Beijing: China has called on the international community to fairly and justly see Pakistan’s endeavors and contributions in countering terrorism, and step up dialogue and cooperation with the country.
“We commend the Pakistani government’s and people’s efforts in fighting terrorism and extremism and their great endeavours and sacrifices to this end,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang told reporters during a routine briefing.
He said Prime Minister Imran Khan recently attended the second BRF in China and met President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and Vice President Wang Qishan, while both sides also signed many bilateral cooperation documents.
He stressed that Pakistan was China’s all weather strategic cooperative partner, and the two countries “firmly support each other on the issues concerning our core interests”. “Pakistan is always one of China’s diplomatic priorities.
No matter how the international and regional situation may evolve, we firmly
support Pakistan in safeguarding its sovereignty and dignity, independently
choosing its development path based on its own conditions, securing a sound
external environment and playing a constructive role in international and regional
affairs,” the spokesman said.
He said the two countries would continue to deepen their high-level exchanges and
support each other, besides stepping up strategic coordination, making more
coordinated efforts in international and regional affairs and deepening their all-
weather strategic cooperation.
To a question regarding Masood Azhar, he said China had expressed its position
many times. “First, we support the listing issue being settled within the 1267
Committee through dialogue and consultation, and I believe this is the consensus
of most members.
Second, the relevant consultations are going on within the committee and have
achieved some progress. Third, I believe, with the joint efforts of all parties, this
issue can be properly resolved.”
He said China was in contact with all relevant parties on the issue and would
continue to engage in the discussion agencies.