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State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi Holds Second Round of Strategic Dialogue with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi

2020-08-21

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

Wang said that China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic cooperative partners. Profound political trust is the defining feature of the bilateral ties and strong mutual support is our fine tradition. China will keep to its policy toward Pakistan, no matter how the international and regional situation may evolve and what difficulties or challenges may arise. It is important for the two sides to carry forward the defining feature and fine tradition of our relations.

Wang noted that since the start of COVID-19, China and Pakistan have looked out for each other in solidarity, worked to resume normal order of life and production, and jointly sent a strong message against politicization and stigmatization. Both sides have made continued efforts to advance Belt and Road cooperation and ensure no layoff, withdrawal of personnel or suspension of work at key projects of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) despite the virus. This has set a fine example for global cooperation against COVID-19. The iron-clad brotherhood between the two countries has as always stood the test, remained rock solid and shown strong vitality.

Wang stressed that under the current circumstances, the two sides need to further strengthen coordination and cooperation, uphold shared strategic interests and make joint contribution to regional peace, stability and development. Both sides need to further enhance cooperation to secure a final victory against COVID-19. China will share experience in regularized containment of the virus with Pakistan in a timely manner, continue to cooperate with Pakistan on medical supplies and prioritize Pakistan as a partner in vaccine R&D.

While ensuring prevention and control measures, the two sides can gradually resume personnel exchanges, jointly promote international cooperation against COVID-19, and advance the building of a global community of health for all. Both sides need to maintain high-level contacts and close strategic communication as a guidance for the development of the bilateral relations. It is important to advance the high-quality development of the CPEC with a focus on economic and social development, job creation and betterment of people’s lives. The two sides need to strengthen digital and health cooperation and promote third-party cooperation to bring more tangible benefits to the Pakistani people. It is important to enhance cooperation in areas such as finance, debt rescheduling, agriculture, and disaster relief, and jointly implement the Phase II Protocol of China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement, and bring the bilateral relations to a new height.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that unlike some state-to-state relations built on trade-offs, China-Pakistan relations have a solid strategic foundation. The future of the two countries are closely linked. Pakistani leaders fully support strengthening cooperation with China. There is a high degree of consensus among all sectors in Pakistan on developing relations with China. Pakistan firmly supports all the core interests and major concerns of the Chinese side, and stands ready to work with China to jointly plan for future cooperation, and consolidate and develop the unbreakable bilateral relations. Pakistan thanks China for its strong support in fighting COVID-19, and hopes to carry out cooperation with China in various fields including vaccine R&D, and jointly oppose politicization and stigmatization. Pakistan will make all-out efforts with China to advance the building of the CPEC, and further deepen cooperation in science, technology, agriculture, finance, information, disaster relief and other fields.

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

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