China’s Wang Yi makes four-point proposal on China-Pakistan relations

Wang Yi

China and Pakistan are dedicated to enhancing their strategic coordination and pragmatic cooperation, according to Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Wang told a joint press conference with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi that he is visiting Pakistan for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, and that he has had lengthy and in-depth talks with Qureshi about bilateral relations.

As the world faces instability and uncertainties, Wang stated that China and Pakistan must strengthen their strategic communication and team up to construct a closer China-Pakistan community of a common bond in order to provide growth and security to the region.

To further develop China-Pakistan ties, Wang advocated those efforts be made in the following four areas.

Giving Firm Support To Each Other

Whatever changes occur in the geopolitical situation or in their respective countries, China will maintain its friendly policy toward Pakistan, firmly supporting the Pakistani people in pursuing a development path that is tailored to their specific national circumstances, and firmly supporting Pakistan in defending its sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity, Wang stated.

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He expressed the hope that Pakistan’s diverse political parties will increase their collaboration and unity in order to safeguard the country’s prosperity and stability.

Accelerating Common Development and Revitalization

According to Wang, China and Pakistan should improve the synergy between their development strategies, build a high-quality China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, remain keen to promote key cooperation projects, and broaden cooperation in green development, digitalization, poverty reduction, health, and other areas.

According to Wang, China will assist Pakistan in growing industries, boosting trade, and rejuvenating agriculture in order to achieve a more balanced, autonomous, and sustainable growth.

Deepening Counter-Terrorism Cooperation

China backs Pakistan’s efforts to punish the culprits of the Dasu terrorist attack, praises the country’s initiatives to strengthen the security of Chinese workers and projects in Pakistan, and, as always, will assist Pakistan in improving its law enforcement and security capabilities, Wang added.

Maintaining Closer Multilateral Coordination

Wang said the two countries should improve coordination on international and regional issues such as Afghanistan and Ukraine, practice true multilateralism together, earnestly safeguards the basic norms governing international relations, oppose power politics, bullying, and unilateral sanctions, and work to advance the international order in a more just and reasonable direction.

Wang also mentioned that this was his first time attending the 48th session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers.

China and the Islamic world, according to Wang, have a great desire to form partnerships for unity, justice, and development.

His attendance at the OIC event mirrored China’s and the Islamic world’s strong desire to deepen their cooperation, he said, adding that the theme of the OIC foreign ministers’ meeting — “Building Partnerships for Unity, Justice, and Development” — is particularly relevant given current international circumstances.

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