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China-Pakistan bond unbreakable: premier

Xinhua)  08:54, May 23, 2013  

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (L) and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari meet the press in Islamabad, Pakistan, May 22, 2013. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)

ISLAMABAD, May 22 (Xinhua) -- The relationship between China and Pakistan is unbreakable, and the two neighbors are intent on deepening their strategic cooperation, visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said here Wednesday.

Jointly meeting the press with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Li said the inclusion of Pakistan in his first foreign trip as premier manifests the great importance the new Chinese leadership attaches to the bilateral relationship.

Noting that Pakistan has just held parliamentary elections and a new government is yet to be formed, Li said he came to the South Asian country at a special moment.

Thus the visit fully demonstrates that no matter how the circumstances change, the relationship between China and Pakistan is unbreakable, said the Chinese premier.

China-Pakistan friendship, an eternal treasure of both peoples, will transcend the changes of the times and be full of vigor and ever-growing, Li added.

The ongoing visit, he said, is mainly aimed at further consolidating the traditional friendship between the two nations and deepening bilateral strategic cooperation.

During the talks with Zardari and Interim Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, the two sides reached important consensus on firming up China-Pakistan comprehensive strategic cooperation, he said.

The two countries, he said, agreed to link China's strategies of expanding domestic demand and developing its west more closely with Pakistan's economic development, so as to translate their high-level political relations into concrete results of practical cooperation.

They also decided to promote connectivity and build a China-Pakistan economic corridor, which will be of strategic values to the development of the two countries and the region at large, he added.

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(Editor:HuangBeibei、Yao Chun)


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