China-Pakistan friendly cooperation to move forward firmly: Chinese FM

A Pakistani visitor views exhibits at China-Pakistan Joint Painting and Calligraphy Exhibition at the Confucius Institute in Pakistan National University of Modern Languages in Islamabad, Pakistan, Sept. 18, 2019. (Xinhua/Ahmad Kamal)

BEIJING,  (Xinhua) — Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Thursday that the world is caught between profound changes unseen in a century and “once-in-a-century virus” pandemic, but no matter how the world situation changes, China-Pakistan friendly cooperation will move forward firmly.

Wang made the remarks in a telephone conversation with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

Workers unload the medical materials arrived with the Chinese medical expert team at the Islamabad International Airport in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan, March 28, 2020. (Xinhua/Liu Tian)

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Pakistan, Wang said, adding that the two sides should coordinate to make plans for the celebrations marking the 70th anniversary, so as to lift the China-Pakistan all-weather strategic cooperative partnership to a new level.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has repeatedly said that the Chinese COVID-19 vaccines, once developed and put into use, will be a global public good, Wang recalled.

China has not only made promises, but also taken concrete actions to fulfill them and vigorously promoted vaccine cooperation with other countries, in particular, offering assistance and support to developing countries, Wang said, adding that the Chinese government has decided to provide vaccine aid to Pakistan.

For his part, Qureshi, on behalf of the Pakistani government and people, thanked the Chinese government for its decision to provide vaccine aid and procurement facilitation to Pakistan.  ■