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Pak drawing ‘ever closer’ to China, says PM Ashraf

Islamabad, Sept. 13 (ANI): Pakistan has said the country is drawing even closer to Beijing in the backdrop of a strain in ties with the U.S. since the raid that killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden in May 2011.

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf while speaking during a special session, moderated by China Central Television (CCTV) Director Rui Chengang, said Pakistan’s relationship with China is time-tested and deeply rooted in history and has many dimensions, reports The News.

Ashraf said being located at the hub of South Asia, West Asia and Central Asia, Pakistan could act as an ‘anchor of peace and stability’ in the region. He stressed on the need for dialogue for resolving conflicts and disputes among regional countries which otherwise would hamper efforts to attain economic objectives.

Pakistan, Ashraf said, enjoys mutually beneficial relations with China and that the latter could play an important role in regional prosperity and Pakistan could learn from the Chinese experience.

He further said that the Pakistan-China friendship must not be perceived as a reaction to any situational change.

Ashraf said Pakistan earnestly sought friendly relations with all regional countries including India, Afghanistan, Iran, China and the Central Asian states. (ANI)