BEIJING, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- China and Pakistan on
Wednesday signed more than 10 deals ranging from trade and minerals to
agriculture and satellites.
The package of agreements came out of a two-hour summit at Beijing's Great Hall of the People as China rolled out the red carpet for Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, who is on his first state visit to the country since taking office in September.
Visiting Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari (R) reviews the honour guard with his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao during the welcoming ceremony held by Hu Jintao at the Tian'anmen Square, in Beijing, China, on Oct. 15, 2008. Asif Ali Zardari arrived here on Wednesday for his first state visit to China since taking office in September. (Xinhua Photo)
Zardari was welcomed by President Hu Jintao and
received a 21-gun military salute at the Tian'anmen Square, festooned with the
national flags of China and Pakistan.
During the meeting, Hu reviewed the close bilateral
ties, particularly the days of the Bhutto family.
"Your entire family are old friends of the Chinese
people," Hu told Zardari. "We will never forget the outstanding contribution
Benazir Bhutto and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had made to boosting ties with China."
Zardari's late wife, Benazir Bhutto, was assassinated
in December 2007, and her late father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, had also served as
While reviewing the 57-year-old diplomatic ties, Hu
attributed its sound and smooth growth to the leadership of the two nations,
He said China had always given priority to its
relation with Pakistan, an important neighbor and strategic partner.
Zardari said he was grateful for "the warm welcome
that you have shown us and the love and affection that I can feel from across
"The only way I could do justice to the memory of my
late wife and father-in-law was to make sure that I made my first presidential
trip to China," the 53-year-old said.
"I am hoping to assist the Pakistan-China
relationship and take it further along. It's a duty history has bestowed upon
On the economic front, Hu said the two countries were
enjoying robust cooperation in economy and trade. They should continue to
implement their free-trade pact, five-year trade program and other joint deals.
He also proposed the two nations create new areas and
explore new ways of cooperation. "China and Pakistan should vigorously boost
border trade so as to bring more substantive benefits to their citizens."
Zardari said the two should carry out big projects
and work more closely in infrastructure, transport, environmental protection and
finance, among others.
The two leaders agreed to step up people-to-people
exchanges and cooperation in culture, education, health and journalism.
Hu thanked Pakistan for its support on issues
concerning Taiwan and Tibet. He also appreciated Pakistani efforts in backing
Beijing's hosting of the Olympic Games.
Zardari reaffirmed Pakistan's adherence to the
one-China policy and support of China's peaceful reunification,
They also agreed on enhancing coordination and
collaboration on international and regional issues, cooperating on addressing
global challenges and ensuring peace, stability and development in the world.
As part of his four-day trip, Zardari is also
scheduled to meet with other Chinese leaders, including top legislator Wu
Bangguo, Premier Wen Jiabao and top advisor Jia Qinglin on Thursday.