Pakistan, China to ink series of agreements to strengthen strategic cooperation

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is expected to ink a series of agreements as Premier Wen Jiabao of China visits Pakistan aimed at boosting cooperation in energy and agriculture sectors and further strengthen strategic cooperation. During the three-day official visit to visit Premier Wen will hold meetings with President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and other Pakistani leaders.“China is Pakistan’s true and most reliable friend. The Government and people of Pakistan look forward to welcoming their most honoured friend,” a statement from the Foreign Office said.The Chinese Premier is expected to hold “in-depth exchange of views” with Pakistani leaders to intensify strategic coordination and communication, supporting disaster re-construction work, intensifying culture and people to people exchanges and coordination on international and regional affairs to safeguard common interest.

Premier Wen who will arrive here after his visit to India at the invitation of Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani will also address a business forum and meet chief executives of Pakistani companies.Around 150 business leaders will accompany the Chinese premier and the visit will provide a unique opportunity for two countries to enhance their trade and commercial ties by inking several agreements.Projects of around 20 billion dollars have been completed in Pakistan with Chinese help. Work on projects of 14 billion dollars was continuing, while agreements would be signed for another 20 billion dollars will be signed.Premier Wen will also deliver a key note speech on Pakistan, China relations at a special joint session of parliament on Dec 19, besides having interaction with the Pakistani media.He will briefed about the recent flooding at a briefing for at the National Disaster Management Authority at the PM Secretariat.The Chinese premier will also attend the inauguration ceremony of China Pakistan Friendship Centre, that houses a paintings exhibition. He will also hold meetings with opposition leaders and services chiefs.President Asif Ali Zardari will hold a banquet in honour of the visiting dignitary – App