Archive for September, 2011

September 28, 2011

China Extends:Full Support to Sovereignty, Territorial Integrity of Pakistan

China on Tuesday categorically extended full support to Pakistan’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and vowed to work with it for progress and peace in the region and the world.

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani who met the Deputy Premier of China Meng Jianzhu here at the PM House termed China as its close friend.“Your friends are our friends, your enemies are our enemies and your security is our security,” Prime Minister Gilani said and added the two countries together can progress and prosper and bring the dividends of development to their people.

The Chinese Vice Premier Meng Jianzhu said the relations between the two countries have been nurtured through generations and expressed the resolve to follow the legacy. He said 2011 marks the 60th anniversary of establishment of Pakistan-China diplomatic relations and the history has proven that both the countries are friend indeed, he said.

The Vice Premier termed his meeting with the President and the military leadership as “very meaningful and productive” and said the Chinese Foreign Ministry will issue a statement supporting Pakistan’s efforts to uphold its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.

Prime Minister thanked China for a categorical statement extending support to Pakistan when it needs the most.

The Prime Minister referred to the existing multi-dimensional co-operation between the two countries in various sectors like economy, agriculture, infrastructure, energy and culture. He said that Information Technology and its exports from Pakistan to China have earned widespread recognition in China, and Pakistani IT companies were doing a booming business.

The Prime Minister particularly mentioned the co-operation between the two countries in the fields of terrorism, intelligence sharing and anti-narcotics. “We will co-operate with you to the extent you want us to co-operate,” assured Prime Minister Gilani.

Prime Minister Gilani also commended the Chinese assistance in the aftermath of earthquake, Attabad lake crisis, rehabilitation of the IDPs of Swat and Malakand, floods last year and now to cope with the devastating rains in Sindh that have inundated vast areas of the province and destroyed cotton and sugarcane crops. The Prime Minister quoted his speech on the floor of House in which he said, “Pak-China Friendship is higher than mountains, deeper than oceans, stronger than steel and sweeter than honey.”

He also referred to the visit of the Chinese Premier last year when he addressed the Parliament leaving a memorable impact on the people of Pakistan and the parliamentarians. The Prime Minister said he had an excellent visit to China in May this year and held very useful meetings with Chinese President and the Prime Minister on wide range of issues including trade, communication, culture, defense and terrorism.

Gilani underscored the need to undertake exchange of visits of parliamentarians to learn from each other’s experiences and also to enhance contacts at the peoples level. Chinese Deputy Prime Minister said Pakistan was the only country enjoying all-weather friendshipwith China. Gilani extended his best wishes to the President and the Prime Minister of China.

China Extends:
Full Support to Sovereignty, Territorial Integrity of Pakistan

September 27, 2011

China shows its muscle


In an unambiguous message to the US not to commit the folly of attacking Pakistan, Chinese Vice Prime Minister Meng Jianzhu arrived in Islamabad yesterday as a show of support to the country. While talking to media he did not mince his words when he promised that China will not leave Pakistan in the lurch. Another important thing to note is that by sending a person of Mr Jianzhu’s stature, who is expected to become the country’s next Premier, Beijing has accorded us the highest level of support on the diplomatic front. The visit constitutes a stern warning to the US to stay within its limits. There is strong reason to believe that the US as a consequence will reconsider its approach towards Islamabad and would most probably be forced to put an end to its sabre-rattling. It is clear that it cannot afford to flirt with the idea of taking on a country like Pakistan that has the all-out support of China especially at a time when its military is badly bogged down in Afghanistan.

China is now willing to confront the US merely to protect us, which again confirms that it is our time-tested and all-weather friend even though in the recent past the Musharraf regime tried to lick Uncle Sam’s boots at the cost of relations with Beijing. That China has helped us in the nuclear field and its military cooperation manifested in the production of JF-17 Thunder jet has considerably strengthened our defence. Indeed the scope of mutual cooperation is vast to say the least. But still it is a shame that our leadership tends to look up to the US drooling over its aid largesse, which definitely means it is self-centred and corrupt. It is now finally time for our political parties, military top brass as well as foreign policy circles to realise that our survival in the present day world is linked to our friendship with China rather than the US that has invariably used every opportunity to stab us in the back.

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September 27, 2011

China stands by Pakistan

China stands by Pakistan

Chinese vice premier Meng Jianzhu held a string of meetings with Pakistan’s military and civilian leadership and affirmed his country’s unflinching support to Pakistan at all times, and the two countries signed a number of economic and technical cooperation agreements.
Though, the Chinese vice premier’s visit was pre-scheduled and part of Pak-China decision to celebrate 2011 as Pak-China Friendship Year, the recent strain in Pak-US ties has made it more significant. It is now being viewed as an important display of Chinese support for Pakistan.
Meng Jianzhu separately met Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Khalid Shameem Wynne on Monday and discussed with them the emerging security situation in the region and the fight against terrorism.
In his meeting with Gen Kayani both leaders discussed the US allegations levelled against Pakistan and the security threats issued to the country. The Chinese premiere lauded Pakistan at its exemplary sacrifices in the war against terror and assured his country’s continued help to her eternal friend.
He discussed with Gen Wynne the emerging geostrategic situation and other matters of mutual interest. CJCSC highlighted the converging interest of Pakistan and China, both in security and economic arenas.
Earlier, the Chinese dignitary who arrived on a two-day state visit was accorded a warm welcome by Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Pakistan’s ambassador to China Masood Khan and other officials at Chaklala Airbase. In his brief talk at the airport, the Chinese vice premier said that China has always stood by Pakistan and it will help her friend in every hour of need. He said that the two countries have been working together for the peace and stability of region and this exemplary cooperation will continue forever.
Meng Jianzhu said that he was proud of the unprecedented Pak-China friendship that has passed all tests and trials, and it will continue to get stronger in the future. He said the people of Chain and Pakistan are eternal friends and the cooperation of the two countries at state level was a reflection of this time-tested friendship and trust. To a question, he said it was not time to discuss US threats but to take the Sino-Pak bilateral cooperation to new heights.
Rehman Malik thanked the Chinese vice premiere over unconditional support of China to Pakistan through all her difficult times and hoped the relationship will get even more stronger by the Chinese dignitary’s visit. He also thanked for China’s timely help to meet the challenges presented by the floods this year and the last year.
Pakistan, who enjoys warm friendship with China, is being pressured by Washington to launch offensive against suspected militant elements in North Waziristan tribal agency. Recently, the US officials publicly accused Pakistan and its intelligence agency of supporting Taliban’s Haqqani network. Pakistan has denied the accusations and called them as unfortunate.
A foreign ministry official said the visit has a symbolic as well as substantial value and it will definitely send a message across the Atlantic. He described the tour as a big relief for Pakistan. However, a ministry spokesperson downplayed the notion and said that the visit was pre-scheduled in the context of the 60th anniversary of Sino-Pak friendship.
Latter at night, Pakistan and China signed a number of agreements related to economic and technical cooperation, relief goods, emergency humanitarian assistance and rehabilitation of some damaged parts of national highways networks at a special ceremony in Aiwan-e-Sadr. The ceremony was witnessed by the Chinese Vice Premier Meng Jianzhu, President Asif Ali Zardari, federal ministers, Punjab governor, Gilgat-Baltistan chief minister and members of the visiting Chinese delegation.
The agreements involving $250 million of Chinese assistance were signed soon after the meeting between the Chinese vice premier and President Ali Zardari.
Spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar said that in two rounds of talks at the Presidency matters concerning Pak-China relations, mutual cooperation, regional situation, fight against militancy and recent devastation caused by heavy rains in Sindh came under discussion.
Those present during the delegation-level meeting included Ambassador Liu Jian, Deputy Secretary General of the State Council Wang Yongqing, Vice Minister Zhou Qing, Assistant Minister Chneg Guoping and Li Wei, DG MFA and former ambassador Mr Luo Zhaohui and other senior officials.
From Pakistani side Federal Minister for Interior Rehman Malik, Syed Naveed Qamar, Governor Gilgit-Baltistan, Secretary General Salman Faruqui, BISP Chairperson Farzana Raja, Gilgit-Baltistan CM Syed Mehdi Shah, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir, Pakistan Ambassador in China Masood Khan and other senior officials.
He said that the Chinese leader reaffirmed China’s continued support to Pakistan in its fight against militancy and promotion of regional peace and stability. The president thanked China for its support to Pakistan on the issues of all major concern to the country and its people.
The President said that Pakistan at present was passing through a critical phase as it was battling to purge the curses of militant mindset, to reconstruct the damaged infrastructure and rehabilitate the devastated people who lost everything due to successive natural calamities.
He said that in these peculiar circumstances when the country was grappling with many challenges simultaneously, Chinese assistance has been most welcome in stabilising the situation.
The president thanked the Chinese government for sending a consignment of 7,000 tents. He said that the displaced people required hundreds of thousands of tents and Pakistan looked forward to China’s assistance in the areas of shelter and health.
Regional situation was also discussed during the meeting. The President said that Pakistan greatly appreciated China’s support to Pakistan on all issues of its major concern. He said that Chinese role – being a source of stability for the region – was very important to write a new era of peace and stability in the region.
Meng Jianzhu thanked the president for the warm welcome extended to him and his delegation and assured continued Chinese support to Pakistan on all issues.
Later, the President also hosted a dinner for the Chinese dignitary and his delegation that was also attended by some federal ministers and senior officials.

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September 26, 2011

Amid war clouds, Chinese vice prime minister arrives in Islamabad

Vice Prime Minister of China Meng Jianzhou has arrived in Islamabad on a two day visit to Pakistan.

Jianzhou will meet President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and the political and military leadership during his visit.

The talks will focus on bilateral relations, the regional situation and matters of mutual interest.

Jianzhou was received at the airport by Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Pakistan’s Ambassador to China Masood Khan.

Saudi, Chinese and Pakistani intelligence officials to meet in Islamabad

A trilateral meeting between intelligence officials from Saudi Arabia, China and Pakistan will held in Islamabad today, Express 24/7 reported.

The trilateral meeting between officials will focus on United States (US) allegations against Pakistan and the future course of action in this regard.

Earlier, Director-general (DG) ISI Lt General Ahmad Shuja Pasha met Saudi officials at Chaklala base.

Sources said Saudi officials had conveyed a positive signal of considerable support to ISI officials during the meeting.

Updated from print version (below)

Looking east: Islamabad takes heart from Chinese leader’s visit

Pakistan’s diplomatic efforts to counter growing American pressure might get a rare boost when Chinese Vice Prime Minister Meng Jianzhu arrives in Islamabad on Monday to discuss regional security, officials said.

“The visit (by the Chinese leader) has a symbolic as well as substantial value … it will definitely send a message across the Atlantic,” an official at the foreign ministry said, describing the tour as a big relief for Pakistan.

A spokesperson for the ministry, however, apparently made an attempt to downplay the trip, saying it was prescheduled and in the context of the 60th anniversary of Sino-Pak friendship.

(Read: Pakistan-China relations)

“It is a very important visit … but it doesn’t have to do anything with other developments taking place in the region,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Tehmina Janjua told The Express Tribune.

She said Meng, who also holds the portfolio of state security, would be meeting President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and other functionaries.

Officials said the Chinese vice premier is also scheduled to meet military chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Director-General of the Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) Lt-Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha.

At a news conference on Monday, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the visiting Chinese leader, who is his counterpart as well, is coming to Pakistan on an invitation extended by him and that the two will be meeting.

Malik said talks between him and Meng would focus on those Chinese separatists who were arrested by Pakistani law enforcers and handed over to authorities in Beijing.

Officials said China had assured Pakistan of diplomatic and economic support in case the US kept piling up pressure on Islamabad for its alleged inaction against the Haqqani network, a group of Afghan militants allegedly based in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region.

“Short of physical intervention, they (Chinese) are willing to stand by Pakistan by all means,” said General (retd) Hamid Gul, a former head of ISI who returned from a week-long visit to China over the weekend.

Experts say the support from China or lack of it would determine how well Pakistan can hold its nerves together in the face of mounting US pressure in the run-up to the Afghan endgame.

Meng is also likely to take part in some ceremonies scheduled to be held in connection with the 60th anniversary of Pakistan-China friendship and will be meeting heads of various political parties.

Chinese vice prime minister arrives in Islamabad – The Express Tribune

September 23, 2011

China sends 7000 flood relief tents to Pakistan

The first batch of Chinese assistance with 7000 tents to Pakistan has arrived in Karachi by air plane in early morning on Friday.

After parts of Pakistan hit by floods this year, the Chinese government decided to provide an emergency humanitarian aid worth 30 million yuan (about 4.7 million U.S. dollars) to the Pakistani government.

The assistance mainly consisted of 7000 tents, a total of nine aircraft sorties, delivered in two batches. The second batch will be delivered to Pakistan on Sept. 24.

China is one of the first countries which announced and implemented to provide relief aid to Pakistan after the flood.

China’s relief tents arrived in Pakistan

September 22, 2011

Fast attack craft missile launched by Pakistan and China

Fast attack craft missile launched

First Fast Attack Craft (Missile) (Designate PNS Azmat) was launched On Tuesday at Xingang Shipyard, China, in an impressive ceremony.

Admiral Noman Bashir, Chief of the Naval Staff, was the chief guest on the occasion, says a press release issued here. He, while addressing the ceremony, marked the launching of Fast Attack Craft (Missile) as yet another pinnacle of this project, demonstrating untiring and total commitment of all involved. Acknowledging the efforts of Chinese engineers and technicians for construction of FAC (M), the chief guest congratulated China State Shipbuilding Company (CSOC), Xingang Shipyard for their full cooperation & commitment in launching the craft as per schedule and remarked that the occasion was yet another example of unique Pak-China relations which do not draw any parallel in the world.

The Naval Chief added that this project of missile craft construction represented a quantum leap not only in the defence production in maritime sector of Pakistan but also addresses a longstanding operational requirement of Pakistan Navy. The collaboration in this project will hopefully open new avenues of cooperation which will be yet another milestone in defence cooperation between China and Pakistan.

He emphasised that induction of missile craft would not only supplement Pakistan’s combat potential but would also afford Pakistan Navy the opportunity to distinctly uphold its forward presence in area of interest, contributing to balance the power equation in the region. Launching ceremony was attended by President CSOC, senior leadership/management of CSOC and Xingang Shipyard, ambassador of Pakistan.

September 6, 2011

Pakistan and China to set up media university

Pakistan and China here Monday agreed in principle for establishing Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Institute for Media Sciences in Islamabad.

The consensus was reached when Federal Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan held detailed discussions with the Chinese education minister. The two leaders discussed the proposed MoU for establishing Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Institute for Media Sciences. This will be the first phase of establishment of the university to expedite the process to finalise the MoU. Both sides appointed focal persons at the meeting.

The information minister was informed that China was ready to offer maximum number of scholarships to the students of mass communications and media professionals for PhD courses.

Dr Awan informed the Chinese minister that about 80 private TV channels were functioning in Pakistan where over 5,000 personnel were serving in various capacities. She added that most of these staffers before joining their new assignments were working in print media, therefore, they lacked exposure of electronic media. Dr Awan said that her ministry had chalked out a comprehensive programme for their capacity-building by holding various courses. The minister said during her meeting with her Chinese counterpart Wang Chen in Urumqi, they reached consensus to have a uniform media policy for the benefit of the regional countries.

The Chinese minister appreciated the efforts of Dr Awan for establishment of the university and said his government always encouraged Pakistan in various fields.

September 5, 2011

Chinese language compulsory in Pakistan’s Sindh schools from 2013

The Sindh government, on Sunday, decided to start teaching of Chinese-language as a compulsory subject from class six in all government schools from the year 2013.

The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah at his Secretariat. Senior Minister for Education Pir Mazharul Haq, the president’s Secretary Salman Farooqui, Provincial Education Secretary Muhammad Siddique Memon and other senior officials of the education department were also present.

The meeting decided to give incentives through awarding scholarships for higher education, extra marks and opportunities in foreign visits for education and skill trainings in foreign countries for those students who would pass Chinese subjects till matriculation and higher classes.

The meeting further decided that learning of Chinese-language would also be made compulsory in the Cadet College, Petaro, from class six and above.

Nevertheless, the chief minister ordered the officials concerned to finalise the rules of business, curriculum and other compulsory procedures for the teaching of Chinese-language subjects in schools.

In this regard, the Sindh Education Department’s Bureau of Curriculum will approve a policy soon. Official statement issued from the CM’s Secretariat stated that making teaching of Chinese-language subject compulsory was aimed to promote Chinese-language in the country because China and Pakistan had long-lasting cultural and economic relations.

It is reported that President Zardari’s daughter Aseefa Bhutto has been planning to study Chinese in China after graduating from college. President Zardari has always laid emphasis on learning from China’s great civilisation and skills.

Meanwhile, the chief minister of told the meeting that the friendship of China and Pakistan, which was planted by Quaid-e-Awam Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, would further flourish with the Sindh government’s decision of starting teaching of Chinese-language in schools.

Sources said that the provincial government also decided to award scholarships to educated people of Sindh for learning Chinese-language from educational institutions in China. Afterwards, these people would act as master trainers to teach the language in the province.

The provincial government would also invite applications from young educationists of the province to apply for learning of Chinese language abroad through advertisement.

China awards academic scholarships to large number of Pakistani students for learning of Chinese-language.

The sources said that decision to start Chinese teaching in schools was made on the directives of President Zardari.

September 4, 2011

Pakistan and China to continue efforts against terrorism


巴基斯坦联邦部长的信息和广播博士Firdous Ashiq阿万周五表示,该国将继续密切的情报共享和与中国的合作,以打击在其连接的地区的恐怖主义活动。
“(恐怖主义组织)不断改变自己的战略和行动,”阿万说。 “因此,我们必须密切合作,也改变我们的行动,并且只能通过密切协调和相互理解。”
中国有严格的安全提前世博会 – 根据一个高层官员的乌鲁木齐市,朱海伦市 – 警方曾挫败了分裂主义和宗教极端分子多次试图破坏公平。



,“她说:”由于拉登的问题,建立一些沟通的桥梁。 “但随着时间的推移这些关系向前发展,并记住我们的国家利益,并没有我们之间的僵局。”
阿万说:“包括美国在内的国际社会必须尊重,巴基斯坦已经作出了牺牲,”。 “我们希望为那些牺牲的承认。”

Pakistan’s Federal Minister of Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan said Friday the country will continue close intelligence sharing and collaboration with China to counter terrorism activities in their connected regions.

Awan met with the media in the Pakistani embassy in Beijing after returning from Urumqi, where she joined Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and four other ministers at the new China-Eurasia Expo.

"(The terrorism organizations) keep on changing their strategies and actions," Awan said. "So we must work in close collaboration and also change our actions, and that can only be done through close coordination and mutual understanding."

China had tightened security ahead of the expo and – according to a top official of Urumqi, Zhu Hailun – police had thwarted several attempts by separatists and religious extremists to sabotage the fair.

Still, Awan said she enjoyed the reception at Urumqi and was glad for the cordial feelings locals had towards Pakistan. At the expo, she held meaningful exchanges with China and other attending leaders. As Pakistan’s top press official, Awan held exchanges on the ways "media can be one of the marketing tools to promote bilateral economic ties and create investment opportunities."

In addition, the minister said Pakistan is working out an agreement with China to exchange TV programs between CCTV and Pakistani networks, which will include dramas, art movies and youth programs.


Although Awan has been in China three times before, this time is her first as Pakistan’s head press official. She said it is a difficult job to take care of her words as they represent governmental policies.

Speaking on its behalf, Awan repeated her president’s main goals in attending the Xinjiang expo, in which Pakistan hopes to strengthen exchanges with China in energy, agriculture, road connectivity and infrastructure.

"Such initiatives still need to be explored about how we can offer our own land as one of the energy corridors for the Eurasia countries including Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Pakistan," Awan said.

She said potential initiatives include the new cross-border railway and the rebuilding of the Karakoram Highway, or the revival of the Silk Road. Awan said that with China’s focus of new opening-up policies in its western provinces, Xinjiang can become a future economic hub for Central Asia. Pakistan, therefore, should "really seize the opportunity as one of its closest neighbors and partners to strengthen economic ties with the province."

At the meeting with Beijing media, Awan also addressed concerns of Pakistan’s recent diplomatic woes with the United States.

"Some communication gap was created due to Bin Ladin’s issue," she said. "But with time those relations are moving forward and keeping in mind our national interests, and there is no deadlock between us."

Awan said the war on terror is not only in the interest of the U.S. and other parts of the world; it is also in the interest of Pakistan. She said Pakistan wants to protect its people as well as the world, but "not at the cost of our own security."

"The international community including the U.S. must respect the sacrifices that Pakistan has made," Awan said. "We want recognition for those sacrifices."

The minister added that the media has the power to help promote the real image of Pakistan and Islam.

"Islam has nothing to do with bloodshed. It is against extremism and terrorism," Awan said. "And the media can help dispel the image and perception that Pakistan is a terrorist country."