Islamabad, 12 October 2022 (TDI): The Spokespersons of the Foreign Ministries of Pakistan and China held a virtual dialogue on Tuesday, 11 October.

The delegation of Pakistan was led by the Spokesperson of Pakistan, Asim Iftikhar Ahmad, Additional Secretary (UN & ED).

The Chinese side was led by the Chinese Spokesperson, Hua Chunying. She is the Assistant Foreign Minister and Director General of the Department of Information at the Foreign Ministry of China.

Agenda of Dialogue

Both parties underscored the strength of the long-standing bilateral relationship between the two countries.

The fact that the relationship had been fostered by the peoples of the two countries, respective governments, and generations of leaders was also acknowledged by both parties.

Discussions centered on the positive status of bilateral ties between the countries. Both sides also exchanged opinions on the functioning of the respective Spokespersons’ offices.

The Spokesperson of Pakistan also extended best wishes to his Chinese counterpart for the successful holding of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

The Spokespersons’ dialogue between the Foreign Ministries of Pakistan and China is an institutionalized interaction.

The dialogue showcases the strength of the ‘All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership’ between the two countries. It also reinforces the commonality of views and interests between the two countries.

Bilateral Relations

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the People’s Republic of China established diplomatic relations on 21 May 1951.

The bilateral relationship between Pakistan and China is built on feelings of mutual trust, respect, and goodwill toward each other.

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The connection is growing with each passing day and year due to the strength of its numerous successes. The governments of both nations have always remained concerned to develop their connection.

In 2016, both countries unveiled the Long-term Plan for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). China is also Pakistan’s largest trading partner and a major investor, especially in the infrastructure and energy sector.