BEIJING: China on Tuesday welcomed the improvement in Pakistan-US relations, stating that these would be helpful for promoting peace and stability in the region.
“We have taken note of the recent exchanges between the two countries on the issue of Afghanistan,” said Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang at a weekly news briefing.
China, he said, welcomes the good interaction between the two sides. The healthy development of Pakistan-US relations is conducive to international counter-terrorism overall situation and the early reconciliation and reconstruction of Afghanistan, which is conducive to regional peace and stability, he added.
“China is pleased to see the continuous improvement of Pakistan-US relations and supports the two countries to carry out equal and mutually beneficial cooperation, strengthen communication and cooperation on the Afghan issue, and work together to promote peace and development in Afghanistan and the region,” Geng Shuang said.
The spokesperson also told the reporters that that BRICS- Russia-India-China (RIC) informal meeting was held on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. President Xi Jinping attended these meeting during which the BRICS leaders reaffirmed their commitments to implementing the outcomes of the previous summit, enhancing solidarity and cooperation, further deepening and substantiating BRICS cooperation in various fields, and striving to play a bigger role in safeguarding international peace and security, promoting global growth, and improving global governance, he added.
He further said that the BRICS countries also expressed their unanimous support for the WTO-centred and rules-based multilateral trading system and called on all WTO members to stand against unilateralist and protectionist measures which run counter to WTO rules.
“The BRICS countries are in favour of reforming the WTO, upholding the core values and basic principles of the WTO, and making sure that the WTO reflects the interests of all members, especially developing members,” he concluded.