LAHORE - A Chinese delegation met the Punjab Chief Minister on Monday where both sides agreed on increasing bilateral cooperation in various development sectors and keeping close contact in future.

The Chinese delegation headed by Member of Central Committee of Communist Party of China and Party Secretary of Jilin province Bayinchaolu met Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. The meeting discussed matters of promotion in economic and trade cooperation between Punjab and Chinese province Jilin, and increasing working relationship in agriculture, industry, science and technology, auto industry and various sectors.

Speaking on the occasion, Shahbaz said the friendship between the two countries has stood the test of time. “A new era of economic relations between Pakistan and China has started in the tenure of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif,” he added.

Referring to China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), he said the historic economic package given by China was a gift for Pakistan. He hoped CPEC would bring prosperity not only to Pakistan but the entire region.

Under CPEC, the CM said, a huge sum of $33 billion has been allocated for energy projects in Punjab. These projects would be completed in given time, adding that the Orange Line Metro Train Project will soon be started.

The CM also offered Jilin industrialists, who are associated with auto industry, to set up manufacturing units in Punjab. He also assured the provincial government would extend its cooperation.

The delegation of Punjab government will soon visit Jilin to consider the scope of cooperation, Shahbaz told the Chinese delegates.

Mr Bayinchaolu, in his address, appreciated the progress in Punjab under Shahbaz Sharif. He said the economic and trade relations between Jilin province and Punjab as well as in agriculture, industry, science and technology, education and other sectors will be enhanced.

Provincial Minister Raja Ashfaq Sarwar, Lahore Transport Company Chairman Kh Ahmad Hasaan and other officials were also present on the occasion.