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Chinese President commends Pak-China friendship during meeting with PM Shehbaz

Chinese President commends Pak-China friendship during meeting with PM Shehbaz

The meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in Beijing marked a significant reaffirmation of the strong and enduring friendship between the two countries. Held at the historic Great Hall of the People, the meeting underscored the importance of the strategic relationship between China and Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed gratitude for the warm reception during his visit, emphasizing the profound significance of Pakistan’s friendship with China. President Xi Jinping echoed this sentiment, highlighting the continued strengthening of strategic ties between the two nations over time.

Key discussions centered on the enhancement of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the timely completion of major development projects. Both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the high-quality development of CPEC and the advancement of the mega-project in its second phase The participation of Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff, General Asim Munir, underscored the comprehensive nature of Pak-China relations. President Xi Jinping praised the friendship between the two nations, characterizing them as good partners who stand by each other through all circumstances.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to ensuring the safety and security of Chinese citizens, projects, and institutions in Pakistan. He also briefed President Xi on Pakistan’s economic reform policies, industrial development initiatives, and the critical role of CPEC in Pakistan’s development agenda.

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The meeting concluded with a reaffirmation of the longstanding ‘All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership’ between China and Pakistan. Both leaders expressed their determination to deepen cooperation across various domains, including political, security, economic, trade, and people-to-people exchanges Furthermore, discussions extended to regional and global developments, including Afghanistan, Palestine, and the human rights situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). The two sides reiterated their unwavering support for each other’s core interests.

President Xi Jinping hosted a dinner in honor of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, providing an additional opportunity for discussions on mutual interests and further strengthening bilateral ties. Overall, the meeting underscored the enduring bond between China and Pakistan and their shared commitment to comprehensive cooperation and mutual prosperity.