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CPEC will not be affected by change in leadership of Pakistan: China

BEIJING, JUL 29 (DNA) – Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang has said that Pakistan’s internal affairs will not affect progress of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

To this effect, China hopes that all parties and sections in Pakistan can prioritize state and national interests, and maintain unity and stability and keep focus on economic development. China will continue to work with Pakistan to jointly build the mega One Belt, One Road.

Reacting to disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the United States on Friday hoped for ‘smooth political transition’ as China called it Pakistan’s internal affair

“This is the internal affair of Pakistan. As a friendly neighbour, China hopes that all parties and sections in Pakistan can prioritise state and national interests, properly deal with their domestic affairs, maintain unity and stability, and keep focusing on the economic and social development,” Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Lu Kang said.

On the latest political situation in Pakistan, he said, “We have noted relevant reports” adding, the all-weather friendship between China and Pakistan has withstood the test of times.

Lu said, “We believe that the China-Pakistan strategic cooperative partnership will not be affected by the change of the situation inside Pakistan.”

“China stands ready to work with Pakistan to continue jointly building the Belt and Road and build a community of shared future, which serves the fundamental interests of the two countries and peoples and promotes peace and development of the region and beyond,” he added.

Meanwhile, Washington said the US said was looking forward to a smooth political transition in Pakistan as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif stepped down after the Supreme Court verdict.=DNA

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