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Sino-Pak ties to deepen further: Xu Hang

KARACHI: Deputy Director General of Standing Committee Qindao People’s Congress, Mr. Xu Hang said that China and Pakistan enjoy cordial friendship and added the Sino-Pak economic and diplomatic ties would be taken to new height as time goes on.

He was talking to a delegation of Young Parliamentarians Forum (YPF) from Pakistan in Qindao, which called on him here the other day. The parliamentary delegation headed by secretary genration of the young parliamentarians Anusha Rehman Khan is comprising of Nadeem Afzal Gondal, Lal Chand, Asgar Ali Gatt, Sajid Hussein Turi, Saima Bharwana, and Sabeen Rizvi.

The Chinese official said that Qindao enjoy economic and trade relations with Pakistan and the companies of the region are carrying businesses in Pakistan.

He partiuclarly referred to Haier Group that has established unit in Lahore and has provided employmnent to 1500 Pakistanis. He said that Qindao has made remarkable development during last 27 years and is the economic hub of the Eastern China.

He said that Haier and Double Star and several other companies are manufacturing branded products. He said that the city due to historic and cultural back ground attracting massive international tourists. He said that Olympics 2008 were played in the city.

The main exports of the city to Pakistan, he said are including textile products, chemicals, automobiles, rubber tiers, electronics and other goods while Pakistan also export textile to it. The trade volume of the region with Pakistan is U.S.$ 100 million having the ratio of 78:22.

He said that the business groups of the region have invested U.S.$ 60 million in Pakistan. Earlier, speaking on the occasion, the head of parliamentary delegation, Anusha Rehman Khan congratulated the Chinese host in Qindao on the celebrations of the 60 anniversary of Sino-Pak Friendship and 90 anniversary of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

She said that the good relations between Pakistan and China have centuries old history when the people of the region with carrying trade through Silk Route, now called as Karakurram Highway.

She said that the people of Pakistan are happy over the remarkable pace of development in China and keen in its further progress and development. The delegation also visited Haier Group and Qindao Port. The officials of the group and port accorded warm welcome to the deletion on arrival and given them presentation regarding their working and achievements.

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Saleem Shaikh

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