On March 23, 2022 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa of Pakistan in Rawalpindi. The two sides had a friendly and in-depth exchange of views on China-Pakistan relations and international and regional issues.
Bajwa warmly welcomed Wang Yi's visit to Pakistan again and his attendance at the 48th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and spoke highly of the high-level strategic cooperation between the two countries. He praised and expressed support for China's foreign policies, noting that China pursues balanced and prudent foreign policies and actively dedicates itself to world peace and development. This fully demonstrates China's role as a responsible major country on international hotspot issues.
Wang Yi congratulated Pakistan on successfully holding the events marking Pakistan Day, saying that China appreciates the positive efforts and important contributions made by the Pakistani military over the years to consolidate and enhance the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between China and Pakistan, ensure the safe and smooth development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and safeguard the security of Chinese institutions and personnel in Pakistan. Wang Yi said, the Pakistani military has played the role of a stabilizer and ballast stone in building a closer China-Pakistan community with a shared future in the new era.
Bajwa said, the Ukraine issue is very important, but the international community should not ignore the Afghan issue. Pakistan appreciates and supports China's hosting of the Third Foreign Ministers' Meeting on the Afghan Issue Among the Neighboring Countries of Afghanistan and believes that the international community should pay more attention to and invest more in the people's wellbeing and security issues of Afghanistan.
Wang Yi said, the Afghan issue should not be solved by exerting pressure or imposing sanctions, but by drawing on the wisdom of the East to promote dialogue and communication. Both China and Pakistan encourage the ruling authorities of Afghanistan to actively build an open and inclusive political architecture, implement moderate and prudent domestic and foreign policies and resolutely combat terrorism in all its forms. Noting that Afghanistan enjoys favorable geographical advantages, resource endowment and development potential, he said that the international community should support Afghanistan in finding the right path of developing its economy, improving people's wellbeing, and realizing self-reliance and self-improvement.
Bajwa said, Pakistan is highly concerned about the spillover effect of the Ukraine crisis, appreciates China's position of upholding justice and fairness and promoting peace talks, and is ready to strengthen communication and coordination with China in this regard.
Wang Yi said, the Ukraine crisis has taught the world that conflicts will eventually break out when one pursues exclusive or absolute security and seeks its own security at the expense of others' security. Today in the 21st century, setting up military blocs and inciting antagonism of camps wins no support and leads nowhere.