Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari arrived in China on Saturday for a two-day visit at the invitation of State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, the first official bilateral visit since taking office last month. .
The visit marks the first high-level face-to-face interaction between the two countries since the formation of Pakistan’s new government and also coincides with the 71st anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Pakistan.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin told a daily press briefing on Friday that China hopes to use the visit as an opportunity to renew their traditional bilateral friendship and cement strategic mutual trust.
He also hopes to further deepen the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership and build a closer China-Pakistan community with a shared future in the new era, he added.
“As all-weather strategic cooperative partners, it is necessary for China and Pakistan to strengthen communication and coordination on major strategic issues in a timely manner, and jointly respond to new developments in international and regional situations and to their various risks and challenges,” the spokesperson said.
According to a Pakistani press release, the two foreign ministers would review the full range of bilateral relations, with particular emphasis on strengthening trade and economic cooperation between the two countries and have a broad exchange of views on major issues. regional and international issues.
Progress of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the flagship project of the Belt and Road Initiative, will also be showcased in the discussions.