Imran Khan admits Pakistan’s foreign policy depends on Beijing


Pakistan’s ties with China are a cornerstone of Islamabad’s foreign policy, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has said, admitting that his country’s foreign policy entirely depends on Beijing.

Imran Khan stressed on Sunday that the Pakistan-China relationship was “the cornerstone of its foreign policy”, with both sides reiterating their support on issues “concerning each other’s core interests”, according to The Express Tribune.

Imran Khan met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Sunday.

“The leaders of the two countries had an in-depth exchange of views on the full spectrum of bilateral relations as well as on the regional situation and the international political landscape,” said a joint statement after the meeting.

Prime Minister Imran also praised Xi for his Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), saying the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has contributed significantly to Pakistan’s economic and social development.

The leaders also reaffirmed that the close strategic ties and deep-rooted friendship between Pakistan and China are time-tested and timeless. The bilateral relationship served the interest of both countries and was the historic choice of both peoples. The Pakistani side stressed that Pakistan-China relations are the cornerstone of its foreign policy and the closest friendship with China enjoys the unswerving support of the Pakistani people, according to the statement.

Islamabad has also supported China on issues related to the One China Policy and the South China Sea, which the West sees as arbitrary political rules set by Beijing to further its expansionist approach.

“The Pakistani side expressed its ‘commitment to the one-China policy and support for China in Taiwan, the South China Sea, Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet,’ read the joint statement. .

“The Chinese side reaffirmed its support for Pakistan in safeguarding its sovereignty, independence and security, as well as promoting its socio-economic development and prosperity,” he added.

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