Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto is holding talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi

Newly-appointed Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Sunday held talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in the Chinese city of Guangzhou to strengthen all-weather relations between the two countries.

This is Bilawal’s first visit to China since taking over as foreign minister after the fall of the Imran Khan-led government last month.

Bilawal met with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang in Guangzhou, Pakistan’s state-run news agency APP tweeted.

Their meeting was held in Guangzhou because Beijing is currently under a semi-lockdown to capture the rapidly spreading Omicron form of the Covid-19.

“I landed in Guangzhou on my first bilateral visit. Today marks the 71st anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China. I look forward to meeting with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi for in-depth discussions on Pakistan-China relations.” Bilawal tweeted.

The 33-year-old, whose mother Benazir Bhutto and grandfather Zulfikar Ali Bhutto were former prime ministers, returned from New York where he held talks with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and discussed strengthening US-Pakistan relations, which had deteriorated during this period. The previous reign of Imran Khan.

In an interview with the media after his talks with Blinken, Bilawal denied that Pakistan’s growing ties with the United States would harm his relationship with Beijing.

Bilawal is accompanied by State Minister for External Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar and other senior officials.

Ahead of his visit, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian on Saturday congratulated Pakistan and China on the 71st anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations.

“Congratulations! May 21 marks the 71st anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Pakistan. FM Bilawal will visit China from May 21. #Thisisdoublehappiness,” he tweeted from his official account.

Bilawal’s two-day visit to mark the 71st anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China.

About a year later, on May 21, 1951, Pakistan and China established diplomatic relations with India.

India was the first non-communist country in Asia to establish diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China on April 1, 1950.

Bilawal had earlier held talks with Wang via video link on May 12, followed by a virtual meeting between Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and the Chinese.

Li Keqiang.

Their talks focused on strengthening the security of Chinese citizens and institutions in Pakistan and reviving the USD 60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in the wake of the recent suicide bombing of Chinese citizens at Karachi University. (CPEC) which is stuck due to delay.

India has protested to China over the CPEC as it is being set up through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (POK).

The close ties between Pakistan and China over the past four decades, widely believed to have been aimed at tackling India, have led to a change of government by military rulers despite the periodic political crisis in Pakistan.

During their talks, Bilawal and Wang will review the whole issue of bilateral relations, with a special focus on strong trade and economic cooperation between Pakistan and China, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said on Friday.

In April, Bilawal’s predecessor, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, announced during a visit to China that Beijing had agreed to rollover পাকিস্তান 4.5 billion in debt to Pakistan this year.

On Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said Bilawal’s visit would fulfill his hopes of making China the first destination of his foreign tour and mark the first high-level personal interaction between the two countries since the formation of the new Pakistani government. Formed

Wang Wenbin said, “As all-weather strategic cooperation partners, China and Pakistan need to strengthen communication and coordination on important strategic issues and jointly respond to new developments and various risks and challenges in the international and regional situation.”

He said Wang Yi will exchange views with Bilal on bilateral relations and common interests.

The spokesperson said that China looks forward to taking this visit as an opportunity to renew our traditional friendship, consolidate strategic mutual trust, deepen our all-weather strategic cooperative partnership and build a closer Sino-Pakistani community with a shared future in the new era. . ” Says

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