Archive for May, 2011

May 31, 2011

China imposes duty on guar exports from India, Pakistan exports duty-free

Guar gum exporters from India are at a distinct disadvantage. China has imposed customs duty of 7% and 15% on guar exports from India, the world’s largest exporter. But import from Pakistan is duty free. In India, the guar splits and guar powder attract a duty of 7% and 15% respectively. China accounts for 25% to 30% of the total Indian exports of guar gum splits. Due to the higher duty on guar powder, India’s exports to China is decreasing.

Guar gum refined split is refined endosperm derived from guar seed or cluster bean. Guar gum refined spli is mechanically separated from guar seed which yields 28-30% of refined split.

China imposes duty on guar exports – The Economic Times

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May 30, 2011

A broader perspective of Sino-Pak relationship

Dr. Raja Muhammad Khan

Pakistan and China are celebrating 60th anniversary of their bilateral relationship. Both countries established their diplomatic relationship in May 1951. In order to reaffirm their tireless friendship, both countries have declared year-2011, as the year for the celebrations of Pak-China diplomatic relationship. Both countries are holding a series of “commemorative activities covering fields like politics, economy, culture, education, sports etc.” Under the dynamic leadership of Mao Zedong, People’s Republic of China came into being from the ashes of civil war between Communists and Nationalists on October 1, 1949. Historically, “In China’s Tang dynasty, Hsuan-tsang, an eminent Chinese monk, studied Buddhism in Taxila on his pilgrimage to the west. His sojourn in Pakistan, recounted in a book entitled The Great Tang Dynasty Record of the Western Regions, is a popular account in the history of exchanges between the Chinese and Pakistani people.” Following the establishment of Pak-China diplomatic relationship in May 1951, both countries has attained many milestones in their bilateral relationship. In the era of Field Marshal Muhammad Ayub, the then Foreign Minister (later Prime Minister), Zulfikar Ali Bhutto formalised this relationship on the strategic direction. Through his strategic vision, he made Pak-China relationship as an essential and never changing pillar of the Foreign Policy of Pakistan. The same vision exists even today and Pakistan maintained it as an inalienable part of its diplomatic relationship. It is considered view of the political analysts that, “Pak-China friendship is based on four pillars; geography, history, economics and necessity.” Indeed, owing to the geographical contiguity, we are neighbours, whereas history has made us friends. Likewise; economics has made us partners, whereas, necessity has made us allies. Pakistan has the honour of recognising this great neighbour soon after it came into being and was the first Muslim country to do so. In these initial days, Pakistan maintained a steady and cordial relationship with China and supported restoration of its legitimate right in the United Nations Organisation through hectic lobbying, which positioned it as the permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Later China helped Pakistan in the construction of a road linking China’s Xingjian region with the Gilgit-Baltistan. The strategic partnership between both countries was initially driven by the mutual need and to counter the influence of other regional and extra regional powers. Apart from the political connections, both countries had developed military relationship which subsequently led towards creation of a Joint Committee for Economy, Trade and Technology in 1982. Earlier Pakistan played a very crucial role in bringing United States and China closer to each other in early 1970s. The opportunities had allowed China to come out from the closed door economy and regional politics, thus allowing it to interact with the countries at the global level. Because of that beginning, China later tailored its political outlook, trade and industrialisation and has now emerged as a global power. During the cold war as well as thereafter, Pakistan indeed acted as a bridge between China and the Western world. The friendship between the two countries has matured into a comprehensive strategic partnership for peace and development in the region and abroad. Right from the beginning, the bilateral relationship between the two countries has remained as a relatively uninterrupted, trust-bond and all weather. It is said that friendship between Pakistan and China is “deeper than the oceans, and higher than the mountains.” Over the years, this friendship has survived numerous geo-political and geo-strategic changes which took place at the global and regional level. During the critical stages like 1965 and 1971 wars, China wholeheartedly supported Pakistan. At the global level, China had always supported Pakistani point of view on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir, considering India as an illegal occupant of the state’s territory. Subsequent to Indo-US Strategic Partnership in 2005, Pakistan and China had signed a landmark ‘Treaty of Friendship and Co-operation’, whereby both committed themselves that “neither party will join any alliance or block which infringes upon the sovereignty, security and territorial integrity” of either nation, and “would not conclude treaties of this nature with any third party”. Pakistan and China are closely co-operating in Defence production. China has been a high-value guarantor and a reliable supplier of conventional military equipment to Pakistan like; F-7 fighters, T-85 main battle tank (ZTZ96 is its new version). China has subsidized the future construction of four frigates for the Pakistan navy. Apart from this, there is a joint production of ‘JF-17 Thunder’ aircraft between Pakistan and China which has the strategic significance for Pakistan, and is a unique example of Sino-Pak deep rooted friendship.Upon establishment of the first ever trade agreement for mutual benefit and cooperation of both countries in 1953, our bilateral trade was $10 million. In 2008, this trade reached to $7 billion. It is expected that the bilateral trade volume would reach $15 billion within the next five years. The only strategically significant deep sea Gwader port in Pakistan has been completed in a record time with the wholehearted support of China. The port is located just 150 nautical miles from the Straits of Hormuz, through which passes nearly 60 per cent of the world’s oil supplies. The port is of the great strategic value as it supplements Pakistan’s importance in the region, while allowing China to diversify and secure its crude oil import routes and simultaneously gain access to the Persian Gulf. China is in the process of linking the Central Asian Republics with the Karakoram Highway. Pakistan and China are already working for the development of Pak-China Trade Corridor along the Karakoram Highway (KKH). In this regard, the highway is being upgraded and laying of a railway track along the KKH is also in progress. This would link Gwader with its semi-autonomous region of Xinjiang through an all weather highway. The Gwader port and communication infrastructure upon completion would enable China to have an easy access with the Middle Eastern countries and its strategic presence around the Indian Ocean. In the words of Mr. Luo Zhaohui, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan, “China-Pakistan relations have become an example of harmonious coexistence between countries of different civilizations. We view our relations with Pakistan in strategic terms and from a long-term perspective. Let’s join hands and work hard to usher in a much brighter tomorrow of Sino-Pak friendship and cooperation.”In December 2010, Chinese Premier Mr. Wen Jiabao, visited Pakistan for three days. This visit is indeed of a unique significance, as it covers all aspects viz; the strategic, political and economic. During the visit, Premier Wen Jiabao made sure that he met all stakeholders in Pakistan. Rather, it was a rare mosaic of Pakistani political, religious, and territorial leadership gathering to welcome their all time friend in Islamabad. During the visit of Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, Pakistan and China concluded economic deals worth $35 billion in total. These deals include; 17 agreements, four memorandum of understanding (MoU) and a joint venture. Around (83) Chinese companies are working in Pakistan in Oil & Gas, IT & Telecom, Power Generation, Engineering, Automobiles, Infrastructure and Mining sectors. There are about 120 Chinese enterprises working in Pakistan and that under the Five-Year Programme for trade and economic cooperation, 62 projects have been identified, out of which 27 have been launched; 26 are being examined; and 12 are being reviewed. This indeed is a new record of the economic deals and agreements in the history of traditional friends. In his address with the Joint Session of the Pakistani Parliament, Chinese Premier assured Pakistan of unflinching Chinese support on the issue of Kashmir as per UN resolutions. Chinese Prime Minister, also appreciated Pakistan’s role and sacrifices, in fighting out terrorism and said: “Pakistan has paid a heavy price in combating terrorism. The fight against terrorism should not be linked with any religion or ethnic group and there should be no double standards.” Indeed, in conformity to the national interests of the peoples of both countries, this strategic partnership would promote, “peace, stability and prosperity of the region”. Otherwise, China’s foreign policy revolves around four aspects: One; at the global level, it desires to ensure strategic stability viz-a-viz other with major countries. Two; promoting peace, stability and prosperity at Asian level. Three; strengthening solidarity and cooperation with developing countries. Four; vigorously pursuing multilateral diplomacy for closer international cooperation. Despite having different social setup, ideologies and religions, Sino-Pak bilateral relationship has stood the test of time. The main feature of this closer ties is that, irrespective of the internal situation and the form of the government, “leaders of both the countries attach great importance and give personal care to the relationship”. In the wordings of the former Chinese ambassador to Pakistan, both countries in fact observe “Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence. We respect each other’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We never interfere in each other’s internal affairs. We always consult each other about major issues on an equal basis. And, we conduct cooperation to mutual benefit. There is no clash of interests between China and Pakistan.”There exists unparallel harmonization between people and both the Governments on political, diplomatic, economic and security aspects. In order to face the rapidly changing global politics, both countries need to “overcome challenges and carry forward our traditional friendship”. Sino-Pak all-weather friendship is based on complete trust, mutual understanding and convergence of views on all issues. This sentiment resounds in the psyche of our people and is passing on from generation to generation. Our relationship has evolved into a long-term strategic partnership aimed at promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the region. “Pakistan plumes the great achievements of the Chinese people which attest to the genius, wisdom and talents of the Chinese people and their sagacious leadership.”

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May 26, 2011

China to boost anti-terror cooperation with Pakistan

China to boost anti-terror cooperation with Pakistan

China said Wednesday that it will continue to step up its anti-terrorism cooperation with Pakistan. "We are willing to strengthen cooperation with Pakistan in areas such as joint training, information sharing and logistical support in order to fight terrorism," said Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng at a monthly news briefing. "Pakistan has made great contributions and sacrifices in the global war against terrorism," said the spokesman. Geng’s remarks came only days after Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani concluded an official visit to China. The prime minister’s visit, which lasted from May 17 to 20, saw him meeting with top Chinese leaders to discuss issues of common concern. During their talks in Beijing, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and his Pakistani counterpart reaffirmed their "all-weather" friendship, which has been tested by time and changes in the international situation. Wen hailed Pakistan’s contributions to the war against terrorism and urged the international community to understand and support Pakistan’s efforts to maintain domestic stability and advance its economic and social development. "Pakistan’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected," Wen said.

China to boost anti-terror cooperation with Pakistan | Pakistan | News | Newspaper | Daily | English | Online

May 24, 2011

US, Pakistan near Open War; Chinese Ultimatum warns Washington against Attack

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By Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.

China has officially put the United States on notice that Washington’s planned attack on Pakistan will be interpreted as an act of aggression against Beijing. This blunt warning represents the first known strategic ultimatum received by the United States in half a century, going back to Soviet warnings during the Berlin crisis of 1958-1961, and indicates the grave danger of general war growing out of the US-Pakistan confrontation.

“Any Attack on Pakistan Would be Construed as an Attack on China”

Responding to reports that China has asked the US to respect Pakistan’s sovereignty in the aftermath of the Bin Laden operation, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu used a May 19 press briefing to state Beijing’s categorical demand that the “sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan must be respected.” According to Pakistani diplomatic sources cited by the Times of India, China has “warned in unequivocal terms that any attack on Pakistan would be construed as an attack on China.” This ultimatum was reportedly delivered at the May 9 China-US strategic dialogue and economic talks in Washington, where the Chinese delegation was led by Vice Prime Minister Wang Qishan and State Councilor Dai Bingguo. Chinese warnings are implicitly backed up by that nation’s nuclear missiles, including an estimated 66 ICBMs, some capable of striking the United States, plus 118 intermediate-range missiles, 36 submarine-launched missiles, and numerous shorter-range systems.

Support from China is seen by regional observers as critically important for Pakistan, which is otherwise caught in a pincers between the US and India: “If US and Indian pressure continues, Pakistan can say ‘China is behind us. Don’t think we are isolated, we have a potential superpower with us,’” Talat Masood, a political analyst and retired Pakistani general, told AFP.

The Chinese ultimatum came during the visit of Pakistani Prime Minister Gilani in Beijing, during which the host government announced the transfer of 50 state-of-the-art JF-17 fighter jets to Pakistan, immediately and without cost. Before his departure, Gilani had stressed the importance of the Pakistan-China alliance, proclaiming: “We are proud to have China as our best and most trusted friend. And China will always find Pakistan standing beside it at all times….When we speak of this friendship as being taller than the Himalayas and deeper than the oceans it truly captures the essence of our relationship.” These remarks were greeted by whining from US spokesmen, including Idaho Republican Senator Risch.

The simmering strategic crisis between the United States and Pakistan exploded with full force on May 1, with the unilateral and unauthorized US commando raid alleged to have killed the phantomatic Osama bin Laden in a compound at Abottabad, a flagrant violation of Pakistan’s national sovereignty. The timing of this military stunt designed to inflame tensions between the two countries had nothing to do with any alleged Global War on Terror, and everything to do with the late March visit to Pakistan of Prince Bandar, the Saudi Arabian National Security Council chief. This visit had resulted in a de facto alliance between Islamabad and Riyadh, with Pakistan promising troops to put down any US-backed color revolution in the kingdom, while extending nuclear protection to the Saudis, thus making them less vulnerable to US extortion threats to abandon the oil-rich monarchy to the tender mercies of Tehran. A joint move by Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to break out of the US empire, whatever one may think of these regimes, would represent a fatal blow for the fading US empire in South Asia.

As for the US claims concerning the supposed Bin Laden raid of May 1, they are a mass of hopeless contradictions which changes from day to day. An analysis of this story is best left to literary critics and writers of theatrical reviews. The only solid and uncontestable fact which emerges is that Pakistan is the leading US target — thus intensifying the anti-Pakistan US policy which has been in place since Obama’s infamous December 2009 West Point speech.

Gilani: Full Force Retaliation to Defend Pakistan’s Strategic Assets

The Chinese warning to Washington came on the heels of Gilani’s statement to the Pakistan Parliament declaring: “Let no one draw any wrong conclusions. Any attack against Pakistan’s strategic assets, whether overt or covert, will find a matching response…. Pakistan reserves the right to retaliate with full force. No one should underestimate the resolve and capability of our nation and armed forces to defend our sacred homeland.” A warning of full force retaliation from a nuclear power such as Pakistan needs to be taken seriously, even by the hardened aggressors of the Obama regime.

The strategic assets Gilani is talking about are the Pakistani nuclear forces, the key to the country’s deterrent strategy against possible aggression by India, egged on by Washington in the framework of the US-India nuclear cooperation accord. The US forces in Afghanistan have not been able to conceal their extensive planning for attempts to seize or destroy Pakistan’s nuclear bombs and warheads. According to a 2009 Fox News report, “The United States has a detailed plan for infiltrating Pakistan and securing its mobile arsenal of nuclear warheads if it appears the country is about to fall under the control of the Taliban, Al Qaeda or other Islamic extremists.” This plan was developed by General Stanley McChrystal when he headed the US Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. JSOC, the force reportedly involved in the Bin Laden operation. is composed of Army Delta Force, Navy SEALs and “a high-tech special intelligence unit known as Task Force Orange.” “Small units could seize [Pakistan’s nukes], disable them, and then centralize them in a secure location,” claimed a source quoted by Fox.

Obama Has Already Approved Sneak Attack on Pakistan’s Nukes

According to the London Sunday Express, Obama has already approved an aggressive move along these lines: “US troops will be deployed in Pakistan if the nation’s nuclear installations come under threat from terrorists out to avenge the killing of Osama Bin Laden… The plan, which would be activated without President Zardari’s consent, provoked an angry reaction from Pakistan officials… Barack Obama would order troops to parachute in to protect key nuclear missile sites. These include the air force’s central Sargodha HQ, home base for nuclear-capable F-16 combat aircraft and at least 80 ballistic missiles.” According to a US official, “The plan is green lit and the President has already shown he is willing to deploy troops in Pakistan if he feels it is important for national security.”

Extreme tension over this issue highlights the brinksmanship and incalculable folly of Obama’s May 1 unilateral raid, which might easily have been interpreted by the Pakistanis as the long-awaited attack on their nuclear forces. According to the New York Times, Obama knew very well he was courting immediate shooting war with Pakistan, and “insisted that the assault force hunting down Osama bin Laden last week be large enough to fight its way out of Pakistan if confronted by hostile local police officers and troops.”

The Shooting Has Already Started

The shooting between US and Pakistani forces escalated on Tuesday May 17, when a US NATO helicopter violated Pakistani airspace in Waziristan. Pakistani forces showed heightened alert status, and opened fire immediately, with the US helicopter shooting back. Two soldiers at a Pakistani check post on the border in the Datta Khel area were wounded.

Possible Pakistani retaliation for this border incursion came in Peshawar on Friday, May 20, when a car bomb apparently targeted a 2-car US consulate convoy, but caused no American deaths or injuries. One Pakistani bystander was killed, and several wounded. In other intelligence warfare, Ary One television reported the name of the CIA station chief in Islamabad, the second top US resident spook there to have his cover blown in six months.

US Envoy Grossman Rejects Pakistani Calls To Stop Border Violations

US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman, the replacement for the late Richard Holbrooke, on May 19 arrogantly rejected Pakistani calls for guarantees that no more Abottabad-style unilateral operations would be mounted in Pakistan. In refusing to offer such assurances, Grossman claimed that Pakistani officials had never demanded respect for their border in recent years.

In the midst of this strategic crisis, India has gone ahead with inherently provocative scheduled military maneuvers targeting Pakistan. This is the “Vijayee Bhava” (Be Victorious) drill, held in the Thar desert of north Rajastan,. This atomic-biological-chemical Blitzkrieg drill involves the Second Armored Corps, “considered to be the most crucial of the Indian Army’s three principal strike formations tasked with virtually cutting Pakistan in two during a full-fledged war.”

The Nation: A CIA-RAW-Mossad Pseudo-Taliban Countergang

One way to provide the provocation needed to justify a US-Indian attack on Pakistan would be through an increase in terrorist actions attributable to the so-called Taliban. According to the mainstream Pakistani media, the CIA, the Israeli Mossad, and the Indian RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) have created their own version of the Taliban in the form of a terrorist countergang which they control and direct. According to one account, “Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operatives have infiltrated the Taliban and Al-Qaeda networks, and have created their own Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) force in order to destabilize Pakistan.” The former Punjab Regional Commander of the Pakistani Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI), retired Brigadier General Aslam Ghuman, commented: “During my visit to the US, I learned that the Israeli spy agency Mossad, in connivance with Indian agency RAW, under the direct supervision of CIA, planned to destabilize Pakistan at any cost.” Was this countergang responsible for last week’s double bombing in Waziristan, which killed 80 paramilitary police?

According to the same account, Russian intelligence “disclosed that CIA contractor Raymond Davis and his network had provided Al-Qaeda operatives with chemical, nuclear and biological weapons, so that US installations may be targeted and Pakistan be blamed….” Davis, a JSOC veteran himself, was arrested for the murder of two ISI agents, but then released by the Pakistani government after a suspicious hue and cry by the State Department.

CIA Claims The New Al Qaeda Boss Lives in Waziristan

If the US needs a further pretext for additional raids, it will also be easy to cite the alleged presence in Waziristan of Saif al-Adel, now touted by the CIA as bin Laden’s likely successor as boss of al Qaeda. It is doubtless convenient for Obama’s aggressive intentions that Saif al-Adel can be claimed to reside so close to what is now the hottest border in the world, and not in Finsbury or Flatbush.

In the wake of the unauthorized May 1 US raid, the Pakistani military chief General Kayani had issued his own warning that similar “misadventures” could not be repeated, while announcing that US personnel inside Pakistan would be sharply reduced. In the estimate of one ISI source, there are currently about 7,000 CIA operatives in country, many of them unknown to the Pakistani government. US-Pakistan intelligence sharing has reportedly been downgraded. In response to Kayani’s moves, the CIA limited hangout operation known as Wikileaks once again showed its real nature by attempting to discredit the Pakistan commander with dubious US cable reports that he had demanded more Predator drone attacks, not fewer, in recent years.

Especially since Obama’s West Point speech, the CIA has used Predator drone attacks to slaughter civilians with the goal of fomenting civil war inside Pakistan, leading to a breakup of the country along the ethnic lines of Punjab, Sind, Baluchistan, and Pushtunistan. The geopolitical goal is to destroy Pakistan’s potential to be the energy corridor between Iran and China. Selig Harrison has emerged as a top US advocate for Baluchistan succession.

Since May 1, six reported US Predator drones attacks have slain some 42 Pakistani civilians, goading public opinion into a frenzy of anti-US hatred. In response, a joint session of the Pakistani parliament voted unanimously on May 14 to demand an end to American missile strikes, calling on the government to cut NATO’s supply line to Afghanistan if the attacks should continue. Since the Karachi to Khyber Pass supply line carries as much as two thirds of the supplies needed by the Afghanistan invaders, such a cutoff would cause chaos among the NATO forces. All of this points to the inherent insanity of provoking war with the country your supply line runs through.

US Wants to Use Taliban Boss Mullah Omar Against Pakistan

The State Department dropped all preconditions for negotiating with the Taliban back in February, and the US is now reported by the Washington Post to be talking with envoys of Mullah Omar, the legendary one-eyed leader of the Quetta Shura or Taliban ruling council. It is apparent that the US is offering the Taliban an alliance against Pakistan. US regional envoy Grossman is hostile to the Pakistanis, but when it comes to the Taliban he has been nicknamed “Mr. Reconciliation.” By contrast, the US is said to be determined to assassinate the head of the Haqqani network using a Bin Laden-type raid. The Pakistanis are equally determined to keep the Haqqani as an ally.

If China stands behind Pakistan, then Russia might be said to stand behind China. Looking forward to the upcoming June 15 meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Chinese President Hu praised Sino-Russian relations as being “at an unprecedented high point,” with an “obvious strategic ingredient.” In a press conference this week, Russian President Medvedev was obliged indirectly to acknowledge that the much-hyped Obama “reset” with Russia had amounted to very little, since the US ABM missile program in Romania and the rest of eastern Europe, so obviously directed against Russia, means that the START treaty is of dubious value, thus raising the specter of a “new Cold War.” Given the NATO assault on Libya, there would be no UN resolution against Syria, said Medvedev. Putin has been right all along, and Medvedev is trying to imitate Putin to salvage some chance of remaining in power.

Are We in July 1914?

The crisis leading to World War I began with the Sarajevo assassinations of June 28, 1914, but the first major declaration of war did not occur until August 1. In the interim month of July 1914, large parts of European public opinion retreated into a dreamlike trance, an idyllic la-la land of elegiac illusion, even as the deadly crisis gathered momentum. Something similar can be seen today. Many Americans fondly imagine that the alleged death of Bin Laden marks the end of the war on terror and the Afghan War. Instead, the Bin Laden operation has clearly ushered in a new strategic emergency. Forces which had opposed the Iraq war, from MSNBC to many left liberals of the peace movement, are variously supporting Obama’s bloody aggression in Libya, or even celebrating him as a more effective warmonger than Bush-Cheney because of his supposed success at the expense of Bin Laden. In reality, if there were ever a time to mobilize to stop a new and wider war, this is it.

US, Pakistan Near Open War; Chinese Ultimatum Warns Washington Against Attack – PakTribune

May 24, 2011

Fluttering flags sing for mutual love

Fluttering flags sing for mutual love

During the Pakistani Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Pakistani flags were flying high on the Tiananmen Square, which shows the sentiments the Chinese people and the government have towards our nation and the importance they attach to their relations with Pakistan, Pakistan’s ambassador to China, Masood Khan. According to a Pakistan Embassy statement, Tiananmen Square is the world’s largest city square with a total area of 440,000 m².

He was addressing the participants of the 94th National Management Course belonging to various service groups, who called on him at the Pakistan Embassy. Ambassador Khan said that Prime Minister’s visit to Beijing and Shanghai on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China would usher in a new era of development and mutual cooperation between the two brotherly nations.

Fluttering flags sing for mutual love | Pakistan | News | Newspaper | Daily | English | Online

May 23, 2011

Connecting Pakistan with terrorism unjustified: Chinese media delegation

Pakistan is a progressive state and connecting it with the terrorism, violence and danger is unjustified, said the head of a 19-member visiting Chinese media delegation and Vice President of China Radio International, Wang Dongmei here on Sunday. Briefing the media she said: “Purpose of the tour to Pakistan is to tell the world about a true Pakistan, influenced by the western media, people in other countries always connect Pakistan with the terrorism, violence and danger. However, the truth is not always as what people think of.”

She said: “the negative side is overstated and the positive side is always overlooked. We have the mission to give a balanced perspective to the world, telling them about the real Pakistan.”
She said media delegation’s visit Pakistan was aimed to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Pakistan, China Radio International, or China International Broadcasting Network.
“The other purpose of our trip to Pakistan is to bring back what we have seen, what we have heard, what we have thought and what we have felt, especially regarding the Pakistani people’s deep friendship with the Chinese nation.”
She said: “we will show that feeling of fraternity to our people in China and around the world through the channels of multimedia.”
Information and Broadcasting Secretary, Taimur Azmat Osman on occasion said that Pakistan and China are enjoying cordial and time tested friendship.
He said China has become second largest economy of the world and still making further progress in all the fields.
He said the importance of Pakistan and China relations could be noted with the fact that after the taking over of PPP-led democratic government, president Asif Ali Zardari visited China six time.
He said that Prime Minister Gilani’s recently concluded visit to China was important as it coincided with the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Pakistan and China.
He said the recent visit of Chinese Prime Minister to Pakistan has helped further boosting the close and warm relations.
The secretary said Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr.Firdous Ashiq Awan along with a media delegation will also visit China.
Huang Xilian, Charge d’ affairs of the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan, Pakistan’s Additional Secretary of Foreign Affairs Syed Hasan Javed also spoke on the occasion.
The media delegation’s visit to Pakistan was aimed to mark the 60th anniversary of establishing diplomatic ties between China and Pakistan.
The visit was hosted by including China’s Embassy to Pakistan, with the support of China Radio International.
The year 2011 is being marked as the China-Pakistan Friendship Year, which was declared by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani during Wen’s visit to Pakistan in December 2010.
To better reflect the friendship between China and Pakistan, China Radio International has initiated “the China Pakistan River Civilization Tour,” which has been listed into the national communication project on this special occasion.
The first leg of “the China Pakistan River Civilization Tour,” starts from May 16 and concluded on May 26.
During the visit, the Chinese media delegation had the opportunity and interviewed governor of Sindh Province, Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan, and the Chief Minister of Punjab, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, who gave their view on the 60 year’s friendship between China and Pakistan.
The delegation visited the Karachi Shipyard, Haier-Ruba Industrial Zone, and Kamra Aeronautical Complex.
They have also experienced the splendid civilization in Pakistan, including the Mazar-e-Quaid in Karachi, Badshai Mosque, Lahore Fort and Lahore Museum and the Jaulian Monastery site in Taxila.

Associated Press Of Pakistan ( Pakistan’s Premier NEWS Agency ) – Connecting Pakistan with terrorism unjustified: Chinese media delegation

May 19, 2011

Attack on Pakistan will be attack on China

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China has warned in unequivocal terms that any attack on Pakistan would be construed as an attack on China. Beijing has advised Washington to respect Pakistan’s sovereignty and solidarity and this was formally conveyed to the United States at last week’s China-US strategic dialogue and economic talks.

The Chinese foreign minister, who represented his country in the talks, conveyed the Chinese feelings to the United States. Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao disclosed this during his two-hour-long formal talks with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani at the Great Hall of the People. The two prime ministers also held a 45-minute one-to-one meeting before beginning the talks with their respective delegations.

Highly-placed diplomatic sources told The News here in Beijing that the Chinese leadership was extremely forthcoming in assuring its unprecedented support to Pakistan for its national cause and security and discussed with PM Gilani all subjects of mutual interests.

The Chinese prime minister announced that the Chinese leadership was sending a special envoy to Islamabad to express solidarity with Pakistan at this crucial period in its history. The envoy, a senior level minister, will also take part in the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Sources disclosed that China had also agreed to provide Pakistan 50 new JF-17 Thunder multi-role fighter planes for its air force. The Block-58 planes would be produced in Pakistan under a co-production agreement. It is likely that the production of the planes would start in June next year and till then China will complete the supply of 50 JF-17 planes for which an agreement was signed earlier.

The two countries are also in the process of discussing the supply of J-20 Stealth and Xiaolong/FC-1 multi-purpose light fighter aircraft to Pakistan. They are discussing the mode of payment and the number of planes to be provided to Pakistan, the sources said.

The two countries have also agreed to step up work on Pakistan’s satellite currently being built in China, which would be launched into orbit on August 14. The satellite will supply multifarious data to Pakistan, the sources added.

Prime Minister Gilani has termed Pakistan-China relations and friendship as “unique”. Talking to the accompanying journalists after his talks with the Chinese premier, he said that China, besides acknowledging the contribution and sacrifices of Pakistan in the war against terrorism, had supported the country’s cause at the international level.

“China supported Pakistan’s cause on its own accord,” Gilani said with reference to the recent Sino-US strategic and economic dialogue in Washington where the Chinese side conveyed to the US that keeping in view Pakistan’s sacrifices and concerns, it should be helped and its national honour be respected. In the wake of challenges faced by Pakistan after the killing of Osama bin Laden (OBL), Premier Wen was categorical in supporting Pakistan’s stance and strategy as well as its concerns over national honour and sovereignty.

The prime minister said that China has also asked the US to work for improving its relations with Pakistan keeping in view the present scenario. Pakistan, he said, has reiterated its position on one-China policy and said Pakistan fully supports China on the issues of Taiwan and Tibet. He said both sides had agreed to continue their consultations on the UN reforms.

He said the two countries were in agreement to enhance economic and trade relations and complete all ongoing development projects in Pakistan under the five-year development programme. The prime minister said it was also decided that fast track work would be done on the second five-year programme beginning next year. It was also agreed that the dialogue on the second phase of the Free Trade Agreement would be launched soon. It was also agreed that both countries would formulate a long-term joint energy mechanism for electricity generation in Pakistan through various means, including nuclear.

To a question, the prime minister said both sides had also agreed to increase defence cooperation and China had assured Pakistan help in enhancing capacity of its armed forces. He said Pakistan’s trade with China had registered a significant increase in the last two years and efforts were being made to raise it to US$15 billion a year.

Gilani said Pakistani exports to China increased by 37 percent last year while the Chinese exports increased by 28 percent.

To a question about Pak-US relations after the Abbottabad operation, the prime minister referred to the resolution adopted by the joint sitting of parliament, and said Pakistan will revisit it relations with the United States with regard to counter-terrorism cooperation. He, however, also mentioned the recent visit of Senator John Kerry to Pakistan as well as the joint statement issued after his meetings with the Pakistani leadership and said that it was decided that Pakistan and the US will conduct joint operations if any information was received about a ‘High Value Target’ (HVT).

The prime minister said that Pakistan had the capability and capacity to defend its frontiers, adding Pakistan’s armed forces are fully vigilant and no such incident will happen in the future. He said the issue of drone attacks was also raised during the visit of Senator Kerry and Pakistan will continue its efforts to stop these attacks, which have proved to be counter-productive.

To a question, Gilani said that the political and military leadership would take a decision about a military operation in North Waziristan. No pressure would be accepted in this regard and Pakistan alone would decide on this, he added.

About the relations with other countries, the prime minister said Pakistan desires good relations with all its neighbours including India, Afghanistan and Iran.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to China Masood Khan told the media China will help Pakistan check its trade deficit and will send a special purchase mission for procurement of Pakistani goods to enhance its exports to China.

He said China will provide Pakistan over $400 million, including $100 million soft credit and a grant of 70 million RMB, for the post-flood reconstruction and development projects. He said that the ICBC (Bank of China) will open two branches in Pakistan and the National Bank of Pakistan will also open its branch in China.

Ambassador Masood Khan said that China had agreed to provide 500 scholarships to Pakistani students. Both countries have also decided to set up cultural centres in each other’s countries to promote cultural cooperation. He said China would provide treatment to 1,000 cataract patients from Pakistan.
Respect Pak sovereignty, China tells US

May 18, 2011

China, Pakistan joined in bonds of brotherhood – Chinese paper

Author: Fu Xiaoqiang.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s visit to China on May 17 is an important event of the “2011 China-Pakistan Friendship Year” and will certainly open a new chapter in China-Pakistan relations under the new international environment and historical conditions. History has proven that as neighboring countries with different ideologies, the relationship between China and Pakistan is rock-solid and timeless, and the most important reason is the solid foundation that holds together China-Pakistan relations.

First, the China-Pakistan relationship is based on mutual respect regarding core interests. China has always firmly supported Pakistan’s efforts to defend its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. It has also sincerely and selflessly helped Pakistan to achieve economic and social development.

Due to special causes in various aspects, such as historical and tribal influences, the “three forces” headed by the “East Turkistan Islamic Movement” has existed for a long time in the tribal areas at the Pakistani-Afghan border. However, China has always respected Pakistan’s sovereignty when combating the “three forces” jointly with Pakistan and understands Pakistan’s enormous sacrifices and significant contributions in the forefront of the international fight against terrorism.

Pakistan has also always supported China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in major issues related to the Taiwan region, Tibet Autonomous Region and the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Second, China and Pakistan have been working together to meet various challenges for many years. China provided great political and economic assistance to Pakistan during the Cold War and helped it build an independent economic system. Pakistan served as a bridge for the establishment of China-U.S. diplomatic relations and helped break the diplomatic isolation China once suffered.

China has provided aid to Pakistan with no strings attached. Furthermore, it has played an active role in helping Pakistan build roads, ports, energy facilities and other major infrastructure projects in hopes that the country can stand on its own feet someday. Shortly after the Wenchuan earthquake, Pakistan sent all its tents in reserve to China. The friendship between the two countries began during adversity and has demonstrated incomparable sincerity.

Third, the China-Pakistan friendship has been deeply ingrained in the peoples of both sides through frequent exchanges at all levels over the past 60 years. The Chinese people, be they top officials or ordinary citizens, can feel the friendliness of the local people when they visit Pakistan and vice versa. The Pakistani people believe that a good neighbor is a blessing, and the Chinese people also believe that a neighbor that is near is better than a brother far off. The two countries are good neighbors and good friends. Their friendship has become a firm belief and an example of the peaceful coexistence of the Chinese and Islamic civilizations.

Currently, China and Pakistan regard each other as a diplomatic cornerstone and a major supporter. The 60-year development of China-Pakistan relations shows that such brotherly and neighborly all-around relations are characterized by long-term stability, highly strategic importance and sustainability. China-Pakistan relations can advance in three major aspects in the future. The first is enormous economic and trade cooperation potential.

China has become Pakistan’s third largest trade partner, which does not match the scale of the two countries’ combined population of 1.5 billion. China will further expand its direct investments in Pakistan, participate in Pakistan’s major infrastructure and engineering projects and strive to make land transport links between the two countries more smooth in order to enable the people in the two countries to share the outcomes of economic development.

The second is the bright prospects of regional cooperation between China and Pakistan. Pakistan is a major country in South Asia and has significant influence in the Islamic world. China will cooperate with Pakistan to promote regional cooperation and jointly preserve regional stability and security in the post-anti-terrorism era.

The third is the broad space for international cooperation between Pakistan and China. China and Pakistan have common interests and a broad consensus in major international issues such as U.N. reforms, climate change as well as food and energy security. The two countries will cooperate to cope with the challenges of economic globalization and advance the world’s harmonious and sustainable development.

As all-around partners and good brothers sharing weal and woe, China and Pakistan have jointly undergone a tough and glorious journey. Looking into the future, China and Pakistan will stand together regardless of any change in regional and international situations and work together to shape a bright future for the China-Pakistan friendship.

(The author Fu Xiaoqiang is a research fellow at the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations. The article is translated by People’s Daily Online)
People’s Daily Online

May 17, 2011

Pakistan, China to ink economic, defence accords

Pakistan and China will ink accords in the areas of economy, technology and defence during Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani’s official visit to China, Pakistan’s ambassador to China Masood Khan said on Tuesday. In an exclusive interview with APP, the Ambassador said Prime Minister Gilani’s visit starting today is important both “symbolically and substantially” with the two countries arriving at a number of important pacts.

Ambassador Masood Khan said a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed between China Banking Regulatory Authority and State Bank of Pakistan.
He said Pakistan and China will sign an Agreement in economic and technical cooperation, while the specific areas will be further worked upon.
He said the two governments will sign an agreement on extending the Saindak gold and copper mining project up to year 2017, while the two countries are also expected to work out a pact in defence-related area.
He said both Prime Minister Gilani and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao will witness the signing of accords in Beijing.
The ambassador said the Prime Minister’s visit would follow a four-tier agenda having political, cultural, economic and science and technology dimensions.
He said Prime Minister Gilani has been especially invited to inaugurate the mega event of International Cultural Forum in Shanghai, in connection with the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Pak-China diplomatic relations.
He said the Forum is aimed at promoting harmony among the nations besides striving for common development.
Masood Khan said the Pakistani leadership had the honour of especially attending all major Chinese events in the past as well on the invitation of China’s leadership. He mentioned in this regard Prime Minister Gilani’s attending the Olympic Games who along with Pakistan Peoples Party’s chairperson Bilawal Zardari Bhutto also attended the Asian Games in Beijing.
He also mentioned President Asif Ali Zardari who attended the Boao Forum in 2009 and the Shanghai Expo.
The ambassador said in Beijing, the Prime Minister will hold meetings with Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao. He will interact with leading Chinese entrepreneurs besides addressing the students at China’s prestigious Peking University.
Masood Khan said Prime Minister Gilani will also visit China Academy of Space Technology and the site of China Great Wall Industry Corporation where PAKSAT-1R is being manufactured to be launched on Pakistan’s independence day on August 14 this year.

Associated Press Of Pakistan ( Pakistan’s Premier NEWS Agency ) – Pakistan, China to ink economic, defence accords

May 15, 2011

China-Pakistan alliance strengthened post-Osama

TENSIONS between the US and Pakistan over the killing of Osama bin Laden and a speedier US withdrawal from Afghanistan are likely to reinforce China and Pakistan’s already strong ties, analysts say.

When Chinese leaders welcome Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to Beijing this week, they will likely praise Sino-Pakistani ‘friendship’ over the past 60 years – a stark contrast to recent Western criticism of Islamabad.

Analysts say Mr Gilani’s visit starting on Tuesday will help Islamabad deflect mounting pressure from Washington and elsewhere, as Pakistan stands shoulder-to-shoulder with its long-time ally and neighbour.

‘China is the only country that has taken a sympathetic stand for Pakistan after the Osama operation,’ Talat Masood, a political analyst and retired Pakistani general, told AFP.

‘This visit is important in the sense that it could counter (US) pressure on Pakistan. It shows Pakistan wants to say we also have some cards to play.’ China has shown unswerving support for Pakistan since US special forces killed Osama at a compound near the country’s top military academy on May 2, sparking speculation that Islamabad may have known about his whereabouts.

Foreign ministry spokesman Jiang Yu pointed out a few days after the Al-Qaeda chief’s killing that Pakistan was nevertheless ‘at the forefront of the international counter-terrorism effort’. — AFP

China-Pakistan alliance strengthened post-Osama