China reiterates ‘full spectrum’ support

Army chief Gen Qamar Bajwa meets Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi


Our Correspondent March 18, 2017
Chinese Foreign Minister reiterates Beijing’s full spectrum support to Pakistan during a meeting with COAS on Friday. PHOTO: ISPR

ISLAMABAD: China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday appreciated Pakistan’s efforts to maintain ‘good relationship’ with its estranged neighbours — Afghanistan and India — despite challenges.

The top Chinese diplomat made the statement during a meeting with army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, who is currently on a visit to Beijing.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the Chinese foreign minister expressed “complete understanding of challenges” faced by Pakistan, its ‘geopolitical’ relevance and contributions towards regional ‘peace’ and ‘stability’.

“China appreciates Pakistan’s efforts to maintain good relationships with its neighbours – including India and Afghanistan – despite challenges,” the envoy said.

The Chinese minister thanked Pakistan for ‘time-tested’ support to China on core issues and appreciated Pakistan’s efforts for the realisation of CPEC as part of ‘One Belt, One Road’.

He reiterated Chinese ‘full spectrum’ support to Pakistan.

The army chief thanked the minister and China on their ‘acknowledgements and support’. “Pakistan greatly values its strong friendship with China and looks forward to carry on with the same zeal.”

Gen Qamar also thanked the minister for Chinese diplomatic support to Pakistan on core issues.

Relations between Pakistan and China have seen an unprecedented upward trajectory ever since the ‘one belt, one road’ initiative was unveiled by Beijing. The two countries have been cooperating with each other on various issues – including the key strategic matters in the region.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 18th, 2017.

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