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Xi calls for closer China-Pakistan community with shared future

Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) meets with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, June 14, 2019. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

BEIJING – Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday urged China and Pakistan to build a closer China-Pakistan community with a shared future in the new era in a phone conversation with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.

During the past 70 years since the establishment of China-Pakistan diplomatic ties, no matter how the international situation may change, the two sides have always stood side by side in weal and woe, Xi noted.

Under the new circumstances, President Xi Jinping called on the two countries to stand together even more firmly and push forward the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between the two sides, and build a closer China-Pakistan community with a shared future in the new era

China and Pakistan have worked together to tackle risks and challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, through which strategic mutual trust has been consolidated and strategic cooperation deepened, he said, adding that history has fully proved that the two countries are each other's most reliable iron-clad brother.

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The world is undergoing profound changes unseen in a century, with more sources of turbulence and risks around the world, he said.

Under the new circumstances, Xi called on the two countries to stand together even more firmly and push forward the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between the two sides, and build a closer China-Pakistan community with a shared future in the new era.

Xi stressed that China supports Pakistan in exploring a development path suited to its own national conditions and is willing to share China's high-quality development opportunities with Pakistan.

The two sides should maintain close strategic communication, further synergize development strategies and enhance the sharing of experience on governance, Xi noted.

He said that China will continue to support Pakistan in its fight against COVID-19, jointly build the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor with high quality and strengthen their cooperation in such fields as agriculture, digital economy and people's livelihood.

We will continue to unleash the positive effects of the corridor in promoting growth and improving people's well-being, he said.

Xi noted that the two sides should strengthen counter-terrorism and security cooperation.

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China is ready to work with Pakistan to enhance multilateral coordination, practice genuine multilateralism and promote international equity and justice, so as to safeguard common interests and safeguard world peace and stability, he said.