Chinese people are ready to join
Pakistani counterparts to set up all-round cooperative partnerships
From Shamim Ahmed
Sep 20 - 27, 1999
The Chinese ambassador in Pakistan, Mr. Lu Shulin, who launched the
Golden Jubilee celebrations of the founding of People's Republic of China, told Pakistani
journalists and mediamen at the embassy on Friday evening that his government and the
people highly value the traditional friendship with Pakistan and are ready to join the
Pakistani counterparts in establishing an all-round cooperative partnerships, oriented
towards the 21st century.
"It is a firmly set policy for China to further consolidate and
develop our friendship and cooperation. This policy will never change. China, as always,
remains a most reliable friend to Pakistan", he stressed.
The ambassador, who launched the 50th anniversary of the Chinese
Revolution by holding a reception, proposed to hold other functions during the month. In
his brief address on the occasion, the ambassador spoke of his country's progress in
diverse fields, particularly dramatic growth after opening its economy 20 years back, and
political objective of re-unification of China with the return of Hong Kong in 1997 and of
Macao joining the mainland in December this year.
He stressed that the basic policies of his government towards Macao are
"one country, two systems". "Macao people government Macao" and
"a high degree of autonomy". He expected that the final settlement of the Taiwan
question by following the policy of "peaceful re-unification one country, two
Highlighting the remarkable achievements of China in the economic field
Mr. Lu said China's economy has been growing at an annual rate of 7.7 per cent, more than
double of world's average of 3 per cent. World Bank reports showed that China ranked
seventh in the world in terms of total economic volume in 1997. Agriculture has been
growing at an average rate of 3.3 per cent value addition in agriculture rising from 34
billion yuan last year. Industry achieved an average growth rate of 11.6 per cent, value
addition in industry rose from 11.98 billion yuan in 1952 to over 3,345.1 billion yuan
Volume of foreign trade increased 286 times from US$ 1.13 billion in
1950 to US$ 323.9 billion in 1998, at an average rate of 12.5 per cent. The GDP in first
six months of the year reached 3,618.9 billion yuan up by 7.6 per cent over the same
period of the last year. The volume of imports and exports in first seven months amounted
to US$ 11.3 billion in China's favour. By the end of June, China's foreign exchange
reserves stood at US $ 150 billion.
Continuing, the Chinese ambassador said that to carry forward its
reform and opening-up and modernization drive, China needs both a long term stable
domestic environment and a sustained stable and peaceful international environment. China
will firmly stick to its independent foreign policy of peace, and on the basis of the Five
Principals of Peaceful Coexistence, establish and develop friendly and cooperative
relations with all nations. China pays special attention to persisting in its policy of
good-neighbourly relationship to have a favourable surrounding situation. This conforms
not only to fundamental interests of the Chinese people, but also to the peace and
development in Asia and the whole world at large. China is resolutely opposed to hegemony
in whatever forms, and will always be an important force to safeguard global and regional
stability. The Chinese government and people would like to make contributions, along with
the international community, to the establishment of a new international political and
economical order of peace, stability and justice, and to the promotion of the noble cause
of world peace and development.
Talking about Pak-China relations, Lu said that the two countries were
linked by time tested cultural exchanges and friendly contacts. Sino-Pak relations have
enjoyed an all-round growth and bilateral cooperation based on mutual benefit, producing
Our two nations have regarded each other as friends in need and
brothers bound by common fate always extending sympathy and support to each other.
He further observed that the high-level exchanges between the two
countries this year of Li Peng, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National Peoples
Congress, Chi Haotian, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission and Defence
Minister and of Pakistani leaders, the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Foreign Minister
Sartaj Aziz and heads of armed forces have greatly promoted development and consolidation
of friendly relations and cooperation.
He hoped that it would be further consolidated in the next millennium
and that China would, "as always, remain a most reliable friend to Pakistan".