In a release issued by the Foreign Office, the Pakistan side was led by Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, while Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Jianchao headed the Chinese delegation. Secretary Planning, Development and Reforms also joined the meeting for discussions on the status of projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
During the talks, both sides reviewed important aspects of Pakistan-China bilateral relations. It was agreed that early and effective implementation of the CPEC projects was a key priority for both the countries.
The two sides agreed on further consolidating the existing “all-weather Pakistan-China strategic cooperative partnership” in all areas of importance, especially political, economic and strategic.
During the meeting, both sides also held a detailed exchange of views on regional and global situation.
In conclusion, the Foreign Secretary and the Chinese AFM agreed on the need for the respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs to remain engaged at all levels.
Earlier, the Chinese delegation called on Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs. The Adviser welcomed the visit of the Chinese AFM back to Islamabad for his second visit this year.
Mr. Sartaj Aziz noted that the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had a fruitful meeting with the Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Ufa, Russia, on 10 July 2015.
The Adviser emphasized that the CPEC is the flagship project for the Chinese President’s vision of the “One Belt, One Road” and that Pakistan-China cooperation on the CPEC would enhance connectivity and contribute to prosperity and development in the entire region.