|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu's Regular Press Conference on May 10, 2011|
On the afternoon of May 10, 2011, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu held a regular press conference.
Jiang Yu started the press conference with the following announcements:
At the invitation of President Hu Jintao, Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council will visit China from May 15 to 19.
At the invitation of Premier Wen Jiabao, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan will pay an official visit to China from May 17 to 20.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Pakistan and is also the "Year of China-Pakistan Friendship" jointly designated by leaders of the two countries. This visit constitutes an important part of a series of scheduled activities for the commemoration of the establishment of diplomatic ties. During Prime Minister Gilani's visit, leaders of the two countries will exchange views on deepening bilateral relations, promoting practical cooperation across the board as well as other issues of common interest.
Q: Which Chinese leaders will meet with Prime Minister Gilani during his visit? How do you comment on China-Pakistan relations? Would you please brief us on Afghan Foreign Minister Rassoul's visit to China?
A: President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao will meet and hold talks with Prime Minister Gilani respectively, exchanging views on deepening bilateral relations, promoting practical cooperation across the board as well as other international and regional issues of common interest and witnessing the signing of cooperation documents in the fields of economy, trade, finance and culture. Leaders of the two countries will also attend the 60th anniversary reception.
China and Pakistan are each other's good neighbor, friend, partner and brother. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties six decades ago, the two countries have treated and assisted each other with respect and sincerity on an equal footing, establishing an all-weather friendship and conducting all-dimensional cooperation. At present, China-Pakistan strategic partnership of cooperation enjoys sound momentum of growth. China is satisfied with the current state of bilateral relations and has full confidence in the prospect.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Pakistan and is also the "Year of China-Pakistan Friendship". The two countries have held and will continue to hold a series of celebrations and exchanges. China stands ready to take this opportunity to make concerted efforts with Pakistan for the enhancement of friendly interaction and practical cooperation, taking the bilateral relations to a new high.
This morning, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi held talks with the visiting Afghan Foreign Minister Rassoul, exchanging views on bilateral relations as well as international and regional issues of common interest.
China and Afghanistan are neighbors boasting traditional friendship. China commends Afghanistan for its support on major issues bearing on the core interests of China. China will continue to staunchly support Afghanistan's endeavour to safeguard national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and promote peace, stabil