China-Pak have always stood by each other: Chinese Vice Premier

Vastavam web: Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang, the “special guest” at Pakistan’s Independence Day celebration, said today the two countries have always stood by each other and their friendship was “stronger than steel”.Wang, a member of the Politburo of the Central Committee of China’s ruling Communist Party, is among the country’s top leaders. He arrived in Islamabad yesterday on a two-day visit.”China and Pakistan have always stood by each other in difficult times and their friendship will stand the test of time and grow with coming generations,” he said, with Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi by his side.

Wang is accompanying a high-level Chinese delegation and expected to sign a few bilateral agreements. He is also expected to inaugurate projects related to the USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor – a part of the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative which passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.Wang said Pakistan is an important partner in the OBOR initiative and China wants to strengthen its multi-dimensional strategic cooperation with Islamabad.