FM Bilawal’s maiden visit demonstrates new Pak Govt’s commitment for bilateral partnership: China

BEIJING, May 23 (APP): Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin on Monday said Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s maiden official visit had further demonstrated the new Pakistan Government’s commitment to developing all-weather bilateral strategic partnership.

“I would like to stress here that Foreign Minister Bilawal has made China destination of his first official bilateral visit after assuming the office. This further demonstrates that the new Pakistani Government is committed to developing our all weather strategic cooperative partnership. China appreciates it,” he said during his regular briefing.

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto paid a two-day visit to China at the invitation of Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and held fruitful talk in a very cordial and friendly atmosphere in Guangzhou, capital city of Guangdong province.

The spokesperson said during the talks, the two sides agreed that friendship between Pakistan and China was rock solid, and solidarity and cooperation between the two nations had become an important source of stability in a turbulent world.

Both side agreed that the terrorist attack targeting Chinese citizens in Pakistan was unacceptable and such despicable attempts to undermine China-Pakistan friendship would not succeed, he added.

Wang Wenbing said the two sides believed cooperation between the two countries enjoyed fruitful results.

“We will deepen our development strategy coordination to release the potential for cooperation and advance China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) development,” he added.

He appreciated Pakistan’s support for the China-proposed Global Development Initiative (GDI) and the Global Security Initiative (GSI).

“We stand ready to work together to focus on developments, deal with security challenges and advance implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and build a community with a shared future for mankind,” he added.

He called on all sides to abide by the principle of mutual respect, equality and win-win cooperation, and oppose cold war mentality and zero-sum game and bloc confrontation.

“State Councilor Wang pointed out the two countries are true friends and good brothers and friendship was cultivated by generations of leadership and is as relevant as ever,” he added.

“We will continue to put Pakistan as a priority in our neighbourhood diplomacy and consolidate our friends and make sure our relationship become a strong stability force in the region and provide more impetus to regional development and revitalization,” he said.

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