China values Pakistan’s support on core issues

China said on Tuesday that it greatly valued Pakistan’s support on its core issues, including human rights, Tibet and Taiwan. “We always got support from Pakistan and we greatly appreciate their support”, a senior official from Chinese Foreign Ministry informed a media delegation from Pakistan here. China, he said, always supported Pakistan severgnity, territorial integrity and dignity of the Pakistani people.

“We will continue to do so in future also”, he said adding that “we have very solid bilateral relations”.

He said that the mutual respect was the need of time.

During massive floods that hit Pakistan last year, he pointed out that the rescue of the stranded Chinese engineers and technicians by the Pakistan government with the help of helicopters were greatly appreciated by the Chinese people. These Chinese staff were working on various development projects.

“This is a very good example of our cooperation and mutual respect”, he observed.

Referring to the Premier Wen Jiabao visit to Pakistan in December 2010, Deputy Director of the Asia Department at the Chinese Foreign Ministry Sun Weidong said that he was part of that delegation in which large number of Chinese businessmen, traders, industrialists and chief executives of various key entrepreneurs were also present.

It was a successful visit of Primer Wen Jiabao, he said, adding that a number of agreements were inked, including four key areas in which China wants to help Pakistan. These are energy, agriculture, infrastructure development and financial sector.

He said that on financial sector the first step had already been taken by setting up bank branches in Pakistan. Negotiations on currency SWAP were also in progress while work on other three major areas was also going on smoothly.

“We are trying our best to improve the people’s livehood in Pakistan”, he noted.

He said that as a policy, China never attached strings while offering help and assistance to any country.

Sun pointed out that this year was very significant for both the countries, “because we are celebrating it as 60th anniversary of our establishment of diplomatic relations and leadership of both the sides have declared it the ‘Year of Friendship’”.

Lot of activities would take place during this year, including visits of leadership, exchange of high-level delegations, including people-to-people contacts, visits of political parties and activities in defence and economic areas.

In fact over 40 such activities have been chalked out by both the sides, he said adding that some of those had already been kicked off while the remaining would be completed during the year-long celebrations.

He said that a youth delegation from China had already paid a successful visit to Pakistan and similarly a Pakistani youth delegation was due here by the end of this week.

“The exchange of youth visits to each other country is very important as young generation can play a pivotal role in further strengthening our all weather friendship”, he observed.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry, he said, would also hold a grand reception to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties.

He said that China was pursuing a good neighbourly policy and never interfered in the internal affairs of any other country, adding that China’s development was not against any country, instead it has provided opportunities for other nations as “we pursue the win-win situation for all”.

“We have made some advancement in economic field, but we are still a developing country”, he told the media delegation comprising senior journalists from Pakistan.

China, he said, had to go a long way to become a developed nation.

Touching upon the situation in South Asia, Sun said that Pakistan and India were important neighbours of China and that “we want to see resolution of all issues, including Kashmir through negotiations”.

Sun said that Prime Minister of Pakistan Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani had taken a bold step by visiting India to watch the semi-finals match of the Cricket World Cup, adding that China supported improvement of bilateral relations between the two neighboring countries.

Appreciating the recent visit of Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani to Kabul, he said that China wanted to see a peaceful Afghanistan.

There was some progress made in ensuring peace and tranquility in Afghanistan, but a still long way to go as many challenges that still needed to be addressed.

China, he said, preferred to see a stable Afghanistan and “we support the Afghan ownership”. The Afghan people should play their role in the stability and economic development of their own country, he added.

He said,” Afghanistan and Pakistan have suffered for over three decades and as a nieghbour of both the countries, China continues to support Afghanistan and international community for their reconciliatory efforts”.

Sun said that Pakistani media was playing an important role in bringing the people of China and Pakistan closer.

More, such exchanges, he said, would further help understand the culture and political structure of each other’s country.

Earlier, Senior Journalist Saleem Bokhari thanked the Chinese government and the people for inviting the media delegation from Pakistan and appreciated the role of China in the socio-economic uplift of his country.

via Associated Press Of Pakistan ( Pakistan’s Premier NEWS Agency ) – China greatly values Pak support on core issues.

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