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China, Pakistan to ink agreements during president's visit: FM

07-07-2010 10:59 BJT Special Report:

BEIJING, July 6 (Xinhua) -- China and Pakistan will sign cooperation agreements in agriculture, healthcare, economy and technology sectors during Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari's upcoming visit, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said here Tuesday.

Chinese President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao and top political advisor Jia Qinglin will hold talks or meet with Zardari during his week-long working visit, which will start later Tuesday, Qin said.

They will discuss steps to bolster the traditional friendship, to promote mutual beneficial cooperation and exchange views on some international and regional issues of common concern, Qin told a regular press briefing.

China will push forward cooperation with Pakistan to combat terrorism, separatism and extremism, Qin said.

Commenting on some media reports which claimed that China is striving to balance relations with India and Pakistan, Qin said China expects good-neighborly, friendly and cooperative relations with the two south Asian neighbors.

"We are willing to make joint efforts with both India and Pakistan to promote our bilateral ties, which will benefit the peoples in the three countries and the common development and prosperity of the region," Qin said, noting China is also glad to witness improvements in Indian-Pakistani ties.

Zardari, as guest of President Hu, will visit China from July 6 to 11.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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