Posted by: Administrator | 2 January, 2006

Joint Statement – President Musharraf and Chinese President Hu Jintao 2006

Joint Statement between The People’s Republic of China and The Islamic Republic of Pakistan

26 November 2006, Islamabad

 At the invitation of H.E. General Pervez Musharraf, President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, H.E. Hu Jintao, President of the People’s Republic of China, paid a state visit to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on 23-26 November 2006.

2. President Hu Jintao held formal talks with President Musharraf. He also met with Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, Chairman of the Senate Mohammedmian Soomro and Speaker of the National Assembly Chaudhry Amir Hussain. Leaders of the two countries had an in-depth exchange of views on further strengthening strategic partnership between China and Pakistan. They also discussed international and regional issues of common interest and reached broad consensus.

3. During his visit, President Hu Jintao had extensive contact with representatives of the Pakistani side. President Hu delivered in Islamabad a speech entitled Carry on the Traditional Friendship and Deepen All-round Cooperation. President Hu also met with representatives of business communities and friendship organizations of Pakistan. President Hu and his delegation also visited Lahore, Punjab, where he attended the traditional civic reception.

4. Leaders of the two countries reviewed with satisfaction the growth of China-Pakistan relations in the past 55 years and agreed that the all-weather friendship and all-dimensional cooperation have become the defining features of China-Pakistan relations. China-Pakistan friendly relations and cooperation have become a fine example of friendly co-existence between developing countries and between neighbouring countries.

5. The two sides shared the view that major and profound changes continue to take place in the world and in different regions. To strengthen good-neighbourliness and friendship, conduct mutually-beneficial cooperation and enhance the strategic partnership between China and Pakistan is in the fundamental interests of the two peoples and conducive to regional peace and development.

6. The Chinese side stressed that Pakistan is an old and time-tested friend, good neighbour, good partner and good brother of China. To further strengthen relations with Pakistan is an important part of China’s foreign policy of “friendship and partnership with neighbouring countries”. China will continue to view its relations with Pakistan from a strategic and long-term perspective and work together with Pakistan to elevate the China-Pakistan strategic partnership to a new high. China thanked Pakistan for its valuable support on such issues as Taiwan, Tibet and human rights.

7. The Pakistani side stressed that its relations with China serve as the bedrock of its foreign policy and that pursuing friendship with China is the consensus of the Pakistani Government and people. Pakistan thanked the Chinese Government and people for their strong support and assistance for its economic development endeavours. Pakistan will continue to uphold the policy of friendship with China and expand and deepen mutually beneficial cooperation in all fields.

8. The Chinese side reaffirmed its respect for Pakistan’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and expressed appreciation and support for the efforts made by Pakistan at promoting peace and stability in South Asia and safeguarding its sovereignty and independence. The Pakistani side recognizes that the Government of the People’s Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the whole of China and that Taiwan is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory. The Pakistani side reaffirmed its adherence to the one China policy and its full support for China’s peaceful reunification.

9. The two sides reiterated that the Joint Declaration Between the People’s Republic of China and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on Directions of Bilateral Cooperation, signed by the Heads of State of the two countries in 2003, provides important guidance to the deepening of bilateral relations and expressed satisfaction on its smooth implementation. The two sides applauded the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Good-neighbourly Relations Between the People’s Republic of China and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan signed in April 2005, believing that the signing and entering into force of this Treaty has laid an important legal foundation for the strategic partnership between China and Pakistan. The two sides will strengthen cooperation, vigorously implement the provisions of the Treaty and develop their bilateral relations in a practical manner.

10. The two sides agreed that exchange of high-level visits and contacts between leaders of the two countries have significantly promoted the growth of bilateral relations. The two sides decided to increase exchanges between government departments, parliaments, political parties, intelligentsia, think tanks and armed forces and have more people to people contacts with a view to enhancing mutual understanding and promoting comprehensive cooperation. The two sides agreed to continue communication and coordination on major international and regional issues and jointly safeguard the fundamental interests of the two countries and other developing countries.

11. The two sides agreed to the need for regular consultations between National Development and Reform Commission of China and Planning Commission of Pakistan.

12. The two sides believed that broad prospects have emerged in the bilateral economic and trade ties in recent years. The two sides expressed their deep satisfaction with the progress in various economic cooperation projects including Gwadar Port and decided to work actively to advance the agreed cooperation projects.

13. The two sides applauded the signing of Free Trade Agreement Between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan which would serve as an engine for balanced growth of volume of trade between the two countries. Both sides decided to put trade in services on fast track to make FTA on goods and services more comprehensive. The two sides agreed to increase their bilateral trade to over US $ 15 billion in the next five years.

14. The two sides also hailed the signing of Five-year (2007-2011) Plan for Trade and Economic Cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the People’s Republic of China and held the view that it would play an important role in forging closer economic and trade ties between the two countries in the areas of Agriculture, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Public Works, Mineral, Energy, Information and Communication Technology, Service and Education and Technical Cooperation.

15. The two sides decided to instruct their relevant departments to seriously implement the aforementioned agreements so as to ensure that China-Pakistan trade and economic ties will be elevated to a new high.

16. The two sides took note of the achievements of and potential for cooperation in the manufacturing sector and decided to strengthen cooperation in household appliances, automobile and textile industries. The two sides welcomed and supported the construction of “Pakistan Haier – Ruba Economic Zone” in Pakistan jointly invested by Chinese and Pakistani enterprises. In this connection, the two sides expressed the willingness to further explore the feasibility of constructing other industrial and hi-tech parks on the basis of mutual benefit.

17. The two sides reviewed with satisfaction positive progress in energy cooperation since the signing of the Framework Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Energy Between the National Development and Reforms Commission of the People’s Republic of China and the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in February 2006. The Chinese side encouraged competitive and reputable Chinese companies to conduct mutually beneficial cooperation with Pakistan in exploration and development of oil and gas resources and construction of oil refineries and oil and gas storage facilities. Chinese companies would be happy to participate in the development of the Gwadar Energy and Economic Zone on the basis of equality, mutual benefit and win-win cooperation. The two sides also agreed to strengthen cooperation in the energy sector, including fossil fuels, coal, hydro-power, nuclear power, renewable sources of energy as well as in the mining and resources sector in accordance with the above-mentioned framework agreement.

18. The two sides expressed their readiness to further enhance comprehensive cooperation in agriculture, share with each other successful experience in agricultural development, strengthen exchanges and cooperation on agricultural technologies especially agro-based industry, pesticides, drip irrigation and fisheries and encourage more Chinese companies involved with agricultural produce processing and agricultural science and technology to invest in Pakistan.

19. The two sides agreed to strengthen cooperation in information industry. China will share with Pakistan its successful experience in the development of information and communications industry and provide support to Pakistan in technology, equipment and services. The two sides decided to jointly establish a software industrial park in Pakistan and conduct a feasibility study on laying fiber optic cables between China and Pakistan.

20. The two sides agreed to strengthen cooperation in infrastructure development. China is ready to share with Pakistan its successful experience in this area and encourage Chinese enterprises to participate in infrastructure development in Pakistan.

21. Both sides attached great importance to broadening exchanges and cooperation in all fields of humanities including culture, human resources development, education and vocational training. In this context, they agreed to enhance cooperation in higher education. China will support the establishment of University of Science and Technology and a University of Media and Communications that the Pakistani side plans to build by providing instructors, administrative staff and through other measures agreed upon by both sides. China will gradually increase the number of students and visiting scholars in the exchange programmes. China decided to invite 500 young people from Pakistan to exchange programmes in China in the next five years.

22. The two sides recognized the importance of enhanced financial cooperation in promoting China and Pakistan cooperation in all fields and decided to adopt effective measures to advance financial cooperation in various forms. Pakistan side invited Chinese banks to establish operations in Pakistan. Both sides welcomed the establishment of a China-Pakistan Joint Investment Company between the financial institutions of the two countries.

23. The two sides noted that the tourism industry, as one of the rapidly growing major industries in both countries, promises great potential for cooperation and agreed to work more closely together to develop the tourism market.

24. To facilitate people-to-people exchanges and trade and economic cooperation between the western region of China and Pakistan, China agreed to the setting up of a Pakistan Consulate General in Chengdu.

25. Both sides expressed satisfaction on close cooperation between their defence ministries as well as the two militaries at various levels and in various fields in recent years. They applauded the Framework Agreement on Cooperation between the Defence Ministry of the People’s Republic of China and the Defence Ministry of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan signed in February 2006 as an important step towards promoting cooperation between the two militaries. The two sides decided to continue all-round cooperation including the exchanges of group visits, consultation on national defence and personnel training.

26. The two sides shared the view that terrorism, separatism and extremism pose great threats to regional peace, stability and security and reaffirmed their commitment to substantive cooperation under bilateral and multilateral frameworks to jointly combat the “three forces” and maintain regional peace, stability and security.

27. The two sides held extensive discussions on international and regional developments and reached the conclusion that countries around the world should strictly comply with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and the universally recognized norms of international relations including the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence; it is imperative to fully ensure the right of each country to choose a development path in light of its own national conditions, to participate in international affairs and to pursue development on an equal footing; disagreement and disputes should be resolved peacefully through dialogue and cooperation, rather than through the arbitrary use or threat of force; and the United Nations reform should aim at upholding its authority and unity and give top priority to development issues. The Security Council reform should take into full consideration interests of member states, and a formula acceptable to all should be sought through extensive and in-depth discussions.

28. The two sides pledged to continue their close communication, coordination and effective cooperation on regional and international issues in a joint effort to consolidate solidarity and cooperation among the developing countries, safeguard their legitimate rights and interests in the process of globalization and promote regional and global peace, security and prosperity.

29. The two sides strongly supported each other’s participation in Asia’s trans-regional, regional and sub-regional cooperation. China welcomed Pakistan’s membership in ASEM and Pakistan welcomed China becoming an observer of SAARC. They expressed their readiness to expand mutually beneficial cooperation and take forward regional cooperation process on such platforms of regional and trans-regional organizations as SAARC, ACD, ARF, SCO and ASEM.

30. During the visit, the two sides signed:

  • 1) Exchange of Note Verbales Authorizing the Establishment of Consulate General of Pakistan in Chengdu Between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan;
  • 2) Free Trade Agreement Between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan;
  • 3) Five-Year Development Program on Trade and Economic Cooperation Between the People’s Republic of China and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan;
  • 4) Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation Between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan;
  • 5) Exchange of Letters Authorizing the Construction of Pakistan-China Friendship Center in Islamabad Between the People’s Republic of China and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan;
  • 6) Exchange of Letters Authorizing Construction of Schools and Hospital in Earthquake-hit Areas in Pakistan Between the People’s Republic of China and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan;
  • 7) Transfer of Completion Certification of Gwadar Port (Phase I ) Between the People’s Republic of China and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan;
  • 8) Executive Program of the Cultural Agreement Between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan for the Year 2007-2009;
  • 9) Memorandum of Understanding Between China Development Bank and Ministry of Finance of Pakistan on the Establishment of China-Pakistan Joint Investment Company;
  • 10) Framework Agreement on Security of Financing for China-Pakistan Bilateral Cooperation Between China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation and the Ministry of Finance of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan;
  • 11) Memorandum of Understanding regarding Financial Support for Upgradation/Rehabilitation of Karakoram Highway;
  • 12) Contract Agreement on KKH Improvement Project (Raikot to Khunjrab);
  • 13) Framework Agreement between China North Industries Corporation and Heavy Industry Taxila, Pakistan;
  • 14) Memorandum of Understanding between China Zhenhua Oil Company Limited and Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan;
  • 15) Huawei-PTML GSM Phase V Expansion Project Contract Agreement;
  • 16) Agreement on Exploration and Development of Saindak East Ore Body in Pakistan;
  • 17) Agreement between Qingqi Group and National Bank of Pakistan on Collaboration in President’s Rozgar Scheme; and
  • 18) PVC Back Integrated Complex of ENGRO ASAHI Polymer and Chemical Limited, Pakistan.

31. The two sides hailed the fruitful outcome of President Hu Jintao’s visit to Pakistan, believing that this visit is of landmark significance to consolidating the traditional friendship and deepening the all-round cooperation between China and Pakistan.

32. President Hu Jintao thanked the Government and people of Pakistan for their warm and gracious hospitality and invited President Musharraf to visit China again at a time of convenience. President Musharraf accepted the invitation with pleasure.

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