Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi has said that Pakistan and China are all-weather strategic partners and in view of evolving international scenarios both sides need to reinforce their ties.
Yang was having a meeting with Pakistan Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani on Wednesday at the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Beijing.
Jilani is visiting Beijing to lead Pakistan in the 5th round of Pakistan China Strategic Dialogues to be held tomorrow.
The Foreign Secretary conveyed the warm regards of Pakistani leadership for the Chinese leadership and hoped that the incoming Chinese leaders would further solidify Pak-China ties.
The Chinese foreigner minster said that the new Chinese leadership was well-known to the Pakistani leadership.
Both sides had a wide-ranging discussion on issues that included efforts to bring stability in Afghanistan, making the South and East Asia a peaceful and economically growing region, deepening Sino-Pak ties, and reforms at the United Nations Security Council.
They resolved to continue cooperation at various international and regional forums to maintain peace and security.
The foreign secretary informed the Chinese minister of Pakistan’s efforts to bring peace and stability in the region. He asserted Pakistan’s commitment to facilitate political reconciliation in Afghanistan.
Jilani said Pakistan deeply appreciated China’s constant support for major infrastructure and development projects in the country and hoped that bilateral economic and trade cooperation would continue between the countries.
Meanwhile, the entire spectrum of Pakistan-China relations will come under discussion when Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani holds the fifth round of strategic dialogue with Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Fu Ying from Friday (today).
“Pakistan and China have very close relations and both the countries have convergence of views on all regional and international issues,” the foreign secretary said, asserting that “these relations are unmatched”.
About security cooperation between the two sides, Jilani said Pakistan and China were closely cooperating in the fight against terrorism and extremism. “Pakistan considered the enemy of China its own enemy,” he averred.
Upon his arrival in Beijing two days ago, the foreign secretary held extensive talks on technology, energy, infrastructure, communication and culture, besides regional and international security situation.
The Pakistani leadership had held very fruitful interaction with the present and coming leadership during their visits to China, Jilani said while estimating that over the past four years, President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani visited China sixteen times, while Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao paid a very constructive visit to Pakistan in 2010.
The foreign secretary, however, expressed the determination that with the induction of the new leadership, China would continue its march towards progress and prosperity. President Zardari and Prime Minister Ashraf conveyed their best wishes to the new leadership during their meeting with Li Changchun, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, who recently concluded a successful visit to Pakistan, he said of the upcoming 18th National Congress of the CPC in which the transition of leadership would take place. Jilani stressed the need for further deepening cooperation between the media outlets of the two countries, saying that exchange of more delegations would help understand each other’s history, culture and development.
He said that the people of Pakistan were taking keen interest in learning Chinese, adding that the establishment of more Confucius institutes in different Pakistani cities would help the peoples to better understand each other.
He also said the recent launch of China Radio International’s FM-98, Dosti Channel, was gaining popularity among the Pakistani listeners.
Earlier, outgoing Ambassador and Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Masood Khan, introduced the foreign secretary to the Chinese media.