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Pakistan election results won't affect bond with China

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Pakistan election results won't affect bond with China

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BEIJING, Aug. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- A news report by China.org.cn on the relationship between China and Pakistan after Pakistan's 2018 general election:

With the final results in, the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI), or Pakistan Movement for Justice party, have been announced winners of the country's 2018 general election. In his televised victory address, Pakistan's prime minister in-waiting Imran Khan proposed the dream of "Naya (new) Pakistan," and pledged to learn from China on how to reduce poverty, combat corruption and promote economic development.

It is difficult to judge the policies of Pakistan's new administration just from a television broadcast. However, Imran Khan's speech did showcase his unrelenting efforts to achieve his dream of becoming Pakistan's prime minister. The former captain of the national cricket team is considered to have risen above the traditional political influence of the aristocratic families in Pakistan.

Contrary to many reports, Imran Khan is actually not a political dark horse. In 1996, Khan entered politics and founded the PTI and was first elected to parliament in 2002. For over two decades, the PTI contested several general elections, until eventually emerging as the largest single party, and acquiring enough seats to form a coalition government in 2018.

The long political journey shows that Imran Khan did not win the election by accident.

He won a hard-fought victory over the two major political powers of the country. His proposal to fulfil the dream of "Naya (new) Pakistan" reflects not only his personal political pursuit, but also the dream of the majority of Pakistani people, especially tens of millions of young people. The most important thing for Pakistan, with a population of 180 million, is to arouse the passion of the young people and to channel their energy in the right direction, such as poverty reduction, anti-corruption and economic construction.

In these respects, China, as Pakistan's all-weather friend for half a century, can and should provide help and support within its capacity.

In the past few years, among the cooperative projects between China and Pakistan, the most important one has been the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which has brought new opportunities for Pakistan's employment and industrial development. China needs it, and Pakistan needs it even more.

As a Chinese saying goes, "Even brothers keep careful accounts." There may be some differences between the two countries on individual projects of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. However, these kinds of differences are entirely business-like, and it can be only solved through friendly and equal consultations. The China-Pakistan economic corridor involves the common interests of the two countries over the coming decades, and will not be re-oriented by the change of one government. There is no reason to doubt this.

With regard to the changes in Pakistan's domestic situation, both the Chinese government and enterprises may need some time to adapt, and the Pakistan government also needs some time to develop its own specific policy thinking and ideas. But in any case, the "iron friendship" between China and Pakistan will remain unchanged.

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