Premier Wen un­der­lines China’s strong sup­port to Pak­istan

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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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