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06 July, 2013

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BEIJING: China on Friday vowed to support the efforts of the Pakistani government in addressing its urgent energy needs and continue to encourage and support Chinese enterprises' investment in Pakistan.

The two sides also resolved to promote the policies aimed at advancing the cause of peace, co-operation and harmony creating a win-win situation in the region. In a joint statement issued after the meeting between Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang here, both the leaders reaffirmed their commitment to pursue people-centric policies that could mitigate poverty, promote social and economic development and diminish the roots of conflict.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reaffirmed the strong commitment of his government to further promote and deepen the bilateral strategic cooperation.

Nawaz Sharif underscored that the recent political transition in Pakistan was a historic development, which would create political cohesion, social stability and internal growth. "It will also improve governance and lead to sound macroeconomic management; thus creating an enabling environment for foreign investment in Pakistan," he observed.

The two sides reviewed with satisfaction the development of China-Pakistan relations, and were of the view that this relationship had acquired growing strategic significance in the emerging dynamics of the 21st century.

Both sides decided to continue to deepen the Sino-Pak strategic partnership in the new era. The two leaders appreciated that Asia was the engine of global economic growth and more than 40 percent of the global population resided in this vibrant and dynamic region. A major urbanisation and technological advancement was underway in this region, which would unleash enormous potential for regional economic development, read the statement.

The two countries decided to further deepen practical cooperation in all sectors and strengthen coordination and cooperation on international and regional issues.

China also reaffirmed that its relationship with Pakistan was always a matter of highest priority in its foreign policy, and it would continue to strengthen this strategic partnership. China appreciated Pakistan's long-term, staunch support on issues concerning China's core interests.

China vowed to continue extending its full support to Pakistan in the latter's efforts to uphold its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, while respecting the development path chosen by the people according to its national priority, and support Pakistan in maintaining social stability and economic development.

Pakistan reiterated that friendship with China was the cornerstone of its foreign policy that enjoyed a national consensus, and appreciated the support and assistance of the Chinese government and the people for Pakistan's sovereignty and socio-economic development.

"Pakistan will continue to adhere to its one-China policy, oppose Taiwan and Tibet's independence and support China's efforts in combating the 'Three Evils' of extremism, terrorism and separatism. We regard ETIM (East Turkestan Islamic Movement) as our common threat and stand united in combating this menace," Nawaz said.

The two sides believed that maintaining the tradition of frequent exchange of visits and meetings between their leadership and fully leveraging arrangements, such as annual meetings between their leaders, was of great importance in advancing bilateral relations.

They also agreed to enhance the role of mechanisms such as foreign ministers' dialogue, strategic dialogue and other consultative mechanisms between the relevant ministries and departments, so as to strengthen the strategic communication and coordination between the two countries.

Meanwhile, Pakistan expressed commitment to reviving the national economy and realising its 'Asian Tiger' dream. The development strategies of the two countries therefore coincided with each other. Both sides decided to further strengthen the ties of pragmatic cooperation between them, with a view to translating their high-level political relationship into wider economic dividends.

"To this end, the two sides will strengthen cooperation in trade, investment, energy, agriculture, mining, food security, environment, finance and other fields," the statement read. It was agreed that both sides would support enterprises of the two countries in conducting cooperation on establishment of industrial zones in Gwadar.


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