On Friday, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met the Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, in the Hainan province to discuss issues of mutual interest including bilateral relations, law, and order situation in the region and Pak-China corridor.
Both the countries agreed to tackle the coronavirus pandemic by sharing the experiences related to the prevention and control of the virus timely.
Following the second round of China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue in Hainan Province, a joint statement issued on Friday revealed,
“Both sides agreed to further strengthen cooperation in developing a vaccine to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic, and strive to promote the establishment of China-Pakistan Community of Shared Future and Community of Common Health.”
The statement further read,
“Both sides emphasized that unity and cooperation are the most powerful weapon for the international community against the disease. Both sides opposed politicizing the pandemic, labeling viruses; supported WHO to play a leading role in global public health governance, and called for the international community to increase the sense of a community of shared future and carry out effective joint prevention and control measures in order to mitigate the negative effects of COVID-19.”
During the meeting, both the foreign ministers talked about the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the bilateral relationship, and how to deliver benefits to both the nations.
“China firmly supports Pakistan in safeguarding its territorial integrity, sovereignty, and independence, independently choosing a development path based on its national conditions, striving for a better external security environment and playing a more constructive role on international and regional affairs,” the statement added.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi thanked China for safeguarding its national security and sovereignty.
Talking about the CPEC Phase-II projects, FM Qureshi said,
“The construction of CPEC, ensure in-time completion of those projects under construction, focus on economic and social development, job creation and improvement of people’s livelihood, and further strengthen cooperation in Specialized Economic Zones, industrial relocation, science and technology, medical and health, human resources training, poverty alleviation, and agriculture, etc., with the aim to continuously unleash the great potential of CPEC to make it a hub of regional connectivity”.
During the meeting, Shah Mahmood Qureshi briefs his Chinese counterpart on serious human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir۔
“India’s Hindutva policy is a threat to peace and stability in the entire region,” said FM Qureshi.
The two Foreign Ministers also discussed the Afghan peace process and the progress made so far. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Pakistan has sincerely made conciliatory efforts for peace in Afghanistan.
He further said that from the beginning, Pakistan has been emphasizing the need for a peaceful political solution to the Afghan problem.
Foreign Minister Qureshi thanked the Chinese Foreign Minister for the special invitation to visit China.