During the meeting, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic cooperative partners and faithful friends, who have always firmly supported each other on issues concerning each other’s core interests.
Xi said that no matter how international and regional situations change, China firmly supports Pakistan in safeguarding its sovereignty and national dignity, choosing its own development path suited to its national conditions, combating terrorist and extremist forces, striving for a sound external security environment, and playing a constructive role in international and regional affairs.
Xi said that major progress has been made in the bilateral cooperation in the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, finance, trade and other areas.
In the next stage, Xi said, China and Pakistan should make greater efforts to advance the all-weather strategic cooperation. He urged both sides to deepen high-level contacts and mutual support, strengthen strategic communication, and promote high-quality cooperation in production capacity, infrastructure construction, people’s livelihood and trade within the BRI framework.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has played an important role in Pakistan’s economic development and the improvement of people’s lives and expressed the belief that more and more countries would support and participate in the cooperation under the BRI framework.
He said that Pakistan is willing to consolidate its traditional friendship with China, deepen pragmatic cooperation, and enhance communication and coordination with China in multilateral affairs.
The two sides exchanged views on the situation in South Asia.
Xi expressed the hope that Pakistan and India could meet each other halfway and promote the stabilization and improvement of Pakistan-India relations.
Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan met with Prime Minister Khan on Saturday.
During the meeting, Wang said Pakistan is China’s only all-weather strategic cooperative partner and the two countries enjoy profound foundation for friendship and for political mutual trust, have frequent high-level exchanges, and enjoy a broad prospect for cooperation.
Wang said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, as a BRI vanguard project, has had important preliminary gains and the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation proved a success, providing new opportunities for all countries in their efforts for development and prosperity.
Wang said China-Pakistan relations have always been a priority in its neighboring diplomacy and expressed the hope that the two countries should make continued efforts to implement the consensuses reached by the leaders of the two countries and strengthen the all-round cooperation and cultural exchanges so as to enable the China-Pakistan relations in the new era to go deeper and in a down-to-earth manner.
Prime Minister Khan said the BRI covers broad areas, huge in scale and influence.
Khan said that Pakistan hopes to work together with China in building well the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and bring the bilateral relations up to a new level.