ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at China’s Foreign Office Beijing.
The minister expressed complete understanding of challenges faced by Pakistan, its geo-political relevance and contributions towards regional peace and stability, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) stated in a news release here.
The Chinese minister said that China appreciates Pakistan’s efforts to maintain good relationships with its neighbours including India and Afghanistan despite challenges.
The minister thanked Pakistan for time tested support to China on core issues. He appreciated Pakistan’s efforts towards realization of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as part of One Belt One Road (OBOR).
He reiterated China’s full spectrum support to Pakistan.
The COAS thanked the minister and China on their acknowledgements and support.
He said that Pakistan greatly values its strong friendship with China and looks forward to carry on with same zeal.
The COAS thanked the minister for Chinese diplomatic support to Pakistan on core issues.
Earlier, China and Pakistan agreed to advance the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, Chinese media reported on Friday.
The pledge was made during a meeting between Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli and Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Beijing.
Zhang lauded the rapid development of China-Pakistan ties, saying bilateral cooperation not only benefits the two peoples, but also contributes to regional peace and stability.
He called on the two sides to maintain close high-level contact and strengthen coordination on international and regional affairs, to lift bilateral ties to new heights.
He suggested that the two countries should enhance defense and security cooperation and push forward the building of the CPEC in an orderly manner.
Gen Bajwa said Pakistan views the relations with China as the cornerstone of its foreign policy and its army will always be a staunch supporter of bilateral friendship.
To ensure the smooth construction of the CPEC, the Pakistan armed forces will resolutely safeguard its security, he said.