Ishaq Dar, Chinese vice premier agree to enhance bilateral trade
BEIJING: (Web Desk) Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Senator Ishaq Dar on Wednesday met Chinese Executive Vice Premier Ding Xuexiang in Beijing and held an in-depth discussion on various aspects of bilateral relations including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (Phase-II), trade, economic cooperation, and investment.

Senior officials from both sides were present in the meeting, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ishaq Dar expressed condolences and outrage at the Shangla attack on March 26, 2024, and assured the Chinese executive vice premier of zero tolerance towards the perpetrators. He also lauded the services of the fallen Chinese workers.

The two leaders also discussed connectivity through the Khunjerab border crossing and a simplified visa regime. They agreed to sustain the growing momentum of Pakistan-China relations in all areas of cooperation and to further deepen the iron-clad Pak-China friendship.

Ishaq Dar noted the progress made by CPEC in energy and infrastructure and expressed confidence in the positive dividends under Phase II in the fields of industry, agriculture, and mineral development.

The Chinese vice premier expressed China’s full support to Pakistan in all areas of cooperation including economy, trade, and investment. He also reaffirmed the importance of fast-track implementation of CPEC projects for mutual prosperity and development.

Dar, CTGI chairman discuss FDI opportunities, power projects in Pakistan

Wu Shengliang, the executive vice president of China Three Gorges Corporation (CTG) and chairman of China Three Gorges International Limited (CTGI), called on Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar in Beijing on Tuesday.

Dar highlighted the Government of Pakistan’s reform agenda and shared an overview of the opportunities for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), especially in infrastructure development and renewable energy sectors.

The foreign minister appreciated the renewable energy projects of CTG in Pakistan, including in Karot and Jhimpir that serve as model projects. He noted renewable energy as one of the priority sectors identified by the new Government in Pakistan, along with the incentives offered to international investors in this regard.

Mr Wu then reaffirmed CTG’s continued commitment to Pakistan and expressed his determination to expedite completion of the in-progress projects like Kohala and Mahl Hydro Power Projects in Azad Jammu & Kashmir.