China, Pakistan vow to defeat conspiracies intended to destroy bilateral relationship
Published: May 12, 2022 02:18 AM

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, met with Pakistan's Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Wednesday via video link to talk over bilateral ties and security of Chinese nationals in Pakistan, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced.

Three Chinese nationals and a Pakistani man were killed, and another Chinese national was injured in a targeted suicide bombing at the Confucius Institute of the University of Karachi on the afternoon on April 26 in Karachi.

During Wednesday's meeting, Wang stressed China is willing to work with Pakistan to defeat all conspiracies that aim to destroy China-Pakistan relations.

The two foreign ministers specifically exchanged views on the security of Chinese citizens and institutions in Pakistan.

The president, prime minister, speakers of National Assembly and leaders of all parties of Pakistan have condemned the terrorist attack against staff of the Confucius Institute. Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif visited the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan at once to convey condolences. The cabinet decided to improve safeguarding the security of Chinese nationals in Pakistan to an unprecedented level. China gave full recognition to theses reactions, noted Wang.

Wang said the Chinese government and public attach enormous attention on the recent several terrorist incidents targeted at Chinese nationals in Pakistan, urging both sides to take immediate and effective action.

"The current priority is to speed up investigation to find the murderers and harshly punish them," said Wang, pointing out targeted measures to prevent such incidents including setting up a rapid security alarm and closing loopholes in security protection.

"China will continue to support Pakistan in improving anti-terrorist capacity and smash all conspiracies trying to spoil China-Pakistan relations," Wang emphasized.

Bilawal said the attack on Chinese brothers and sisters is the attack on the people of Pakistan and promised to find out the truth in the case and punish all the criminals in accordance with the law.

"The terrorists' target is the friendship between the two countries but the Pakistani government will not let them get what they want. Pakistan's intelligence and law enforcement agencies have been working around the clock to catch the criminals and to prevent similar incidents from happening again," Bilawal said.

Pakistan is willing to work with China to guarantee the security of all Chinese citizens in Pakistan, he noted.

Wang also congratulated Bilawal for assuming the role of foreign minister of Pakistan. He said that the new government of Pakistan is a coalition but the parties in the country are all active players and determined supporters of the China-Pakistani friendship and this consensus overcomes all political divergences.

Pakistani Prime Minister, Shahbaz Sharif, has maintained long-term friendly exchanges with China and is a reliable good old friend of China. The Pakistan Peoples Party he leads, especially the Bhutto family, has always been firmly supporting China-Pakistani friendship. The bilateral relations are certainly believed to improve and expand and the all-weather strategic partnership of cooperation between China and Pakistan will certainly take a new step forward, Wang told Bilawal.

Wang noted that the all-weather strategic partnership of cooperation between the two countries would not be shaken or changed by a single moment or incident. China will continue to firmly support Pakistan in safeguarding its national sovereignty, security and dignity and support Pakistan to devote to its national development.

China also believes that Pakistan will keep standing with China over issues concerning China's core interests, Wang noted.

China is willing to enhance cooperation with Pakistan, support it to sustain economic and social stability and build a high-quality China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Wang said.

Bilawal said that he was happy that his first formal bilateral diplomatic event was a meeting with the Chinese foreign minister. He stressed that the relations with China are the cornerstone of Pakistan's diplomacy.

Pakistan firmly upholds the principle of one-China principle and firmly supports China's stance on the Taiwan question and issues related to the Xinjiang and Xizang autonomous regions and the South China Sea, said Bilawal.