Pak­istan-China strate­gic di­a­logue to strengthen ties

The Pak Banker - - 2national -

IS­LAM­ABAD: High-pro­file Sino-Pak strate­gic di­a­logue be­tween Chi­nese Premier Wen Ji­abao and the Pak­istani lead­er­ship will take place in third week of this month, bring­ing their mul­ti­fac­eted part­ner­ship to a new height.

Chi­nese Primer will be in Is­lam­abad on a three-day of­fi­cial visit to Pak­istan this month. "It will be a mile­stone in the his­tory of their ever-grow­ing re­la­tion­ship," diplo­matic sources said here on Sun­day.

The sources told APP that Chi­nese Premier dur­ing the visit will meet Pres­i­dent Asif Ali Zar­dari and Prime Min­is­ter Syed Yusuf Raza Gi­lani to dis­cuss wide-rang­ing topics of bi­lat­eral in­ter­est.

The fo­cus of the talks will be on the build­ing up their mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial eco­nomic part­ner­ship, and mov­ing for­ward to have greater un­der­stand­ing on the re­gional and in­ter­na­tional af­fairs.

The talks on top-level will help deep­en­ing strate­gic co­op­er­a­tion and es­tab­lish­ing a mech­a­nism for for­mal and struc­tured di­a­logue at the min­is­te­rial level to en­sure smooth and real time com­mu­ni­ca­tion on all is­sues of bi­lat­eral in­ter­est and pave way for es­tab­lish­ing con­tacts be­tween the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ships of the two coun­tries.

The present govern­ment at­tached great im­por­tance to the coun­try's decades' old time-tested and all-weather friend­ship with China. Since as­sum­ing the of­fice in Septem­ber 2008, the Pres­i­dent Asif Ali Zar­dari has vis­ited China six times. Be­sides hold­ing talks with po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship, he es­tab­lished per­sonal con­tacts with Chi­nese en­trepreneurs for deep­ing eco­nomic ties be­tween the two coun­tries.

Ac­cord­ing to the sources, hec­tic ar­range­ments were be­ing made to ac­cord a his­toric wel­come to the Chi­nese leader when he ar­rives in Is­lam­abad on De­cem­ber 17. Be­sides meet­ing Pak­istani lead­ers, he is sched­uled to ad­dress a joint sit­ting of the par­lia­ment. Ahead of the visit, China agreed to ex­tend co­op­er­a­tion in 36 devel­op­ment projects worth $13.2 bil­lion re­lated to in­dus­try, wa­ter, en­ergy, agri­cul­ture, fish­eries and com­mu­ni­ca­tion to boost eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity in flood-hit ar­eas of Pak­istan. China dur­ing the 14th ses­sion of the Pak-China Joint Com­mit­tee on Eco­nomic, Trade Sci­en­tific and Tech­ni­cal Co­op­er­a­tion (JEC) held this week has agreed to en­hance Pak­istani ex­ports to China with the lat­ter pro­vid­ing more tar­iff re­lax­ation. -App

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