China supports Pakistan's growth

Updated: 2013-05-24 07:13

By Xinhua in Islamabad (China Daily)

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The Chinese government will stick to its friendly policy toward Pakistan and support the South Asian nation in realizing stability and better development, Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday.

Li was speaking during a meeting with Pakistani military leaders including Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Khalid Shameem Wynne, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Chief of Naval Staff Muhammad Asif Sandila, and Chief of Air Staff Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt.

"The Pakistani military is not only an important force in maintaining security and stability in Pakistan, but also a firm supporter of China-Pakistan friendship," Li said.

The friendship between China and Pakistan is unbreakable thanks not only to the efforts of generations of leaders of both sides and the active support of the two peoples, but also the in-depth development of the ties between the two militaries, Li said.

He urged the international community to help Pakistan overcome its difficulties and cope with challenges on the basis of respecting its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

As a good neighbor, friend and partner, China pays close attention to the development of the situation in Pakistan and respects the development path chosen by the Pakistani people in accordance with their national conditions, Li said.

China supports the efforts of concerned parties in Pakistan to jointly contribute to maintaining political stability, developing the economy and improving people's livelihoods in the fundamental interests of the nation, Li said, adding that China is willing to provide assistance to Pakistan within its capabilities.

China would like to deepen military relations, enhance communication in defense and constantly expand cooperation to new fields with Pakistan, Li said.

(China Daily USA 05/24/2013 page3)