Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to visit Pakistan next month
Guangzhou, Nov. 12 (APP): Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao will visit Pakistan next month to what he said, “deepen strategic cooperation” and proposed establishment of a mechanism for formal and structured dialogue to ensure smooth and real time communication on all issues of common interest. “ We looking forward for establishing contacts between the political leaderships of the two countries,” Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Friday during bilateral meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari on the sidelines of the 16th Asian games. Two rounds of talks were held; the
first with aides of both sides and the second a thirty minute one on one
meeting between the two leaders. The one on one meeting was also
attended by Pakistan’s Ambassador Masood Khan.
The President also
held bilateral meeting with Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and
another meeting with the Chairman of Guangdong Automobile industry
before leaving for the venue of 16th Asian Games spectacular inaugural
The meeting with Chinese Premier
was also attended from Pakistan side by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Malik
Amad Khan Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Masood Khan Ambassador,
Syed Mehdi Shah Chief Minister G-B, Saleem Mandviwalla Chairman BOI and
Spokesperson Farhatullah Babar.
Briefing journalists about the
meetings today Spokesperson Farhatullah Babar said that Chinese Premier
also announced beginning of the second installment of free commodity aid
to the people of Gilgit-Baltistan from next week. The consignment of
aid consists of diesel, coal and food commodities which will be supplied
free by China as part of its aid to the flood victims in GB.
China has donated US $ 250 million
for flood relief and reconstruction besides assistance to stranded
people in upper Hunza Attabad Lake region. The Chief Minister of
Gilgit-Baltistan also accompanied the President to thank the government
and the people of China.
During talks President Asif Ali
Zardari called for a currency swap agreement with China and taking full
advantage of the Free Trade Agreement to take the bilateral trade
between the two countries to 15 billion dollars soon.
The President said the 14th session
of JEC early next month in Islamabad was a great opportunity to review
the entire range of bilateral economic relations for closer economic
The President also stressed the
need for enhancing connectivity by working together closely on
developing pipelines, rail links and fibre optic link.
The President also urged Chinese
investment in water and energy projects in Gilgit-Baltistan and Thar
coal project in Sindh and called for the setting up of China-Pakistan
Energy Corporation to institutionalize cooperation in the energy sector.
Farhatullah Babar said that the
President recalled his last visit to China in July and said that the
visit was most reassuring as were his discussions with the Chinese
leadership confirmed total unanimity of views between the two countries
on all major issues.
The President congratulated the
Chinese Premier and people on the successful inauguration of 16th Asian
Games and thanked them for the warm welcome and hospitality accorded to
the delegation. He said Pakistan was looking forward to jointly
celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the establishment of Diplomatic
Relations next year.
About Pak-China relations the
President said that Pakistan-China friendship is a factor of peace and
stability for the region. Relations with China are of very special
importance for the People’s Party government not the least because it
was the Party’s founder Chairman Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who together with
Chairman Mao and Premier Zhu Enlai laid the foundation of this
The President reiterated Pakistan’s
full support to China on a host of issues including Tibet, Taiwan and
Xinjiang and described Pakistan- China strategic cooperation vital for
defending common interests and to counter the forces of destabilization.
“China’s support for Pakistan’s
stability and social development in these challenging times is a source
of strength for us”, the President said.
President Zardari also thanked
China for its steadfast support and solidarity with Pakistan and
expressed appreciation for China’s assistance during the current
devastating floods in Pakistan.
Pakistan had now entered the phase
of post-flood reconstruction. We are mobilizing our own resources but
also need greater international assistance, he said.
He said that Mega-projects like Gwadar, KKH, HMC and Neelum-Jhelum Hydro-electric Plant, are shining symbols of our friendship.
The President said that Pakistan is firmly committed to fight the evils of terrorism and extremism.
Pakistan is committed to the peace
process with India and desires to have friendly and good relations with
India. We sincerely wish to hold meaningful dialogue with India to
resolve all outstanding issues including the issue of Jammu and Kashmir.
He said that Pakistan was doing its
best to help Afghanistan achieve peace and stability and suggested
closer consultations between Pakistan and China on Afghanistan.
Afghanistan-China-Pakistan can promote trilateral cooperation
particularly on Trans regional development projects and regional
integration, he said.
We would welcome Trans-regional
cooperation involving economic project cooperation between China,
Pakistan and Afghanistan. Chinese companies can use Pakistan as a
logistical and transportation base for their investment in Afghanistan,
the President remarked.
Welcoming President Zardari the
Chinese Premier said, “Every visit of the President has further deepened
the Pak-China cooperation”. On the sidelines of the 16th Asian Games
opening ceremony the President also held a bilateral meeting with Thai
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.
Talking to the Thai Prime Minister
the President called for early implementation of the Agreement on
‘Exchange of Offenders’ due to humanitarian considerations and offered
to host next meeting between officials of the two countries on Combating
Terrorism and Certain Other Crimes.
The President said in order to
achieve true potential of trade between the two countries there was a
need for early conclusion of Free Trade Agreement.
The bilateral trade between Pakistan and Thailand stood at US$ 800 million last year.
The President thanked Thai
government for supporting Pakistan’s efforts to attain the Full Dialogue
Partnership (FDP) with ASEAN and expressed the hope that efforts will
continue in future as well. The President also apprised the Thai Prime
Minister of Pakistan’s role as a frontline state against terrorism, of
how Pakistan was a victim and how it was determined to root out
Talking to the Chairman of
Guangdong Automobile industry the President offered the Chinese
automobile giant incentives to invest in Pakistan. The President asked
the Chairman Board of Investment to stay behind in China for further
discussions on prospects of Chinese investment in the country’s auto
Earlier the President and his
entourage attended the banquet hosted by the government of Guandong
province and Guangzhou city leadership at the Baiyun International
Convention Centre in honour of the guests to the 16th Asian games
Presidential address to the joint sitting of parliament