China has vowed to standby Pakistan ‘forever’ amid Islamabad’s tension with the United States and India.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Mohammed Asif and Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan are in China to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s ministers meetings aimed at preparing for the SCO heads of state and governments Qingdao summit to be held in June 2018.
Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that the meetings on the sidelines with the Chinese leaders had been very successful, giving a strong message to both the US and India.
“China has assured us (Pakistan) that it will never ditch Pakistan and will remain with Islamabad forever. This is a good message as we confront diplomatic challenges,” one official said.
Another official said China had given the much-needed cushion to Pakistan amid testing times. “We are confronting India and have tense ties with the US. At this time, China’s support is very helpful,” he added.
A foreign ministry’s statement issued here said Foreign Minister Khawaja Mohammed Asif and Wang Qishan, Vice President of the People’s Republic of China held a meeting in Beijing yesterday.
Vice President Wang stressed that Pakistan-China relations were all weather and a model in inter-state relations. He reaffirmed China’s support to Pakistan’s independence and sovereignty and its counter-terrorism efforts and stated that China will continue to contribute to Pakistan’s economic development.
He appreciated Pakistan’s active participation in the SCO and looked forward to participation of the President of Pakistan in the SCO Qingdao Summit to be held in June 2018, said the statement.
State Councilor Wang Yi said that Pakistan and China were close friends and all-weather strategic cooperative partners. He appreciated Pakistan’s active participation in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and all its mechanisms. He expressed China’s strong support for Pakistan’s contribution to enhancing regional peace and cooperation and its relentless and tireless efforts in countering terrorism.
Both sides agreed to enhance and further deepen their bilateral cooperation and pledged to play a key role in regional stability through the SCO and its forums.
Meanwhile, Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe Tuesday said China and Pakistan defence and military cooperation was the pillar of all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries.
Wei Fenghe said China supported Pakistan’s stance over longstanding Kashmir issue, which was pending unresolved for the last 70 years.
He said all-weather partnership and the defence military cooperation between the two countries helped maintain a strategic balance in the region. Dastgir discussed ways and means to further strengthen defence cooperation between the two countries.
By : nation.com.pk