|Wang Yi Meets with Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi of Pakistan|
On November 2, 2018, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met in Beijing with Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi of Pakistan, who accompanied Prime Minister Imran Khan on his visit to China.
Wang Yi expressed that China-Pakistan all-weather strategic cooperative partnership has withstood the test of international vicissitudes, with unbreakable friendship between the two countries. After the establishment of the new government of Pakistan, China-Pakistan relations have achieved smooth transition and good start under the joint efforts of both sides. The Chinese side pays high attention to the visit paid by Prime Minister Imran Khan. It is believed that the leaders of the two countries will surely promote China-Pakistan relations to a new stage through strategic communication. Both sides should continue to firmly support the core interests and major concerns of each other, steadily advance the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and assist Pakistan in elevating the level of industrialization as well as independent and sustainable development capacity to benefit local people. The Chinese side will continue to provide support and assistance for economic and social development as well as national building of Pakistan within its capacity.
Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi noted that Prime Minister Imran Khan chose China as the country for his first official visit after taking office, which demonstrated the great importance the Pakistani side has attached to Pakistan-China relations. Prime Minister Imran Khan looks forward to meeting and talking with Chinese leaders, listening to Chinese leaders’ suggestions for developing the relations between the two countries and strengthening cooperation in the joint building of the Belt and Road Initiative, and propelling bilateral cooperation in such fields as economy, security, agriculture, poverty alleviation and anti-corruption through this visit. The Pakistani people love China, and will continue to stand with China on the issues concerning the Chinese side’s core interests. The future of the whole region hinges on the construction of the CPEC, which will vigorously drive the regional economic development. The Pakistani side will continue to enhance strategic cooperation with the Chinese side.