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Push forward pragmatic cooperation between China, South Asian neighbours

2010-12-15 02:53:19 GMT2010-12-15 10:53:19 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

BEIJING, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's upcoming visit to India and Pakistan will boost political mutual trust and understanding as well as cement pragmatic cooperation in economy and trade, in a bid to safeguard security and stability in the region and the world.

Wen's visit will further improve good-neighborly partnership and friendship between China and her two South Asian neighbours.

Five years ago, China and India established a strategic and cooperative partnership for peace and prosperity during Wen's visit to India. Now, Wen's visit will help promote mutual trust and push forward sound development of bilateral relations.

With Pakistan, China has built an "all-weather friendship."

In 2005, the two countries announced a closer strategic and cooperative partnership. This time, the visit will further consolidate traditional friendship and mutual trust at a strategic level between the two countries and carry forward the friendship deep inside the two peoples' hearts.

Under the theme of peace and development, it is important for China and its neighbours to build good relations that build prosperity and stability in both Asia and the world.

Wen's visit will also expand and improve economic and trade relations between China and its neighbouring countries.

A large Chinese business delegation will accompany Wen and the Chinese side will try to take positive measures in reducing its two neighbours' trade deficits with itself. All this shows trade communication will be a focus during Wen's visit.

According to Chinese official statistics, China is India's largest trade partner with two-way trade rising from 18.7 billion U.S. dollars in 2005 to 51.8 billion dollars in 2008. The bilateral trade volume is expected to reach 60 billion dollars this year, according to MOFCOM forecasts.

This time, China and India will expand bilateral trade and enhance cooperation on investment and infrastructure.

Pakistan, China's second largest trade partner in South Asia, was the first to recognize China's market economy status and the first to build a free trade area with China.

With this old friend, China will further push forward pragmatic cooperation and step up bilateral economic and trade cooperation to a new high.

China pledged a total of 250 million dollars to Pakistan after floods hit the South Asian country this year. The Chinese government has actively taken part in Pakistan's post-disaster reconstruction, and will continue its support.

In times of difficulty, China gave a helping hand to its neighbour, which has vividly demonstrated the "all-weather friendship."

In a time of globalization, mutual dependence between two countries has been assigned more importance than before. So have relations among China, India and Pakistan. Especially in this post economic crisis era, as the impact of developing countries has increased, it is even more important for the three countries to cooperate and coodinate together.

Being developing countries, the three have kept good communication and coordination on important international issues, including reform of the international financial system, climate change, and security of energy and food.

During Wen's visit, concerned parties will exchange ideas on those important international and regional issues, and deepen cooperation.

Located in Asia, China, India and Pakistan have similar cultural roots. There is plenty of potential for China and the above two countries to cooperate in fields of culture and education.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between China and India. Wen will take part in commemorative activities in a bid to further push forward cultural communication and cooperation between the two countries.

Also, enhancing human and cultural exchange will be one of the priorities Wen wants to talk about with the Pakistani leaders.

Media, officials, and people from all walks of life in India and Pakistan are looking forward to Wen's visit.

According to an Indian diplomatic source, India respects China's development, hoping both countries can build a bridge of understanding and friendship by using new thinking in dealing with bilateral ties.

"From the corridors of government to the streets, people are so excited and keen to receive the Premier of China," said Masood Khan, Pakistan's Ambassador to China.

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