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

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