Mutual trust and shared values is pillar of Pak-China friendship: Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry

Beijing: Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Foreign Secretary of Pakistan said both Pakistan and China believe in the spirit of mutual trust and shared values, which has become the pillar of all-weather friendship between the two countries. Commenting on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) he was of the opinion that CPEC was poised to benefit the people of not just the two countries but also the entire region by creating new jobs and opening new vistas for economic cooperation. He underlined that during the 65 years since establishment of relations between the two countries, their relationship has come far too long and the strength of it was most visible through China-Pakistan Economic Corridor – a flagship initiative for economic prosperity and industrial development in the region.

Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, who is on a official visit of china to participate 7th Round of Strategic Dialogue between Pakistan and China was invited one of the leading Institute of china to deliver a talk on the subject of “China-Pakistan relations – A factor of stability in the Region” at the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS).CIIS is a premier research institute, which conducts analysis and prepares reports on a wide range of foreign policy issues. Talk was attended by a large group of distinguished Chinese professors, scholars, researchers and practitioners with solid background and insight into Pakistan- China relationship and contemporary issues.

Participating in the discussion, Chinese scholars and professors underlined that besides government-to-government relations, people-to-people contacts were equally important for further cementing ties between the two countries. Pakistan’s unwavering support to China for its sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as on issues of its core interest was deeply acknowledged. Chinese support for Pakistan on its core issues was also acknowledged. Participants also acknowledged similarity of views on many regional and international issues which was to promote peace and stability in the region in the spirit of win-win cooperation.

Earlier on Monday the Seventh Round of Strategic Dialogue between Pakistan and China was held in Beijing, the Foreign Office reported. Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry led the Pakistani delegation, while the Chinese side was led 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 between Pakistan and China including CPEC, economic cooperation, defence, counter-terrorism, SCO, culture, education and people to people contacts. The two sides agreed to further strengthen cooperation in all areas for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

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 Indian Kashmir.

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