Pakistan, China agrees to upgrade channels of communication

By Shafqat Ali | Gwadar Pro Mar 20, 2023

ISLAMABAD, March 20 (Gwadar Pro)- Pakistan and China have agreed to enhance high-level engagements and dialogue mechanisms to make the channels of communication even more robust.

The two historic friends reviewed the entire spectrum of bilateral relations and agreed to expand and reinforce political and security cooperation, bilateral trade, economic and financial cooperation, cultural exchanges, tourism, and people-to-people ties at the third round of Pakistan-China bilateral political consultations (BPC) held in Beijing, Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said in a statement on Sunday afternoon.

Foreign Secretary Dr. Asad Majeed Khan led the Pakistan delegation while the Chinese side was led by Vice Foreign Minister Sun Weidong.

BPC is a regular institutional mechanism between Pakistan and China. Noting the completion of a decade of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the two sides reaffirmed their commitment to CPEC that remained a major pillar of bilateral cooperation and a symbol of ever-deepening friendship between Pakistan and China.

They also agreed to remain engaged in the expansion of CPEC including on participation of third parties to enhance regional connectivity and cooperation.

The Foreign Secretary thanked the Chinese side for its consistent and generous support for the economic stability of Pakistan and the humanitarian assistance during the devastating floods in 2022.

Vice foreign minister Sun reaffirmed China’s support for Pakistan’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and economic security.

The two sides exchanged views on a range of regional and global issues of mutual interest and expressed satisfaction over their close cooperation and engagement on important regional developments including in Afghanistan.

Pakistan and China would further strengthen dialogue and cooperation at the multilateral platforms.

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