Pakistan supports ‘One China’ policy: Gilani

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Saturday said that Pakistan stood by China on all its core issues as Pakistan supported “One China” policy and condemned any attempt to undermine its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“We share the ideals of a safe, secure and prosperous neighbourhood within our region, which should be free from strife and conflict and we visualize a world having peace, harmony and understanding. We want this vision to be translated into reality,” he said in a luncheon hosted by him in honour of Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao here on Saturday.

The luncheon was attended by Chairman Senate Farooq H Naek, Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza, politicians of all shades including Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Asfandyar Wali and Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, governors and chief ministers of the four provinces, members of the federal cabinet, services chiefs, diplomats and senior civil and military officials.

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao received a warm welcome on his arrival at the luncheon reception.

In his speech Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao said that China gave top priority to enhance strategic partnership with Pakistan. “During the last six decades both the countries forged unity and moved towards development in all spheres of life and the two countries emerged as all weather friends,” he said.

In his welcome speech, Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said China is Pakistan’s most trusted and reliable friend and the relations between the two countries transcend any expediency. “These are rock solid and rooted in our national ethos. The people of Pakistan welcome you from the core of their hearts. We take great pride in our all-weather and time-tested friendship,” he said.

Prime Minister Gilani said, “Next year, we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relationship between our two countries. “We have decided to jointly celebrate 2011 as a Year of Friendship between Pakistan and China,” he added. The prime minister said Pakistan desired a peaceful environment in the region, which was in the interest of the development aiming at raising the living standard of the people. “Consistent with this aspiration, we seek peaceful resolution of all the issues with India, including the longstanding Jammu and Kashmir dispute. Success in this endeavour would usher in a new era of peace and prosperity in South Asia,” he added.

Similarly, the prime minister said a stable Afghanistan would open up vast opportunities for Pakistan and indeed for the regional countries. “We are opposed to any policy, which aims at “containing progress or impeding peace and development” in the region,” he said.

The prime minister said there was a convergence of interests of the two countries on the global and regional levels and commonality of approach to advance the international agenda for peace and prosperity. “Our comprehensive cooperation and robust partnership is in the fundamental interest of our peoples and conducive to peace, progress and stability of Asia,” he added.

He said Pakistan deeply valued its friendship with China. It remained the abiding endeavour to strengthen cooperation with China. “We deeply appreciate China’s support to Pakistan on various regional and international issues,” he added.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said that his country gave top priority to enhance strategic partnership with Pakistan.

The Chinese Premier said that during the last six decades both the countries forged unity and moved towards development of the all-time and all-weather friendship. “Next year we will be celebrating sixty years of diplomatic relations and in this connection a host of activities including political, economic, military, culture, sports and youth affairs have been arranged to further cement the cooperation between the two countries,” he noted.

He said China valued its friendship with Pakistan and the future of the friendship would be bright.

Earlier, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao accompanied by Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani inaugurated Pak-China Friendship Centre in Islamabad today.

Speaking on the occasion, Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao said the centre was a symbol of friendship and deepening ties between the two brotherly countries. Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani in his address hoped the centre would prove to be a milestone in increasing the people-to-people contacts and cooperation between the two friendly countries.

The state of the art centre costing Rs3 billion has been completed in two years with day and night efforts of 300 Chinese and 200 Pakistani workers.

Pakistan supports ‘One China’ policy: Gilani.

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