Pakistan, China to strengthen cooperation in different fields


Pakistan and China have agreed to further strengthen cooperation in all areas for the mutual benefit of their peoples.

The understanding came at the seventh round of strategic dialogue held between the two time-tested friends in Beijing.

Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry led the Pakistani delegation, while the Chinese side by Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Asian and Consular Affairs, Kong Xuanyou.

Both sides held detailed discussions on the entire spectrum of bilateral relations.  These included: CPEC, economic cooperation, defence, counter-terrorism, SCO, culture, education and people to people contacts.

The Foreign Secretary and his Chinese counterpart also exchanged views on the regional situation including India, Afghanistan and South China Sea. Cooperation in multilateral forums including in the UN was also discussed.

The two sides also exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual interest. They agreed to continue to share their respective perspective on these issues and to further strengthen cooperation in multilateral forums including in the United Nations.

Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry apprised his counterpart of the grave humanitarian situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir and the on-going human rights violations. He expressed the hope that the international community would play its role in calling on India to put an end to blatant human rights violations in the Valley.

The Foreign Secretary who is on a two-day official visit to China met with Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, in Beijing today.

During his stay in Beijing, the Foreign Secretary will also make a speech at the China Institute of International Affairs on Pakistan’s foreign policy.