Presidentís visit to strengthen strategic partnership with China: Qureshi

BEIJING, Oct 13 (APP): Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi Monday said main objectives of visit of President Asif Zardari to China were further strengthening of strategic partnership, deepening of economic relationship and reinforcing of cultural and social ties between the two countries. The Foreign Minister stated this during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi here.

Both sides expressed satisfaction over the continued growth in bilateral ties. The Chinese Foreign Minister expressed China’s support for Pakistan’s sovereignty, social stability and economic progress.

The Chinese Foreign Minister appreciated President Asif Zardari’s desire to visit China, on his first official visit abroad.

Qureshi said that the forthcoming visit of Pakistani President to China would further solidify their strategic partnership.

The ministers described Pakistan-China friendship as time-tested and all weather.

Qureshi said the Pakistani leadership is desirous of a long-term relationship between Pakistan People’s Party and the Communist Party of China.

Foreign Minister Qureshi elucidated the concept of ‘Friends of Pakistan’ group, to his Chinese counterpart.

Foreign Minister Yang assured China’s full support and cooperation to Pakistan at this forum.

He also confirmed China’s participation in the first meeting of the ‘Friends of Pakistan’ group, being held in Abu Dhabi shortly.

Briefing his Chinese counterpart on Pakistan’s special focus on economic diplomacy, Foreign Minister Qureshi acknowledged the deep political and strategic cooperation between the two countries but also emphasized the need to enhance bilateral economic and trade cooperation.

Foreign Minister Yang said that China will continue to support Pakistan in its efforts for economic development and more Chinese corporations and business entities will be encouraged to invest in Pakistan.

He said that China wishes to enhance its cooperation in all mutually beneficial fields.

Underscoring the importance of their special relations, Foreign Minister Yang reaffirmed China’s determination to take these relations to greater heights.

The Chinese Foreign Minister expressed appreciation for Pakistan’s important role in promoting peace, security and regional stability and its contribution in the fight against terrorism and extremism.

Foreign Minister Qureshi thanked the Chinese government for continued assistance and support to Pakistan.

In recent years, Chinese investments in Pakistan have shown an upward trend. Several projects of national significance are being executed with Chinese assistance.