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Chinese premier, Pakistani PM agree to enhance bilateral cooperation

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in various fields during their talks in Beijing on Tuesday.

The talks followed a welcoming ceremony for Khan held by Premier Li.

Li said China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic cooperative partners, and that China has all along taken Pakistan as a priority in its neighborhood diplomacy. The Chinese premier said that China firmly supports Pakistan’s efforts in safeguarding its independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, and legitimate rights and interests, noting that China supports Pakistan is playing a bigger role in international and regional affairs.

Li said China is willing to enhance the alignment of development strategies of the two countries, and strengthen bilateral cooperation in the fields including infrastructure, economy, and trade, finance, and production capacity.

Imran Khan extended congratulations on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and said that assistance from China has helped the Pakistani economy become stable. He said Pakistan is willing to expand the scale of trade and investment with China, and accelerate cooperation in various fields.

After the talks, Li and Khan witnessed the signing of more than 10 bilateral cooperation agreements covering infrastructure, law enforcement and security, culture, education, and media.

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