China vows to strengthen bilateral ties with Pakistan, Mexico

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held phone conversations respectively with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard on Thursday, pledging to further deepen ties with the two countries.

Strengthen the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership

In the face of major changes unseen in a century and a once-in-a-century pandemic, the China-Pakistan all-weather strategic cooperative partnership has stood the test and maintained a strong development momentum, Wang told his Pakistan counterpart.

Wang stressed that whatever changes may take place in the world and whatever difficulties and challenges may confront the two countries, China will always stick to its friendly policy towards Pakistan.

China is willing to expand and deepen bilateral cooperation in a larger scope with Pakistan, and jointly build an even closer China-Pakistan community with a shared future, he said.

For his part, Qureshi said that China is the anchor of regional peace and stability, and the progress made in Pakistan-China relations this year is encouraging.

No matter how the international and regional situation changes, Pakistan will continue strengthening its all-weather strategic cooperative partnership with China, Qureshi said.

Push China-Mexico ties to new height

When talking with Ebrard, Wang stressed that the two sides should bring China-Mexico ties to new heights and maintain a momentum of China-Latin America ties sound development.

Noting that China always regards Mexico as an important strategic partner, Wang said China will unswervingly promote long-term friendship between two sides, and firmly support Mexico in developing its economy and improve people's livelihood.

The Chinese foreign minister believes that the New Year will bring new opportunities for China-Mexico and China-Latin America relations, calling for maintaining high-level contacts and deepen political mutual trust.

Wang also said China attaches great importance to the Mexican side's demand for vaccine cooperation.

"From the China-Mexico friendship perspective, the Chinese government supports Chinese enterprises to carry out vaccine cooperation with the Mexican side, and is willing to actively coordinate enterprises to dock with the Mexican side and promote bilateral vaccine cooperation in strict accordance with the law and regulations."

China is willing to further improve coordination and cooperation between the two sides in multilateral fields, and work with the Mexico to jointly uphold multilateralism, defend the basic norms governing international relations and expand the interests of the developing world, Wang said.

Saying a friend in need is a friend indeed, Ebrard expressed his gratitude to China for its strong support to Mexico's fight against the epidemic, adding that Mexico sees China as a partner and a friend who stick together in times of difficulty.

He hopes that the Chinese government will facilitate the procurement of Chinese vaccines for the Mexican side.

(With input from Xinhua)

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