外文标题：Development projects: Nawaz signs $18 bn tunnel deal with China
BEIJING: Pakistan and China signed eight agreements on Friday agreeing to strengthen economic and diplomatic ties between the two countries.
One of the agreements includes the construction of a 200km-long tunnel that amounts to $18 billion in cost. The “Pak-China Economic corridor” will link Pakistan’s Gwadar Port on the Arabian Sea and Kashghar in Xinjiang in northwest China.
For the development of the Economic Corridor, the two countries agreed to collaborate on connectivity construction, people-to-people construction exchanges and exchanges between local governments and organisations.
Pakistan reiterated its desire of following a one-China policy, opposing Taiwan and Tibet’s independence and supporting China’s efforts in combating extremism, terrorism and separatism, a statement issued by foreign ministry on Friday said.
The two countries agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in the fields of maritime security, search and rescue and disaster relief at sea, combating piracy, maritime scientific research, environmental protection, and blue economy.
China and Pakistan’s friendship “sweeter than honey”: Nawaz
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday told his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang their countries’ relationship was “sweeter than honey”, during a visit to Beijing with economic ties at the top of the agenda.
Pakistan and China are close diplomatic and military allies and Nawaz, who is on his first foreign trip since his May election, is looking to secure infrastructure projects to tackle a chronic energy crisis and economic malaise in his country.
At the Great Hall of the People in the Chinese capital, Nawaz said his welcome “reminds me of the saying, our friendship is higher than the Himalayas and deeper than the deepest sea in the world, and sweeter than honey”.
Li told him: “I greatly appreciate your great warmth and deep affection for the people of China.”
The Chinese premier was the first foreign leader to visit Pakistan after Nawaz’s victory at the polls.
Beijing has been involved with the upgrade of the Karakoram Highway as part of a proposed economic corridor between the two countries.
Earlier this year China took control of Pakistan’s Gwadar port, giving it access to the Arabian Sea and Strait of Hormuz, a gateway for a third of the world’s traded oil.
China-Pakistan trade last year reached $12 billion and is targeted to rise to $15 billion in the next two to three years.
On Thursday Nawaz held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, amid concerns in his country over weak growth, inflation and power cuts of up to 20 hours a day.
Xi, who referred to Nawaz as an old friend and a good brother, said strengthening strategic cooperation with Islamabad was a priority for China’s diplomacy, the state-run broadcaster China Central Television reported.
Nawaz said his country welcomed Chinese investment and would work to create a friendly environment for it.
The threat of terrorism is also expected to figure during Nawaz’s discussions.
China-Pakistan friendship ‘sweeter
than honey’: Nawaz
Just watch out for the sting PM !
China’s economy of $6 trillion ($6,000 billion) is 30 times bigger than our tiny and non-functional economy of $200 billion.
China spends 25 times more than we do on Defence.
China’s education and health budget is 45 times larger than ours.
Let’s agree that we can only ever serve as a ‘client-state’ to our powerful neighbour and nothing more !
This talk of dramatising the depth of friendship doesn’t cut it in the 21st century !
It’s diplomacy, my friend.
But I agree that all projects China gets must be evaluated in economic terms, not sentimental attachment.
Some other catchy statements..
1>Warmer than volcano
2>Closer than 2 lips of mouth.
3>More Nobel than Noble. etc etc.
Sweeter than Honey? Thats what he came up with? .. Too much “Eye to Eye” going on here.
“sweeter than honey”
Obviously Mr. Sharif has not crossed the border on the Khunjerab Pass in a NATCO bus. We have been detained for no reason for four hours in the bus without being allowed to exit or go to the bathroom. It seemed that Pakistan and China were the greatest enemies.
Muhammad Rizwan Ali
I am Pakistani living in Shenzhen,China,
The recent visit of NS to China, really all my Chinese fiends feel very happy, they love Pakistani people and Pakistan.
Hope these relations will be more stronger
After Allah, only China is real helper of Pakistan
@Muhammad Rizwan Ali:
Chinese never love pakistani people.They love there self interest than any thing else.Its
only pakistani people always talking about higher than mountains, deeper than ocean etc
and not majority of chinese.China starts to understand that pakistan us a burden for them
China has not “taken control” of Gwader Port. Rather a Chinese company is managing it. There is a huge difference in these acts, and I wish ET would review what it is publishing rather than regurgitating foreign propaganda.
We are bored hearing this repeated statement again and again.Why sherif keep on reminding to the chinese dignitaries about this statement,what they forgot?
$18 billion for tunnel? Who is going to get most benefit from it. How many of us, especially engineers and scientists, will be employed for this project? What is the term of financing? How we will get charged? is the construction cost a ‘soft’ loan to us from china? On the first glance it looks like win win for china. We need more details before we start tasting the honey.
And Pakistan is suffering from diabities.
During the last 65 years, who sucked whom, why China is like that and why Pakistan is like this. Will China donate $20 billion to ease our financial burdens.
It is called higher than mountains because Gilgit has been handed over to Cina to control and deeper than ocean because Gwadar has been handed over.
Really sick of these anecdotes. Absolutely no truth to them
200 km long tunnel?? What for?
The Pakistani leaders have no shame at all. No self respect either, kowtowing like a toadie. Even the Indian leaders, with their low standards, are not this lacking in self respect and pride.
People must not ignore the fact that China is not only the country but a civilisatio!!! China also had the opportunity to have great leaders suc as chairman Mao in he 20th century.
Damn it enough with this “sweeter than honey / higher than Himalayas” crap! ENOUGH!!!!!
STOP IT PLEASE STOP IT!!!
Umair Waheed, IBA Khayban e Hafiz
A piece of crap. China is not Pakistan’s real friend. If it was so it would have helped Pakistan. it has always used Pakistan. Pakistan should effectively abolish the FTA with China and be firmly in the US camp. Only then will we get the dollars.
Hadn’t the previous government signed $100bn worth of “deals” with China? What happened to those? ET readers need to understand what a MOU is: it’s a meaningless piece of paper that in very vague terms says that both countries will make a good-faith effort towards a project. When Chinese delegations visit India, they sign tens of billions of dollars of “contracts” — legally binding documents where if you don’t act upon immediately you can be taken to court.
Every wondered why Pakistani PMs come back from China with only MOUs? China will invest a couple billion dollars every year in Pakistan to keep Pakistan on its leash — but they have no intention of investing more than that. The sooner we realize that, the better we are.
And any deals made between China and India please? Gawadar-China Corridor is critical for China as it will potentially free China from dependence upon Indian Ocean. Gawadar has the potential of becoming energy hub for central Asia,Afghanistan and China (Even India). Chinese companies have already agreed on resuming stalled coastal refineries project. China needs natural resources to feed its growth engine and Gawadar can easily become the supply-line for that engine.
OMG, tunnel made by China! What would be the lifespan of the tunnel?