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China, Pakistan ink six deals, pledge joint fight on terrorism

07-08-2010 10:52 BJT

BEIJING, July 7 (Xinhua) -- China and Pakistan signed six deals in Beijing on Wednesday, and pledged to make joint efforts to fight terrorism.

Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) meets with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, on July 7, 2010.(Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)
Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) meets with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari at 
the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, on July 7, 2010.(Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)

Chinese President Hu Jintao and visiting Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari witnessed the signing of the six deals, which cover areas such as agriculture, healthcare, justice, media, economy and technology.

During the two-hour-long talks before the signing ceremony, Hu and Zardari also vowed to jointly fight the "three forces" of extremism, separatism and terrorism.

China and Pakistan are both victims of terrorism, the anti-terror cooperation between the two countries on fighting the "three forces" complies with the interests of both peoples and is conducive to peace, stability, security in the region, said Hu.

Echoing Hu's remarks, Zardari said Pakistan and China would work together to combat the "three forces" so to jointly safeguard peace and stability in the region.

As a sign of closer cooperation on fighting terrorism between the neighbors, currently a joint anti-terrorism drill, code-named "Friendship-2010," is being held between China and Pakistan's armed forces in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

On trade cooperation, Hu said China would explore new ways to cooperate as well as cement cooperation between the two countries in such areas as energy, transportation, telecommunication, infrastructure and agriculture.

The 60th anniversary of the establishment of China-Pakistan diplomatic ties falls in 2011 and the two countries should prepare early for the celebrations, said Hu.

Hu appreciated the efforts the Pakistani government had made to safeguard the security of Chinese nationals and organizations in Pakistan.

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