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Professor Wang Jisi, Dean of International School of Studies, Peking University, called on Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi this afternoon. Professor Wang Jisi’s visit to Pakistan is part of a series of visits aimed at enabling Chinese scholars to understand Pakistan, its society and its perspectives, further developing institutional linkages between Pakistan and China and enhancing people-to-people contacts.

Welcoming the delegation, the Foreign Minister stated that Pakistan considered its relations with China as its most important bilateral relationship. Both countries enjoy complete trust, mutual understanding and convergence of views on all bilateral, regional and international issues. He emphasized the importance of enhanced people-to-people contacts to further strengthen and enhance socio-cultural ties between the two countries, and expressed satisfaction at the visits of prominent Chinese scholars from eminent universities including Peking University, Tsinghua University and think-tanks.

The Foreign Minister also expressed gratitude at the increased number of Chinese scholarships granted to Pakistani students to study in China.

Professor Wang Jisi thanked the Foreign Minister for the hospitality extended to him by the Government and the people of Pakistan. He reiterated the Foreign Minister’s sentiments about taking Pak-China relationships to new heights. He asserted that his visit had helped him develop a better understanding of Pakistan and its society, and vowed to use it to promote bilateral exchange of students and teachers and to explore and implement new ways and means to promote socio-cultural ties between the two countries.

Pakistanand China enjoy a multifaceted and multidimensional long-term strategic partnership, based on mutual respect and mutual trust. Strengthening of cooperation with China is one of the key principles guiding Pakistan’s foreign policy. Pakistan feels that China is a factor of stability in the region, and together we would continue our common endeavours for building a better future for our peoples, and promoting international peace, stability and prosperity.

05 April 2010

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