Islamabad: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani while addressing the Chinese students who called on him at the PM’s House today said, “relations between China and Pakistan are higher than mountains, deeper than sea and sweeter than honey”.
The Prime Minister called upon the need to have high level exchanges of parliamentarians, youth and students, cultural exchange between the two countries.
The Prime Minister extended the delegation warm welcome to Pakistan. He said that the visit would help the delegates understand Pakistan better and give them an opportunity to feel the warmth of the close relations that exist between our two countries.
The Prime Minister said that Pakistan and China enjoyed complete trust and conversion of views on all bilateral and international issues. He further said that relations with China remained the cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy. “I have visited your great country four times. My last visit to China in May 2011 was extremely constructive”, he added.
The Prime Minister said that Pakistan-China friendship was based upon mutual trust and respect and was all weather and time tested. The Year of Friendship (2011) had been a resounding success. A number of events were held to celebrate the year in a befitting manner, he stated.
He said that the secret of this friendship was love and affinity between the peoples of our two countries. It really touched me and the people of Pakistan when a team of doctors from China treated our cataract patients under the Friendship Bringing Light Tour last month, the Prime Minister added.
The Prime Minister said that we were also thankful for the generous Chinese assistance for our economic development and for recovery and reconstruction of flood affected areas. He said that we were grateful for China’s steadfast support to Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The Prime Minister said that over the past six decades, friendship between our two countries had grown in strength and expanded to a large number of areas. He resolved that we were committed to enhancing people to people interaction and developing cultural contracts.
He said it was important to establish close links between our universities and academia and encourage student exchanges. “I wish to acknowledge the excellent work being done by our Pakistan Study Centre in the Tsinghua University under the table guidance of Professor Li Xiguang”, the Prime Minister held.
The Prime Minister said that interaction between our intelligentsia, journalists and youth needed to be further strengthened so that the good-will between our two peoples continued to flourish. He said that we were making efforts to increase the number of Pakistani students in China. He also welcomed the Chinese students to pursue their studies in Pakistan.
The Prime Minister said that it was important to promote people to people contact, in particular exchange of youth delegations that would help our friendship trickle down to younger generation. “I reiterate Pakistan’s full support to China’s core issues including China’s position on Taiwan, Tibet and Xinjiang”, he stated.
The Prime Minister said that Pakistan was firmly opposed to any attempts to undermine China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The delegates of China while responding to the views of the Prime Minister said that they were extremely happy to be in Pakistan. They visited Taxila Museum where they were excited to see different artifacts of ancient Chinese civilization.
The head of the Chinese delegates said that they would be very happy to invite the Prime Minister to address Pakistan-China Study Centre in Beijing University. He said that they were also establishing Pakistan-China Think Tank which would focus on the various dimensions of the relations between the two countries keeping in view the regional and international perspective.
The meeting was also attended by Minister for Professional and Technical Training Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Chairman, HEC, Secretary Ministry of Professional and Technical Training, Rectors NUST University and COMSAT University and other senior officers.
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