Cementing its support for Pakistan, China proclaimed that it would stand firmly behind its neighbour’s efforts to uphold its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.
In a joint statement titled “Deepening China-Pakistan Strategic and Economic Cooperation” issued on the second day of President Mamnoon Hussain’s state visit to China, Beijing appreciated Pakistan’s consistent support on issues relating to China’s core interests.
“China lauds the sacrifices rendered by Pakistan in fighting the global scourge of terrorism,” the joint statement said.
Pakistan declared in the statement that it recognised the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) as a terrorist organisation, which poses a common threat to the peace and stability of China and Pakistan.
The country appreciates China’s position on Pakistan’s counter-terrorism strategy, said the statement. The Chinese side appreciated Pakistan’s commitment to ensure the safety and security of Chinese citizens and investments in the country.
Both sides agreed to enhance practical cooperation in defence technology.
Appreciating President Mamnoon Hussain’s decision to make China the destination of his first state visit, China reiterated that it attached the highest priority to its relationship with Pakistan and asserted that it is committed to strengthening the strategic and cooperative partnership.
Both sides expressed satisfaction with the progress of Pakistan-China Economic Corridor.
The two countries also agreed to implement the additional agreement to extend the Five-Year Development Programme on China-Pakistan Trade and Economic Cooperation and the Free Trade Agreement between the neighbours. They resolved to work together on projects identified under the second China-Pakistan Five-Year Development Programme.
Earlier, President Mamnoon met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and said the countries’ multifaceted strategic partnership heralds a new era of socio-economic progress and prosperity for the people of the entire region.
Recalling his visit to Pakistan last year, Premier Li said China was committed to consolidate its traditional friendship with Pakistan and deepen the strategic cooperation.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 21st, 2014.
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