Latest News/China: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Monday expressed their resolve to further strengthen bilateral ties in economic, defence and energy sectors for the mutual benefit of two countries.
The two leaders, who met on the sidelines of summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organization, here discussed whole gamut of strategic and economic cooperation between their countries. They discussed the matters relating to agriculture, power generation and finance besides reviewing progress on Sino-Pak bilateral ties.
The meeting scheduled for 40 minutes lasted for more than an hour.
Chinese Premier Wen reiterated his government’s support for Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. He underscored the importance of time-tested strategic partnership between China and Pakistan, an official privy to the meeting told APP.
He expressed appreciation for Pakistan’s role in fight against terrorism and extremism and called for greater international recognition of its efforts and sacrifices in this regard.
Wen also commended Pakistan government’s principle stand to safeguard its sovereignty without bending to undue pressure.
He said China supports Afghanistan’s stability and security because it has bearings on regional stability and security.
It is for this reason that China supports political reconciliation process with Afghanistan’s ownership, he added.
He said Pakistan applauds China’s active role in Shanghai Cooperation Organization and its support for Pakistan’s full membership.
He said that mega projects like Gwadar, Korakorum Highway, Heavy Mechanical Complex and Neelum Jhelum Hydro-electric plant are being completed with China’s assistance.
He said Pakistan was grateful for the on-going cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear technology.
Prime Minister Gilani sought investment by Chinese companies in Pakistan’s various areas and stressed the need for making efforts to realize full potential of bilateral trade.