Gilani, Jiabao inaugurate Pak-China Friendship Centre

Published: December 18, 2010
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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (5th L) and Pakistan's Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani (5th R) applaud along with their delegation members during the inauguration ceremony of the Pakistan China Friendship Center in Islamabad December 18, 2010. PHOTO: REUTERS

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (5th L) and Pakistan's Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani (5th R) applaud along with their delegation members during the inauguration ceremony of the Pakistan China Friendship Center in Islamabad December 18, 2010. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan-China Friendship Centre was inaugurated by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani in Islamabad on Saturday.

The foundation of the centre had been laid by the Chinese premier in April 2005. The centre had been under construction for five years, with expenditure worth of Rs5 billion on it.

Wen Jiabao was presented bouquets by two children clad in traditional Pakistani dress as he arrived at the Pak-China Culture Centre.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chinese premier said the center is a symbol of long-lasting ties between the two countries. He also announced that China would be providing Cataract treatment free of charge for 2,000 Pakistanis in Beijing every year.

Prime Minister Gilani thanked the Chinese premier for standing by Pakistan during rough times. He expressed hope that the friendship between the two nations would remain exemplary.

School children in traditional dresses carrying Pakistani and Chinese flags also presented a dance on the occasion.

Jiabao was briefed about various sections of the centre which houses a 800 seat auditorium, conference centre for 200-250 persons, exhibition area, multi-purpose hall, and an art and dance centre over 12 acres of land. He was apprised that the centre built by the Shanghai Construction Group would now be run by the Ministry of Culture after its inauguration. He was told that the centre would help enhance people to people contact and help the two countries understand each other’s culture.

The Chinese premier is scheduled to meet services chiefs and PML-N leader Mian Nawaz Sharif today. Chiefs of the armed forces will also call on the Chinese prime minister later in the day.

Meanwhile, President Asif Ali Zardari will host a dinner in honour of the visiting dignitaries. Sources have said that Pakistan and China will sign business deals worth $14 billion as well.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Muhammad
    Dec 18, 2010 - 3:59PM

    LONG LIVE PAK CHINA FRIENDSHIPRecommend

  • zulfiqar baig
    Dec 18, 2010 - 5:19PM

    many thanks china Recommend

  • akash
    Dec 18, 2010 - 5:21PM

    Awww.. how sweet :-)Recommend

  • Raqib Ali
    Dec 18, 2010 - 5:41PM

    China is in my heart. Recommend

  • Dec 18, 2010 - 6:45PM

    The Chinese civilization is thousands of years old. Many of today’s inventions are based on research and development carried out at that time, rockets, gunpowder, silk, fortified buildings and the list goes on.

    The huge cultural center built by our Chinese brothers is a reminder to the region that our culture and inherited values are inter-twined by history. This is inescapable. It is a unifying edifice of relations and will indeed help temper and forge steely bonds.

    Pak China Friendship Zindabad.

    Salams and best wishes.Recommend

  • Faisal
    Dec 18, 2010 - 7:55PM

    China and Pakistan are like brother and sister!! Recommend

  • Iqbal Khan
    Dec 18, 2010 - 10:41PM

    We owe you a lot !!!Recommend

  • Nisar
    Dec 19, 2010 - 9:28AM

    Pak China Dosti Zindabad…………Recommend

  • sheikh farhan ahmed
    Dec 20, 2010 - 5:47PM

    We appreciate the Chinese PM for his recent visit to Pakistan.I pray for PakistanChina friendship to go longer and longer.Recommend

  • KHAN MAQBUL AHMED
    Dec 26, 2010 - 11:36PM

    It gives me great pleasure to see details of the ceremony so well covered by Chinese and Pakistani Media specially the photographs of all events in the sequence for which, I and my team prepared so meticulously along with my Chinese friends at the Project in the capacity as Project Director. I am so proud to have been associated with the construction of this magnificient building at Islamabad after completing National Monument of Pakistan, I pray to God Almighty for giving me the honour of being the Project Director / Coordinator for this symbol of Friendship between China and Pakistan……Long live Pakistan China Friendship. Recommend

  • Dec 28, 2010 - 4:39PM

    WELCOME FROM CHINIOT. We find the town’s name in the writings of Chinese historians as the Chinese traders used the Chenab and Jhelum river routes for trade purposes. Recommend

  • sda
    Dec 29, 2010 - 9:29PM

    my name is yousaf khan and ur name is khan? pak chanis dosti zinda abad ?Recommend

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