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Zardari`s visit consolidated Sino-Pak ties: China

China on Tuesday said Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari`s just-concluded visit here consolidated and deepened the bilateral ties.

Beijing: China on Tuesday said Pakistan President
Asif Ali Zardari`s just-concluded visit here consolidated and
deepened the bilateral ties, but refrained from commenting on
any discussion between the strategic partners on its plans to
build two new nuclear reactors for Islamabad.

"We believe that this visit of President Zardari has
consolidated and deepened the traditional friendship of the
two countries as well as boosted friendly exchanges and
practical cooperation between the two parties which made it a
very successful visit," Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang
told media briefing here replaying to a question.

During the talks between President Hu Jintao and Zardari,
the two sides exchanged "in-depth views on further developing
China-Pakistan strategic cooperation and international and
regional issues of common interests," he said.

"The two sides agreed in consensus that the leaders of
the two countries should maintain regular contacts and
meetings and deepen economic and trade cooperation, expand
people-to-people exchanges and (forge) closer counter-
terrorism cooperation as well coordination and cooperation in
regional organisations and multilateral forums," Qin said.

Both sides also signed economic and technical cooperation
agreements as well as six MoUs in agriculture, public health
and media.

However, Qin did not make any reference to any discussion
between the two sides on the two 650-mw nuclear power reactors
China wants to build for Pakistan.

China maintained a steadied silence about the reactors
during Zardari`s visit, though the Pakistan President publicly
praised Beijing for continuing its nuclear cooperation with
Islamabad setting aside objections from international

Zardari`s press secretary, Faratullah Babar, told the
media ahead of his July 6-11 visit here that an agreement
relating to the two nuclear power plants had already been
signed during the 2009 China tour of the Pakistan President.

The just-concluded visit of Zardari was his fifth to China
after he took over as President in 2008.


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