SANYA: Applauding China’s support and help to his country, President Asif Ali Zardari said here Friday that China was a sincere friend of Pakistan. Pakistan was devoted to promoting friendly relations with China, President Zardari said this during a meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on the sidelines of Boao Forum for Asia.
In coping with the challenges of the global financial crisis, Zardari said 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, the Xinhua news reported. Pakistan will keep coordination with China in regional affairs, he said.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said that consolidation and development of Chin?Pakistan relations serve as a priority of his country’s foreign policy. As an all?weather friend of Pakistan, China is ready to offer help for the country’s stability and development, and also welcomes the international community’s constructive role in this regard.
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.
China is ready to work with Pakistan to safeguard regional stability and peace, Premier Wen added. President Zardari arrived here on Friday afternoon to attend the 2009 meeting of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) from April 17 to 19.-APP