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Senior Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi meets Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in Islamabad on Wednesday. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

China always gives China-Pakistan relations a priority in neighboring diplomacy and is willing to strengthen coordination with Pakistan on multilateral affairs and safeguard the common interests of developing countries, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said. during a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in Islamabad. Wednesday.

China regards Pakistan as a rock-solid friend and reliable brother, and the China-Pakistan mutual trust and friendship remain rock-solid no matter how the international landscape changes, said Yang, who is a member. of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China. (CPC) Central Committee and director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee.

China regards bilateral relations as a priority in neighboring diplomacy and is willing to work with Pakistan to further strengthen communication and strategy coordination to maintain traditional friendship, enhance strategic mutual trust and deepen pragmatic cooperation in building the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), join efforts to build a closer China-Pakistan community with a shared future, Yang said.

Yang said China appreciates Pakistan’s support for the Global Security Initiative and the Global Development Initiative and stands ready to work with Pakistan to implement these initiatives to make Asia and the world more peaceful, safer and more prosperous.

Shehbaz said developing relations with China is the cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy. Pakistan firmly pursues the one-China principle and supports China in safeguarding its core interests and major concerns.

Hu Zhiyong, a researcher at the Institute of International Relations of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times on Thursday that Yang’s visit reaffirms the all-time strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries after joining according to Shehbaz.

This proves that China-Pakistan relations will not change with government reshuffles and that strong ties between the two nations bring regional stability and peace in this turbulent time, Hu said.

The government and people of Pakistan thank China for its long-term selfless help and are ready to learn from China’s successful experience in economic development and the fight against COVID-19, Shehbaz said, adding that the China had bright development prospects and no force can do it. hinder China’s development and growth.

Pakistan is ready to work with China to deepen practical cooperation in various fields, accelerate the construction of CPEC and push the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership to a new high, Shehbaz said.

The communication between the leaders of the two countries further deepens bilateral cooperation on the CPEC, a flagship project under the Belt and Road Initiative, Hu noted.

During their meeting, Yang also conveyed greetings from Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to Shehbaz. Shehbaz also asked Yang to convey his greetings to Chinese leaders.

Recalling the recent visit of a tri-service delegation to China led by the Army Chief of Staff, the Prime Minister welcomed the expansion of defense and security cooperation between the Pakistan and China, which contributes to regional peace and stability, according to a statement from the Pakistani Embassy in Beijing to the Global Times.

In addition, Yang and Shehbaz agreed to further strengthen cooperation in safeguarding regional security and combating terrorism.

During their meeting, Shehbaz reiterated his strong condemnation of the Karachi terrorist attack and stressed Pakistan’s determination to bring the perpetrators to justice. He reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to strengthen safety, security and protection measures for Chinese nationals, projects and institutions in the country.

During his recent visit to Gwadar, Shehba quoted by Aaj TV said: “We should not allow people to target workers from our friendly countries…Let us value their safety more than yours. If we don’t give security to our investors, they will leave the country. .”

Pakistan’s Ambassador to China Moin ul Haque also told the Global Times in a recent interview that Pakistan is working with China and improving security and working together on a new enhanced security plan.

Haque noted that Pakistan and China are aware of these threats from outside forces trying to undermine China-Pakistan friendship. “We work together to destroy those forces that are against our future.”

The two men also exchanged views on the situation in Afghanistan, including the humanitarian and economic crises. The need for international cooperation and the unfreezing of assets to avert a humanitarian catastrophe and alleviate the misery of the Afghan people was stressed, the embassy statement said.

They have also signed a host of MoUs and protocols, including the work of the Joint G2G Technical Working Group for the realignment of the Karakoram Highway from Thakot to Raikot in Pakistan.