Chinese President Xi Jinping, in response to a letter from his Pakistani counterpart Arif Alvi on Friday, applauded Pakistan’s support and attention to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and also noted that the project helped both countries enhance their bilateral ties and political consensuses.
Viewing CPEC as a landmark project under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Xi said it was of great importance to promote the China-Pakistan all-weather strategic cooperative partnership and forge a closer China-Pakistan community with a shared future.
President Xi also hoped that the two countries would continue to deepen their bilateral relations and political consensuses, under the framework of the Belt and Road initiative, through friendly consultation.
Pakistani president Arif Alvi, in his earlier message to China, said that Pakistan was eager to enhance the progress on CPEC in collaboration with China and will further strengthen exchanges and cooperation between the two sides to bring benefits for both countries.
Also on Friday, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi hailed China’s solid friendship with Pakistan when holding a strategic dialogue with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi.
After their meeting in China, the foreign ministers issued a joint statement, reiterating that the Kashmir issue was a dispute left over from history between India and Pakistan, which was an objective fact, and that the dispute should be resolved peacefully.