Pakistani Prime Minister hails China as true friend

16:31, May 17, 2011      

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China-Pakistan relations have undergone the test of time since diplomatic relations were established 60 years ago, and China firmly stood by Pakistan and provided strong support to Pakistan when it was facing a critical moment. This has again proven that China is a truly reliable friend, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said during a special interview with Chinese media before his official visit to China on May 16.

Gilani said that the Chinese government and the Chinese people identified the great contributions of Pakistan to anti-terrorism when Pakistan was facing enormous pressure at home and abroad after the Bin Laden event. Therefore, China received unanimous praise from all sectors of Pakistan.

A total of more than 35,000 people were killed in terrorist attacks over the past 10 years. Although anti-terrorism is not just the concern of any one individual country, Pakistan has paid a great price. Solving the problem of terrorism requires a global vision and the cooperation of various parties. Therefore, there is hope that the whole world can offer support to countries standing in the forefront of the counter-terrorism war.

Gilani said that the major purpose of his visit to China is to participate in the celebration activities for the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Pakistan, and the "Pakistan-China Friendship Year." Members of the Pakistani delegation come from various sectors of Pakistan, and Pakistan hopes this visit can further promote exchanges between China and Pakistan in fields such as the economy, culture, education and media.

Gilani believes that the exchanges between the people of Pakistan and China are an inexhaustible force moving forward the relations of the two countries. He said that China is a great country with a long-standing and splendid civilization and both sides need to further strengthen cultural exchanges in order to educate Pakistanis to understand a real China. Gilani expressed special appreciation for the Pakistan-China Friendship Center built by China as an aid to Pakistan and cited it as a monument to China-Pakistan relations in the new era.

Gilani believes that the China-Pakistan friendship has been deeply rooted in the people of the two countries over the past 60 years. Even residents in Pakistan's most remote villages know about the China-Pakistan friendship. The sincere friendship is based on the unconditional and mutually beneficial relations of the two countries. Pakistan and China have enjoyed a rapport and have taken similar stances on almost all major international affairs over the past 60 years, which is rare in state-to-state relations.

Gilani said that he had visited China three times as Pakistan's Prime Minister. However, these visits were all for international activities. The forthcoming visit to China will be his first official visit to China, during which he and Chinese leaders will participate in the signing ceremonies of cooperation agreements in fields such as trade, economy, finance and culture, and attend a party marking the establishment of diplomatic ties between Pakistan and China in Beijing. Gilani will also pay a visit to Shanghai to experience China's economic development and achievements as well as to visit some cultural exhibitions.

Gilani finally said that Pakistan is proud that it can still have support from Chinese friends during its tough times. The highlight of the support lies in that Chinese friends have taken the initiative to provide the support, which is derived from Chinese people's deep feeling of friendship towards Pakistanis.

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