LAHORE   -    Newly-appointed Chinese Consul General in Lahore, Zhao Shiren called on Punjab Governor Balighur Rehman and discussed bilateral relations, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and matters of mutual interest at the Governor’s House here on Thursday. The governor extended best wishes to Zhao Shiren on assuming the office of consul general and expressed hope that his stay in Pakistan would usher in a new era of Pak-China relations.  He said Pak-China friendship was unparalleled and time-tested, adding that China had always stood by Pakistan in every difficult time. He said that bilateral relations between the two countries were unparalleled in terms of mutual trust and unity. He expressed the resolve to further strengthen people-to-people contacts between Pakistan and China. Baligh said Pakistan values China’s cooperation in education, health, energy infrastructure and other areas. About CPEC, the governor said it was a game-changer initiative not only for Pakistan but also for the region and the entire world. He said the government was committed to expediting the ongoing CPEC development projects. He said that the CPEC would open new avenues for development in infrastructure, agriculture, energy sector and industry in Pakistan.

Chinese Consul General Zhao Shiren said, “Pakistan is his second home”. He hoped that the government would expedite and complete the projects under the CPEC.