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China-Pak Relations: Pakistan's newly-appointed Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari held...

China-Pak Relations: Pakistan’s newly-appointed Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari held talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Guangzhou, China on Sunday to discuss ways to further deepen ties between the two countries. He emphasized that it is important to “resolve all pending disputes” in South Asia in view of the challenges faced by people due to the COVID-19 pandemic, rising inflation, climate change and poverty.

Bilawal has been appointed as the country’s new foreign minister after the fall of the government led by former Prime Minister Imran Khan in Pakistan. This is his first visit to China as foreign minister.

Reaffirming their strong support for each other’s “core interests”, a joint statement issued at the end of the meeting said that a peaceful and prosperous South Asia is in the common interest of all sides. The two leaders met in Guangzhou because there is a partial lockdown in the capital Beijing due to increasing cases of corona virus infection.

Pakistan’s state-run news agency ‘APP’ was quoted as saying by the joint statement, “In view of the challenges faced by the people of the region due to the global pandemic, rising prices of essential commodities, climate change and poverty, it is necessary to promote regional cooperation and make sustainable development.” Resolving all pending disputes is vital to advance the goals of peace, stability and shared prosperity.”

,informed about the developments in Jammu and Kashmir,
According to the statement, Bilawal briefed the Chinese side “about the latest developments in Jammu and Kashmir”, but the mention of all “pending disputes” in it has led to speculation whether it includes the border dispute between India and China, Especially whether the military standoff that has been going on for more than two years in eastern Ladakh is also involved or not.

In an indirect reference to the Kashmir issue, the statement said, “Both sides underlined the importance of peaceful resolution of the dispute based on the UN Charter, relevant Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements.”

Discussion on latest developments in Afghanistan
It said the two sides discussed the latest developments in Afghanistan and agreed that peace and stability in Afghanistan are vital to regional development and prosperity.

According to the statement, “Both sides called on the interim government of Afghanistan to develop a broad-based inclusive political framework, adopt strong internal and external policies, protect the rights of women and children, and ensure that Afghan soil is protected.” Not to be used against any neighbour.”

Earlier, after reaching China, Bilawal tweeted, “Landed in Guangzhou as part of his first bilateral visit. Today is the 71st anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China. I look forward to discussing the deep-rooted relations between Pakistan and China with Chinese State Counselor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Bilawal went to America before China
Bilawal had earlier visited New York, where he met US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and discussed ways to strengthen US-Pakistan ties. Relations between the two countries had deteriorated significantly during the regime of former Prime Minister Imran Khan. After meeting Blinken, Bilawal had dismissed speculation that Pakistan’s ties with China could deteriorate due to increased ties with the US.

Along with Bilawal, Pakistan’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar and senior officials have also reached China.

On Saturday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian congratulated the two countries on the 71st anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China. He tweeted from his official Twitter account, “Congratulations, May 21 marks the 71st anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal is coming to China on May 21.

Bilawal is on a two-day visit to China.

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