All political parties unanimous on strengthening Sino-Pak ties: PM

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday welcomed the growing ties between the Communist Party of China (CPC) and all political parties of Pakistan, saying that Pakistan-China friendship was one of those matters on which all political stakeholders in Pakistan were unanimous and keen to take the strategic partnership to even higher levels. He conveyed the government’s felicitations to the government and the people of China on the 90th Anniversary of the founding of Communist Party of China (CPC).
The Prime Minister was talking to Ai Ping, Vice Minister of International Department of the Communist Party of China, who alongwith a delegation called on him here at the PM House.
The Prime Minister commended the CPC leadership for its vision and sagacity in leading China in the economic as well as international realm and for the betterment and prosperity of the Chinese people.
Noting that the Year 2011 being the 60th Anniversary Year of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries had been declared by Premier Wen Jiabao and himself as the ‘Year of Friendship’ between Pakistan and China, the Prime Minister said that a series of year long events were being planned in every sphere of the relationship to celebrate the year in a befitting manner.
He stated that as part of those celebrations, he was looking forward to his visit to China in the middle of the year and that of the Chinese President to Pakistan in the later half of the year.
He expressed his confidence that these high level contacts would play an important role in further cementing of bilateral ties and expanding the cooperation in all fields.
The Prime Minister underlined the need for enhanced parliamentary exchanges and people-to-people contacts for passing down the legacy of these historically cordial relations to the next generations in both the countries.
The Prime Minister thanked the government and the people of China for their steadfast, prompt and generous support in relief and rehabilitation efforts of his government for the flood victims of last year.
He particularly thanked the Chinese government for standing by Pakistan in providing food, fuel and other necessities to the people of upper Hunza, who had been stranded after the massive landslide blocking the Hunza River and then creating Attaabad lake.
The Prime Minister reiterated his government’s continued support to One China Policy, Chinese reunification with Taiwan and for the Chinese government’s efforts for safeguarding its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The Prime Minister added that Pakistan considered Tibbet as an integral part of China and would persist in its anti-terrorism cooperation with China, particularly with regard to (East Turkistan Independent Movement (ETIM).
The Prime Minister while expressing his satisfaction on the on-going cooperation between the two countries at the international foras, termed it gratifying that Pakistan and China had identical positions on most of the regional and international issues and they should strengthen their coordination and cooperation in this regard at the United Nations as well as other international forums.
The Prime Minister asked the Vice Minister Ai Ping to convey his personal greetings and best wishes to Premier Wen Jiabao and the Chinese leadership.
Vice Minister Ai Ping acknowledged  the pivotal role played by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Shaheed in bringing Pakistan and China  closer and thanked the Prime Minister for his personal as well as family’s commitment and investment in strengthening of Pakistan-China relations.
He also thanked the Government of Pakistan for its continued support to China on Taiwan, Tibbet and ETIM issues and agreed with the Prime Minister that excellent state-to-state and Party-to-Party ties should be translated into fostering even stronger economic, trade, investment, defence and social ties between the two countries.
He apprised the Prime Minister that earlier in the day he had participated in the launching ceremony of Chinese language classes in Islamabad and his party was keen to build on people-to-people relations by focusing on the cultural aspects of the friendship.
Ai Ping conveyed the best wishes of Chinese Communist Party and government leadership to the Prime Minister and the Pakistani leadership and assured that his party would continue to strive through unwavering commitment to play a role in expansion of cooperation in multi-faceted fields.
Senior officials from both the sides were also present in the meeting.

Associated Press Of Pakistan ( Pakistan’s Premier NEWS Agency ) – All political parties unanimous on strengthening Sino-Pak ties: PM.

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