Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday expressed his “great concern” about the safety of Chinese nationals in Pakistan, and conveyed his hope that its all-weather partner will provide a reliable and safe environment for Chinese institutions in the country.
President Xi conveyed this concern when he met with Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on his official visit to China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing today.
Xi’s concerns about the security of Chinese nationals come after the death of three Chinese teachers outside Karachi University’s Confucius Institute.
“I am deeply concerned about the security of Chinese people in Pakistan and hope that Pakistan will provide a reliable and safe environment for Chinese institutions and personnel going to Pakistan for cooperation,” Xi was quoted in an official statement released by Xinhua news agency.
“China has always viewed China-Pakistan relations from a strategic height and long-term perspective, and has always placed Pakistan in priority in our neighbouring diplomacy,” Xi said in the statement.
Pakistan re-affirms security of all Chinese personnel
In a joint statement today, both sides also expressed their strong determination to counter all threats and designs against CPEC and China-Pakistan friendship.
“Pakistan reaffirmed its commitment to the safety and security of all Chinese personnel, projects and institutions in Pakistan. The Chinese side appreciated Pakistan’s strong determination and vigorous measures in this regard,” the statement read, as reported by news agency ANI.
During his meeting with Xi, Shehbaz Sharif congratulated Xi on the successful conclusion of the 20th CPC National Congress. “He lauded the central role of the CPC and its leadership in promoting China’s development, prosperity and national rejuvenation,” the statement read.
He reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to further strengthen and deepen the “All-weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership” and enhance practical cooperation in all areas. The two sides also exchanged views on bilateral relations, as well as, the regional situation and international political landscape.