Pakistan, China agree to continue high quality construction of CPEC: official

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26th Jul, 2021. 08:36 pm

BEIJING: Pakistan and China have agreed to continue the high quality construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship project of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The two sides also agreed to strengthen coordination on international and regional affairs during the third round of Foreign Ministers Strategic Dialogue held in Chengdu, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said on Monday.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi led delegations of their respective countries during the dialogue.

The two sides exchange views on the international and regional issues of common interests, Lijian said during his regular briefing.

State Councilor Wang Yi said that since China and Pakistan set up diplomatic ties 70 years ago, the two countries have worked together to overcome many difficulties and obstacles and forged an iron-clad friendship and established an all-weather strategic partnership of cooperation.

“A high degree of mutual trust, assistance, seeking peace and promoting development together are the most distinctive features of the bilateral relations and greatest strength in moving forward together,” he added.

The Chinese side is willing to work with Pakistan to take the 70th anniversary of the diplomatic ties as an opportunity to accelerate the construction of a closer community with a shared future in a new era and bring more benefits to the two peoples and make greater contribution to the regional stability and prosperity.

The spokesperson said during the meeting, Foreign Minister Qureshi congratulated the Chinese side on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China.

“[The] Pakistani side wished the Chinese government and people greater success in achieving a goal of socialist modernisation in 2035 and built a modern prosperous beautiful democratic and culturally advanced and harmonious socialist country in 2049, under the inspiring and visionary leadership of the CPC with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core,” he added.

China is Pakistan’s long-standing strategic partner and strengthening iron-clad partnership is the common understanding of the whole country and the basis of Pakistan’s foreign policies, Foreign Minister Qureshi added.

The foreign minister said, in the wake of the major global challenges, it is important to enhance coordination and cooperation between the two sides. Pakistan is ready to join hands with China to respond to the possible challenges and take bilateral relations to a new height.

Lijian said that the two sides strongly condemned the terrorist attack targeting Chinese nationals in Pakistan, mourn the lost lives and express sincere condolences to the injured.

Both the sides spoke highly of the outcomes of the anti-pandemic cooperation, agreed to continue the high quality construction of CPEC, strengthen coordination on international and regional affairs, oppose hegemony and unilateralism, and promote the common values of humanity, he added.

The two sides agreed on continuing their ongoing support on the issues concerning each other’s core national interests and underscored that a peaceful, stable cooperative and prosperous South Asia is in the interest of all countries.

They decided to launch joint actions on the issue and reaffirmed their commitment to facilitate and support the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process, he said.

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