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Remarks by the President of Pakistan at the Convention Center
2006/11/24

Your Excellency President Hu Jintao,

Madam Hu Jintao,

Our Honourable Guests and Friends from China,

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is indeed a great honour that as we celebrate the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China, we have in our midst, the most distinguished guest from China. President Hu Jintao's presence at this momentous occasion signifies the ever-green, all-weather, time-tested friendship that exists between our two peoples.

Pakistan and China are proud inheritors of a glorious past and have a distinct sense of shared destiny. In modern times, our friendship has withstood the changes and vicissitudes in international and regional environment for over half a century and has passed from generation to generation invigorated by deep affection, trust and close cooperation.

We greatly admire the spectacular achievements made by China in the economic, scientific and sundry technological fields. Never in history a Human society has made such a great progress in such a short time. We are indeed proud that today China stands tall in the comity of nations for its valuable contribution to global peace and development. We salute your efforts to help create a peaceful and harmonious world.

China's great economic transformation is a source of inspiration to all developing countries. China today is the powerhouse of global economy; it is the driving engine for growth and development in Asia. We Pakistanis rejoice in your successes. We regard your strength as our strength.

We are grateful for Chinese assistance in several mega economic projects. The Karakoram Highway and Gwadar Deep Sea Port are just two great symbols of Pakistan-China cooperation. We will continue our endeavours to further strengthen our cooperation for mutual benefit.

The scope of expanding Chinese investment in Pakistan is enormous. This morning several MOUs and Agreements, both in public and private sectors, have been signed to increase investments. These MOUs/Agreements reflect the determination of our two governments to continue to build our close cooperation to fully utilize our enormous collective potential for assuring economic growth, development and prosperity for our peoples.

I am sure the Free Trade Agreement that we have signed with China will quadruple our trade and will give boost to investments in Pakistan.

We also look forward to Chinese private sector taking advantage of the opportunities offered by Pakistan's vibrant and reformed economy.

My two visits to China this year have been most successful and productive. I am confident that President Hu's visit will open new avenues for realizing our enormous potential and build on the vast reservoir of goodwill that exists between our two countries for peace, progress and prosperity of our two peoples.

I can say with full confidence that Pakistan-China relations will continue to grow from strength to strength in the years to come.

Thank you.

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