Beijing: China and Pakistan have promised to enhance their strategic cooperative partnership on the basis of mutual trust, respect and time-tested friendship as the two sides discussed bilateral relations and global and regional issues of mutual concern.

As part of the fourth round of their strategic dialogue, Chinese State Councillor Dai Bingguo and Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir held talks here on Friday.

The talks came amid deepening US-Pak divide over the issues relating to terrorism and strategy and tactics to be adopted to contain Taliban in Afghanistan.

The dialogue assumed special significance as Pakistan is working on multi-track engagements in the region with major powers, Pakistan's official APP news agency said.

Both sides had an in-depth discussion on promoting China-Pakistan strategic partnership and international and regional issues of mutual concern, China's state run news agency reported.

Pakistan and China vowed to further promote their strategic cooperative partnership which is based on complete mutual trust, respect and time-tested friendship between the people of the two countries, it quoted Bashir as saying.

Bashir said the progress on implementation of various decisions taken at the leadership-level was reviewed at the talks and both sides discussed a wide range of projects in fields like trade, defence and science and technology.

The two sides also exchanged views on the ongoing developments in North Africa and Middle East.

Matters relating to counter-terrorism and the imperative need for promoting stability and peace in Afghanistan figured prominently in the meeting.