China, Pakistan reiterate all-weather friendship

SANYA, Hainan, April 11 (Xinhua) – China and Pakistan reiterated the all-weather friendship between the two countries and agreed to deepen the bilateral strategic partnership in talks between Chinese President Hu Jintao and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf here Friday.

    Highly praising China-Pakistan relations as good neighbors, friends, partners and brothers, Hu said the two countries share an all-weather friendship and overall cooperation. The consistent mutual understanding, trust and support between the two countries on the issues concerning each other’s core interest are the basis for China-Pakistan relations.

    China pays great attention to the relationship with Pakistan, always gives it a priority in China’s foreign policies, and always handles and promotes the relationship from a strategic and long-term point of view, Hu said. He added such principles will not change no matter what happened in the international situation and domestic situation of the two countries.

    Musharraf said the China-Pakistan friendship has been rooted deeply in the peoples of the two countries. The bilateral cooperation has expanded to various fields with fruitful achievements. To develop the strategic partnership with China is the pillar of Pakistan’s foreign policies.

    He said Pakistan hopes the two sides can explore new ways to further strengthen two-way cooperation, especially in such areas as trade, investment, energy, infrastructure construction, youth exchange, education and culture.

    Musharraf arrived here on Thursday on a state visit. During his visit to Hainan, Musharraf will also attend the annual meeting of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA), due to open on Saturday afternoon in Boao.