Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Pakistan's chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, is visiting China from July 29 to 31. His visit to China is for the 13th Defense and Security Talks by China and Pakistan.
On Tuesday, General Zubair Mahmood Hayat briefed Chinese media in Beijing. He shared his thoughts on China-Pakistan relations and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
He said at the briefing that Pakistan-China relationship is close and solid, and it is based on mutual respect and mutual trust. He also stressed that Pakistan-China relationship is far beyond the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, but the projects of CPEC is a mega initiative that Pakistan is very proud of and pleased to have.
When mentioning the construction process of CPEC, Zubair said the initial part of the projects are focused on energy and infrastructure. Most of the energy- and infrastructure-based projects have come online and are making tangible contributions.
On Tuesday, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan also met with General Zubair.
Wang said that China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic cooperative partners. No matter what changes take place in the international and regional landscapes, China and Pakistan will always trust and support each other.
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has achieved fruitful results in the past five years. It is moving towards a new stage of substantial, expanding and high-quality development. Wang stressed that the two sides should implement the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, firmly promote the construction of the CPEC and deepen cooperation in various fields such as counter-terrorism and security.