Beijing, 21 March 2023 (TDI): The third round of Diplomatic Consultations at the Vice Foreign Ministerial Level between China and Pakistan was held in Beijing, where Vice Foreign Minister Sun Weidong of China and Asad Majeed Khan, the Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, co-chaired the event.

The purpose of the meeting was to facilitate the enhancement of bilateral cooperation between the two countries. Both officials were actively involved in the proceedings and worked towards achieving the common goal of strengthening the relationship between China and Pakistan.

During the third round of Diplomatic Consultations at the Vice Foreign Ministerial Level between China and Pakistan, it was reaffirmed that their friendship is unbreakable and forms the cornerstone of Pakistan’s diplomatic policies.

Asad Majeed Khan expressed his commitment to supporting China in safeguarding its core interests and adhering to the One-China policy.

Despite Pakistan’s ongoing economic crisis, Asad emphasized the country’s willingness to collaborate with China to maintain institutional exchanges, defend major interests, and enhance strategic communication between the two nations.

Asad also discussed the potential for further improving the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to unlock the full potential of their bilateral relations. Sun Weidong reciprocated the sentiment, describing Pakistan as China’s good friend, neighbour, and brother.

He assured that China will prioritize Pakistan in its neighborhood diplomacy and continue to support Pakistan’s national independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity, regardless of the evolving international and regional situations.

Sun Weidong emphasized China’s firm support for Pakistan’s economic and social development.

In light of Pakistan’s current economic situation, China is committed to promoting cooperation in various fields, including the economy and trade, industries, agriculture, finance, science and technology, society, people’s livelihood, culture, and people-to-people exchanges.

Sun reiterated that the high-quality development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would result in expanded investment, and economic and trade cooperation that would benefit both Pakistan and China. The improvement and upgrade of the CPEC would pave the way for significant mutual gains and synergies between the two nations.

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At the third round of Diplomatic Consultations between China and Pakistan held in Beijing, the two nations engaged in discussions regarding their bilateral relations, practical cooperation, and common concerns. The outcome of these deliberations was a broad consensus between the two nations to strengthen their cooperation in counter-terrorism and security. The parties recognized that such cooperation would foster friendly exchanges and contribute to regional peace and stability.