Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has underlined that India’s policies are putting peace in the region in peril.
He told his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi over the phone that apart from alleged violations of human rights in Indian-administered Kashmir, India is seeking to change the demographic structure of the occupied territory.
Qureshi briefed Wang that in the face of Indian actions on the Line of Control (LoC), Pakistan is exercising restraint.
He underscored that disputes in the region should be resolved through peaceful means.
He reiterated that Pakistan firmly supports China on its core interests, including that of Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tibet, and Xinjiang.
Briefing Qureshi about the regional situation, Wang lauded Pakistan’s efforts to promote peace and stability in the region.
He also thanked Pakistan for the support it has extended to China in difficult times.
Both sides reaffirmed their resolve to support each other at the multilateral institutions and hoped that those institutions would foster a spirit of objectivity and coherence in advancing their goals.
The two ministers expressed determination to promote peace and development in Afghanistan.
Pakistan and China have also reaffirmed the resolve to take measures aimed at earliest possible economic recovery in the aftermath of Covid-19.
Qureshi also said that the recent attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi was supported by anti-Pakistan elements seeking to undermine Pakistan’s stability and economic development.
He said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will become the hub of trade, economic activity, and greater people-to-people exchanges.
Wang said that the CPEC is a flagship project of Belt Road Initiative (BRI) and that the second phase of the CPEC will complement Pakistan’s efforts at job creation, poverty alleviation, and economic recovery.
He emphasised that, in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, Beijing is taking swift and practical measures to promote economic recovery in the region.