Pakistan, China to reinforce bilateral ties
President Asif Ali Zardari and Chinese President Hu Jintao on 15th october (Wednesday) held one-on-one interaction that lasted over one hour with major emphasis on further reinforcing comprehensive strategic partnership and bilateral cooperation in various fields.
President Zardari, Hu emphasize on further reinforcing comprehensive strategic partnership, bilateral cooperation
The over one hour meeting between the two presidents was followed by delegation level parleys.
The Pakistani side was headed by President Asif Ali Zardari, while Chinese President
Hu Jintao led his side at the talks held here at the Great Hall of the People.
The Chinese side assisted President Hu at the delegation level meeting included Foreign Minister Yang Jiech, State Counselor Dai Ping Guo, Governor Peoples Bank of China Zhou Xiao Chuan and other officials.
Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar, Minister for Environment Hamidullah Jan Afridi, Advisor on Interior Rehman Malik, Advisor on Finance and Economic Affairs Shaukat Tareen, Media Advisor to President Farhatullah Babar, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir, Information Secretary Akram Shaheedi, Secretary General PPP Jahangir Badar and Pakistan’s Ambassador to China Masood Khan assisted President Asif Ali Zardari during the delegation level talks.
In his opening remarks President Hu Jintao showered praises on the efforts and contribution rendered by Bhutto family in the promotion of Pak-China relations.
He further said that the first state visit paid by President Zardari to China as a part of tradition demonstrates the importance Pakistan attaches to the bilateral ties.
President Hu also mentioned special relations of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto with Mao Zhe Dong and Zhou Enlai which he observed played an effective role in the promotion of bilateral relations.
President Hu expressed appreciation for the support and the financial assistance extended by Pakistan for the May 12 earthquake victims of Sichuan province.
The Chinese President also hailed the participation of Pakistani contingent with enthusiasm in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The Chinese President also praised the participation of Bilalwal Bhutto Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani in the Beijing Olympics and said it is reflective of the warmth in bilateral relations between the two countries.
Congratulating Asif Ali Zardari on his election as President, President Hu hailed him for his first state visit to China and said it was reflective of depth and warmth in the time tested and all weather bonds.
Reciprocating the opening remarks from his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao, President Zardari said the warm welcome accorded to him reflected the level of love and affection of the government and the people of China towards Pakistan.
President Zardari said the high stature leaders from Pakistan and China were the architects of strong foundation of Pak-China relations that strengthened over the period of time, which is the testimony of their sagacious political approach and long term vision.
He expressed the hope that his meeting with the Chinese counterpart during his first official visit will transfuse further resilience and vibrancy in the bilateral relations
taking them to new heights.
Earlier, President Asif Ali Zardari was accorded a warm red carpet welcome at an impressive formal ceremony at the Great Hall of the People reflecting the warmth of people-to-people bonhomie and depth of strong bilateral friendly bonds.
The two leaders then ascended the canopied dais and the national anthems of both countries were played, followed by 21-gun salutes. The two leaders later inspected the guard of honour and march past by a smartly dressed soldiers of Peoples Liberation Army (PLA).
After the delegation level talks, both sides signed eleven agreements, MoU and Protocols in different fields with an objective to bolster existing level of cooperation on different areas.
High Commission of Pakistan-Sri Lanka