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Wang Yi and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Hold the Second Round of China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Strategic Dialogue

2020-08-21

On August 21, 2020, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held the second Round of China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Strategic Dialogue in Baoting, Hainan Province.

Wang Yi said, China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic cooperative partners. Our bilateral relations are featured by high-level political mutual trust, and share a fine tradition of strong mutual support. China's policies towards Pakistan will remain the same, no matter how the international and regional situation may change, and no matter what difficulties and challenges may arise. Both sides should carry forward the intrinsic features and the fine tradition of China-Pakistan relations.

Wang Yi noted, since the outbreak of the COVID-19, China and Pakistan have helped and supported each other, and gradually pushed for production and life in our two countries back to normal. We jointly opposed the politicization of the epidemic and stigmatization of the virus, made unremitting efforts in promoting the building of the Belt and Road Initiative, and ensured no job cut, reduction in workforce, and no stop in major projects in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, setting an example of the global fight against the COVID-19. Facts once again show that the ironclad China-Pakistan Friendship stood the test, and is brimming with vitalities.

 

Wang Yi stressed, under the current circumstances, both China and Pakistan should further strengthen coordination and cooperation, well safeguard the common strategic interests of both countries, and make common contributions to promoting regional peace, stability and development. Both sides should continue to reinforce anti-epidemic cooperation to prevail over the COVID-19 together. The Chinese side is willing to share its experience of the normalization of epidemic prevention and control with Pakistan in a timely manner, continue to carry out cooperation on anti-epidemic supplies, and choose Pakistan as a prior international cooperation partner of the vaccine research. While ensuring prevention and control measures, both sides can resume personnel exchanges in a phased way, jointly promote international cooperation in fighting the COVID-19, and promote the building of a global community of health for all. Both sides need to maintain high-level contact and close strategic communication to guide the development of bilateral relations. We should facilitate the high-quality construction of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, pay more attention to economic and social development, create more jobs and improve people's livelihood. Both countries must strengthen digital and health cooperation, promote third-party cooperation, and bring more tangible benefits to the Pakistani people. Moreover, both countries must enhance cooperation in areas including finance, debt rescheduling, agriculture, and disaster relief, as well as jointly implement the second phase of Pakistan-China Free Trade Agreement, so as to push bilateral relations to new highs.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said, unlike state-to-state relations built on deals, China-Pakistan relations have a solid strategic foundation. The destinies of our two countries are closely linked. Pakistan's leadership fully supports strengthening cooperation with China. All circles in Pakistan share a high degree of consensus on developing relations with China. The Pakistani side staunchly supports all of the Chinese side's core interests and major concerns, and is willing to work with the Chinese side to jointly plan for future cooperation, and consolidate and develop our unbreakable bilateral relations. The Pakistani side thanks the Chinese side for its strong support and help in fighting the COVID-19, and hopes to carry out cooperation with the Chinese side in various fields including vaccine research and development, and jointly oppose the politicization and stigmatization of the epidemic. The Pakistani side is willing to make all-out efforts with the Chinese side to advance the construction of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, and further deepen cooperation in science, technology, agriculture, finance, information, disaster relief and other fields.

The two sides also exchanged in-depth views on Afghanistan issues and other international and regional issues.

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