Islamabad, 4 May 2023 (TDI): China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang will visit Islamabad on 5 and 6 May to attend the 4th strategic dialogue at the invitation of the Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto and State Councilor Qin Gang will co-chair the 4th round of the Pakistan-China Strategic Dialogue. Since Assuming office, Foreign Minister Qin Gang will pay the first official visit to Pakistan.

Ambassador of Pakistan to China Moin-ul Haque said, “A warm welcome in Islamabad awaits’ the Chinese Foreign Minister on his first official visit.

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The strategic dialogue serves as a platform where both countries review their bilateral relationship in key areas. The Ministers will discuss a range of topics, including the All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership, the development of a road map of multidimensional cooperation between Pakistan and China, and the evolving regional and global landscape.

Previously, in July 2021, China hosted the 3rd Strategic dialogue between the two in Chengdu. Former Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi represented Pakistan, while the then State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi represented China.

History of Diplomatic Relations between Pakistan and China

Pakistan-China friendship is often described with special attributes such as “Iron clad brothers” and “all-weather friends.” The two countries have signed various agreements in strategic, diplomatic, and economic spheres. They have supported each other on international forums.

Among agreements, The most significant is the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which is a flagship project of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. CPEC aims to enhance connectivity, infrastructure, energy, and industrial cooperation between the two countries.

Recently, the Chinese state-owned institution, in a study, proposed the building of a $57.7 billion Pakistan-China railway, which would be the most expensive transport infrastructure under BRI

Pakistan and China have also cooperated in the fields of defense, science, culture, education, tourism, and information technology (IT).