Pakistani president hosts reception to mark new China's 60th anniversary

12:57, October 04, 2009      

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Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari Saturday hosted a reception at the president house here to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China Li Zhaoxing were present at the reception.

In his speech, Li said, "it is such a pleasure to celebrate the60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China together with Pakistani friends, who take the Chinese National Dayas their own."

"I have been to this beautiful country many times. It is always like homecoming. Today also happens to be Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, a traditionally day of family reunion, the joy and kinship found in Islamabad make us feel at home indeed," he added.

Li, former Chinese foreign minister, also recalled the long-time support and assistance from Pakistan.

"We will never forget that it was Pakistan and the vast majority of the developing countries that spoke out in the name of justice, gathered support from all quarters and played an important role in restoring New China's lawful seat in the United Nations," he said.

Li said that China will never forget Pakistan's firm support over years on issues affecting China's core interests on China's Taiwan, Tibet and Xinjiang, and precious coordination on major international matters.

He said that China is proud to have a great friend like Pakistan and is honored to provide assistance to the best of its ability to contribute a little bit to Pakistan's development.

Zardari, in his speech, said that Pakistan values its friendship with China and strengthening of cooperation with China is one of the key principles guiding the country's foreign policy.

"Together we would continue our common efforts for building a better future for our people, and promoting international peace, stability and prosperity," he said.

Zardari said that Pakistan and China have closely coordinated with each other on issues like terrorism, international financial crisis, reforms of the United Nations and on many other issues of concern to the region and the world.

"Pakistan, indeed the whole world, has a lot to learn from the Chinese experience and model," he said.

Zardari said that there is so much to learn from China's economic development miracle, and benefit from its expertise in diverse areas of agriculture, education, communications, energy and industry.

"The Karakoram Highway and the Gwadar deep sea port are just two symbols of our deep relations in all fields," he said.

Zardari said that he was proud to say that Pakistan-China friendship is rooted in the hearts of the two peoples and Pakistan will always remember China's support at all times.

Zardari, Gilani and Li cut a cake to mark the 60th anniversary of New China.

Also present at the reception were Pakistan's Senate Chairman Farooq H Naek, federal ministers, parliamentarians, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Luo Zhaohui, and a large number of Chinese living and working in Pakistan.

Chinese troupes from Hubei and Tianjin performed dances, songs and acrobatics at the reception.

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