ISLAMABAD: Chinese ambassador Sun Weidong reiterated the pledge of his government to closely work with Pakistan and other neighbouring countries for peace and development and to improve the living conditions of the people.
He was speaking at a function held at the Chinese Embassy last night on the occasion of Lanterns festival. Among others, ambassadors from 35 countries attended the Lantern festival, besides others. Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry was the chief guest.
The festival takes places on fifteenth day of the first month of the Chinese lunar year. The lanterns are always red to symbolize good fortune. The occasion was marked with demonstration of cooking of Chinese four popular cuisine.
The ambassador further said that China values its relations with neighboring countries and the rest of the world and has also dedicated itself for ensuring a better living of the people.
Referring to the ongoing session of National People’s Congress, he said it was looking forward for a new action plan to bring necessary improvement in socio-economic conditions at all levels. China has set its gross domestic product (GDP) growth target at “around 7 percent” for 2015 – focusing on quality over quantity as it overhauls its growth model.
China, he said has successfully managed to provide better food to its 1.3 billion population. A comprehensive plan has been prepared to provide job to around 10 million people this year. They are also actively fighting against corruption.
China unveiled its annual government work report on Thursday, declaring its ambition to deepen reform to start new development engines.
The report, delivered by Premier Li Keqiang at the opening meeting of the national legislature’s annual session, introduced a series of critical measures concerning the country’s economic reform and opening up.