ISLAMABAD, Dec. 1 -- Pakistani President Arif Alvi and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan respectively met with the visiting Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe in Islamabad on December 1, 2020.
Pakistani President Arif Alvi said that Pakistan and China are good friends who have enjoyed a traditional friendship of long history and mutual trust. Pakistan firmly supports China's stand on issues related to the South China Sea, Taiwan, Xinjiang, Tibet and so on. “We hope that the two countries will further strengthen cooperation in the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), as well as the defense and security fields,” he added.
The Prime Minister Imran Khan said that Chinese Defense Minister Wei's visit is of great significance in the context of the global pandemic, which shows the firm support of the Chinese government and military to Pakistan. China's anti-pandemic achievements are peerless in the world, and China’s accomplishments in poverty alleviation are unprecedented in human history. “The two countries should carry out more comprehensive and closer strategic cooperation to raise the iron-clad Pakistan-China brotherhood to a new height.”
Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe said that the China-Pakistan all-weather strategic cooperative partnership is unique in the world. Under the leadership of the heads of the two countries, the two sides have continuously strengthened cooperation in various fields and firmly supported each other on issues involving each other's core interests. “China is willing to strengthen strategic communication, enhance strategic mutual trust and strengthen strategic cooperation with Pakistan,” Wei stressed, “and we should push the mil-to-mil relationship to a higher level, so as to jointly cope with various risks and challenges, firmly safeguard the sovereignty and security interests of the two countries, and safeguard the regional peace and stability.”
During the visit, Wei Fenghe also met with Pakistan's Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Nadeem Raza, and Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa. They exchanged in-depth views on the international and regional situations, the relations between the two countries and militaries, the equipment and technology cooperation and other issues.