It is priceless to reflect on the previous year as we usher in 2023. The upcoming year 2022 is crucial in bridging the past and the future for China and the entire world. China began a journey toward modernization when it successfully convened the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC). China has made coordinated progress in its economic and social development as well as its response to COVID-19. China’s Gross domestic product for the entire year is supposed to surpass 120 trillion yuan.
China has always adhered to a people-first and life-first philosophy ever since the outbreak of COVID-19. China achieved great success in pandemic prevention and control when the pandemic was at its worst. The country used every resource at its disposal to safeguard the health and lives of every individual at all costs. China has maintained rates of COVID infection and death that are significantly lower than those of other major nations.
China has been able to maintain its own economic growth while controlling the COVID situation. Additionally, it has made a significant contribution to ensuring that the global industrial and supply chains remain stable and unimpeded.
China’s goods trade broke another record in 2021 by exceeding 6 trillion US dollars. In the first three quarters of 2022, this figure increased by 9.9% year-over-year. The world continues to receive high-quality goods at reasonable prices from China. The international community has also been offered increasingly larger opportunities as a result of its enormous market. China’s COVID response and policy have been scientifically based, accurate, and effective, according to the facts.
In addition, China advocated for the establishment of a global health community. It was the first to make vaccines a global public good, giving the world 2 billion doses and a lot of materials to prevent pandemics. We are pleased that Pakistan is the first nation to receive the vaccine that was provided by the Chinese military and government.
Based on the realities and changing conditions, China has developed and implemented COVID policy. With clinical frameworks sustained, new variations getting tamer and 90 percent of its populace receive available immunizations, China as of late reported new measures to advance its enemy of pandemic arrangements, which incorporate the expulsion of measures to control the quantity of global flights and further rebuilding of individuals to-individuals trades. We think it’s important to make it easier for people to move between China and other countries, to make sure industrial and supply chains are stable and running smoothly, and to create new forces driving global development.
The significant agreement that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif reached during his visit to China with the leadership of the two countries will be implemented more quickly under the new COVID policy. It is anticipated that both the annual JCC meeting and the JWG meetings held within the CPEC framework will be held in person. Personnel exchange would be enhanced at all levels and across all circles.
China welcomes more Pakistani students to continue their education there. More appointments and business gatherings will pay nearby visit to Pakistan normally. As a result, investments between Pakistan and China will be made easier. Our bilateral cooperation, including the CPEC projects, would benefit from stronger energy and greater mutual benefits.
China remains committed to promoting high-level opening and accelerating efforts to foster a new development paradigm as the world’s second largest consumer market, second largest source of foreign investment, and major trading partner of over 140 nations and regions. The Belt and Road Initiative will turn ten years old in 2023. China will continue to implement targeted, science-based COVID response measures in the future, actively promote high-quality development with a global perspective, contribute to the global economic recovery, and expand opportunities for cooperation between China and Pakistan.
Creating an even brighter future is the best way to embrace the future. I’m optimistic and confident for the new year because we have Pakistan, an iron brother, on our side.