Wen's visit to elevate China-Pakistan relations to new level

16:23, December 15, 2010      

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's upcoming official visit to Pakistan reflects the Chinese government's special attention to the development of China-Pakistan relations. This visit will further consolidate the friendship between China and Pakistan and elevate the bilateral strategic cooperative partnership to a new level, contributing to the promotion of regional peace, stability and development, said Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Liu Jian in an interview with the People's Daily.

Liu said that Wen's visit be an will exchange of views with Pakistani leaders on how to deepen the strategic bilateral relationship and plan cooperation in the realms of politics, economics, trade, energy and culture for a period in the future.

The leaders will also discuss how China will participate in Pakistan’s post-quake reconstruction more effectively. Premier Wen will also attend the business cooperation summit and meet with people who contribute to the friendship between China and Pakistan.

Liu Jian said that Pakistan is China's important neighbor and strategic partner. Having withstood the test of time and international vicissitudes, China-Pakistan relations is one of the priorities of China’s diplomacy.

The Sino-Pakistani friendship is deeply rooted in the hearts of both peoples. In recent years, the all-weather friendship between China and Pakistan has been continually consolidated due to the joint efforts of both sides. With the deepening cooperation, the China-Pakistan strategic cooperative partnership has achieved new development.

Frequent high-level interaction between two the countries has enhanced mutual political trust. Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao met with Pakistani leaders several times on multiple occasions.

The Chinese government firmly supports the Pakistani government's measures to safeguard national stability and development. It supports Pakistan's road chosen on the basis of its own national conditions. The Pakistani government firmly supports China's position on issues involving China's core interests, such as the Xinjiang, Tibet and human rights issues.

On economic and trade exchanges, Liu Jian said trade and economic cooperation mechanism between China and Pakistan has kept improving. The FTA agreement between the two countries covering trade in goods, services, trade and investment is now in full force. The two sides are preparing to launch the second phase of tax-free trade agreement negotiations. Not long ago, the two countries reached consensus on key areas of cooperation in trade.

Despite the international financial crisis, economic and trade cooperation has continued to develop. From January to September this year, bilateral trade volume reached 6.22 billion U.S. dollars, up 29 percent. Of which Pakistan's exports rose by 27.6 percent. The cooperation on large projects, including the Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower project, the upgrade of Karakoram Highway and Pakistan-China Friendship Center, is advancing smoothly.

Liu said that after the Wenchuan Earthquake in 2008, the Pakistani government donated 38,000 tents to China. In July this year, the Chinese government and people provided aid to Pakistan, which suffered from a serous flooding. The Chinese government announced aid of 247 million U.S. dollars to Pakistan, and sent three medical rescue teams and a helicopter rescue team to Pakistan to help relief efforts.

China has also made special arrangements, transporting a large amount of emergency humanitarian aid on land. Premier Wen's visit will undoubtedly make the Sino-Pakistani friendship more deeply rooted in the minds of the people.

By People's Daily Online
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