|Joint Press Release of the 3rd Round of China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Strategic Dialogue|
On 24 July 2021, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi of the People's Republic of China and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan held the 3rd round of China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Strategic Dialogue in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. The two sides had an in-depth exchange of views on strategic, economic and security cooperation between China and Pakistan, the COVID-19 battle, the peace and reconciliation process of Afghanistan, and international and regional issues of mutual concern, and reached consensus to collectively take measures to safeguard the common interests of the two countries and promote peace, development, and prosperity in the region.
Both sides said that the China-Pakistan friendship has withstood the test of time and grown even stronger. The two sides have held over 100 events in warm celebration of the landmark 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties in the year, demonstrating the deep friendship and solid brotherly affection between the two countries. To further strengthen the China-Pakistan all-weather strategic partnership of cooperation and work together to build a closer China-Pakistan community with a shared future in the new era, both sides will firmly implement the consensus reached by the two heads of state, enhance strategic mutual trust, step up all-round cooperation, maintain the momentum of high-level exchanges, deeply advance the cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative, and constantly push the relations between the two countries to a new level, so as to bring greater benefits to the two countries and peoples.
Pakistan congratulated on the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of China (CPC), admired the huge contribution made by the CPC to the brilliant rise of Chinese people and China in the world arena, and hailed the enormous achievement of the CPC to lift 800 million Chinese people out of poverty. Pakistan wishes the Chinese government and people greater success in the process of realizing socialist modernization by 2035 and building China into a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious, and beautiful by 2049 under the strong and visionary leadership of the CPC with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core.
Both sides expressed satisfaction over close cooperation on successful containment of the virus, anti-pandemic supplies, virus research and development, and rapid economic recovery in the wake of COVID-19. Pakistan thanked China for its firm support for the promotion of vaccination in Pakistan and appreciated China's building of local vaccine filling and packaging lines at Pakistan's National Institute of Health. China said that it will continue to assist Pakistan in strengthening the national health system and tackling the disruptions of COVID-19 to economic and social development.
Both sides agreed that the origin-tracing of the coronavirus is a scientific task, and should not be politicized. The China-WHO Joint Study of the Origins of the Novel Coronavirus published in March of this year has drawn an authoritative and scientific conclusion on issues relating to the origin-tracing, which should be recognized, respected and maintained and be taken as the foundation for the global origin tracing in the next phase. We hope the WHO to join the international community in maintaining the scientific nature and preciseness of the study on origin tracing, resisting the practice of politicizing the origin-tracing issue, and retaining the good atmosphere of global cooperation in fighting the pandemic.
Pakistan extended condolences to victims of heavy rainfalls and floods in Henan Province, and hopes the province will go back to normal order as soon as possible and the affected locals return to their homes at an early date under the efforts of the Chinese government.
Both sides expressed strong condemnation to the Dasu terrorist attack which caused deaths and injuries of the two peoples, offered deep condolences and sympathies to the bereaved families, and underscored that Chinese citizens will not die for nothing and the China-Pakistan partnership will become firmer after the test. Pakistan pledged to provide the injured Chinese with treatment, care and comfort. Both sides resolved to find out the murderers and the truth through the ongoing joint investigation, severely punish the perpetrators, and adopt a holistic approach to ensure the safety of Chinese projects, personnel and institutions and prevent such incident from happening again.
Both sides agreed on continuing the firm support on issues concerning each other's core national interests. The Chinese side reiterated that China firmly supports Pakistan in safeguarding its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, independently choosing a development path based on its national conditions, striving for a better external security environment and playing a more constructive role in international and regional affairs. The Pakistani side reaffirmed its adherence to the one-China policy and firm support to China on affairs concerning China's core interests, such as those related to Taiwan, Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong, and the South China Sea.
Both sides underscored that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has entered the new phase of high-quality development, and has made an important contribution to the economic and social development of Pakistan. The two sides will continue to firmly advance the development of CPEC, ensure in-time completion of those projects under construction, focus on economic and social development, job creation and improvement of people's livelihood, and further strengthen cooperation in Specialized Economic Zones, infrastructure, science and technology, medical treatment and public health, agriculture, and human resources training, with the aim to continuously unleash the great potential of CPEC to make it a hub of regional connectivity. Both sides agreed on comprehensively building the health, industrial, trade, digital, and green corridors. Both sides satisfactorily reviewed the remarkable achievements scored by the corridor projects. Both sides look forward to convening the 10th meeting of the Joint Cooperation Committee for jointly planning how to practicably facilitate the high-quality operation of these corridors and promoting the high-quality Belt and Road cooperation.
Both sides expressed satisfaction over cooperation on international and regional issues at multilateral fora such as the United Nations (UN), Shanghai Cooperation Organization and ASEAN Regional Forum, and agreed to deepen coordination and cooperation to safeguard mutual interests and uphold principles of fairness and justice. Both sides reaffirmed the commitment to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, and support for multilateralism, free trade and mutually beneficial cooperation.
Both sides underlined that a peaceful, stable, cooperative and prosperous South Asia is in the common interests of all countries. All countries need to settle disputes and issues in the region through dialogue on the basis of equality and mutual respect. The Pakistani side briefed the Chinese side on the deterioration of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, including its concerns, position and current urgent issues. The Chinese side reiterated that the Kashmir issue is a dispute left over from history between Pakistan and India, which is an objective fact, and that the dispute should be resolved peacefully and properly in accordance with the UN Charter, relevant Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements. China opposes any unilateral actions that complicate the situation.
Both sides stressed that the peace and stability of Afghanistan are of vital importance to the region's economic and social development, connectivity and prosperity, and called on all parties concerned in Afghanistan to fully observe the ceasefire, and make common endeavors effectively to realize an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement through talks. Both sides reaffirmed the commitment to an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process, so that Afghanistan could realize peace, stability, solidarity and prosperity at an early date, firmly combat terrorism, and exist in harmony with neighboring countries. Both sides reaffirmed their support for peace and reconstruction of Afghanistan, their willingness to expand economic and trade exchanges with Afghanistan, and their support for Afghanistan's enhancement of independent development capability.
Both China and Pakistan reaffirmed that both sides will further strengthen the time-tested all-weather strategic partnership of cooperation between the two countries with fresh vigor and vitality.