Highlights of Chinese premier's activities in New Delhi, Islamabad

11:30, December 18, 2010      

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao wrapped up his three-day official visit to Indian on Friday morning and then travelled to Pakistan to continue his two-nation tour.

The following are highlights of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's activities in New Delhi and Islamabad:

-- While in India, Premier Wen joined a discussion Friday morning with representatives from Chinese and Indian cultural circles, during which he stressed the importance of cultural and youth exchanges in boosting the China-India strategic and cooperative partnership.

Calling culture the spirit of a nation and driving force for national development, Wen said cultural exchanges serve as bridges for communications among different peoples.

China and India, two open and lenient peoples with self motivation, have cultivated their brilliant civilizations, and forged friendship and jointly promoted the advancement of the humankind through exchanges, he said.

Wen urged closer cultural and youth links between the two sides to further promote mutual understanding and trust and to properly manage differences and contradictions.

-- Later, Wen met with Indian opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj, and praised the important contributions made by the party in promoting the relationship between China and India.

Wen said China-India relations have kept good momentum, thanks to joint efforts made by the governments and civil societies of both countries.

Wen appreciated the BJP's efforts in enhancing friendship with China over the years, and welcomed the party to carry on more exchanges with the Chinese side under new context, so as to boost mutual political and strategic trust, expand cooperation and consolidate friendship.

-- After wrapping up visit to India, Wen started a three-day official visit to Pakistan Friday noon.

"The purpose of my visit this time is to solidify friendship, deepen cooperation, support Pakistan's efforts of post-disaster reconstruction, and ring in, together with Pakistan, the 60th anniversary of China-Pakistan diplomatic relations in 2011," Wen said in a written statement released at the airport.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and other senior officials welcomed Premier Wen at the airport.

"China and Pakistan are all-weather cooperation partners. Under the complex and fluid international and regional circumstances, it is a firm policy of the Chinese government to further cement and deepen the strategic partnership of cooperation with Pakistan," said Wen.

-- Later, Wen held talks with Gilani and reached extensive consensus on further strengthening their countries' strategic cooperative partnership.

"China and Pakistan were, are and will always be good neighbors, good friends, good partners and good brothers," Wen said.

In order to enhance communication and cooperation between the two "all-weather" strategic cooperative partners, Wen added, Beijing is ready to establish an annual conference mechanism between the two countries' leaders and a regular dialogue framework between their foreign ministers.

China appreciates the strong support Pakistan has long been offering on issues concerning China's core interests, and will continue backing Pakistan's efforts in defending national sovereignty, maintaining social stability and achieving independent and sustainable economic development, Wen said.

Noting that Pakistan has made huge sacrifice for and important contributions to the global counterterrorism campaign, the Chinese premier said his country is ready to work together with Pakistan to promote regional peace and stability.

Meanwhile, a great potential is yet to be tapped in the two countries' practical cooperation, Wen stressed, saying that concerted efforts are needed in this regard to bring more benefits to the two peoples.

In a three-point proposal, Wen prioritized the task to help Pakistan's rebuilding efforts after its nationwide deadly flooding this summer, and pledged to assist in road repair, food production and other relief programs if needed.

Additionally, the two sides should consolidate cooperation in infrastructure construction and expand collaboration in trade, investment and financial sectors, Wen added.

On the cultural sphere, he proposed designating 2011 as the Year of China-Pakistan Friendship, co-sponsoring activities to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, further broadening people-to-people exchanges, and promoting mutual understanding and friendship between the two nations.

Following their talks, the two leaders witnessed the signing of a number of documents on bilateral cooperation in economy, energy, finance, culture and other areas.

Source: Xinhua
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