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Premier Wen Jiabao addresses Pakistan parliament, highlighting Sino-Pakistan friendship

12-19-2010 15:38 BJT Special Report:Premier Wen Visits India, Pakistan |

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China wants to work with Pakistan to bolster regional cooperation, promote dialogue among civilizations and uphold cultural diversity. These remarks were made as Premier Wen Jiabao delivered a speech at Pakistan's National Assembly and Senate in Islamabad on Sunday.

Premier Wen Jiabao is the first Chinese leader to address a joint sitting of Pakistan's parliament.

He opened the speech by reviewing the bilateral friendship, saying it was "full of vigor and vitality". Premier Wen says the deep and sound relationship has stood the test of time, and overcome all challenges.

China and Pakistan have experienced some natural disasters in recent years, such as the Wenchuan earthquake in China's Sichuan Province and this year's flooding in Pakistan. In such situations, both countries have made significant contributions to emergency and reconstruction efforts, cementing the relationship.

The Chinese Premier called for deeper practical cooperation in all fields.

China wants to work with Pakistan to bolster regional cooperation, promote dialogue
among civilizations and uphold cultural diversity. These remarks were made as Premier
Wen Jiabao delivered a speech at Pakistan's National Assembly and Senate in Islamabad
on Sunday.

Wen Jiabao said, "China will take an active part in Pakistan's post-disaster reconstruction, and honor our commitments in good faith. We support Pakistan's endeavor to develop itself through expanded international trade and investment. We stand ready to advance cooperation with you in energy, transport and infrastructure."

During his speech, Premier Wen also showed his firm belief in people-to-people, and cultural exchanges.

Wen Jiabao said, "Next year has been designated the Year of China-Pakistan Friendship. It will be marked by a number of exchange activities. China will provide 500 government scholarships to Pakistan over the next three years. Next year, 100 Pakistani high school students will be invited to participate in the Chinese Bridge Summer Camp. We would like to see more Pakistani young people visiting and studying in China."

At the end of his speech, Premier Wen Jiabao pointed out that the two countries have common interests, and hold a broad consensus on major international issues. He called for joint efforts to meet challenges, and promote global stability and harmony.


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