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Pakistan, China to boost political, economic ties

Pakistan and China agreed on Monday to boost cooperation in several sectors, including in the political and economic spheres.
The two sides met at the eight round of strategic dialogue at the ministry of foreign affairs, Islamabad.
Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua led the Pakistani delegation, while the Chinese side was led by Assistant Foreign Minister of Foreign Affairs for Asian and Consular Affairs, Kong Xuanyou.
Both sides held comprehensive discussion on the entire spectrum of bilateral relations between Pakistan and China. These included Belt and Road Initiative, CPEC, bilateral trade, defence, counter-terrorism, culture, education and people to people exchanges.They also exchanged views on issues including the regional situation in Afghanistan, US policy in South Asia and matters relating to Korean Peninsula.
The two countries agreed to augment cooperation in various multilateral fora including the United Nations, Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and other multilateral organisations.
Janjua apprised her counterpart of the dire situation being faced by the people of Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IoK) and the ongoing human rights violations committed.
She expressed hope that the international community would play its role in urging India to put an end to blatant human rights violations in IoK.