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Pak, China to discuss defence, trade during Gilani visit

Last Updated: Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 22:05

Beijing: Pakistan and China are expected to
explore opportunities to step up cooperation in the fields of
defence, investment and trade, and coordinate their positions
on UN reform and climate change as Prime Minister Yousuf Raza
Gilani arrives here on a four-day visit.

Gilani will arrive here tomorrow primarily to attend the
Oct 14 meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO),
on which Pakistan is an observer state, and will also hold
talks with China`s top leadership, Masood Khan, Pakistan`s
Ambassador to China told a press conference here.

During Gilani`s meetings with President Hu Jintao and
Premier Wen Jiabao, the two sides will explore opportunities
to strengthen their strategic cooperation in trade, defence
and energy sectors, among other things, he said.

He said Pakistan and China would also examine ways to
minimise the adverse impact of the international financial
crisis and would coordinate their positions on UN reform,
climate change and international trade.

The SCO is a regional grouping with China, Russia,
Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan as members
and Pakistan, India, Iran and Mongolia as observers.

"We would very much like to be a full member," he said.

Khan said that Gilani`s participation will give him an
opportunity to share the challenges Pakistan is facing in
countering militancy and terrorism and in bringing stability
to the region.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 22:05
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