Beijing and Islamabad vowed to deepen
economic engagement with the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a pioneering
project of their cooperation on the Belt and Road Initiative.
State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and visiting
Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi pledged to strengthen strategic
consultations to promote their close and broad-based bilateral ties when they
held the first China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Strategic Dialogue in Beijing
Wang told Qureshi in the opening speech that China stands ready
to work with Pakistan to advance the high-quality development of CPEC to build
an even stronger China-Pakistan community with a shared future in the new era.
He told reporters at a joint news conference with Qureshi after
the strategic dialogue that "CPEC will become a shining example of the two
countries' cooperation", and planning and construction of the project was
Saying China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic cooperative
partners, Wang added that despite profound changes in the international
situation, their friendship remains solid and their relationship enjoys a
China will continue to firmly support Pakistan in safeguarding
its national sovereignty and dignity and choosing its development path in line
with its national conditions. China also supports the South Asian nation's
efforts to pursue national stability, development and prosperity, and its
desire to play a bigger role in regional and international affairs, Wang said.
For his part, Qureshi said his country remains committed to the
implementation of CPEC, which he said is a "national consensus"
project as it is not only beneficial to China and Pakistan, but also to the
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan plans to attend the Second
Belt and Road Forum on International Cooperation to be held in Beijing next
month, Qureshi said.
During the meeting, Wang also condemned the attack that occurred
in New Zealand on Friday, which claimed at least 50 lives, including eight
He expressed condolences to the bereaved Pakistani families and
said anti-terrorism efforts should neither adopt dual-standards nor be linked
to certain countries or religions, and all countries should join hands to fight
against all forms of terror.
He called on the international community to view in a fair
manner the commitment and long-standing efforts of Pakistan in its crackdown on
In terms of the recent tensions between Pakistan and India, Wang
said China appreciates the positive efforts made by Pakistan to ease the tense
situation, and called on both countries to continue to exercise restraint and
address their disparities through dialogue and peaceful means.
Qureshi appreciated China's mediation efforts and said Islamabad
wants to de-escalate tensions with New Delhi.
The mechanism of the foreign ministers' strategic dialogue will
help the two all-weather strategic cooperative partners work together to
address challenges arising from the current complex international and regional
situation, observers said.
Li Qingyan, an expert on South Asian issues at the China
Institute of International Studies, said CPEC is a good example of Belt and
Road international cooperation.
With the challenges emerging from construction of CPEC, the two
countries should attach importance to top-level design to help advance
CPEC-related projects smoothly, Li said.
She added future cooperation should be expanded to such fields
as the building of industrial parks and agriculture to help promote economic
and social development, create more jobs and improve people's livelihoods.