China to oppose any Indian move endangering regional peace, Wang Yi assures Qureshi

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The State Councilor and Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi has reaffirmed China’s support to Pakistan and reiterated opposition to any unilateral action by India as well as the measures that could further endanger the peace in the region.

In delegation-level talks held between Pakistan and China at the Foreign Office in Islamabad on Saturday, the Wang Yi highlighted that Pakistan-China relationship is based on mutual respect, trust and strong bonds of friendship.

The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi led the Pakistani delegation including the Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood, the Additional Secretary (Asia Pacific) Zahoor Ahmed, the Director General (China) Muhammad Mudassir Tipu and other Senior Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the talks.

The Chinese delegation was led Wang Yi, and included China’s Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing, the Vice Foreign Minister Luo Zhaohui and other Senior Officials from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The two delegations had an in-depth exchange of views on the entire spectrum of bilateral relations and regional matters, particularly the current situation in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOJ&K). The two sides underscored commonality of views on Afghan peace process.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi briefed the Chinese side on the evolving situation in IOJ&K following India’s unilateral and illegal actions of August 5. He stressed that the ongoing curfew for over four weeks, the continued lock-down and communications blockade, and the massive human rights violations had created a dire humanitarian situation in IOJ&K which needed to be urgently addressed.

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The foreign minister underscored that the curfew and other restrictions needed to be immediately lifted. He informed the Chinese side of the intensification of ceasefire violations across the Line of Control (LoC) and emphasized that India could attempt a false-flag operation in order to divert attention from its crimes in IOJ&K.

Qureshi conveyed that Pakistan is grateful for China’s support in the aftermath of India’s illegal and unilateral actions. He stressed that Pakistan and China continue their close coordination and consultation to ensure that peace and stability in the region is maintained.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi emphasized that friendship with China is the corner stone of Pakistan’s foreign policy. He highlighted that ‘All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership’ between two countries is deeply rooted in mutual trust and respect and is an anchor of peace and stability in the region and beyond. Pakistan will continue to support China on all issues of its core interest including Taiwan, Tibet, Xinjiang and Hong Kong. He highlighted that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has added a new dimension to bilateral ties and contributed immensely to the revitalization of Pakistan’s economy. He reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to the timely completion of CPEC projects, especially those in Gwadar.

The Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi appreciated Pakistan’s efforts to achieve goals of national development and extended China’s utmost support in this regard.

Wang Yi emphasized that CPEC is a demonstration project of high quality BRI projects and is being implemented jointly by Pakistan and China. Both countries have complete consensus on the future direction of CPEC to advance high quality development in Pakistan.

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The Chinese foreign minister underscored that Pakistan’s economic and financial situation was improving and the central banks of both countries must deepen their cooperation to reap dividends at a larger level.

The two sides also noted with satisfaction the Pak-China bilateral cooperation at multilateral fora and reaffirmed their commitment to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and support for multilateralism, free trade and win-win cooperation.

Both sides resolved to implement consensus reached by the leadership of two countries to deepen strategic consultation and coordination at all levels so as to jointly promote regional peace, stability and prosperity.

At the conclusion of the meeting, minutes of the onsite investigation meeting of the feasibility study for Pakistan Smart Classroom Project were signed between Vice Chairman Chinese International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA) and the Executive Director of Higher Education Commission (HEC).