Pakistan is our iron clad friend, says China’s senior official

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BEIJING: A senior Chinese Communist Party (CPC) official on Saturday said that Pakistan is China’s iron clad friend and the two brotherly countries enjoy cordial relations.

Guo Yezhou, a vice minister in the CPC’s International Department, made these remarks while responding to a question raised by APP at a press conference on the sidelines of the 19th National Congress of the CPC in Beijing.

Stressing a need of paying special attention to neighbourhood diplomacy, he said, “China has many neighbours. We have as many as 14 land neighbours and several other neighbours at sea. Without a good neighbourhood, we cannot have security for the country,” he said.

“That requires us both from the government and from the party, a need to pay special attention to neighbourhood diplomacy.

Guo Yezhou said the CPC’s foreign contacts job should be seen as an important part of the Chinese diplomacy, adding, “We’ve always made plans and pushed forward the job centering on double position-setting, namely that the party’s external exchange is an important front of the party and an important part of the country’s overall diplomacy.”

The report of the 19th CPC National Congress has raised clear demands for the Party’s external contacts job, while the Party Constitution also carries explicit stipulations on that, Guo said. The department’s job will contribute to forging a community of shared future of human being and pushing forward the party’s construction in the new era, he added.