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60 years of Sino-Pakistan friendship: Trade to $15 billion


60 years of Sino-Pakistan friendship: Trade to $15 billion

  • The two countries had set a target of enhancing their bilateral trade from the present US$7 billion to US$15 billion over the next two/three years.
  • The Foreign Minister said that the exchange of high level visits between the two countries being planned this year would give further momentum to this upward bilateral trajectory.
  • China had achieved tremendous improvement in its education system and Pakistan could benefit from their advancement. Accordingly, it would be useful if more and more students could get higher education in China either on the basis of scholarship or on self finance basis.
  • The Chinese Vice Foreign Minister welcomed the suggestion saying that his country would explore all possible avenues to encourage Pakistani students to come to China and benefit from their education facilities.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China will celebrate 60th anniversary of their bilateral relations next year in a befitting manner demonstrating the unique and all weather relationship between the two countries.

This understanding was reached at a meeting between Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wang Guangya on the sidelines of the 16th SAARC Summit at Thimphu, Bhutan on Wednesday.

They reiterated their mutual resolve to continue injecting further substance into Pakistan-China relations to their mutual benefit. The Chinese Vice Foreign Minister stated that Pakistan-China relations would continue to strengthen regardless of any regional or global developments.

Foreign Minister Qureshi expressing full satisfaction at his recent visit to China said that in the last two years the two countries had further augmented the interaction in all spheres of life. It was particularly encouraging to see increased activities in the economic sector.

The two countries had set a target of enhancing their bilateral trade from the present US$7 billion to US$15 billion over the next two/three years. The Foreign Minister said that the exchange of high level visits between the two countries being planned this year would give further momentum to this upward bilateral trajectory.

The Chinese Minister said that they were keenly looking forward to a working visit by President Asif Zardari to China sometime in summer this year. The Chinese Vice Foreign Minister assured that China would always be supporting Pakistan on important regional and international issues.

Appreciating Pakistan’s efforts against violent extremism Guangya said that it was incumbent upon the international community to stand by Pakistan and extend full support to it in the pursuit of its counterterrorism strategy.

The Foreign Minister said that Pakistan was looking forward to focusing especially on enhancing people-to-people contacts. In this regard, it was necessary that more and more opportunities were created for the youth of the two countries.

China had achieved tremendous improvement in its education system and Pakistan could benefit from their advancement. Accordingly, it would be useful if more and more students could get higher education in China either on the basis of scholarship or on self finance basis.

The Chinese Vice Foreign Minister welcomed the suggestion saying that his country would explore all possible avenues to encourage Pakistani students to come to China and benefit from their education facilities.

The Foreign Minister Qureshi briefed the Chinese Foreign Minister about developments in Pakistan-India relations underlining that it was imperative for the two countries to get back to the negotiating table and resolve all their bilateral disputes. The Chinese Vice Foreign Minister appreciated Pakistan’s efforts aimed at creating normal and peaceful relations with India. Pakistan, China to celebrate 60th anniversary of bilateral Ties ‘Pakistan Times’ Diplomatic Correspondent

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