Prime Minister Gilani recently held a meeting with Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo, during the latter’s visit to mark 60 years of diplomatic relations between China and Pakistan. Dai noted the significant efforts and sacrifices made by Pakistan in the campaign against international terrorism and reiterated China’s support and cooperation with Pakistan as it aims to install peace and stability in neighboring Afghanistan. Dai stated that China strongly supported and respected Pakistan’s national sovereignty, independence, stability, economic development, improving the life of its citizens, maintaining and creating a good external environment and playing a greater and positive role in regional affairs.
The Chinese State Councilor reiterated his government’s dedication to a strategic partnership between China and Pakistan and called for enhanced cooperation in strategic communication and deepening practical cooperation in all fields including infrastructure, agriculture reconstruction and energy, expanding people-to-people interaction through cultural exchanges and security cooperation.
Gilani described China as an all-weather friend and noted that mutual respect and cooperation with China was the cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy. Prime Minister Gilani stated that both countries share a convergence of views on topics of bilateral, regional and international issues and thanked China for its support during critical moments in Pakistan’s history.
Efforts to increase economic cooperation through investments in railways and large- scale projects including hydropower stations were also discussed. The two overlooked a currency swap agreement between the Bank of China and the State Bank of Pakistan and a supplementary agreement detailing a five-year development program on trade and economic cooperation between the governments of the two countries.