On July 24, 2021, Chinese State Councillor & Foreign Minister Wang Yi held the 3rd round of China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Chengdu, Sichuan Province and jointly met the press.
Wang Yi said that this year marks the 70th Anniversary of the establishment of Diplomatic Relations between China and Pakistan.
Over the past 70 years, despite the changing international and domestic landscapes, China and Pakistan have firmly stood together, overcome numerous difficulties and obstacles, and delivered remarkable outcomes in bilateral cooperation.
History has proven time and again that China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic cooperative partners and ironclad friends sharing weal and woe. In the face of the once-in-a-century pandemic and major changes, the two countries should strengthen strategic cooperation.
Foreign Minister Qureshi and I have reached new important consensus at the 3rd China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue today.
After taking stock of the precious experience over the past 70 years since establishment of diplomatic ties, we agree that a high degree of mutual trust, mutual assistance, seeking peace and promoting development together are the most distinctive features of China-Pakistan relations, and the underlying rationale of our ironclad friendship.
They are important guidance for China-Pakistan relations and should be unswervingly upheld and advocated by us.
We sternly condemn the terrorist attack targeting Chinese nationals in Pakistan, mourn the lost lives, and express sincere condolences to the injured and the bereaved families. We decide to strengthen coordination to make every effort to find out the truth and severely punish the perpetrators.
Both sides agree to build a strengthened version of counter-terrorism and security cooperation framework, upgrade and improve security measures for Chinese nationals, institutions and projects in Pakistan, to prevent similar incidents from happening again.
We speak highly of the outcomes of anti-COVID 19 cooperation. China will continue to satisfy the vaccine demand of Pakistan, and firmly support its defeat of the pandemic.
Both sides reiterate the opposition to “vaccine nationalism”. Pakistan supports China’s principled position on the origin-tracing, and firmly opposes the attempt of any country and any force to politicise the origin-tracing.
We agree to continue the high-quality construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), unleash the vitality of Gwadar Port and Economic Parks, expand livelihood cooperation, strengthen emerging industries, develop and extend the CPEC, promote regional connectivity, build health, industry, digital and green corridors, and benefit more countries and their peoples in this region.
We will strengthen coordination on international and regional affairs, jointly oppose hegemonism and unilateralism, advocate true multilateralism, promote the common values of humanity, uphold the international system with the UN at its core and the international order based on international law, advance the political settlement of hotspot issues, such as the Afghan issue and the Palestinian question, injecting more positive energy into world peace, stability and development.
Wang Yi emphasised that on the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties, China-Pakistan Relations have stood at a new historical threshold.
We should work together to build a closer China-Pakistan community with a shared future, and herald a more splendid 70 years for bilateral cooperation.