|Qin Gang: Implement the Important Common Understandings Reached by Leaders of the Two Countries, and Speed up China-Pakistan All-round Cooperation|
On May 6, 2023 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang and Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari jointly met the press after co-chairing the fourth round of China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Strategic Dialogue in Islamabad.
Qin Gang said that China and Pakistan, as all-weather strategic cooperative partners, are committed to building a closer China-Pakistan community with a shared future in the new era. The iron-clad friendship between China and Pakistan is a valued asset created by history and also a shared acknowledgement of the two peoples. China appreciates Pakistan's political support on issues related to China's core interests and major concerns. China will, as always, firmly support Pakistan in safeguarding sovereignty, territorial integrity and national dignity, finding a development path suited to its national conditions, pursuing unity, stability, prosperity and strength, and playing its due role in global and regional affairs.
Qin Gang noted that he and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari agreed to resume communication at all levels and mechanism consultations across the board in the post-pandemic era, implement the important common understandings reached by leaders of the two countries, and speed up China-Pakistan all-round cooperation.
The two sides agreed to accelerate major projects of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), plan and conduct industrial cooperation, and actively expand cooperation in new areas including agriculture, technology and new energy, in a bid to help Pakistan achieve higher-quality and more sustainable development.
The two sides agreed to track down and severely punish the culprits in Chinese-targeted terrorist attacks, further deepen security and counter-terrorism cooperation, and enhance collaboration in regional counter-terrorism affairs.
The two sides agreed to strengthen cultural and people-to-people exchanges to bring the two peoples closer.
The two sides agreed to promote the implementation of the Global Development Initiative and other initiatives in Pakistan first, strengthen multilateral coordination and cooperation, and oppose the Cold War mentality, zero-sum game and bloc confrontation. The two sides also called for resolving differences through dialogue and consultation, jointly safeguarding international fairness and justice, promoting the cause of world peace and development, and joining hands to build a human community with a shared future.