In meeting with Imran, Xi calls for closer community ties with ‘shared future’

BEIJING/ISLAMABAD: China is willing to work with Pakistan to accelerate the building of a “closer community with a shared future” in the new era, President Xi Jinping said Sunday in a much-anticipated meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan. .

The shared future would “bring benefits to the peoples of both countries, inject momentum into regional cooperation and contribute to world peace”, the state-owned company reported. Xinhua Press Agency.

The meeting, details of which have not yet been made public, was also attended by Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry, who said the two discussed bilateral relations and global developments. important.

After the meeting, which was held on the last day of the visit, Khan left for Pakistan, he added.

Khan arrived in Beijing on Thursday for the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Games to show “solidarity” with China after the event was boycotted by some Western countries.

Amid geopolitical tensions, the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia announced a diplomatic boycott of the event, citing alleged human rights abuses in China.

Their athletes are still taking part in the games, but no government officials are present.

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Khan also met with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang on Saturday, who during the meeting expressed his willingness to further consolidate multidimensional practical cooperation with Pakistan.

Keqiang said China always regards Pakistan as a priority in its neighborhood diplomacy and supports Pakistan’s pursuit of prosperity.

He said China supports its companies to invest in Pakistan and appreciates Islamabad’s efforts to protect the safety of Chinese companies and personnel in the country.

China will actively consider increasing the import of agricultural products from Pakistan, Keqiang said.

Khan said the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership with China is the cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy.

Pakistan is firmly committed to CPEC’s flagship project and will continue to strengthen cooperation in multiple fields, he said, adding that the country will do its utmost to ensure the safety of Chinese people and projects in Pakistan.

The Prime Minister was accompanied by Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin, Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar, Chaudhry and senior officials.

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