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Pakistan, China agree to further enhance relations in various fields
2007/12/13

ISLAMABAD, Dec 12 (APP): Pakistan and China Wednesday agreed to further enhance their bilateral relations and resolved to take additional steps to strengthen their cooperative partnership in defence, economic, commercial, culture, educational, scientific and technical fields.Senior Vice Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi held in depth discussions with Foreign Minister Inam ul Haque, Foreign Secretary Riaz Mohammad Khan and other officials.

He is here on a 3-day visit to Pakistan from December 11 to 13 as special envoy of the Chinese government.

The visit is part of high level exchanges that are a unique characteristic of Pak-China relations, Foreign Office spokesman Muhammad Sadiq told a weekly media briefing.

The spokesman said the visiting Senior Vice Foreign Minister called on the Minister for Interior and exchanged Instruments of Ratification of Extradition Treaty which was signed in November 2003 during President Musharraf's visit to China.

He said exchange of visits between Pakistan and China provide dynamism and strength to the bilateral relationship.

"The visit of Wang Yi has provided an opportunity to the two sides to reaffirm their time tested ties of friendship and strategic partnership," he said.

Both sides expressed complete satisfaction over the state of close bilateral relations, he added.

The spokesman said the bilateral relations are based on the popular ethos of the people and these ties of abiding friendship have withstood changes in regional and global environment.

During the talks the two sides reviewed, at length, the on-going cooperation between Pakistan and China in diverse fields and resolved to further strengthen their cooperative partnership in defence, economic, commercial, cultural, educational, scientific and technical fields, the spokesman said.

Pakistan's gratitude was conveyed for the support and assistance being extended by China for several projects of national significance, he said.

The spokesman said Wang Yi, on behalf of Chinese President Hu Jintao, conveyed China's strong support for policies being pursued under President Musharraf's leadership. He said China had always supported Pakistan and wold wish to see a vibrant, peaceful and stable Pakistan.

The spokesman said the Chinese Vice Foreign Minister, accompanied by the Foreign Secretary, visited on Wednesday the Northern Areas where China has undertaken a number of projects. He said Wang Yi will call on the President and the Prime Minister on December 13.

Replying to a question, the spokesman said Pakistan has Extradition Treaty with many friendly countries including China.

He said he has no information about any Chinese detained in jails here but there are five Pakistanis in Chinese jails and Pakistan's embassy is providing them counsellor access.

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