BEIJING – Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday said Pakistan values its friendship with China and hopes to carry the relationship forward with same zeal.

The remarks came as General Bajwa met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Chinese Foreign Office in Beijing.

According to Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, the director general of the military’s media wing, Yi expressed an understanding of the challenges faced by Pakistan, its geo-political relevance, and its contributions towards regional peace and stability.

The foreign minister said China appreciates Pakistan’s efforts to maintain a healthy relationship with its neighbouring countries, including India and Afghanistan.

Yi further appreciated Pakistan’s efforts for the realisation of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor as part of the One Belt One Road project.

The Army chief also thanked the minister and China on their acknowledgements and diplomatic support to Pakistan on core issues.

Gen Bajwa had arrived in China on a three-day official visit on Thursday. On the first day of the visit, he had met the senior Chinese political and military leadership and discussed with them matters related to regional security, economy, defence cooperation and mutual interest.