Chinese, Pakistani presidents discuss relations, cooperation
BEIJING, Mar 16, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
Newly-elected Chinese President
Xi Jinping and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari Saturday
discussed over phone topics concerning the development of
bilateral relations and cooperation.
While congratulating Xi on his election to the presidency,
Zardari said Pakistan and China are all-weather friends and that
the Pakistani people love China.
Pakistan would like to maintain its high-level exchanges with
China and to strengthen communication and cooperation between the
two countries in bilateral and international affairs, Zardari
Pakistan will continue to firmly support China when needed,
said the president.
Xi thanked Zardari for his congratulations, and said that China
and Pakistan are all-weather strategic cooperation partners.
Since the establishment of diplomatic ties 62 years ago, the
two countries have been respecting and supporting each other and
have carried out comprehensive cooperation, Xi said.
The China-Pakistan relations have withstood the test of time
and the fluctuations of international situation, and have achieved
healthy and steady development over past decades, Xi said.
He stressed that China attaches great importance to the
China-Pakistan relations, and that it is an established policy of
the Chinese government to develop the friendly and cooperative
relations between the two countries.
China will continue to support Pakistan's efforts to safeguard
its national sovereignty and independence, and to realize national
stability and development, Xi said.
He hoped that the two countries could cooperate closely to
maintain and develop their sound relations so that the traditional
friendship between the two sides could be passed on from
generation to generation.
Xi, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist
Party of China (CPC), was elected Chinese president and chairman
of China's Central Military Commission on Thursday at the plenary
meeting of the first session of the 12th National People's
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