China’s Foreign Minister Qin Gang will embark on his first official trip to Pakistan since taking office, where he will attend the Pakistan-China Strategic Dialogue from May 5. The fourth round of the dialogue will be co-chaired by Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and his Chinese counterpart, with discussions to review bilateral cooperation in key areas, develop a roadmap for multidimensional cooperation, and assess the evolving global and regional landscape.
The upcoming visit by Qin highlights the importance of the strategic partnership between Pakistan and China. The all-weather partnership will be reaffirmed during the dialogue, according to Pakistan’s Foreign Office. The previous round of talks took place in China’s Chengdu last year.
In a statement, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson emphasized the significance of Qin’s visit, stating that it reflects the recent frequent and close interactions between high-level officials from both countries. The spokesperson reiterated that China and Pakistan share an all-weather strategic cooperative partnership and are ironclad friends.
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The spokesperson further noted the successful visit of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to China last November, during which both leaders charted the course for bilateral relations. In addition, the premiers of China and Pakistan had a phone call on April 27 to further strengthen their strategic partnership.
China hopes that Foreign Minister Qin’s visit will further deepen strategic communication and practical cooperation, promote the building of an ever-closer China-Pakistan community with a shared future in the new era, and contribute positive energy to the region and the wider world. The visit is expected to strengthen the longstanding friendship and cooperation between China and Pakistan.