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(2011-02-24)

H. E. Mr. Ai Ping, Vice Minister of the International Department, Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) called on Ms. Hina Rabani Khar, Minister of State for Foreign Affaires at the Foreign Office on 22 February 2011. They discussed issues pertaining to bilateral relations, regional and global issues of mutual interest.

Welcoming the delegation, the Minister of State stated that Pakistan considered its relations with China as its most important bilateral relationship, with both countries enjoying complete trust and convergence of views on all bilateral, regional and international issues. She appreciated the frequent exchanges of visits between the two countries at various levels. Pakistan supports ‘One China’ Policy. She thanked China for its support to Pakistan’s economic development and remarked that the two countries should further consolidate economic partnership. She highlighted the importance of Chinese investments in Pakistan’s mega strategic projects.

The Vice Minister stated that Pakistan and China were close and all weather friends and remarked that the two countries may enhance this unique relationship through frequent people to people interactions and public diplomacy. During his visit, he had interaction with various political parties and participated in an opening ceremony of Chinese language classes in the Roots School System in Pakistan.

Pakistan and China enjoy a multifaceted and multidimensional strategic partnership, based on mutual trust and mutuality of interests. Strengthening of cooperation with China is one of the key principles guiding Pakistan’s foreign policy.
The two countries have declared 2011 as the Friendship Year. A comprehensive Action Plan to celebrate the Friendship year has been chalked out, focusing on wider interaction between the two countries’ leadership and the people through joint activities and exchanges.

Islamabad
24 February 2011

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