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Pakistan-China Joint Statement
2006/02/21

BEIJING, Feb 21 (APP): The text of joint statement between Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the People's Republic of China issued Tuesday during President Pervez Musharraf's visit to China follows:

At the invitation of President Hu Jintao of the People's Republic of China, President Pervez Musharraf of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, paid a state visit to the People's Republic of China from 19 to 23 February 2006.

President Hu Jintao held official talks with President Musharraf. Mr. Wu Bangguo, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, Mr, Wen Jiabao, Premier of the State Council, and Mr. Jia Qinglin, Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, met President Musharraf respectively.

In a cordial and friendly atmosphere, leaders of the two countries had in-depth exchange of views and reached broad common ground on strengthening China-Pakistan strategic partnership of cooperation and on international and regional issues of mutual interest.

During his visit, President Musharraf addressed leading Chinese scholars at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, met members of the Chinese business community and attended a special commemorative event marking the 55th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Pakistan.

President Musharraf and his delegation will visit Chengdu, Sichuan Province tomorrow.

The leaders of the two countries reviewed with satisfaction the growth of China-Pakistan relations over the past 55 years, They were glad to see that China-Pakistan friendship featuring sincerity, cooperation, mutual trust and support has struck deep root in the hearts of the two peoples.

The all-weather friendship between China and Pakistan has withstood the test of time and prospered notwithstanding changes in the international, regional and domestic environment. Both sides agreed that at a time when major and profound changes are taking place both internationally and regionally, to strengthen good-neighborliness and friendship, develop cooperation and deepen strategic relations between China and Pakistan, serves the fundamental interests of the two countries and peoples and will promote peace and development in the region. Both sides emphasized that the two countries are committed to enhancing China-Pakistan strategic partnership of cooperation featuring good-neighborliness, friendship and mutual cooperation. The two countries will continue to take steps to deepen and enrich China-Pakistan relations.

Both sides expressed satisfaction with the successful implementation of the Joint Declaration Between the People's Republic of China and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on the Direction of Bilateral Cooperation issued by the two Heads of State in November 2003 and the signing and coming into effect of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Good-neighborly Relations. They agreed to maintain exchange of high-level visits and contacts and conduct regular consultation and coordination on major international and regional issues and bilateral relations and to make unremitting efforts to promote stability and prosperity both in China and Pakistan and in the region.

On behalf of the Pakistani Government and people, President Musharraf expressed appreciation to the Chinese Government and people for the provision of emergency relief material and humanitarian assistance in the wake of the earthquake in Pakistan. He stated that the selfless assistance of the Chinese side reflected the true friendship between China and Pakistan tested by adversity. President Hu Jintao said that the Chinese side will take an active part in the reconstruction of disaster-hit areas in Pakistan and help the affected people rebuild their homeland.

The two sides decided to use the occasion of the 55th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties to lift China-Pakistan relations to a new height. The two sides agreed to hold this year the "Cultural Week" and "Film Week", and to exchange media and academic visits.

Both sides expressed their firm resolve to strengthen cooperation in all spheres. They held that to maintain trade and economic links is not only an important part of China-Pakistan cooperation and good-neighborly relations but also a bond of common interests between the two countries. Both, sides agreed to explore new ways to expand economic cooperation and trade to promote common development for the two countries and peoples.

The two sides expressed satisfaction with the implementation of the Early Harvest Programme, and agreed to expedite negotiations on the Free Trade Agreement. They emphasized that overland trade through the Karakoram Highway should, be promoted and were ready to adopt measures to facilitate such trade.

Both sides also expressed deep satisfaction with the progress being made on various Chinese-assisted economic projects in Pakistan, including Gwadar Port, Sandak Gold and Copper and Dudar Zinc and Lead. They agreed to encourage cooperation between Chinese and Pakistani companies, including setting up joint ventures, and supported the early launching of a joint study on expanding economic cooperation and trade. Both sides agreed to set up a China-Pakistan Joint Investment Company between the financial institutions of the two countries. Both sides also reached agreement in principle to upgrade the Karakoram Highway. Special emphasis was placed on cooperation in agriculture, especially agro-based industry, pesticides, drip irrigation and fisheries. A framework agreement on expanding and deepening economic cooperation was signed.

Both sides agreed to enhance their cooperation in the energy sector and signed the Framework Agreement on Energy Cooperation, a wide-ranging document, Pakistan expressed its interest in construction of oil refineries, gas terminals, oil and gas storage and transit facilities. The Chinese side welcomed these proposals and agreed to assist in the development of oil and gas sector in Pakistan.

Both sides expressed satisfaction with the performance of Chashma Nuclear Power Plant-I and the start of the construction of Chashma Power Plant Unit-II. They agreed to enhance cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

Both sides attached considerable importance to broadening cooperation in social sectors, including health, human resources development, education and vocational training.

Both sides agreed to enhance cooperation in high technology, including space technology for peaceful purposes. They agreed to enhance close cooperation between relevant institutions in the earth, marine and space sciences and promote the application of relevant technologies in industry and agriculture. They also agreed to cooperate in seismology, geology and Antarctic sciences.

China reaffirmed its respect for Pakistan's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. It appreciated and supported Pakistan's efforts to promote peace and stability in South Asia and supported all efforts by Pakistan, to safeguard its sovereignty territorial integrity and independence. Pakistan reaffirmed its long-standing commitment to the one China policy and recognized that the Government of the People's Republic of China is the solo legal government representing the whole of China and that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory. Pakistan opposed "Taiwan independence" and fully supported China's peaceful reunification.

The two sides discussed in depth the international and regional developments. They reaffirmed their firm opposition to terrorism in all its forms and manifestations as well as the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of deliver. They expressed their commitment to maintaining international peace and stability. Both sides agreed that the United Nations reform should aim at strengthening its authority and unity and give priority to the issue of development.

The reform of the Security Council should take into full consideration the interests of all its members, and a formula acceptable to all should be sought through extensive and thorough consultations.

Pakistan welcomed China becoming an observer of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). China welcomed Pakistan becoming an observer of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and invited it to participate in the SCO Shanghai Summit in June 2006. Both sides expressed their support for the process of regional cooperation in Asia and the need to promote inter-regional cooperation.

The two sides signed Framework Agreement on Expanding and Deepening Bilateral Economic and Trade Cooperation between the Government of the Peoples Republic of China and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Framework Agreement on the Cooperation between the Ministry of National Defence of the People's Republic of China and the Ministry of Defence of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Framework Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Energy between the National Development and Reform Commission of the People's Republic of China and the Ministry of Petroleum and National Resources of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, MOU on Vocational Training between the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, Government of the People's Republic of China and Ministry of Labor, Manpower and Overseas Pakistanis, Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, MOU between the Ministry of Communications of People's Republic of China and the Ministry of Communications of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on Cooperation in the up-gradation of Karakoram Highway, MOU between the Ministry of Agriculture of the People's Republic of China and the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on Cooperation in the Field of Fisheries, MOU for Cooperation on Pesticide Management between the Ministry of Agriculture, the People's Republic of China and the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, MOU on the Launching of the Joint Program of the Five year Plan for the Bilateral Trade and Economic Cooperation between the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China and the Ministry of Commerce of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, MOU in the field of Health between the Ministry of Health Of the People's Republic of China and the Ministry of Health Of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, MOU on Cooperation between the National Population and Family Planning Commission, Government of the Peoples Republic of China and the Ministry of Population Welfare, Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, MOU on Cooperation in the Field of Earthquake Studies between China Administration of the People's Republic of China and Pakistan Meteorological Department of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, MOU on Cooperation in the Field of Meteorological.

Science and Technology between the China Meteorological Administration of the Peoples Republic of China and the Pakistan Meteorological Department of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, General Loan Agreement Regarding Utilization of the Preferential Buyer's Credit from the Government of the People's Republic of China to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan between the Export-Import Bank of China and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Statistics of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

President Musharraf invited President Hu Jintao to visit Pakistan this year and to participate in commemorative events celebrating the 55th Anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries. President Hu thanked President Musharraf for the invitation.

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