Highlights of Chinese premier's second-day activities in Pakistan

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The following are highlights of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's activities in Pakistan on Saturday, the second day of his three-day official visit to the country.

-- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari here on Saturday, and the two leaders agreed to boost the traditional China-Pakistan friendship.

Wen said he felt the profound and brotherly feelings of the Pakistani people when he landed in the country for a second time after five years.

The Chinese premier said China values the time-tested friendship with Pakistan and hopes to expand bilateral cooperation.

In the new global and regional situation, Wen said China and Pakistan are facing new opportunities and challenges to develop their ties.

China will maintain the frequent exchanges of visits by state leaders and increase dialogue at different levels, he said.

The two countries will enhance their strategic coordination, scale up the cooperation of mutual benefit, better safeguard their shared interests and realize common development, Wen said.

-- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said here on Saturday that China and Pakistan signed a number of trade deals worth about 10 billion U.S. dollars.

Addressing the China-Pakistan Business Cooperation Summit in Islamabad, Wen said the deals reflected the huge potential for expanding bilateral economic and trade cooperation.

The two sides inked some 20 trade deals during Wen's visit covering projects in the sectors of new energy, agriculture, cotton yarn and non-ferrous metal imports.

The Chinese premier urged a boost in the scale of bilateral trade and investment.

With regard to trade imbalance, Wen said China understood the concern of Pakistan on the imbalance, and has taken measures to address the issue.

-- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani on Saturday jointly inaugurated the Pakistan-China Friendship Center.

The new cultural complex built in Islamabad by China is to promote exchanges among students, media and academic circles from the two countries.

After the inauguration, the two leaders launched the Pakistan-China Friendship Bringing-Light Tour, a move sponsored by Beijing Tongren Hospital and some Chinese companies in Pakistan to have free cataract surgery for 1,000 Pakistani patients in two years.

Wen and Gilani attended a symposium at the center with people who have contributed to China-Pakistan friendship, and visited a photography exhibition highlighting the history of the bilateral relations.

Outside the complex, the two leaders planted a China-Pakistan friendship tree.

-- Visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met on Saturday with Nawaz Sharif, chief of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), to promote the friendship between the two countries.

Calling Sharif an old friend of China, Wen said the Chinese government and people would never forget his contribution to the development of bilateral ties.

Wen also expressed appreciation for the PML-N's commitment to developing the China-Pakistan friendship.

"China is ready to enhance exchanges with various parties of Pakistan including the PML-N, beef up mutual understanding and jointly push forward the bilateral friendly cause," Wen said.

-- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Saturday announced a package for post-flood reconstruction in Pakistan, including a 10 million U.S. dollar grant for flood victim compensation and a 400 million U.S.dollar concession loan.

Speaking at the National Disaster Management Authority in Islamabad, Wen said China would continue to help Pakistan in the post-disaster phase of the floods and would provide resources and technical support for disaster prevention and forecasting technology.

China has the expertise in dealing with situations such as the landslide-triggered Attabad lake and would send its experts to address the perils arising from the lake along the Karakoram Highway, Wen said.

-- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Saturday called for enhanced military exchanges and cooperation between China and Pakistan so as to cement the bilateral strategic partnership of cooperation.

Wen made the remarks while meeting with senior Pakistani military leaders, including Khalid Shameem Wynne, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani, chief of the Army Staff, Noman Bashir, chief of the Naval Staff, and Rao Qamar Suleman, chief of the Air Staff.

The Pakistani military is a steadfast supporter and vindicator of the China-Pakistan friendship, and has played an important role in consolidating and developing their strategic partnership of cooperation, Wen said.

He applauded the close exchanges between the two militaries in the areas of anti-terrorism and disaster relief, and hoped to further enhance the military links to contribute to the development of bilateral ties.

Source:Xinhua
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