Chinese Foreign Minister on Sunday vowed to further strengthen ties with Pakistan as analysts claimed the real aim of the visit was to seek assurances from new Pakistani government that its multibillion-dollar project would continue.
State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived on a three-day visit to Pakistan on Friday, two days after U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo visited Islamabad.
China will continue to prioritize Pakistan in its foreign policy and neighborhood diplomacy, Wang said during his meeting with Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan in capital Islamabad.
During their meeting, the Pakistani premier reassured the Chinese government’s top diplomat that the multibillion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would continue to be the government's top priorities.
Analysts believe the aim of the three-day long visit of top Chinese diplomats was to engage with the new government and learn its position on the $64 billion CPEC project, which is a key part in Beijing’s ambitious One Road-One Belt project.
"The Chinese foreign minister’s visit is very important since he wants to know the vision of the new government and reassure his country's full support to Pakistan," according to Mushahid Hussain, an Islamabad-based political analyst.
The new government in Pakistan also gave assurances that the change in government would not affect ties with China, Hussain added