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Xi-Imran Talks: China Supports Pakistan’s Counterterrorism Plan

On Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed that in the past eight months he has met with Prime Minister Imran Khan three times, reflecting the high-level of engagement and strategic cooperation between the two countries, which needs to be solidified with closer partnership and cooperation in view of the rapidly changing regional and international political scenarios.

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A statement issued by the Chinese Foreign Minister after the meeting between PM Khan and President Xi on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Bishkek noted, “Xi Jinping pointed out that in the past eight months, I met with the prime minister three times. This fully reflects the high level of China-Pakistan all-weather strategic partnership.”

Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed that given the changing dynamics of the international and regional situation, it is important for Pakistan and China to cement their partnership with closer cooperation and coordination to establish a close-knit community with a shared destiny.

The meeting between Prime Minister Khan and Chinese President Xi was “extremely cordial” and a significant milestone in solidifying Pak-China partnership.

Chinese President Xi stated that the two countries must solidify the China-Pakistan all-weather strategic partnership by maintaining and consolidating their all-round cooperation and extending cultural cooperation.

A statement issued by the Foreign Office noted, “The two leaders held consultations on the entire range of bilateral relations and regional issues. Both sides agreed that the visit of Vice President Wang Qishan had been a milestone. The two leaders strongly reaffirmed the Pakistan-China All Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership.”

China-Pakistan all-Weather Strategic Partnership

Chinese President Xi stated that the two countries must solidify the China-Pakistan all-weather strategic partnership by maintaining and consolidating their all-round cooperation and extending cultural cooperation.

He stressed that the two countries must strengthen communications on mutual challenges and issues, and join forces to preserve peace, security and stability across the region and the international landscape.

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President Xi Jinping said, “We must expand and enrich the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) with new focus on industrial parks, agriculture and people’s livelihood.”

He said that is it crucial for both countries to create more opportunities originating from the China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement, and working towards increasing the volumes of bilateral trade between the two nations. He reinstated China’s invitation to provide Pakistan the assistance it needs to expand its trade and escalate economic progress.

China Supports Pakistan’s Counterterrorism Plan

The Chinese President asserted China’s support to Pakistan’s anti-terrorism National Action Plan, adding that the NAP will assist Pakistan in intensifying its counter-terrorism capacity building. With reference to Pak-India relations President Xi Jinping said, “China supports Pakistan and India to improve relations.”

The Prime Minister thanked China for its steadfast support on all issues of Pakistan’s core interest and expressed satisfaction at the close coordination between the two sides on multilateral issues.

Prime Minister Imran Khan reinstated that China has always been and will continue to be an all-weather strategic partner for Pakistan. PM Khan thanked China for its reliable assistance and support, and acknowledge Beijing’s impactful and positive role in promoting peace and stability across regional and international forums.

A statement issued by the MoFA noted, “The Prime Minister thanked China for its steadfast support on all issues of Pakistan’s core interest and expressed satisfaction at the close coordination between the two sides on multilateral issues.”

Tweeting from his official Twitter handle, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi observed, that China and Pakistan are “on the same page on most international and regional issues”.

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He tweeted, “Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Xi had a constructive meeting covering all areas of strategic importance. We are on the same page on most international and regional issues and are committed to building a Pakistan China Community of Shared Future in the New Era.”

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