Extracts from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Regular Press Conference
Associated Press of Pakistan: Further to your announcement about the second China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue which will bring Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi to China, could you share more information about it?
Zhao Lijian: I announced earlier that China and Pakistan will hold the second bilateral Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue. This dialogue is a mechanism established to coordinate exchange and cooperation in various sectors, put forward policy suggestions on bilateral relations and enhance communication and coordination in regional and international issues. On March 19 last year, the first dialogue was held in Beijing with positive consensus reached, contributing greatly to bilateral relations.
As the regional and international landscape is going through complex changes, in particular with the profound global impact of COVID-19, China and Pakistan, as all-weather strategic cooperative partners, need to further strengthen communication and cooperation to deal with external challenges, achieve greater development and bring more benefits to the people. This strategic dialogue is highly relevant and significant. The two sides will have in-depth exchange of views on anti-epidemic cooperation, bilateral relations and regional and international issues of common concern. China hopes and believes that the dialogue will further cement strategic mutual trust, promote practical cooperation in various sectors and lead to closer coordination on regional and international affairs.