China, Pakistan vow to enhance all-weather partnership

Source: Xinhua| 2017-04-06 03:00:01|Editor: Yamei
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ISLAMABAD, April 5 (Xinhua) -- China and Pakistan on Wednesday agreed to further promote their all-weather strategic cooperative partnership.

The pledge was made during a meeting here between Chinese top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng and Pakistani Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani.

Yu, who is chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), said China and Pakistan are good neighbors, good partners, good friends and good brothers.

He said that since Chinese President Xi Jinping made a state visit to Pakistan in 2015, China-Pakistan all-weather strategic cooperative partnership has maintained strong momentum of development.

He highlighted the frequent high-level exchanges, enhanced practical cooperation, and close coordination and collaboration on major issues between the two countries.

The Chinese top political advisor called on the two countries to work together to push ahead with the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and to implement the China-proposed Belt and Road initiative.

The two countries should strengthen cooperation in the fields of port, energy and processing industry, and boost exchanges in culture, education, healthcare and sports, he said.

Yu also urged the two countries to deepen defense and security cooperation so as to pursue shared security for the two sides as well as regional peace and stability.

The CPPCC stands ready to enhance exchanges with the Pakistani Senate, he said, calling on the CPPCC and the Pakistani Senate to learn from each other and make contributions to the development of their countries.

For his part, Rabbani said Pakistan and China have enjoyed a long history of friendship with ever-closer ties that have stood the test of history.

He pointed out that developing relations with China is not only the cornerstone of Pakistan's diplomacy, but also the consensus of all the political parties in the country.

The Pakistani Senate is willing to strengthen friendly exchanges with the CPPCC and push for the shared development of the two countries, he said.

On Wednesday, Yu also met with acting Speaker of the Pakistani National Assembly Javed Abbasi.

KEY WORDS: Pakistan