China lauds Pakistan's efforts to promote peace in region

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has underlined that India's belligerent posture and expansionist policies are imperilling peace in the region.

Talking to his Chinese Counterpart Wang Yi over phone, he said apart from committing egregious violations of human rights in Occupied Kashmir, India is seeking to change the demographic structure of the occupied territory.

The Foreign Minister briefed Wang Yi that in the face of Indian provocations on Line of Control, Pakistan is exercising restraint.

He underscored that disputes in the region should be resolved through peaceful means rather then resorting to unilateral, illegal measures like Indian step of August, 5 last year. 

He reiterated that Pakistan firmly supports China on its core interests including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tibet, and Xinjiang.

Briefing Foreign Minister Qureshi about the regional situation, Wang Yi lauded Pakistan's sincere and relentless efforts to promote peace and stability in the region. He also thanked Pakistan for the support it has extended to China in difficult times.  

Both sides reaffirmed their resolve to support each other at the multilateral institutions and hoped that those institutions would foster a spirit of objectivity and coherence in advancing their goals.

The two Foreign Ministers expressed determination to promote peace and development in Afghanistan. 

Pakistan and China have also reaffirmed the resolve to take measures aimed at earliest possible economic recovery in the aftermath of COVID-19.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the recent attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi was supported by anti-Pakistan elements seeking to undermine Pakistan’s stability and economic development.

Foreign Minister Qureshi said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will become the hub of trade, economic activity, and greater people-to-people exchanges.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that CPEC is a flagship project of Belt Road initiative and that the second phase of CPEC will complement Pakistan’s efforts aimed at job creation, poverty alleviation and massive economic recovery.

He emphasized that, in the aftermath of COVID-19, Beijing is taking swift and practical measures to promote economic recovery in the region.

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