Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) meets with Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to the Pakistani Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, in Beijing on April 27 (COURTESY OF THE PAKISTANI EMBASSY)
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to the Pakistani Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, in Beijing on April 27. This year marks the 65 years of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations. Aziz is visiting China to attend the Fifth Foreign Ministers Meeting of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia.
During the meeting, Wang and Aziz reviewed the China-Pakistan relations and exchanged views on regional and international developments. They expressed satisfaction at the pace of progress on implementation of agreed projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). They agreed that CPEC is an economic game changer for the region and would contribute to the objective of evolving a community of shared destiny by bringing benefits to not only Pakistan and China but to the entire region.
There was convergence of views between the two sides on regional and international developments. It was agreed that China and Pakistan will continue to work closely with the Afghan Government in its efforts to bring peace and stability in the war-torn country. In this context, they recognized the importance of promoting the Quadrilateral Consultative Group in facilitating an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process. Wang conveyed appreciation for the sacrifices of Pakistan in countering terrorism and for its strong resolve in eliminating this menace.
Both of them agreed that the two countries shall enhance their partnership in all its facets with a particular focus on people-to-people contacts and exchanges between the parliaments, think tanks, academia, media and students.
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