China is willing to strengthen cooperation and promote solidarity with Pakistan but has urged it to guarantee the safety of Chinese organisations and personnel working there, China’s foreign ministry said, quoting President Xi Jinping.
Xi on Thursday evening met Pakistan’s caretaker prime minister, Anwaarul Haq Kakar, who is in Beijing this week for a forum on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Xi said both countries should pursue an “upgraded version” of a China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, enhancing cooperation in industrial parks, agriculture and mining, new energy, as well as early implementation of major connectivity projects.
At the same time, he called for security for Chinese interests.
“We hope the Pakistani side will guarantee the safety of Chinese institutions and personnel in Pakistan,” the ministry cited Xi as telling Kakar.
Kakar said on Wednesday Pakistan had completed more than 50 projects worth $25 billion under the CPEC, a flagship project under China’s BRI with more than $65 billion pledged for road, rail and other infrastructure developments.
Xi said China was open to buttressing cooperation within the UN and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation framework and safeguard the interests of developing countries.
China also welcomed more high-quality agricultural imports from Pakistan, the ministry said in a statement late on Thursday.