Pakistan-China strategic dialogue to strengthen ties
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