Premier Wen underlines China’s strong support to Pakistan
BEIJING: Premier Wen Jiabao just concluded visit to Pakistan underlined strong support from China to Pakistan in all dimensions, said Ambassador Masood Khan.
Premier Wen visit has three objectives: To consolidate and strengthen our strategic partnership, including in the defense areas; to deepen economic and trade coopera- tion; and to promote people to people contacts, and cultural ties. All three objectives were achieved, said Ambassador Masood Khan in an interview with Radio Pakistan.
"The most important part of the visit was its symbolism. China praised Pakistan for its courageous and costly fight against terrorism, appreciated its difficulties, and called on the international community to support Pakistan" said Ambassador Khan adding the message from Premier Wen Jiabao was that China's bond with Pakistan will remain as stronger as ever.
He pointed out that the two sides also signalled that their longstanding relationship, in addition to the bilateral dimension, had assumed broader regional and international implications.
"We also said that we would intensify our fight against terrorism and enhance our joint efforts in the international forums, especially in regard to the Security Council Reform", Khan observed.
The interview aired on the occasion of 3rd Anniversary of former Prime Minister Shaheed Benazir Bhuto, Ambassador Khan said, "First, on this occasion, I want to express my deepest condolences over the martyrdom of Mohtrama Benazir Bhutto. In her, we lost a great leader and a caring human being. Three years ago, a dastardly terrorist attack by terrorists deprived us of this great leader," he noted.
On 60th years celebration of diplomatic tires between the two countries, he said that next year is the Year of Pak-China Friendship.
"We will celebrate the year by exchanges of high level visits. We are working on a series of events and activities in the political, military, economic and cultural spheres that will reflect and celebrate the unique nature of our ties. There would be symbolism; there would be substance" he noted.
On role of young generation on strengthening Sino- Pak bonds of friendship, Ambassador Khan remarked "Yes, a transition is taking place. The torch of friendship between Pakistan and China is being passed on to the new generations.
The fourth generation of leadership here in China and the leaders in Pakistan are fully aware of the unique nature of Pakistan-China relationship and its strategic value to both countries." During Premier Wen Jiabao's recent visit to Pakistan, Ambassador Khan said t he t wo sides decided to enhance exchanges of delegations of one hundred young leaders, both men and women, as well as of high and middle class students so that they develop a deeper understanding of Pak-China relations and nurture them further. -PB News
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