Chinese premier raises five-point proposal for boosting cooperation with Pakistan

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (center) inspects an honor guard during a welcoming ceremony

held by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and interim Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan

Khoso in Islamabad, Pakistan, on May 22, 2013. Li Keqiang arrived here Wednesday for

an official visit to Pakistan.  Photo by Ma Zhancheng

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (2nd from left) arrives in Islamabad, Pakistan, starting an

official visit to the country, on May 22, 2013. The Chinese premier was warmly welcomed

at the airport by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and interim Prime Minister Mir Hazar

Khan Khoso.  Photo by Ju Peng

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (center) is welcomed by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari

(left) and interim Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso (right) upon his arrival in

Islamabad, capital of Pakistan, May 22, 2013. Li Keqiang arrived here Wednesday for an

official visit to Pakistan.  Photo by Ma Zhancheng

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (left) and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari shake hands

during a medal conferring ceremony in Islamabad, Pakistan, May 22, 2013.  

Photo by Pang Xinglei

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Parkistani interim

Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso attend a medal conferring ceremony in Islamabad,

Pakistan, on May 22, 2013. Photo by Pang Xinglei

 

By Zhang Lingling

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang presented in Islambda on Wednesday of May 22 a five-point proposal for further deepening friendship and cooperationwith Pakistan.

He made the suggestions during talks with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Interim Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, during which the two sides reached important consensuses on boosting the bilateral strategic cooperative partnership.

“China-Pakistan ties are time-tested. The two countries are all-weather friends and partners that can trust and rely on each other,” said the Chinese premier.

Despite the complex and volatile regional and global circumstances, the two countries have already maintained sound strategic communication and coordination, Li noted.

China, he said, has always treated the relationship with Pakistan as a foreign policy priority, and is ready to work with Pakistan to maintain the traditional friendship, promote comprehensive cooperation and achieve common development.

In order to deepen the China-Pakistan strategic cooperative partnership, Li proposed, the two neighbors should firstly strengthen strategic communication and coordination, maintain high-level contact, and thus steer the bilateral relationship forward.

Secondly, the two countries should reinforce strategic and long-term planning, and open up new cooperation areas such as connectivity and maritime sectors, the Chinese premier said.

They should start formulating a long-term plan for the China-Pakistan economic corridor project and gradually push forward its construction, added the premier.

Thirdly, Li suggested, China and Pakistan further raise the level of bilateral trade and realize a dynamic balance while expanding the scale of two-way trade.

China, he said, encourages Chinese enterprises to participate in Pakistan’s infrastructure construction.

Fourthly, the two sides should boost people-to-people and cultural exchanges and media cooperation, said the Chinese premier, adding that they also need to expand exchanges between their young generations so as to carry forward their traditional friendship.

Fifthly, he urged the two countries to promote cooperation in regional and global affairs and safeguard the common interests of developing countries.

China respects the development path Pakistan has chosen based on its own realities, and will continue to support Pakistan in defending its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, Li said.

China, he added, is willing to provide unconditional help within its capacity for Pakistan’s economic development and seek common advancement in state governance through exchanges and mutual learning.

For his part, Zardari said Li’s visit, coming at a time when Pakistan is going through historic changes, sets another important milestone in bilateral ties and will further push forward the relationship between the two countries.

“China is a true friend and reliable partner of Pakistan,” said Zardari, expressing sincere gratitude to Beijing for its long-term support for and assistance to his country.

Pakistan, he said, is glad to see and admires China’s development achievements.

He added that his country is willing to grasp the opportunities brought about by China’s rapid development and join hands with Beijing to deepen bilateral cooperation in various fields, so as to improve the well-being of the two peoples and promote regional and global peace, stability and development.

During the day, Li had in-depth talks with leaders from different Pakistani political parties on cementing bilateral ties. Li thanked them for their contribution to the China-Pakistan relationship.

Noting that maintaining the friendship with China is a national consensus, the party leaders pledged to play a positive role in promoting bilateral friendship in the future.

Li flew in Wednesday from India, the first leg of his ongoing maiden trip abroad as premier, which will also take him to Switzerland and Germany.

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (2nd from left) meets with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari

(2nd, R) in Islamabad, Pakistan, on May 22, 2013. Photo by Ma Zhancheng

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (left) and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari meet the press

in Islamabad, Pakistan, on May 22, 2013.  Photo by Pang Xinglei

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (left) talks with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari (right)

at a signing ceremony after their meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan, on May 22, 2013.  

Photo by Ju Peng

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang  and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari  witness a signing

ceremony after their meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan, on May 22, 2013.  

Photo by Ma Zhancheng

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang meets with leaders of Pakistani political parties in Islamabad,

Pakistan, on May 22, 2013.  Photo by Pang Xinglei

 

 

 

 

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