked. He stressed sustainable development by focusing on spurring consumer demand, promoting innovation, conserving resources and protecting the environment.Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, also spoke on the occasion lauding the “responsible and responsive role” that China had played in stabilising the global economy and for contributing to global growth in response to the severe financial crisis.