Ties with China; cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy: Foreign Secretary

The foreign secretary, in his remarks, further said over the course of past 71 years, the relations had grown from strength to strength and matured into an unbreakable all-weather strategic cooperative partnership.

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood Saturday underscored that the multifaceted and time-tested relationship with China was a cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy. He noted that the bilateral relations between Pakistan and China were marked by exceptional trust, mutual respect, and mutual support.

He was speaking at the ceremony marking 71st anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China. To commemorate the occasion, a cake-cutting ceremony was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood, Chinese Chargé d’Affaires Pang Chunxue, senior officers of the Foreign Office, and Chinese diplomats participated in the ceremony

The foreign secretary, in his remarks, further said over the course of past 71 years, the relations had grown from strength to strength and matured into an unbreakable all-weather strategic cooperative partnership.

He added that both Pakistan and China were committed to enhancing the all-encompassing bilateral relations to the benefit of their people.

The foreign secretary reaffirmed Pakistan’s resolve to further deepen the ‘iron-brotherhood’ between Pakistan and China, and elevate the growing partnership to newer heights. Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Sunday held talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Guangzhou to push Pakistan-China relations to a new height and build a closer community of Pakistan-China shared future in the new era.

This is Bilawal Bhutto’s maiden visit to China after he took office of foreign minister of Pakistan and it is also the first official interaction between high-level officials of the two countries after the establishment of the new Pakistani government.

Bilawal Bhutto jointly met the press after holding talks with State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Guangzhou.

China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic partners and friends who stand together through thick and thin. Close strategic communication is a fine tradition of both sides, according to a statement issued by Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs here.

The foreign ministers of the two countries held fruitful talks, which further consolidated the traditional friendship between China and Pakistan, further enhanced the political mutual trust between the two countries, and further strengthened the cooperation confidence between the two sides.

Wang Yi introduced the five important consensus reached by the two sides: First, they agreed that the friendship between China and Pakistan is everlasting, the relationship between the two countries is rock solid, and the solidarity and cooperation between the two sides has become an important factor of stability in the turbulent and changing world.

We will firmly support each other’s core interests and major concerns, and continuously deepen strategic communication and practical cooperation.

While working together to achieve their own development and revitalization, we will accelerate the building of a closer China-Pakistan community with a shared future.

Second, they agreed that any terrorist attack against Chinese citizens in Pakistan is unacceptable, any despicable attempt to undermine China-Pakistan friendship will not succeed, and incidents such as the terrorist attack on the Confucius Institute in Karachi must never be repeated.

The Chinese side supports the Pakistani side to speed up the detection of cases, identify the perpetrators and punish them severely, and will continue to provide support and assistance to the Pakistani side in its fight against terrorism.

The Pakistani side reiterated that it will further upgrade security measures and make every effort to ensure the safety of all Chinese personnel, projects and institutions in Pakistan.

The two sides agreed to issue an enhanced version for safeguarding the safety of Chinese personnel, institutions and projects in Pakistan, and will formulate specific plans for implementation as soon as possible.

The two sides called on regional countries and the international community to form a joint effort to combat all forms of terrorism.

Third, they agreed that China-Pakistan all-round cooperation has yielded fruitful results and broad space. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has effectively improved Pakistan’s infrastructure level and promoted Pakistan’s economic and social development.

The two sides will deeply align their respective development strategies, further unleash the potential of economic cooperation, and advance the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in a safe, smooth and high-quality manner.

The two sides agreed to further deepen cooperation in the fields of energy, industry, agriculture, information technology and transportation infrastructure, to accelerate the process of Pakistan’s industrialization, and at the same time to enhance the momentum and resilience of Pakistan’s economic development.

China supports Pakistan in maintaining its own economic and financial stability, making good use of the policy dividends of the free trade agreement between the two countries, and expanding the export of Pakistan’s advantageous products to China, so as to better benefit the people of the two countries, especially the people of Pakistan.

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