President Xi: China views relations with Pakistan as a priority of diplomacy
Updated 21:42, 28-Apr-2019
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday said China views relations with Pakistan as a priority of diplomacy.
Xi made the remarks during his meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who came to Beijing for the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) that was held from April 25-27 in the Chinese capital.
Hailing the China-Pakistan All Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership, President Xi said China and Pakistan always firmly stick to mutual support on issues concerning each other's core interests and major concerns.
No matter how the international and regional situation might evolve, the Chinese side will unswervingly support the Pakistani side in safeguarding its national sovereignty and national dignity, Xi said.
He added China steadfastly supports Pakistan in independently choosing a development path that is suitable to its national conditions, in combating terrorism and extremist forces for a sound external security environment and in playing a more constructive role in regional and international affairs.
As the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and the cooperation in finance and trade have all reached key progress, the Chinese president said he hopes the two sides could keep advancing bilateral ties through high-quality cooperation under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative.
Both sides should deepen strategic communication and high-level exchanges, Xi added.
When exchanging views on the situation in South Asia, Xi said he hopes Pakistan and India can meet each other halfway to promote stable bilateral relations.
Khan on his side said he believes more countries will participate and support the Belt and Road Initiative.
He said the CPEC is a landmark project of Belt and Road cooperation that has played an important role in developing the economy and improving people's livelihoods.
Pakistan appreciates China's long-time support and is willing to reinforce communication and coordination in multilateral affairs with China, the prime minister added.