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Chinese Premier Meets with Pakistani President

On April 17, 2009, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari in Sanya, south China's Hainan Province. Zardari arrived here to attend the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2009 which would be held in Boao, Hainan from April 17 to 19.

Wen said consolidation and development of China-Pakistan relations serve as a priority of China's foreign policy. As an all-weather friend of Pakistan, China is ready to offer help within its ability for the country's stability and development, and also welcomes the international community's constructive role in this regard. China is ready to work with Pakistan to safeguard regional stability and peace. The Chinese premier called on both countries to implement large-scale energy and transportation cooperation projects already signed by leaders of the two countries, and explore new ways to expand bilateral cooperation and bring more benefits to the two peoples.

Applauding China's support and help to his country, Zardari said China was a sincere friend of Pakistan. The country was devoted to promoting the long-term friendly relations with China, he said. In coping with the challenges of the global financial crisis, Pakistan hoped the two countries would increase cooperation in economy, trade, finance and security, which would help strengthen confidence of the Pakistani people in overcoming current difficulties, he said. Pakistan is to keep communication and coordination with China in regional affairs, he said.

State Councilor and Minister of Public Security Meng Jianzhu, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Minister of the National Development and Reform Commission Zhang Ping and Minister of Commerce Chen Deming attended the above meeting.

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