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Pakistani president, PM meet Chinese defense minister

Updated: Dec 01,2020 08:17 PM    Xinhua

ISLAMABAD — Pakistani President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan met with visiting State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe in Islamabad on Dec 1.

Noting that Pakistan and China are trustworthy dear brothers and partners with a friendship of long history, Alvi said Pakistan will continue to support China on issues related to South China Sea, Taiwan, Xinjiang and Tibet and his country hopes to work with China to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the construction of Pakistan-China Economic Corridor, and sectors including defense and security.

Khan said that Wei's visit amid the pandemic is of significance and reflects the support from the Chinese government and military towards Pakistan.

China's success in fighting against the pandemic is unparalleled and its efforts in poverty alleviation are unprecedented in human history, said the prime minister.

He said the two countries should carry out more comprehensive and closer strategic cooperation so as to lift the "Iron Brothers" ties to a new height.

For his part, Wei said the China-Pakistan all-weather strategic cooperative partnership is unique in the world.

Under the leaderships of the two countries, said Wei, both sides have strengthened cooperation in various aspects and firmly supported each other on issues involving their core interests.

China is willing to improve strategic communication, strengthen mutual strategic trust and enhance strategic coordination with Pakistan in order to lift the relationship between the two militaries to a higher level.

China, in the meantime, is keen to jointly cope with risks and challenges with Pakistan, firmly safeguard the sovereignty and security interests of both countries and maintain regional peace and stability, Wei said.

During his visit, Wei also met with Pakistan's Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Nadeem Raza and Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, exchanging opinions in international and regional situation, bilateral states and military relations and cooperation in defense equipment and technology.