Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan finished his four-day visit to Beijing on Sunday with a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, during which the two leaders discussed bilateral cooperation and shared views on regional and global concerns.
The news: According to the Pakistan Embassy in China, this is the first encounter between the two leaders since Imran Khan’s October 2019 visit to the nation. Imran Khan stated during his meeting with Xi that China was Pakistan’s “steadfast partner and Iron Brother.”
- “The two leaders reviewed the entire gamut of Pakistan-China bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual interest, in a warm and cordial atmosphere,” Pakistan Embassy said in a tweet.
- China pledged closer cooperation with Pakistan under the USD 60 billion CPEC investment programme on Sunday, calling for a proper and peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue and opposing any “unilateral actions” that could complicate the situation as Prime Minister Imran Khan met with top Chinese leaders, including President Xi Jinping.
- “Both sides reiterated that a peaceful and prosperous South Asia is in the common interest of all parties,” said a joint statement.
- “They emphasised the importance of pursuit of dialogue and resolution of all outstanding disputes to promote regional cooperation and advance the goals of lasting peace, stability and shared prosperity in the region,” it said.
- Pakistan updated China on the latest developments in the Jammu and Kashmir crisis, including its worries, position, and critical issues at the time.
- The Chinese side reaffirmed that the Kashmir problem was a historical conflict that should be settled appropriately and peacefully in accordance with the UN Charter, relevant Security Council resolutions, and bilateral agreements. China opposes any unilateral actions that complicate the situation.
- In the past, India rejected references made on Jammu and Kashmir in a prior joint statement issued by Pakistan and China, claiming that the union territory, as well as Ladakh, have been and would continue to be an essential and inalienable part of India.
- President Xi said that China firmly supports Pakistan in safeguarding national independence, sovereignty, dignity and fighting terrorism and would continue supporting the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
- Both countries on Friday signed an agreement to boost industrial cooperation as part of the second phase of CPEC.