China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying, in her regular press conference on November 7, 2018, has termed PM Imran Khan’s recent visit to China a “success”. She further said that China will continue providing assistance to Pakistan for economic and social development. According to her, the visit “deepened friendship between the leaders from both the countries”.
Find below her full response to questions on Pakistan:
According to reports, Pakistan’s Finance Minister said that China has offered immediate assistance to help ease Pakistan’s economic crisis. Can you confirm that?
China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic cooperative partners, and our bilateral relations have been running at a high standard. China has been providing utmost assistance to Pakistan as its capacity allows. We will continue to offer assistance and support within our capacity to Pakistan for its economic and social development in light of its needs and upon agreement by both sides.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has just wrapped up his visit to China. During the visit, he met and held talks with top Chinese leadership and attended the first China International Import Expo. The two sides signed agreements on future cooperation and issued a joint communique after the visit. What is your comment on the outcome of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit?
We believe that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to China is successful. The two sides issued a joint communique which elaborated on the specific outcomes of this visit. The outcomes can be summed up as follows: First, this visit deepened the friendship between the leaders from the two countries. This visit is Prime Minister Imran Khan’s first official visit to China after he assumed office, which fully testifies to the importance Pakistan attaches to developing its ties with China. President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and other Chinese leaders held friendly exchanges with Prime Minister Imran Khan on separate occasions and established good relations with him. Second, this visit cemented the special China-Pakistan friendly relations. The two sides believed that the China-Pakistan relations have withstood the test of time as well as the changes in international and domestic landscapes and kept moving forward. The two sides agreed that we should further strengthen the China-Pakistan all-weather strategic cooperative partnership and forge a closer China-Pakistan community with a shared future in the new era. Third, the visit expanded our strategic communication. The leaders from the two countries had an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral ties and international and regional issues of mutual interest and reached important consensus. The two sides agreed to establish the foreign ministers’ strategic dialogue mechanism through which we can plan for and coordinate bilateral relations and across-the-board cooperation. Fourth, the visit promoted practical cooperation and friendly exchanges. The two sides agreed to firmly advance the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), set up the task force on social and livelihood projects to constantly enrich and expand the CPEC. The two sides also agreed to step up cooperation in economy and trade, finance, science and technology, agriculture and cultural and people-to-people exchanges and signed 15 cooperation agreements covering relevant areas. Fifth, the visit enhanced our coordination and cooperation on international and regional affairs. The two countries reaffirmed their support for multilateralism, free trade and win-win cooperation as well as their commitment to promoting the lasting peace and common prosperity of the region and beyond.
Both China and Pakistan are satisfied with the outcomes of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit. The two sides agreed to make concerted efforts to implement all the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries and elevate the China-Pakistan all-weather strategic cooperative partnership to a new height.