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Wen Jiabao Meets with Pakistani President Zardari

On December 18, 2010, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari in Islamabad.

Wen conveyed the cordial greetings from President Hu Jintao to Zardari. Wen said he felt the profound and brotherly feelings of the Pakistani people when he landed in the country for a second time after five years. The two countries are linked by mountains and rivers and both peoples have their hearts linked to each other. The China-Pakistan friendship is the result of the efforts by the older generations of the leaders of the two countries and has withstood the tests of the changing international situation. The friendship, which enjoys a firm basis and shows strong vitality, is worth cherishing and carrying forward. Regarding the floods which hit Pakistan this summer and caused huge losses, Wen said the Chinese government and people shared the pain of the Pakistani people. China would help the flood-hit Pakistanis to weather through the difficulties and rebuild their homes, the Chinese premier said.

Wen said as the current global and regional situation is undergoing complex and profound changes, China and Pakistan are facing new opportunities and challenges to develop their ties. China will maintain the frequent exchanges of visits by state leaders and increase dialogue at different levels, he said. The two countries will enhance their strategic coordination, scale up the cooperation of mutual benefit, better safeguard their shared interests and realize common development, Wen said.

Zardari, for his part, said China and Pakistan are true partners and close brothers with multi-dimensional cooperation, holding the same or similar positions on key regional and international issues. With the joint efforts of both sides, the ever-deepening friendship has contributed to the economic development and the social harmony in both countries, and also helped promote regional peace, stability and development, the president said. Wen's visit to Pakistan, which is significant and fruitful, will push the bilateral relations to a new high, he said.

Following the meeting, Zardari held a grand banquet in honor of Premier Wen and the Chinese delegation.

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