New York, 19 September 2022 (TDI): The Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, met State Councilor and Foreign Minister of China, Wang Yi, on the sidelines of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 77) in New York, today.

Both Foreign Ministers are in the city to attend the 77th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 77) as the first day of the high-level General Debate will be from tomorrow 20 September and will last till 26 September.

This was their fourth meeting since the Foreign Minister assumed office in April 2022.

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During the meeting, the two sides had a comprehensive exchange of views on the entire spectrum of bilateral partnership and multilateral cooperation, including at the United Nations.

The Pakistani Foreign Minister conveyed profound gratitude to the Chinese leadership, government, and people for China’s prompt support and robust assistance to Pakistan in the wake of the catastrophic floods, which was a true reflection of the time-tested ‘All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership’ between Pakistan and China.

Recalling the summit meeting between Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif and President Xi Jinping in Samarkand on 15 September 2022, the two Foreign Ministers reaffirmed full commitment to further deepening strategic cooperation, extending strong support for each other’s core interests and major concerns, enhancing economic engagement, accelerating high-quality development of CPEC, and strengthening bilateral security cooperation.

Moreover, Foreign Minister Zardari highlighted Pakistan’s close convergence with China on multilateral issues premised on the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, multilateralism, free trade, and development. He appreciated China’s contributions to global socio-economic development through open and inclusive initiatives like BRI and Global Development Initiative (GDI).

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari agreed to remain in close contact with State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Pak-China relations:  

The bilateral ties between China and Pakistan are known as Pak-China relations. Pakistan was one of the earliest nations to break formal diplomatic relations with the Republic of China (Taiwan) and recognized the People’s Republic of China (PRC) government in Mainland China in 1950.

Ever since both nations have put great value on maintaining a special partnership, and the two sides have shared high-level visits, leading to a variety of accords.

The People’s Republic of China has supplied Pakistan with economic, military, and technological support, and each nation regards the other as a close strategic ally.