Pakistan, China pledge to stand united
12 September, 2012
TIANJIN: China on Tuesday said it completely supported Pakistan on all regional and international issues.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao reiterated his government's stance of supporting the sovereignty and integrity of Pakistan when he met Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting of New Champions 2012.
The two leaders reaffirmed their governments' resolve to further strengthen ties in diverse fields, particularly trade and defence. The first official meeting between the two leaders that was scheduled for 25 minutes lasted for 40 minutes.
The two sides noted that they shared similar views on important regional and global issues and would continue to extend support to each other at all levels.
The two leaders discussed a whole gamut of issues ranging from bilateral ties, defence cooperation, infrastructure development, energy and agriculture to banking.
The prime minister said Pakistan attached great importance to enhancing economic and trade links with China, including promoting closer collaboration in projects on energy, telecommunication and railways.
The Chinese premier welcomed Raja on undertaking his first official visit to China and said it reflected the level of Pakistan-China friendship and the importance Pakistan gave to China. He conveyed best wishes for President Asif Ali Zardari and for the Pakistani people.
Jiabao said China considered Pakistan its friend and underscored the importance of time-tested strategic partnership between the two countries. He expressed appreciation for Pakistan's role in fight against terrorism and extremism and called for greater international recognition of its efforts and sacrifices in that regard.
Both leaders were of the view that the two nations were opposed to terrorism and would continue to cooperate with each other to eliminate it.