Premier Jiabao’s visit: Pakistan, China may start strategic dialogue

Published: December 9, 2010
Jiabao will arrive in Pakistan for a three-day visit on December 18.

Jiabao will arrive in Pakistan for a three-day visit on December 18.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China may initiate a “strategic dialogue” on the pattern of the ongoing Pak-US dialogue during Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s upcoming visit.

Jiabao will arrive in Pakistan for a three-day visit on December 18 to cement what officials from both sides term “strategic cooperation”. During this visit, he will address a joint session of the parliament on December 19.

Official sources told The Express Tribune that during his visit to Pakistan, the two countries are likely to finalise the modalities of their strategic dialogue, augmenting their close coordination in different fields including nuclear technology.

China and Pakistan consider each other time-tested friends and China is already working with Pakistan in building nuclear power plants at Chashma and other locations.

The new proposed deals between the two countries are likely to agitate important world capitals. Besides neighbouring India, the US and some other Western capitals have already expressed apprehension over the burgeoning co-operation between China and Pakistan. Reportedly, the US had sought details from Islamabad on its nuclear cooperation with China, which Islamabad declined.

Economic officials from both countries have already identified several projects to be announced during the visit. According to an announcement from Islamabad and Beijing, Chinese companies plan to invest more than $10 billion in various infrastructure and development projects in Pakistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 9th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Bil Al Rashid
    Dec 9, 2010 - 11:03AM

    Really China is helping us to counter our fears,but do we gain something economically?we hav been a pawn for others.Recommend

  • Tasawar-ul-Karim Baig
    Dec 9, 2010 - 12:57PM

    True friend at the time of need, Hats offRecommend

  • Haris Chaudhry
    Dec 9, 2010 - 1:10PM

    Ha… This is comical.

    Chinese Premier in Pakistan to have a “strategic dialogue” with Pakistanis. There is nothing strategic between a master and its slave (technically speaking) although a very kind master ! – Its akin to saying Lion wants to discuss strategies for peace keeping in the jungle with the mouse..!


  • sheraz
    Dec 9, 2010 - 5:48PM

    well i think first of all we shall have no doubts about our strong ties but at the same time we should keep in mind that in international politics its always the parallel flow of intrests with develops the bond of friendship. also these days i m in sudan, i m in a pakistani camp and in our neighbourhood we have chineese engineer unit. well i must appreciate their very loving attitude towards [email protected] harris; well also we should come out of this master and friend fobia, the relation in todays arena are always bilateral so dont feel under confidentRecommend

  • G.Khan
    Dec 9, 2010 - 9:00PM

    Before even criticize China , We must look at our own beautiful leadership. Let’s start with the President Who is required in Money laundering cases in Switzerland, Augota Submarine commisions case, Defence Contract commisions, Citibank Money laundering and assets transfer case ( Presented In US Senate as case study by CITIBANK CEO) . Second in command, Yusuf Raza, Public Debt pardoned of 35 millions Pakistani rupees of a Local Bank., His appointment of Most corrupt people at key Positions in OGDC, Hajj DG, NIC Chairman, etc… etc.. then Raja Pervaiz Sharaf( rental Power case in SC).. List goes On and On.

    Pointis who wants to even sit with such corrupts. West has already deniedgiving them cash for their lovely financial record and habits. Knowing all that, It’s a big favor that Chinese are even doing Strategic dialogue with Pakistan. Recommend

  • Wasim
    Dec 11, 2010 - 6:58PM

    Some of the comments made in this page are obviously made from indians. indians hate Pakistan-China friendship more than anyone in the world.Recommend

  • Tasawar-ul-Karim Baig
    Dec 12, 2010 - 2:07PM

    This is big dilemma about us that we never happy with any situation. It has nothing to do with critiquing at all. Our whole economy need surge to get jobs to the poor and lower middle class, who suffered for last three to four years time.
    Don’t we think, it is good opportunity to point out the mishaps of leadership and accountable them. I am optimistic, in coming days things will be better. Everyone of us has to play our role, How we are sincere to our duties in day to day matters. @Mr. Haris, I agree we have so many problems but it will never be fixed until we try to fix it. We should admire our true friends and China always stood along with us. @ G Khan, If we let this democracy grow and keep cast our vote, we can wipe out these corrupt leaders in years ahead. But have to be patient and keep struggle for the change, They want us to frustrate, but we will not and strike them back with our vote and voice.Recommend

  • 2 days ago
    Dec 15, 2010 - 4:48PM

    Best friend of pakistan is china. .pakistan must give a try to chinese type communistm.Recommend

  • Turghun Jung
    Jan 10, 2011 - 11:43AM

    Please don’t forget the Urumqi riots of 05 Jul 2009 when the PLA massacred thousands of your innocent brothers and sister ……………. Except for Turkey, not a single country opposed the killings of muslims who were only guilty of practicing their faith……….Recommend

  • Tanveer Khan
    Jan 10, 2011 - 3:11PM

    Mr. Turghun, We must stop to be the champions of Ummah, we you visit some other country, you must abide their Laws. I am sure you are well aware of what was the main reason. Why we don’t except our mistakes. there are millions of Muslims in China and these people, specially Pakistanis Jeopardize their lives as well.
    Today our society is suffering becuase of this notion and we are alienated accross the Globe. Whereas, You can see TURKEY, where it stands today.
    Every Muslim condemn the killing on any innocent people but we should not advocate unlawful act of any country and create trouble for others.Recommend

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