China and Pakistan have reiterated their commitment to cooperating in order to advance regional stability and development as well as to cooperatively address external threats.
All parties highlighted the need to further expand and deepen bilateral cooperation in the fields of commerce, economics, culture, and defence.
To further strengthen bilateral ties, the two parties also advocated for boosting bilateral exchanges, people-to-people interactions, and collaboration in the industries of culture and tourism.
President Dr. Arif Alvi met with Qin Gang, the visiting State Councillor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of China, and other members of his team at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Friday to address bilateral issues.
Senior government representatives from Pakistan and China also attended the meeting, along with Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Sun Weidong of China.
The president welcomed the Chinese foreign minister and said that ties between Pakistan and China were based on mutual trust, understanding, and goodwill, and that both sides firmly backed one another on important problems. In light of recent developments in the regional and global arenas, he emphasised that Pakistan-China collaboration was taking on even greater significance.
The president stated that Pakistan was committed to seeing the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Gwadar port completed, which would significantly boost regional commerce and connectivity in addition to promoting bilateral trade.
Chinese employees working on various CPEC projects, he promised that Pakistan will take appropriate action.
He expressed hope that the recent opening of the Khunjerab Pass will make it easier for products to go from Xinjiang to Gwadar and vice versa.
The president stressed the need for more economic and commercial cooperation, particularly in the agricultural and IT sectors, and he said that Chinese companies could profit from Pakistan’s policies that are welcoming to business and investment.
The president expressed concern over India’s intention to host G-20 Summit events in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and described it as an effort on India’s part to deflect attention from the situation on the ground and its atrocities committed against the residents of IIOJK. He said that Pakistan backed China in all of its major disputes, such as the South China Sea, Taiwan, Tibet, Xinjiang, and the “One-China policy.”
Additionally, he was grateful for China’s assistance amid Pakistan’s catastrophic floods and the COVID-19 outbreak last year.
China and Pakistan are all-weather allies, according to State Councillor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang, and their alliance is “as solid as a rock.”
According to him, Pakistan and China needed to further deepen and enhance their bilateral cooperation in light of how quickly the world was changing in order to address new regional and global concerns. He urged forging on with collaboration in all areas of shared interest, particularly on initiatives with strategic significance.
According to Qin Gang, China is aware of Pakistan’s economic problems and has made aiding Pakistan a top priority. He said that Pakistani students will be welcomed to study at Chinese educational institutes.
Pakistan for coming to China in March 2020 to express his country’s support for the people and leadership there during the COVID-19 epidemic.