On May 18, 2011, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao held talks with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani at the Great Hall of the People. Both sides pledged to take the opportunity of celebrating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties and the China-Pakistan Friendship Year to "inject new vitality into the friendship and cooperation" between the two countries and their people.
The bilateral ties between the two countries have withstood various tests since China and Pakistan forged diplomatic relations 60 years ago, and have brought about great benefits for the two peoples as well as made great contributions to peace and stability in Asia, Wen said. "Facing the changing international and regional situation, China is willing to work with Pakistan, give full play to the mechanism of annual meetings between state leaders and that of diplomatic consultations between the two countries to step up communication and cooperation, and safeguard our common interests as 'all-weather' strategic partners," said the Chinese Premier.
Wen said that Pakistan has made great sacrifices for and contributions to the global war against terrorism, urging the international community to understand and support Pakistan's efforts to maintain domestic stability and advance the economic and social development. "Pakistan's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected," he added. China's above positions are consistent and firm, said Wen.
Wen said that China is actively fulfilling its commitments to assist Pakistan in the post-disaster reconstruction and is ready to try its best to help the Pakistani government and people to pull through the difficulties. Wen said that the two sides have worked out new cooperation plans and identified infrastructure, energy and agriculture as priority areas of bilateral cooperation with cooperation mechanisms established. "The Chinese government encourages Chinese enterprises in expanding their investment in Pakistan and boosting cooperation with the Pakistani side in terms of trade, finance and technology," he said. He urged both sides to work closely to achieve more substantive outcomes in the above aspects. Both sides should also jointly well hold a series of people-to-people and cultural exchange activities already agreed upon to build up mutual understanding and friendship between both peoples.
Gilani praised China as "the most reliable friend and all-weather strategic partner." Gilani thanked the Chinese government and Chinese people for their selfless help and support to the Pakistani side and expressed satisfaction with the achievements of bilateral mutually beneficial cooperation. Pakistan is committed to furthering strategic cooperative partnership with China, firmly adheres to the one-China policy and supports China's positions on issues concerning Taiwan, Tibet and Xinjiang. Pakistan is willing to work together with China to step up bilateral cooperation in infrastructure, energy, agriculture, investment, trade, finance and people-to-people exchanges, as well as their coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs. Both sides should take advantage of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties to push the Pakistan-China strategic partnership of cooperation to a new high.
After the talks, the two leaders witnessed the signing of relevant cooperation documents between the two countries.
Prior to the talks, Premier Wen held a welcome ceremony for Gilani at the North Hall of the Great Hall of the People. Vice Chairperson Li Dang of the Central Committee of China National Democratic Construction Association, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, MOC International Trade Representative & Vice Minister of Commerce Gao Hucheng, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Liu Jian and other officials attended the ceremony.