Pakistani Ambassador to China, Moin ul Haque delivered a keynote speech at the Xinjiang Production & Construction Corps, (XPCC) Investment & Trade Cooperation Forum on the sidelines of the 3rd China International Import Expo in Shanghai on Friday.

In his remarks, Haque appreciated XPCC’s contribution to the economic and social development of China & Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Through these efforts, people from all walks of life have been able to enjoy peace and harmony, and play their role in the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

The convening of the 3rd CIIE was another important milestone in China’s economic recovery following the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, and sent an unmistakable signal of China’s continuing reform and opening-up, and willingness to share the fruits of its developments with overseas partners.

Pakistan opposed interference in China’s internal affairs, including in Xinjiang, and was aware and supportive of the Xinjiang people and government’s efforts against poverty and extremism. “The right to dignity and safety is a fundamental one. We are happy to see people of all ethnic groups enjoying equal rights in Xinjiang and leading happy lives as productive members of society,” Haque said.

The deep cultural linkages between the people of Xinjiang and the bordering areas of Pakistan are rooted in centuries of interaction along the ancient silk routes. Through the visionary Belt and Road Initiative and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the two peoples have come even closer on the road to forging a community of shared future.

This enhanced connectivity – together with the second phase of the Pakistan-China Free Trade Agreement – provides an enabling environment for ever more trade and investment links.

Haque praised the important work carried out by XPCC enterprises on various infrastructure projects in Pakistan. He assured that Pakistan embassy in China would continue to work with XPCC on a range of proposals to deepen and expand business and commercial linkages.

At the event, Haque, officials of relevant Chinese Ministries & Commission, Representatives of relevant national business associations and entrepreneurs witnessed the signing ceremony of B2B agreements including between an enterprise from Pakistan and XPCC.