|Pakistan-China ties growing exponentially; Raja Pervez Ashraf
Friday, 06 July 2012 20:33:30
Pakistan-China ties growing exponentially; Raja Pervez Ashraf
ISLAMABAD, July 6 (APP): Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf
Friday said Pak-China relations had been growing exponentially since
the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Talking to Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Liu Jian who called
on him here at the PM House, the Prime Minister noted the increasing
cooperation in commerce, banking, trade, agriculture, energy and
defence and said these ties were on an upward trajectory.
The Prime Minister said the opening of ICBC bank's branches in
Karachi and Islamabad and the currency swap mechanism would further
boost trade and investment between Pakistan and China.
The Prime Minister said there was no phrase, which could
define the depth of ties between the two countries and said the
Chinese can find love and affection across the country.
The Prime Minister said that Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was
the pioneer of building friendship between the two countries and
Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto took these relations to new heights.
The Prime Minister also referred to the growing relations
between the PPP and the Communist Party of China and also mentioned
his visit when he accompanied Chairman PPP, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari,
to China, where he met the CPC leaders.
A statement from the PM House said the Prime Minister lauded
the consistent stance of the Chinese government on Pakistan's
territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence. He said China
was the first country that extended unflinching support to
Pakistan after the May incident last year.
The Prime Minister supported China's position on Tibet, Taiwan
and Xinjiang province, adding that Pakistan would leave no stone
unturned in combating and defeating Eastern Turkestan Islamic
The Prime Minister thanked the people and government of China
for their timely and generous assistance during the natural
calamities in Pakistan.
The Prime Minister said bilateral relations between the two
countries would continue to grow with every passing day and assume
new dimensions of mutual cooperation and strategic partnership.
The Prime Minister assured the Ambassador that fool-proof
security was being provided to the Chinese professionals working in
Pakistan and that he had already issued instructions in this regard
to the law enforcement agencies.
The Chinese ambassador congratulated the Prime Minister on
behalf of the people and government of China on assuming the office
of the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
The Ambassador thanked the Prime Minister and said that
Pakistan and China were `partners, neighbours, friends and brothers'.
The Ambassador said the Chinese government deeply appreciates
the support of Pakistan, which was indeed very valuable.
The Ambassador extended an invitation to the Prime Minister to
visit China later this year. The Prime Minister accepted the
invitation of the visit, which would be undertaken on a mutually
The Prime Minister asked the Ambassador to convey his best
wishes and highest regards to the President and the Prime Minister