Xi Jinping to make first state visit to Pakistan soon, says Chinese foreign minister

Published: February 12, 2015
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The two sides will cover an entire spectrum of bilateral relations. PHOTO: AFP

The two sides will cover an entire spectrum of bilateral relations. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Addressing a joint press conference, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi confirmed President Xi Jinping would be making his first state visit to Pakistan within the next few months and expressed appreciation for the profound friendship it has developed with Pakistan over the years. 

“That will be his first visit to Pakistan as the head of state of China and that will be the first visit of its kind in 9 years,” he said.

After meeting with President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the first day of his official two-day tour, the foreign minister said that Pakistan and China are in agreement of everything that was discussed.

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“During my discussion with Sartaj Aziz, we agreed on everything. This shows the high degree of trust and support between the two countries,” Yi said.

The foreign minister assured that progress would be made on the Pak-China corridor and all other projects would also progress efficiently.

Counter-terrorism was also at the forefront of discussions between the two countries as “counter-terrorism corporation is vital to ensure our security,” he said.

Commenting on China and Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of US troops, Yi said “ending Afghanistan’s turmoil was a common aspiration for both countries.”

He also assured that China would deliver its solemn commitment to Afghanistan.

“China is ready to play its necessary role and will deliver its commitment in terms of security, economy and support,” the foreign minister said, adding that “only with smooth progress can Afghanistan realise its potential and embrace a brighter future.”

Further strategic and economic cooperation between the two countries will be discussed in the two-day visit.

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“The two sides will cover an entire spectrum of bilateral relations and discuss regional issues of common interest as per our tradition and practice,” Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam had said when she announced the visit on February 6.

China ready to support Kabul-Taliban reconciliation

Beijing is ready to support the Afghan government in reconciling with the Taliban, the Chinese foreign minister said Thursday, further indicating China’s desire to expand its role in its war-torn neighbour.

Wang Yi said that Afghanistan’s long-term stability depended on a “broad-based and inclusive national reconciliation” which needed international support.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani visited Beijing in October, soon after taking office, and China promised $245 million in “free assistance”, having already secured major oil and copper-mining concessions in the country.

But China has previously said little about supporting political efforts in Afghanistan, with which it shares a 76-kilometre border.

Wang said that with NATO’s combat mission in Afghanistan having finished in December, it was time to end the country’s decades of turmoil and poverty.

“We will support the Afghan government in realising reconciliation with various political factions including Taliban,” Wang told a news conference in Islamabad, speaking through an interpreter.

“The international community needs to give support and encouragement. China is ready to play a constructive role and will provide necessary facilitation any time if it is required by various parties in Afghanistan.”

Wang made the comments at a joint press conference with foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz. He also announced Chinese President Xi Jinping would visit Pakistan “at an early date this year”.

Last month the Taliban, still resilient despite NATO’s 13-year war against them, said they had sent a delegation to China, in an English-language statement posted on their website.

The militants insisted the visit was not for the purposes of mediation.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Kashmir
    Feb 12, 2015 - 10:31AM

    Finally, Pakistan has a foreign visitor!Recommend

  • Blithe
    Feb 12, 2015 - 10:58AM

    A slap on the face of PTI trolls Recommend

  • Beet Neeka
    Feb 12, 2015 - 12:18PM

    Welcome Mr. FM. Please help & encourage Pakistan & Afghanistan to get rid of terrorism. This is effecting China as well.Recommend

  • LandofOsama
    Feb 12, 2015 - 1:33PM

    As told by FM, Pak agrees on everything with China which shows that Pak has no self-respect and the interests of its ppl. Even US & UK disagrees on many things! Point to ponderRecommend

  • Asad
    Feb 12, 2015 - 1:46PM

    Does anyone realize he visited India last year I guess? This is the kind of importance Pakistan is given by the rest of the world. Let us stop making a fool out of ourselves and accept responsibility for our deeds, once and for all. China has economic interests, and it will not compromise on these interests if Pakistan comes in the way. Recommend

  • zara
    Feb 12, 2015 - 1:56PM

    @Beet Neeka:
    If india stays in afgh south asia peace will be diffi to achieve. But then we will have to make strategies to kick them out hard and this time we should replicate chankaya philosophy, the foundation of indisn constitution and reverse it back on them.if we come to crafting strategies based on indian ideologies i think we re going to be no less creative.Recommend

  • waqar
    Feb 12, 2015 - 2:18PM

    @zara:
    “@Beet Neeka:
    If india stays in afgh south asia peace will be diffi to achieve. But then we will have to make strategies to kick them out hard and this time we should replicate chankaya philosophy, the foundation of indisn constitution and reverse it back on them.if we come to crafting strategies based on indian ideologies i think we re going to be no less creative.”

    hahaha- lets others say good things about u- else it becomes “bragging without substance”Recommend

  • Sara
    Feb 12, 2015 - 2:24PM

    & the biggest interest that china has got is “Counter Terrorism” and “Economics” in Afghanistan. When will Pakistan foreign policy operators learn that there`s no point running around like a Jealous Girl friend between US & China. The world has a 5 letter word for such characters.. Recommend

  • kani
    Feb 12, 2015 - 2:27PM

    @ LandofOsama

    Salute on your reading abilities

    During my discussion with Sartaj Aziz, WE agreed on everything. This shows the high degree of trust and support between the two countries,” Yi said.Recommend

  • zara
    Feb 12, 2015 - 2:43PM

    @waqar:
    I am glad you enjoyed the comment, whichever the way though. :D
    But iwasnt bragging iwas merely suggesting. I myself am no genius. Very average intelligence.Recommend

  • zara
    Feb 12, 2015 - 2:47PM

    @waqar:
    Lolz but yes iwas bragging.Recommend

  • Bobb Mack
    Feb 12, 2015 - 2:55PM

    @LandofOsama:

    Hey try to understand what is being conveyed using the expression ” every thing”. Do not get worked out without reading between lines.

    Have a good day.Recommend

  • AVMPolpot
    Feb 12, 2015 - 3:13PM

    ” Further strategic and economic cooperation between the two countries will be discussed in the two-day visit.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++=
    What only Words? Kerry was generous with USD 250 Mln for IDPs…Recommend

  • Bobb Mack
    Feb 12, 2015 - 3:15PM

    @Asad:

    Absolutely spot on. Fully agree with you but please do not focus too much whether a foreign dignitary comes first to Pakistan or goes else where. We should understand China’s freedom to choose his friends and in international relations a country may have many friends. Chinese, Pakistanis and Indians know what they all want from each other. International relations are not based on romantic love, rather they are guided by interests and could change. Similarly if Chinese president visits Pakistan in the next few months it should not be taken as a tit 4 tat on Obama visit to India. That would mean being too possessive which can harm any relationship. We should be happy about Chinese business interest/investment in Pakistan. Also remember American overtures towards India do not mean end of America’s strategic alliance with Pakistan.

    Have a good day!Recommend

  • Beet Neeka
    Feb 12, 2015 - 4:06PM

    @Zara @Beet Neeka:
    If india stays in afgh south asia peace will be diffi to achieve. But then we will have to make strategies to kick them out hard and this time we should replicate chankaya philosophy, the foundation of indisn constitution and reverse it back on them.if we come to crafting strategies based on indian ideologies i think we re going to be no less creative.

    Zara to fix Indian in Afghanistan you have to keep Mollas/jihaids. It is loose loose situation for us. We are isolated, US, West & China is scared of our jihadi business. This policy resulted in $65 billion Afghan army(which is to Pakistan what India is to us) & NDS is matching the performance of ISI. In return Afghans have ample opportunities to play the same games with us. If you think Karzai was bad you would be surprised what Ghani will do, he will be worst once he know that we are playing games. he has given us 6 months to decide either with Govt in Kabul or with the Taliban. He has already convinced Chinese to be done with Mollas. So better all of us cool down & be done with Mollas jihadis business. Raheel Shareef is working on it to fix mollas but need to be translated to Major, Captain & hawaldar level.Recommend

  • NADEEM
    Feb 12, 2015 - 4:12PM

    Bad news for IndiaRecommend

  • zara
    Feb 12, 2015 - 5:20PM

    @Beet Neeka:
    one question. Noone ever knows the real perfoemance of any intel agency,they are ghosts.I dont think isi is that great but thats just my opinion, i dont know much. But cia had a major failure in 4 planes going hijacked same day their routs changed and crashing in heartland of major metropolises , raw had mumbai attacks, they couldnt or didnt capture the gunmen who after shooting at one place during daytime were at another place shooting at night time(as per indian news).
    Cia was in afghanistan, it didnt know about fazlullah?? Sounds real??

    Who is it who is telling you nds is at par with isi?? My main question.Recommend

  • nnn
    Feb 13, 2015 - 5:53AM

    LOL look at all the Indians obsessing with this news. Chill out Indians. Btw, didnt you get the message in 1947? We dont want to interact with you :)Recommend

  • zara
    Feb 13, 2015 - 8:27AM

    @nnn:
    Yup unwanted peopleRecommend

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