Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi (R) meets with
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari in Guangzhou, capital of south
China's Guangdong Province, on Aug. 24, 2009. (Xinhua/Chen Yehua)
GUANGZHOU, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign
Minister Yang Jiechi met here Monday with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari,
expressing appreciation for Pakistan's firm support on issues concerning China's
In Guangzhou, Yang extended Chinese President Hu
Jintao's cordial greetings and good wishes to Zardari.
China-Pakistan ties had withstood the test of the
changeable domestic and international situations and maintained healthy and
smooth development, Yang said.
The bilateral strategic and cooperative partnership
was developing smoothly with close high-level contacts, frequent friendly
exchanges and deepened cooperation, he said.
China valued the hard-earned strategic mutual trust
and deep friendship with Pakistan and would continue to view the bilateral ties
from a strategic height and long-term perspective, Yang said.
He said China was ready to work with Pakistan to
deepen the strategic cooperative partnership and enhance coordination in the
international and regional affairs.
Zardari said that Pakistan adhered to the one-China
policy and firmly backed the Chinese government's position on the July 5 riot in
Zardari called upon the two countries to enhance
cooperation in such areas as agriculture, transportation, irrigation and
Also on Monday, Zardari attended the Forum on
Pakistan-Guangdong Trade and Investment Opportunities and delivered a keynote
At the forum, the Pakistan Investment Committee and
the Guangdong Council for the Promotion of International Trade signed a
memorandum for cooperation, which aimed at enhancing communication in the fields
of information and exhibitions.
According to China's Ministry of Commerce, the two
countries' trade reached 3.057 billion U.S. dollars in the first half of this
year, of which the trade volume between Guangdong and Pakistan accounted for 22