Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao welcomes Pakistan's PM Yousif Raza Gilani in Bejing.
Wen told Gilani “I wish to stress here that no matter what changes might take place in the international landscape, China and Pakistan will remain forever good neighbours, good friends, good partners and good brothers.”
He further said “I do believe that this visit will give a strong boost to the friendship and cooperation between our two countries and take that friendship and cooperation to a new high,” he added, during a meeting in central Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.
PM Gilani's trip began on Tuesday to mark 60 years of diplomatic ties, but has also given the neighbours a chance to display their steadfast friendship, which stands at odds with US anger at Pakistan’s inability to catch Osama bin Laden.
“I would like to thank your Excellency for the warm welcome and hospitality accorded to me and my delegation since our arrival in China,” Gilani told Wen.
This show of solidarity is more of a statement for the benefit of United States, when U.S congress is pushing to cut aid to Pakistan, the PM is looking at another source to replace it.
China and Pakistan praise each other as “all-weather friends” and their close ties reflect long-standing shared wariness of their common neighbour, India, and a desire to hedge against U.S. influence across the region.