Rawalpindi, 7 May 2023 (TDI): On May 6, 2023, General Syed Asim Munir, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Pakistan, held a meeting with State Councillor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang of China in his office.

The two leaders discussed various issues of mutual interest, including regional security and defence cooperation.

During the meeting, the COAS reaffirmed Pakistan’s unwavering commitment to the strategic relationship between Pakistan and China.

He also pledged complete support for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, which is a crucial component of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Furthermore, he expressed his appreciation for China’s steadfast support of Pakistan on regional and international matters.

Foreign Minister Qin Gang emphasized the significance of the long-standing friendship between the two brotherly nations and expressed his contentment over the progress made on the CPEC project.

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He also reiterated China’s determination to ensure the project’s timely completion.

In addition, he commended Pakistan’s efforts in promoting regional peace and stability, particularly the Pakistan Armed Forces’ provision of security to Chinese nationals and projects in Pakistan.

The two dignitaries also deliberated on the evolving security situation in the region. The COAS acknowledged China’s contributions to fostering peace and stability in the area.

Both sides agreed to strengthen their existing collaboration in defence and security domains to counter common security challenges effectively.

The meeting concluded on a positive note, with both sides reaffirming their resolve to further bolster the time-tested, all-weather friendship between Pakistan and China.

4th round of Pakistan-China Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari extended an invitation to State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang for an official visit to Pakistan, marking his first visit to the country from May 5th to May 6th, 2023.

On May 6th, the two Foreign Ministers jointly chaired the 4th round of the Pakistan-China Strategic Dialogue in Islamabad.

The dialogue revolved around the entire gamut of bilateral relations and collaborations, spanning from political and strategic to economic, defense, security, education, and cultural domains.

Additionally, both parties discussed regional and global issues of mutual concern.